Oh my! How I love the experience of going to the library and finding not one or two books on hold, but instead finding fifteen! Using the hold shelf is like on-line shopping, without any of the guilt.
Below is a list of books that I plan to read in the coming weeks, based on recommendations of friends, book club members, and the best sellers list. I plan to post reviews of the good ones as I finish them.
- Girl Waits with Gun (Amy Stewart) — Historical fiction about a woman in 1914 who had no interest in domestic life and instead becomes one of the nation’s first female crime fighters. As a lover of Maisie Dobbs, this one sounds promising.
- Orphan X (Gregg Horowitz) — Action-packed thriller about a boy pulled from an orphanage and trained to become an assassin for the US Government.
- The Last Good Girl (Allison Leotta) — the fifth legal murder mystery story featuring the spunky, brilliant prosecutor Anna Curtis. It is absolutely worth reading the first four books in Leotta’s series!)
- Eligible (Curtis Sittenfeld) — a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day American. Getting dynamite reviews!
- The Orchardist (Amanda Coplin) — historical fiction set is the rural Pacific Northwest, bringing together two pregnant teens and a man who runs a remote apple farm.
- The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty) — Moriarty is the master of the sexy melodrama. Written in 2005, this is a novel of hers that I have never read: it tells the story of woman who wonders whether she made the right choice to turn down a lover’s proposal years before. I am looking forward to it, as none of her books disappoint!
- Bell Weather Rhaspody (Kate Racculia) — recommended to readers who love Rainbow Rowell, this novel is part-mystery, part love letter to 1990’s: combining humor, music, and murder.
- Need (Joelle Charbonneau) — a young adult novel about a website that charges teens a terribly high price for joining.
- Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) — The cult-classic written in the early 1990’s, but popularized by the recent TV show based on the novels, about a woman who can time travel but only between 1945 and 1743 both ages that are being ravaged by war.
- So You Want to Be a Wizard (Diane Duane) — a children’s chapter book that is rumored to have inspired JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books. We plan to read it out loud to the kids.
- The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson) — a non-fiction book by an author considered one of the best non-fiction writers working today. Set at the 1893 World’s Fair it tells the story of both the Fair and a serial killer haunting it.
- Travelers Rest (Keith Lee Morris) — written by a former professor of mine and a colleague of my husbands, this is a thriller about a haunted hotel located on a remote Idaho highway.