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Cover ArtThe book thief
by Zusak, Markus.
This book was really, really good. It was one of the best historical fiction I have ever read.
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:01PM

Cover ArtSince you've been gone
by Matson, Morgan
This was a really good book about friendship, getting over your fears, and love.
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:00PM

Cover ArtThese broken stars
by Kaufman, Amie
This is a book about two people who get stranded on a planet after their space-cruise-ship-thing crashes. It's a really great book and I'm so excited for the sequel!!
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:00PM

Cover ArtIf I stay
by Forman, Gayle.
If I Stay was AMAZING. I read it in less than a day I was just so into it. It was sad, and happy, and just plain emotional. I highly suggest you pick this up.
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:58PM

Cover ArtDeep blue
by Donnelly, Jennifer
This was a good book, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a mermaid fan.
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:57PM

Cover ArtNever too late
by Destiny, A.
This was such a cute book!!
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:56PM

Cover ArtThe truth about forever
by Dessen, Sarah
I have read Sarah Dessen before, but I think this is my favortie book of hers that I've read so far!! It was really good and the characters and the story were just so wonderful. It was so easy to get hooked on this book and I would definitely recommend it!
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:56PM

Cover ArtThe boy in the striped pajamas : a fable
by Boyne, John, 1971-
This was a really good book about a German boy who lives by a concentration camp and meets a boy through the fence. It is sad though.
posted by booklion246 on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:54PM

Cover ArtBring up the bodies : a novel
by Mantel, Hilary, 1952-
The sequel to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies explores the marriage and downfall of Anne Boleyn, and the role that Thomas Cromwell played in it. No love is lost between Anne and Cromwell. Each has an agenda to please the King. They become pitted against each other, as Cromwell seeks to find a legitimate excuse to expel her from the King's court. Cromwell, always the master politician, uses Anne's fall from grace as a chance to settle scores with old enemies. In addition, there is the quiet and demure Jane Seymour, who has now caught the King’s eye. The politics of the English court come vividly to life in this sequel. I found that the first part of the book was a bit slow (similar to my reaction to Wolf Hall), and it was difficult to keep all the characters straight, but in the end I found it a fascinating look at a chaotic time in history. One other difficulty I had was the almost stream-of-consciousness style the Mantel uses for the portions of the Cromwell narration. She does puts us inside Cromwell's legal mind, always strategizing, always remembering his butcher's son status among the gentry—but at times I found it difficult to always tell who and what was being discussed. All in all a good read. 4 out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtWindigo Island : a novel
by Krueger, William Kent.
Some members of the O’Connor family take a back seat in this book but nothing is lost. A very good book about native girls being trafficked in Duluth and North Dakota. Cork, Jenny, Henry and some family members of a missing girl investigate. Cork, still reeling from family tragedies in Tamarack County vows to save the girl at any cost, but a high price is paid by Jenny instead.
posted by Laura P. on Sep 2, 2014 at 9:06AM

Cover ArtThe weight of blood : a novel
by Laura McHugh
A good book taking place in the Ozarks with some of the characters fitting the "hillbilly" stereotype to a T. 17-year-old Lucy, whose mother disappeared when she was an infant, decides to investigate the recent death of her friend and ends up also figuring out what happened to her mother. The reviews of this book are glowing and I liked it but was not blown away by it.
posted by Laura P. on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:53AM

Cover ArtEverything I never told you
by Ng, Celeste
Marilyn, a brilliant student, plans to become a doctor. She marries instead, telling herself she will go back to school later. She leaves her husband and two small children and goes back to school but gives up her dream after discovering she is pregnant again. She then decides to make her oldest daughter in her image. Lydia has promised herself that she will comply with all of her mother’s wishes so that her mother will not leave again. Lydia’s father, James has also tried to make Lydia succeed where he himself failed in having friends and being popular. Besides Lydia there is Nathan, an academic success who nevertheless reminds his father too much of himself. And Hannah, the third, totally ignored child. When it all becomes too much for Lydia the whole family is nearly destroyed. A tragic story of a family who does not communicate. Absolutely absorbing, I inhaled it in a single afternoon.
posted by Laura P. on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:44AM

