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

 

Faceoff

Faceoff is a compilation of short stories edited by David Baldacci. This book is great because each short story has two characters who are often the heroes from their own series who faceoff (or work together to take down the bad guy). Short stories are so much fun when it is a new story with a beloved character or a great story from a new author. I loved how riddled this book is with some of my favorite mystery authors.

Here is a brief look at a few of my favorites:

When Jack Reacher walks into a bar in Boston to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox, I knew something fun was going to happen. Nick Heller was sitting two stools away and within a couple of innings they had figured out the man sitting between them was trouble. I loved seeing how each of the characters sizes up the situation and helps in their unique way!
(Lee Child & Joseph Finder)

I thoroughly enjoyed Cotton Malone meeting Gray Pierce in the South American jungle while they were each on the same assignment. Working together the two take care of business and in just a few pages are on their way. It amazed me that the authors can create such a seamless story together and still stay true to their own characters and writing style.
(Steve Berry & James Rollins)

And on the creepy side was R. L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy against Preston/Child’s Agent Pendergast in a gaslight story of the weirdest kind. There is something for every mystery fan in this book.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Remedy by Suzanne Young (Book 3 in the Program series)

Odin’s Ravens by K. L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr

Chu’s Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

The Memory Man by David Baldacci

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (Book 5 in the Penn Cage series)

The China Mirage:  The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia by James Bradley

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (The latest in the Tess Monaghan series) (Hardback)

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Book 5 in the Clifton Chronicles) (Hardback)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Paperback)

The Target by David Baldacci (Mass Paperback)

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (Mass Paperback)

The City by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Shame and Captives by Thomas Keneally (Hardback)

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Hardback)

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (Paperback)

Unchanged by Jessica Brody (Book 3 in the Unremembered Trilogy) (Hardback)

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (the latest in the Princess Academy series) (Hardback)

 

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Target by David Baldacci

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende (paperback)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (paperback)

The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (paperback)

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (paperback)

Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis (paperback)

December Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of December:

https://i2.wp.com/images.booksense.com/images/books/265/124/FC9780062124265.JPG1  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

2  Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly

3  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

4  The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7) by Jeff Kinney

5  The Mark of Athena (book 3 of the Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

6  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

7  Santa is Coming to Arizona by Steve Smallman

8  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

9  The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

10  The Forgotten by David Baldacci