Top Reads of 2015

Here are our staff’s top reads for 2015:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Faceoff edited by David Baldacci

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of September:

1.  The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Hardback)

2.  Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance (Hardback)

3.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Paperback)

4.  The Girls of the Atomic City:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (Paperback)

5.  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (Paperback)

6.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Paperback)

7.  Four by Veronica Roth (Hardback)

8.  The Giver by Lois Lowry (Paperback)

9.  The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Paperback)

10.  The 39 Clues:  Unstoppable:  Flashpoint by Gordon Korman (Hardback)

 

The Paris Architect

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure is a fascinating historical fiction novel set in Paris during World War II. Overrun by German soldiers, the citizens of Paris are left distraught. Architect Lucien Bernard is asked to design factories for the Germans and persuaded to start building secret nooks inside the walls of houses for people to hide. To some he is a traitor and to some a hero. His new, rather lucrative albeit dangerous career is never as simple as one hopes and soon Lucien finds himself forced to make life altering decisions that will forever change the person that he is.

It was intriguing to read about Paris during WWII and how the people felt while being occupied. Most people are fighting to survive and yet there are others who are so consumed with greed that it astounded me. The Paris citizens were faced with cruelty on a daily bases from both Germans and other Frenchmen. The were forced to decide to either help others to survive or turn a blind eye. The intense look at humanity was both heartbreaking and joyful. Written by an architect this book was clearly a nod to design and building, but also a wonderful book on the human condition.