Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
Ted Talks by Chris Anderson
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
Hostage Taker-Stefanie Pintoff
This thriller’s backdrop is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. It’s Christmas time in the city that never sleeps when a deranged man takes the city’s most iconic building and its inhabitants hostage. Eve Rossi and her team of ex-cons are thrust into the job at a time when their own lives are beginning to unravel. The story was fast paced and easy to follow. It kept you on the edge of your seat from first page to last. Fans of Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag will enjoy this book.
The Things We Keep- Sally Hepworth
I really liked Sally’s last title-The Secrets of Midwives and was anticipating another fantastic story. I was not disappointed! This book is a heart wrenching journey of a young woman facing early onset Alzheimer’s. Her story is one of love, loss and compassion.
When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi
This book had me thinking about it days after I finished the final chapter. In searching for the meaning of life the author finds he must face his own death after learning he has stage 4 terminal cancer. The brilliant doctor becomes the struggling patient in this moving and unforgettable memoir. Warning: After reading you may find that you have been forever changed.
Wow. I read this book with tears in my eyes. Makes you really think about your priorities in life. A must read. ~ dawn
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? ~ From Goodreads
Wow…. so sorry that we haven’t been keeping up with our staff picks! We promise to be better…. but keep in mind you can always visit us and go to our ‘staff picks’ wall which is ALWAYS loaded with great picks!
Chip has a list of intriguing reads to share:
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking by Richard Nisbett
The Monopolists by Mary Pilon
It’s a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson
As a New Year’s resolution I am trying to read more things I feel are out of my “comfort zone”. It has been a pretty interesting journey! My non-fiction picks are WE ARE MARKET BASKET by Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker, Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer, and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I enjoyed Furiously Happy so much I can’t wait until the library gets it in in Audio book, it should be a hoot to listen to!
My fiction picks are Day Four by Sarah Lotz, The Martian by Andy Weir, and Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield. Right now I am reading The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones. She is one of my favorite authors and while I am only 100 pages in, I find myself cursing the alarm clock in the morning, having found it impossible to put the darn book down the night before! If anyone is ever looking for a quirky, fun, light read-with a dark side you should give the this series a go! The bumper sticker and t-shirt sayings alone are laugh out loud.
In trying to go out of my little “comfort zone” I am one disc away from finishing Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. These guys are well known for a podcast they have, so I figured why not? It’s weird but in such a funny way that I am finding myself leaving to go to work a few minutes early just to get to listen to the story. You would not believe what they say about librarians-it’s not true I tell you! LOL! Not the kind of book that I normally go for but it’s been a pretty fun ride. It’s my first time trying to listen to audiobooks, not a bad way to get a book in!
Laugh out loud funny is how I describe The Martian by Andy Weir. I have to say I was very reluctant to pick this book up but after a astounding “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK” by a good friend, I started the first page and then couldn’t put it down. For me it is another, ‘the book is better than the movie’ but I must admit that I did enjoy Matt Damon as the lead character! Another great fiction read for me was Fates and Furious by Lauren Groff. Wow… this book was all over the place and made for some great discussions!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
Best Boy by Eli Gottlied
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Did you Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
We welcome Karen Howell, our new part time staff member here at Springvale. Stop in to meet her! Here are her reading suggestions.
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
The Lake House by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Dark Rooms by Lilli Anolik
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
The Mourning Hours by Paula Treiol DeBoard
Have a safe winter everyone!
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
Disclaimer – Renee Knight
Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
The Children’s Crusade – Ann Packer
The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi
The Jesus Cow – Matthew Perry
Black River – S. M Huise
This winter Sam has gotten some serious reading done! But in all the books she’s read it’s the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre that has really caught her interest. Burned written by Karen Marie Moning is the long awaited book two of the Dani O’Mally series, a continuation to the Fever series that were in Mac’s point of view. The writing was fast paced and full of details that you have been dying for since Iced. The only complaint I have is having to wait for the next book!
The Golden Son is also book two of a series, this one a trilogy, was written by Pierce Brown. The book seamlessly brings you back into the saga of Darrow and his struggle to do the right thing for all.The characters are all so vivid that you either love or hate them on the spot. The book reads like you are in an action adventure movie, I even found myself holding my breath during the tense parts! If you are anything like me your left wondering why the clock says hours have passed when it feels like you have only been reading for minutes!
Not normally that into non-fiction, but this winter Sam discovered some great finds! Check out This is what you just put into your mouth? by Patrick Di Justo, The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield, and Working Stiff-Two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek M.D.
Marie’s Staff Picks
I just finished reading It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario and I am still thinking about this memoir. Addario is a photographer documenting wars and its effects on the surrounding population. Her book explores what it is like to be a woman in a male dominated profession and how she had to learn to balance her career with her personal life. I found this memoir to be inspiring, informative and a great example of determination.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is an amusing audiobook that had me laughing, especially at the end. This book can be over-the-top, but if you have read the prequel, The Rosie Project you will have a better understanding and appreciation of the quirky main character to suspend disbelief.
This past month, I have been reading books on the Maine Readers’ Choice Long List. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award is an award given to a work of fiction. Mainers get to vote on the titles that a committee of Maine librarians, booksellers and other readers select. For more information, the website is http://mainereaderschoiceaward.org/ The following books are on this list.
The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob is a gentle, humorous and haunting story about an American-Indian family. The characters are well developed and likeable in this original work.
My favorite of the list so far is Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Lila is an outsider who haltingly finds home in the town of Gilead. I loved this book and at the end wanted to meet Lila. The writing is so great that the reader is immersed in Lila’s world and begins to understand her way of thinking and acting.
Redeployment by Phil Klay is a collection of short stories about being on the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The writing is clear and powerful.
Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs has one of the most amusing and memorable scenes that I have read in a long time. Though sometimes the main characters were frustrating, this is a solid down-to-earth read about family and home.
So many books…..so little time. There are SO many books in my ‘to read’ pile but below is a list of great titles that Marie and I have read in the past few months.
Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
Euphoria by Lily King
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
We wish you all a very HAPPY AND MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON. Happy reading!