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Top Ten + four + one =Stacey’s List of 2014 December 12, 2014

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It’s so hard to pick just a few friends for special attention from such a crowded list of good stuff, but I did my best! Part of what helped me narrow my focus was to avoid authors I know I’ve mentioned before, adding in a few nonfiction, setting aside my extra four for just teen titles, and my plus one is poetry. And of course, just like years before, I give you my list in the very best Librarian-style order… they are Alphabetical by Author!

Ten -Fiction/Nonfiction for Adult Readers

The Enchanted: A Novel The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
Dark souls wander through the dungeon waiting for death to help them make their escape; Arden will break your heart.

Book Cover Image. Title: 10% Happier:  How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story, Author: Dan Harris10% Happier by Dan Harris
Newsman Harris shares his personal journey from stressed-out ambition to blissed-out satisfaction; that’s right, meditation is the key.

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic QuestSavage Harvest by Carl Hoffman
I may have learned way too much about cannibalism for my liking, but this was a fascinating look at how Western society often wrongly dismisses customs and traditions we don’t understand; Michael Rockefeller paid the ultimate price for making that cultural mistake.

Book Cover Image. Title: We are Called to Rise, Author: Laura McBrideWe Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
I love Bashkim and could have read a whole book about just him, but was still able to find room in my heart for all the other characters in this story.

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I listened to this one and the Australian accent was delightful! Oh, and the story was equally engaging!

23) The Crane WifeThe Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
The author delved into the tough topics of love and forgiveness, along with a touch of humor and beautiful book-art imagery.

Delicious! Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
I might be a picky eater but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to read about food! This book has the added features of referring to Homefront recipes from World War II, James Beard as minor character, and -super features- Cleveland’s West Side Market and Akron key to the story!

The Paris WinterThe Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson
In the early 1900s, Maud wants to be both a respectable lady *and* an artist in Paris? A nearly impossible task, but she does try -and it almost kills her, literally.

Review: Casebook by Mona SimpsonCasebook by Mona Simpson
As Miles tells the story of his parents’ divorce, it’s easy to get swept up in drama. I love how the author is able to make those small moments of life into something special, but never sinks into the overly sentimental.

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open HeartMr. Owita’s Garden by Carol Wall
I might not be a gardener so some of the finer points of the plant selections were lost on me but I did understand (and appreciated) the deep, abiding friendship that developed between Carol and Mr. Owita.

Four -Teen Titles
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Each one is better than the last!
We Were Liars by E Lockhart
So many really smart surprises!
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
A fantastic conclusion to an outstanding series!
Homeland by Cory Doctorow
Ack! (Scary stuff to think about -but worth it!)

One -Poetry
Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson
Gorgeous.

Happy reading!

— Stacey

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