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

 

NEW RELEASES

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (Book 11 in the Mitford series)

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry

Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry (Book 5 in the Rot & Ruin series)

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Book 3 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series) (Limited number of signed copies available at the store.)

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Blood & Salt by Kim Liggett

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Olaf’s Night Before Christmas Book by The Disney Group

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin

Hollow City

After finishing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children a while back, I was saddened to be left adrift along with Jacob, Emma and all the other peculiars from the island. I was ecstatic when Hollow City finally came out and thrilled that the story  picks up right where the first one left off with Jacob and his friends heading to London.

The whole world that Riggs creates for the peculiars to discover is fascinating.  I really enjoyed watching all of the children grow into their powers and discover other peculiar children as they traveled.  The photos are just as unusual as in the first book and follow the story well…almost as if Riggs sat down with a pile of bizarre photos and created stories to explain the unique children in them.

I really hate waiting for the next installment, since we discover Jacob’s hidden talent at the very end of this one. But I’m sure it will be well worth the wait. Loved. This. Book.

February Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of February:

1.  Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

2.  The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

3.   The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

4.   Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

5.   Divergent by Veronica Roth

6.   Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

7.   Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy

8.   Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

9.   Wild Born by Brandon Mull

10.   Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini (sequel to Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker)

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (mass paperback)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series)

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman (boardbook edition)

October Book Club

Here are our upcoming October book discussions

In Store Book Groups

October 10th (7 PM ) The Lit Wit Group:  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

October 17th (7 PM) Fiction Group:  Nothing Lost by John GregoryDunne

October 24th (7 PM) Mystery Group: Bruno, Chief of Police: A Novel of the French Countryside by Martin Walker

Online Group Discussion

Teen Reads with Mostly Books  found on Goodreads

October 1st-14th:  Miss Peregrin’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

October 15th-31st:  Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Ransom Rigg’s debut novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a stunning beginning to an exciting new series.  Jacob had always been close to his grandfather and after he died Jacob discovered some very unusual old photos of his grandfather’s past friends.  The photos, along with a letter that his grandfather left him, made Jacob decide he had to go to the small island off the coast of Wales and look into his grandfather’s past.  Once on the island, Jacob discovers he has a gift,  much like his grandfather had, of being able to see monsters.  Now it is up to Jacob to figure out how to save his new group of friends from these monsters that only he can see.

This was such an exciting read.  The entire story had an air of mystery surrounding it and I was unable to stop reading.  I loved learning about all of the children and their special gifts.  Riggs included old photographs of the children that added such a haunting atmosphere to the novel.  I am already anxiously awaiting book two to see how the adventure continues.