The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey
Fans of Palacio’s Wonder will enjoy this book. This is a children’s novel about a preteen named Shane, who in the beginning of the novel, we assume is a boy. Later in the book we learn he was born a girl. Throughout the book he faces some tough choices and shows his peers what it means to stay true to what you believe. –Kristin
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer & Longer
by Fredrik Backman
Fans of A Man Called Ove are sure to love Backman’s latest novella. This is a touching story about a grandfather and grandson. Get the tissues out! -Kristin
Murder at the 42nd St Library
by Con Lehane
Who can resist a murder mystery set at one of the most famous libraries in the USA? This was a quick & fun read. Does include some sexual content that might make some uncomfortable. –Kristin
The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman”I & Mr Strongrock are agents of a library which exists between alternate worlds. Our task is to collect books for the Library from all these worlds, to preserve them.”
Harry Potter fans may enjoy this 1st book of the Invisible Library series.
Our protagonist, librarian Irene, battles bad guys, vampires and all sorts of mythical creatures, in alternate universes to retrieve a very special book that belongs in a very special library.
This is a quick, fun read. –Kristin
Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
I always jump at a new Picoult book. Her last two novels were great. I had high expectations but this novel fell short. The story was interesting (and certainly a hot topic – RACISM) enough to finish but not quite compelling. Yes there was a dramatic twist at the end but not good enough for me! Still love ya Jodi! –Kristin
Before you read this, please note this novel is available only in EBOOK form. Picoult released this short story as sort of an introduction to her novel coming out this Fall, called Small Great Things. In her normal “Picoult” fashion, we are introduced to the main character, Ruth, who is about to attend a prestigious school. She is a bright young lady who is expected to do well in school. But there is something that is setting her apart from the rest of the class: RACE. Picoult does not disappoint. –Kristin
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
By Mark Haddon
Here is one of those books you wish you’d known about sooner.
You can read this in 1-2 sittings!
Haddon’s novel is told from the point-of-view of Christopher John Francis Boone. It is obvious as you read along he has some form of autism. You will love him because he is honest and funny ( even though he doesn’t quite “get” funny.) I do enjoy reading from other’s perspective and his is very interesting. Ride along as Boone tries to solve the murder of a dog and learns a WHOLE LOT about his family & his life! –Kristin
This novel has been turned into a broadway play. Click HERE for more info.
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
by Nadia Hashimi
Fans of Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will enjoy this book. The novel takes place in Afghanistan and revolves around two different generations of women. I will be honest – I almost quit. I had a really hard time dealing with the way women & girls are treated in this book. I am glad I didn’t stop. These are some amazing people with amazing stories. Imagine your parents marrying you off as a preteen to man who already has 4 wives. How would you react? Praising Allah is always in the answer in this book. But what if that isn’t good enough for a strong-willed young lady who knows she is better and smarter than that? Don’t miss this novel! -Kristin
by Dan Brown
Brown delivers another super-fast, edge of your seat thriller with Digital Fortress. This time it revolves around the NSA, U.S. Intelligence and computer hacking. Although published in 2008 some of the circumstances would still hold true with today’s technology! Hard to put down. –Kristin
Winston Graham’s Poldark Series 1&2
BBC fans will enjoy this series by Winston Graham. PBS’ season 1 of Poldark is loosely based on the first two books of the series. The book opens with Ross Poldark returning from the American Revolutionary war to find everything has changed. His former love believed him dead & is now engaged to his cousin, his house is in shambles among more unfortunate events. Read on as he rebuilds his life. If you are a fan of historical fiction these stories should entertain you. –Kristin
If you need a nice, easy read without sex or violence Pezzelli is your man. Here’s a nice, easy, quick read you won’t want to put down. The plot includes family drama, love stories and be warned, he mentioned lots of Italian food! You are sure to be hungry after reading this one! –Kristin
If you are a dog person and can bear some sadness, read this book. The un-named protagonist and his one-eyed dog spend months in a car on the run from a dog officer. Written from the man’s perspective, we find out about his childhood and discover why this dog is so important to him. The book is beautifully written and you come to care about this man and his companion. –Cheryl
Lucy is in the hospital recovering from a surgical complication. Her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in years, comes to spend some time with her. They talk about the past, people in the town where Lucy grew up but never about their feelings for each other. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer who is able to develop characters and settings to great satisfaction for the reader. I very much recommend this book. -Cheryl
Who doesn’t love an elderly curmudgeon? Ok maybe you don’t, but you will be sure to love this one! This is a super quick read that will make you laugh and make you cry. PROMISE! When you close the book you will exhale at the bittersweet ending.
