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Find your escape
Cover Art When was the last time a book crept into your thoughts during the day and made you long for even five minutes of reading time to find out what happened next? Over the past several years, there are a number of titles our librarians have heard about for having that effect, ranging from Gone Girl to The Help. To help fill the void after finishing one of these memorable reads, our librarians have put together If You Like lists on Bookspace. Check out our Fiction page to see read-a-like lists for some popular titles and find the next book that keeps you hooked!
posted Jan 24, 2014 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Share your favorites!
With all the "best of the year" lists making the rounds, why not share your own on Bookspace? By creating an account, you can create lists of your favorite books, films and music and share your thoughts with other Hennepin County Library readers. Bookspace is also a great place to check in on what our librarians are reading and get the scoop on new and upcoming titles that may interest you as you look for your new favorites in 2014. Join the conversation and enlighten us on fabulous books we're missing!
posted Jan 6, 2014 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Staff favorites from 2013
Cover Art This year, we polled HCL staff about their favorite books of 2013. The Other Typist was the most likely to be voted “Most Impressive Debut,” while Eleanor & Park was a popular choice for "Best Teen Book." In the "Children’s Books" category, The Day the Crayons Quit, Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson and Counting by 7s were popular. Here are the results:
HCL Staff Picks: Adult Nonfiction
HCL Staff Picks: Adult Fiction
HCL Staff Picks: Teen
HCL Staff Picks: Children’s Books
HCL Staff Picks: Underappreciated Gems
posted Dec 30, 2013 by Ian S. Category: Fiction

Stay connected
Cover Art Ever wonder how the request list got so long before you even heard about a new book? Most likely it's because other readers in Hennepin County are taking advantage of the author alert option in Bookspace. When you create a Bookspace account, you can make a list of your favorite authors and be alerted by email or text when the library orders an author's new book. It's a great way to stay ahead of the curve and make sure to get a hot title sooner.
posted Dec 11, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Read on
Cover Art With the current success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in theaters, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy is back in the public eye, as is the long request list for all three books in Hennepin County Library. If you're looking for other similar adventures, check out our list of Hunger Games read-a-likes. We've put together a collection of exciting dystopian fiction titles for adults and teens that will give you the thrills and chills of The Hunger Games without the long wait.
posted Dec 4, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Honoring Doris Lessing
Cover Art British author Doris Lessing passed away this week at the age of 94. The legendary writer published works in many genres, from short stories to plays to novels, and was ultimately awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. The honor recognized Lessing as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny."

Lessing is probably best remembered for her 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, which explored the emotional turmoil of a struggling career woman. This work would be a harbinger for the socially conscious works Lessing created over her life, works that encouraged a discourse about important topics such as apartheid, Communism, and domestic violence. Her strong, unique voice in the literary world will be missed.
posted Nov 20, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

R.I.P. Tom Clancy
Cover Art Popular author Tom Clancy passed away this week at the age of 66. Clancy wrote many successful political thrillers, such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, which went on to become Hollywood blockbusters.

Find a more complete list of Tom Clancy titles in the HCL catalog and don't forget to check out Bookspace for other great mystery recommendations!
posted Oct 4, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Finding your next favorite book
Cover Art Ever read a book you absolutely loved and wanted to find something else just like it? Librarians at Hennepin County Library get asked about several books or authors in particular and have put together read-a-like lists, including ones for recent bestsellers Gone Girl and The Help.

Maybe it wasn't so much as the book itself as the type of book. You can also find genre lists on Bookspace that include popular types of books, ranging from Family Sagas to Psychological Suspense to Food Writing.

But whether you're looking for more of the same or a new surprise favorite, Bookspace has got you covered.
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Sell Me On: Kristin Hannah
Cover Art Maybe you've seen the name on the bestseller list or noticed her most recent book prominently displayed at a local bookstore. But who is Kristin Hannah? Is she an author you'd enjoy? Here's the scoop:

Name: Kristin Hannah
Genres: family relationships/gentle fiction/female friendship
Popular series written by Hannah: Hannah has been known for her stand-alone works until the recent publication of Fly Away, the sequel to her popular 2008 novel Firefly Lane.
What makes her stand out: Hannah writes gentle, emotional stories that speak to the heart and exhibit a rare understanding of female friendship. Readers often turn to her novels when they're looking for a satisfying tearjerker.
Where to start: the Kate and Tully stories, listed above, are probably this author's most popular works, but readers could start with any of her well-received novels, including Home Front, On Mystic Lake, and True Colors.
posted Jul 29, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Summer reading for grown-ups!
Cover Art Given library circulation stats, it's clear that readers of all ages consume more books than ever during the summer, with or without an official reading incentive program. For adults looking for great summer reads, here are some of our staff and patron book lists to inspire you:

*Humorous Fiction
*Family Relationships
*Stupendous Summer Reads
*Beach Reads for Sex and the City fans
*Pure Fluff
*Interesting New Mysteries (Summer 2013)
*What We're Reading Summer 2013
*Magical Escapes
*If You Like Gone Girl
*World Historical Fiction
*Not Exactly Beach Reads...

posted Jun 24, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

R.I.P. Vince Flynn
Cover Art We are saddened to hear of the passing of Vince Flynn, the prolific Minnesota author of popular political thrillers. Flynn's writing career began with the publication of Term Limits in 1997, introducing the world to Mitch Rapp, an undercover CIA agent fighting terrorism. There are 14 books in the series and the 15th, called Survivor, is scheduled for release in October of this year.

Explore Flynn's other works in the library catalog and learn more about his life and career on the official Vince Flynn website.
posted Jun 19, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Fiction

Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Cover Art This Alex Award winning story is about June, an awkward, intelligent fourteen-year-old girl who adored her uncle Finn. The story is told from June’s point of view. June is a loner who likes to walk in the woods and pretend she’s living in the Middle Ages. The novel explores her relationships with Finn, her often difficult older sister, and Finn’s boyfriend Toby whom she gets to know and secretly befriends after Finn dies of AIDS. I don’t think I will ever forget this wonderfully unique novel. A friend told me it was the best book she read last year, and I wonder if I will discover one I like more this year. I kind of doubt it.
posted Apr 3, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Fiction

Winter Jackets Reading Ideas
Cover Art In the midst of a blustery Minnesota winter, reading indoors where it's warm and cozy is hard to beat. Consider creating a book list of your favorite titles (or limit your list to a theme or category) on Bookspace -- it's so easy. Here's a list entitled Books Way Too Good to Miss. Avid readers will enjoy your suggestions during Winter Jackets.
posted Feb 10, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Fiction

100 Best Books of All Time?
Cover Art In 2002 one hundred authors from 54 countries were asked to name their top 10 works of fiction of all time. The result is this compilation of the 100 Best Books of All Time. I have read only 23 of these titles so I have some catching up to do. I was surprised to see Pippi Longstocking on this list but Norwegian Book Clubs came up with the idea to do the compilation so perhaps I shouldn't be too surprised. Take a look and see how many you have read (so far). By the way, if you click on the Print icon, you can see the 100 titles at one time.
posted Jan 16, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Fiction

Todd M. Johnson at Ridgedale Library
Cover Art Edina native Todd M. Johnson will read from his accomplished debut novel The Deposit Slip tomorrow night (January 8) at 7:00 p.m. at the Ridgedale Library. Publisher's Weekly says, "With an irresistible set-up, suspense, a subtle love triangle, strong dialogue, characters, and a focused plot, Johnson makes a strong first literary case." Books will be available for purchase and signing.
posted Jan 7, 2013 by Kim B. Category: Fiction

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