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MariansLibrary’s Winter Reads 2014!


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!!


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

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

A Good Marriage by Stephen King

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

Long Man by Amy Greene

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Some Luck (Book 1 of 3) by Jane Smiley

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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


Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier



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A Fall Harvest of “Hand Picked” Books!


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!


The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold


Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler


The Devil’s Necktie by John Lansing


Help for the Haunted by John Searles


Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt


The Mourning Hours by Paula T. DeBoard


Night Film by Marisha Pessl


The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch


Police (Book 10 Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbo


Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford


The Tilted World by Tom Franklin


Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall


Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda


The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow


Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle



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


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


One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson


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


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



Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick


The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence



Wonder by R.J. Palacio



Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney


Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira


Where’s My Truck? By Karen Beaumont


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“For Man, Autumn Is A Time Of Harvest, Of Gathering Together…” (Edwin Teale)

What an appropriate quote from Edwin Teale to feature as the title for my Fall Reading List!  I spend a great deal of time compiling each seasonal reading list for myself to share with all of my readers.  These chosen titles I’ve assembled are books which hopefully fill the various genres for adult and young adult booklovers.  This list likens to farmers in their fields ready to reap the benefits of their spring and summer efforts.  I pour over countless reviews to decide which books I’m craving to read and optimistically worthy of your choice as well!  I’ve added the three books from the Matthew Corbett Series by author Robert McCammon to read over the next few months.  I fell in love with his book, Boy’s Life, many years ago.  I’ve read nothing but praises for this series from McCammonIf I Stay by Gayle Forman is quite popular with Young Adults.  The sequel, Where She Went, will be out in April 2011 so I recommend reading If I Stay – as you can see I have it on this list.  Also, I’m looking forward to reading Book 2 from The Caster Chronicles, entitled, Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  Are you a fan of the musical, Chicago?  Then you surely won’t want to miss, The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago, by Douglas Perry

Thank you to all who have visited my book blog over last several months.  I have truly appreciated the compliments and words of encouragement from so many of you.  The favorable remarks and the expressions of approval have given me the confidence to continue sharing book lists, my thoughts and my reviews of books with you the reader!

Well, enough of my ramblings – take a glimpse at my Autumn Reads……

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Countdown Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America (Kindle Edition)
The Fall of the House of Walworth by Geoffrey O’Brien

The Girls of Murder City: Fame...The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

Front Cover Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

The God of the HiveThe God of the Hive  (Mary Russell #10)by Laurie R. King

I Am Not A Serial Killer I Am Not a Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1) by Dan Wells

If I Stay If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Front CoverJuliet by Anne Fortier

Front CoverKings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

Front CoverThe Language of Bees (Mary Russell #9) by Laurie R. King

Front CoverMaybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Mister SlaughterMister Slaughter (Matthew Corbett #3) by Robert McCammon

Mockingbird  by Kathryn Erskine

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst

 The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins

Front CoverParticular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Prince of MistThe Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Queen of Bedlam The Queen of Bedlam (Matthew Corbett #2) by Robert McCammon

Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck

 The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Room by Emma Donoghue

Front CoverSpeaks the Nightbird (Matthew Corbett #1) by Robert McCammon

Front Cover These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

Front Cover This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia

Front CoverThe Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

Front CoverA Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff

The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass



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