A Paris Affair
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Fans of Sarah’s Key may find this book to be a disappointment.
While it was a quick and somewhat enjoyable read, the stories revolved around marital affairs. –Kristin
Albom has done it again. Here’s another novel that I promise you won’t be able to put down. The narrator of this book is MUSIC. Sounds odd, but it is totally beautiful. Franke Presto, a famous musician is now dead and “music” tells the tale of his complicated and inspirational life. There are some twists and turns here that will leave you crying for sure. -Kristin
4 out of 5 stars from Jane!
This is the debut novel by Amy Stewart best known for her non- fiction books such as the Drunk Botanist.
The story was set within a time period of much societal flux in U.S. cities and towns. The book is a historical novel based on an incident that occurred to the Kopp sisters in the summer of 1914 near their rural New Jersey farmstead. The protagonist is Constance Kopp. Sharing in the misadventures are her sisters Fleurette and Norma. All are well developed characters with unique interests and quirky personalities!
Here is a page turner that will surely inspire you to learn about flowers! Victoria has spent her life in & out of foster care. Her outlook on life isn’t sunny to say the least. One foster mother introduces her to the Victorian language of flowers and she is finally happy to find she has a special gift! Throughout the book are twists and turns like secrets from the past and a mysterious man from her past. What will happen to this troubled young woman? Be sure and read this novel to find out! -Kristin
Most fans of To Kill a Mockingbird have mixed feelings about reading the latest novel, and most of the critics’ reviews carry the same sentiment. For those of you who haven’t been following the news on L ee’s book, here is an article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the controversy of the book’s release: ARTICLE
To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite novel, and Atticus Finch is my favorite character. The media has already labeled Finch as racist in this latest novel. I approached this book not as a sequel or prequel, but just took the knowledge I already have of Lee’s characters and read along. My verdict is – it’s great! Granted this is really a rough draft of a book, it is full of interesting characters and lots of tension between them and of course it’s setting – the SOUTH. While it isn’t fully developed, it is still well written. I highly recommend everyone read this book! –Kristin
Looking for a nice little book with a unique love story? Then this book is for you. Sure to be a quick read, Moyes tell she story of Louisa Clark, who is down on her luck, unemployed and seeking work to support her family. She is assigned to a pretty challenging job – caring for a quadriplegic by the name of Will. Will is essentially standoffish and really depressed. You can expect to shed a few tears at the end of this book (don’t worry, it is a lovely ending!)
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Critics are calling it “the new Gone Girl.” I feel this book falls short of that title. While it was certainly a page turner, it was not worth all the fuss! YOU be the judge! Check it out: Girl on the Train –Kristin
Doerr’s book was on the long list for the 2014 National Book Award. There are many World War II novels out there, but this is one of the best I have read in a while. Told from two points of view, the book moves back and forth and gives you two very different views of the war. –Kristin
By Jodi Picoult
Picoult’s latest novel tops them all. It reads almost as a mystery/thriller, which is highly unusual for Picoult. You will NOT see it coming, and when you close this book, your jaw will be on the floor! Couldn’t put it down!
Where There’s Smoke
by Jodi Picoult
This short story (available only in ebook form) was released long before Picoult’s latest novel, Leaving Time, was debuted. It features one of the characters from Leaving Time, Serenity Jones. Catch a glimpse farther into this character’s life! –Kristin
by Paulo Coelho
This is a lovely story about the spiritual journey of a young shepherd boy, Santiago.
