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MariansLibrary’s Winter Reads 2014!

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Can you believe another Winter is upon us?!! Christmas will be here in a matter of days and what better gift to give or receive but a book?! You might decide to purchase one of these titles I chose for my Winter Reads 2014 selection — there’s still time for that last minute gift!

As always, I love reading new books by authors I’ve previously read! I’m looking forward to reading another Alan Bradley book, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, starring his young sleuth, Flavia de Luce. Lisa Unger’s book, In the Blood, kept me on the edge of my seat, and the reviews have already been praising her February release of, Crazy Love You! Don’t miss it! I fell in love with Graeme Simsion’s, The Rosie Project, this past year so I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel, The Rosie Effect! For those of you who enjoyed Amanda Eyre Ward’s, How To Be Lost, you’ll be happy to hear, The Same Sky, will be released on January 20th. Jane Smiley’s, A Thousand Acres, was beloved by so many, including myself, that I’ve added, Some Luck, to my list. My list wouldn’t be complete without Stephen King’s short story, A Good Marriage!

I’m ready to begin reading from this newest list of books! If last Winter was any indication of what we might have in store for us, then I have no doubt that I will be able to get plenty of reading accomplished!

As always, Happy Reading!!

ADULT FICTION

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

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A Good Marriage by Stephen King

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The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

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Long Man by Amy Greene

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The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

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Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

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The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

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My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

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Some Luck (Book 1 of 3) by Jane Smiley

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

YOUNG ADULT

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

ADULT NON-FICTION

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Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

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Marianslibrary’s Spring Reads 2014!

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Is it Spring yet?!! It’s having quite a difficult time in arriving here in Illinois & other parts of the country even though today is the first OFFICIAL day. And…there’s a bit more snow in our forecast. Hopefully by posting my Spring Reads 2014 it’ll give Mother Nature a nudge in our favor.

This winter, with the 70+ inches of snow that has already fallen, it gave me quite an opportunity to read over 20 books and read an amazingly amount of book reviews! I wanted to put each and every title on this list but realistically I knew I had to tweak it.

In a book club? Then I need to mention our book club has selected The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd for April and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for May!

Make sure to take a look at the Children’s books I’ve included for Spring. One can never go wrong for a read aloud with a Judith Sierra book & I can wait to read EIEIO! I’ll be filling my grandsons’ Easter baskets with all three books I’ve listed.

Do you fondly remember, E.L. Konigsberg’s classic middle grade book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?! You’re in for a treat with Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

I fell in love with the YA book, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, from my Winter Reading List, so I’m onto Fangirl next and looking forward to July 8th when her newest book, Landline, launches!

You’ll spot many books you’ll want to add to your list in my lengthy Adult Fiction section. I have several new books by authors whose works I’ve read previously and many authors who are new to me that I’m being introduced to this Spring!

I’m always intrigued by any true story about crime and Douglas Perry’s newest, Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, won’t disappoint your fascination either.

Thanks for the memories Old Man Winter but this girl is ready for Spring!
Happy Reading!!

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ADULT FICTION

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Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

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The Boy in the Suitcase (book 1) by Lene Kaaberbole

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Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck

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Hyde by Daniel Levine

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (April Book Club Selection)

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The Kept by James Scott

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (May Book Club Selection)

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The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6) by Elly Griffiths

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Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

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The Rosary Girls (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #1) by Richard Montanari

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

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The Stolen Ones (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #7)by by Richard Montanari

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (April’s LibraryReads #1 Favorite)

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The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert

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The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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Wolverton Station by Joe Hill

ADULT NON-FICTION

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Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Douglas Perry

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy Book 1) by Sally Green

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

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Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

CHILDRENS

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Dot by Randi Zuckerberg

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EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help From a Hen by Judy Sierra

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The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

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A Fall Harvest of “Hand Picked” Books!

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Here’s my newest harvest of books to sweeten your ever growing yield for an autumn reading list. You’ll discover books for all age groups & a plethora of genres to meet everyone’s special interests.
As always, I’ve included new books from several of my revered authors: Oliver Potzsch, Jo Nesbo, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bill Bryson, Jamie Ford, Anna Dewdney, & Karen Beaumont.

Take special note of the Middle Grade fiction book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, I’ve singled out. This fall at my school, Wonder, is being read individually by all of our 7th graders and our 5th, 6th, & 8th grade teachers are using it as a read aloud. Many book aficionados are calling this a modern day classic, a must school wide reading book, and a story that is not limited to only middle grade students. As adults we all can empathize with the angst of growing up in middle school & you’ll soon discover a bond with Auggie Pullman.
“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.” (Wonder, Palacio)

I now have two very special & critical new book reviewers, pictured above, my 2-year-old grandsons, Bryce & Kashton! They’ve helped to choose a few of their favorite read-aloud books to share with you! A superb read-aloud book for them qualifies ONLY if it can be read over & over again — continuously if I might add, in one sitting!

Happy Reading!
Kathy

ADULT FICTION

The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

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Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

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The Devil’s Necktie by John Lansing

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Help for the Haunted by John Searles

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Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

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The Mourning Hours by Paula T. DeBoard

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch

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Police (Book 10 Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbo

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Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin

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Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

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Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

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The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow

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Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

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ADULT NON-FICTION

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, & a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard

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One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

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Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America by Mark Kurlansky

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Shattered Image: “My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban

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YA FICTION

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

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MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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CHILDREN’S FICTION

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

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Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira

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Where’s My Truck? By Karen Beaumont

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