Cover ArtThe lost hero
by Rick Riordan
Children's Fiction RIORDAN
this book is so awesome that i cried on the last page because jason was about to die which i dont want him to die. i love the seven demigods so much that i would never stop reading it
posted by 21972070764902 on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:53AM

Cover Art84, Charing Cross Road.
by Hanff, Helene.
Adult Nonfiction Z989.H3
In 1949, American writer Helene Hanff wrote to Frank Doel, an employee of British bookstore Marks & Co., looking for secondhand books. Their correspondence would blossom into a friendship that lasted 20 years. The warm, witty letters are collected here, giving the reader a bird's eye view of their relationship as they discussed books, life in postwar London, and their changing cultures. Though 84, Charing Cross Road was also made into a play and a wonderful movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, it is the book that best conveys the charm, kindness and zest of the writers. There aren't enough good things to say about this book!
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtThe Eyre affair : a novel
by Fforde, Jasper.
Adult Fiction FFORDE
The term "genrebending" was invented for this delightful book! In an alternate 1980s England, literature is the main component of popular culture, writers are idolized (people change their names to that of their favorite writer), and it is possible for fictional characters and the real world to interact. When a villain threatens to hold great works of literature hostage, it is up to Thursday Next to save the day! At once a mystery, brilliant work of science fiction, and a love letter to literature, The Eyre Affair is a completely unique, howlingly funny book.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 29, 2014 at 3:22PM

Cover ArtOne for the books
by Queenan, Joe.
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .Q44 2012
Humorist Joe Queenan takes a sometimes sarcastic, always affectionate look at the life of the reader. Whether discussing the importance of having a bookstore in his hometown, the fact that he's always the last person to read the "in" book, or calculating the number of books he could read in his lifetime, Queenan never fails to make readers laugh and think.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 29, 2014 at 1:01PM

Cover ArtReading in bed : personal essays on the glories of reading
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.R313 1995
Writers as diverse and prodigiously talented as Marcel Proust, Clifton Fadiman , Michel de Montaigne and Vladimir Nabokov all discuss the aspects of the experience and importance of reading. Fadiman's "Reading in Bed" is an especially warm and enjoyable essay.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 29, 2014 at 12:59PM

Cover ArtSo many books, so little time : a year of passionate reading
by Nelson, Sara, 1956-
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .N45 2003
How do the books we read fit in with all the other parts of our lives? That was the question Sara Nelson set out to answer. Her plan was to read one pre-selected book a week for one year. As it turns out, though, books find the reader as often as the reader finds the books. Funny and intelligent, So Many Books, So Little Time is a great book that is guaranteed to send readers looking for the books Nelson finds!
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 29, 2014 at 10:04AM

Cover ArtSixpence House : lost in a town of books
by Collins, Paul, 1969-
Adult Nonfiction Z989.C753 C65 2003
What would life be like in a town famous for its bookstores? Paul Collins, along with his wife and young son, find out when they move from California to Hay-on-Wye, Wales in this charming memoir. As he begins work in one of Hay-on-Wye's 40 used bookstores, and attempts to buy an affordable house that isn't falling down, Collins shares details about the wonderful obscure books he comes across, and muses on the place books have in our livess.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:01PM

Cover ArtThe thirteenth tale : a novel
by Setterfield, Diane.
Adult Fiction SETTERF
Diane Setterfield's debut novel is a beautiful tale of the power that stories have to comfort us and define our lives. Young biographer Margaret Lea is summoned to write the life story of legendary writer Vida Winter, but is the strange story she tells of twins raised in an English manor true? This is an engrossing, gothic tale that is almost impossible to put down.
posted by Champlin Library Staff on Aug 27, 2014 at 4:50PM

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