The core of the story teaches wonderful ideas and lessons. The ending will truly touch your heart and bring the book back full circle. It is a story that will allow you to step back and examine your life as well. –Kristin
The Blue Bistro
by Elin Hilderbrand
Here is an easy Summer read! As with all of Hilderbrand’s book, this love story takes place on Nantucket. Our lead character is young, broke and out of luck. She lands a job at a high-end restaurant and her boss is a handsome and mysterious. She falls for him of course, but it seems that his heart belongs to someone else. Just when you think you know what happens, Hilderbrand throws in a twist at the end sure to please readers! – Kristin
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York 1911. Coralie is the daughter of the owner of a curiosity museum. Eddie is a photographer who is Jewish and a Russian immigrant. Alice Hoffman has written a well researched period novel with interesting characters where the setting itself plays an important role. This time in history encompasses the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist Fire as well as the growth of New York City. I found the history fascinating and grew to have compassion for the main characters. –Cheryl
By: Amy Greene
In 1936, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a dam on the Long Man River which flooded the town of Yuneetah. Annie Clyde Dodson, her husband James and their daughter, Gracie are the last ones to leave. The book takes place during 3 days in August of that year. The characters are very well developed and the prose is just beautiful. The author describes the setting so that you feel you are there. There is unrequited love, mystery, and heroism. Although this is not a quick read, I highly recommend it.-Cheryl
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
By Gabriele Zevin
Fans of Zevin’s YA books will easily make the transition to her adult novel regarding the cranky, traditional bookseller A.J. Fikry. Here is your easy summer reading novel with a unique love story and of course – a book store! We LOVE stories with books & book stores! –Kristin
Fans of Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees are sure to LOVE this book. Kidd once again tackles the issues of slavery and class in this page turner! Wait until you read the ending! I love a good book with strong, determined female leads. Nina & Sarah are my heroes. –Kristin
You know a book will be good if its main character announces on the very first page that he’s committed murder. This book is loaded with the most interesting yet frustrating characters I have ever met. The setting very much reminded me of New England and even Bristol at times. It’s a tough one to explain, so you will just have to pick up a copy and read it yourself. –Kristin
The First Phone Call From Heaven
by Mitch Albom
Albom’s latest book is a page turner. The people of a small town in Michigan are receiving phone calls from the dead. How could it be? It’s all too real. The voices sound just like they did in the past -sisters, wives, children – but can it be? You will have to read it to find out! You won’t see the ending coming. – Kristin
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
by Wendy Wax
I admit, I picked this up simply because Downton Abbey was in the title.
It is a quick, “chick lit” read, with a little bit of drama. Nothing fancy, just fun!
If your book club is looking for something light for the holidays, suggest this book!
by Jason Mott
What happens when all of your deceased loved ones return from the dead, totally intact, and looking the same as you last remember them? Is this a curse? Blessing? What does one do with all these people once they return? Can you let them back into your life and function normally? You will have to see and read The Returned! This one is a page turner.-Kristin
Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
If you liked “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, you will LOVE the Kitchen House.
It’s the 1800s and a young (white) servant girl named Lavinia, an orphan, is sent to work with slaves on a plantation in deep South. But what happens when you are suddenly ripped from the life you know and thrown into the privileged life of white people? Can you cease loyalty to the only family you know?! Tensions grow, tempers fly & relationships are tested! It’s a real page turner!!!
Joyland by Stephen King
Not a horror story, not 1,000 pages, only a small ghost and an interesting tale of an amusement park in the 70’s that sells fun. This is a quick read, well written and I learned all about amusement parks and carnivals, including the lingo. Devin Jones is a college student who is hired as summer help for the park. He suffers heartache, meets carny workers, learns the ins and outs of a large park (not as big as Disney) and solves a murder. I liked and cared about the characters, enjoyed the setting and picked up small bits of wisdom from Mr. King. – Cheryl
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Summary – Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.
Barbara Kingsolver writes with beauty, authority and a development of characters that many writers today cannot achieve. This is the story of family, marriage, parenthood, the Monarch butterfly, the changing environment, dreams lost then rediscovered. A timely, lovely read. Cheryl
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Summary – When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide.
This book is a heart-wrenching, well written and informative story concerning the Armenian genocide, of which I knew nothing. There is a parallel story , in the present time, told by Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Laura. Mr. Bohjalian writes an engrossing tale with well drawn characters and horrifying scenes of human cruelty. The book prompted me to look at old maps, for geography and to do a little research about this terrible time in human history.
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
I studied photography in college, so I just had to read this book. The story is based on the very famous photograph by Dorothea Lange “The Migrant Mother.” While Silver uses fictional names, the reader understands who she is referring to. I found the book a bit too long and very few of the characters really grabbed me. However, it was interesting to read about the conditions during the Dust Bowl! I recommend it! –Kristin
Hands down, this is one of my all time favorite books. This is the story of a love that lasts forever – quite literally. Just between me & you- I cried at the end (happy tears of course!) Pique your interest? Check it out! – Kristin