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2016 Top Ten December 16, 2016

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  1. The suspense recommend to me by a patron:
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  2. The surprisingly serious at times comedic biographical title:
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  3.  The book that left me feeling emotionally ravaged:
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  4. The other book that left me feeling emotionally ravaged:
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  5. The book that re-instilled my faith in humanity:
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  6. The delightful little escape title I managed to read in a day:
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  7. The dark and exciting adventure of a brave and curious child:
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  8. The one my daughter asks me to read her every day:
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  9. The one I keep in my purse to entertain my child when we are out and about:
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  10. The cookbook that inspired many family dinners:
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Have a happy, safe, and warm holiday season!

Beth

Gina’s 2016 Top 10 Books! December 16, 2016

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I’m still trying to find my reading style. This past year it has been a mix of nonfiction and fiction. I generally enjoy reading books before it is adapted into a movie, that way I can see the differences.

Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

On My Own by Diane Rehm

 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Happy Holidays!

-Gina

 

2016 Favorites – Top 12 Edition December 16, 2016

Posted by Dori in Book Awards, Book List, Book Review, Historical Fiction, Holiday Books, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers, Top Ten, Top Ten of 2016, Uncategorized.
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2016 was a book lover’s dream – I was like a kid in a candy store. Between reading and listening, I managed to finish a lot of literary fiction, and a few science fiction and suspense titles, but I have some catching up to do into 2017. Here are the books that I relished in 2016, in no particular order:

laroseLaRose by Louise Erdrich
Erdrich is a writer that I never miss and this book sums up what I love so much about her writing: devotion to characters, insightful commentary on American culture, family love and exploration of the mystical.

 

undergroundThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Deserved winner of the National Book Award, this book is a wildly creative and harrowing look at slavery and its legacy. A must read.

 

 

beforeBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley
Hawley, a screenwriter, deftly takes us through a horrific plane crash, exploring the survivor’s guilt and the investigation into the cause.

 

 

mynameMy Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
This small book packs a punch – mother/daughter relationships, poverty, marriage – are all addressed powerfully and in Lucy’s voice – lovely and sad.

 

 

vegetarianThe Vegetarian by Han Kang
There’s no doubt that this is a weird book – it’s about a young woman whose choice to become a vegetarian impacts her whole family in tragic ways – but it’s also both mesmerizing and beautiful.

 

 

queenQueen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Chee’s historical epic about a 19th century American who becomes a famous Parisian courtesan and opera singer envelops and transports you.

 

 

commonCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
This is my first Patchett novel and I may have to read her earlier books based on this one – who doesn’t love a book about a dysfunctional family that sucks you in and doesn’t let go?

 

 

multipleMultiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra
Zambra is a Chilean author and his books often deal with memory and choice within the framework of Chile’s recent authoritarian history. This one’s in the form of a multiple choice test

 

 

goldenThe Golden Age by Joan London
Maybe my favorite of all, London’s look at how people deal with displacement in their lives takes place during the polio epidemic in Australia after World War II. It’s surprisingly sweet and tender and you’ll fall in love with the characters.

 

 

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon
History, relationships, life, love, rockets! – all in Chabon’s signature style.

 

 

 

swingSwing Time by Zadie Smith
I haven’t quite finished Smith’s latest about two young brown girls growing up in London and the different paths they take based on family, race, class and culture, but I’m entranced so far.

 

 

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A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I always like to dip into some great science fiction and I really enjoyed these first two in a series that take us to fantastic parallel worlds.  No. 3 is up next year!

 

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK:

fieldsThe Fields Where They Lay by Timonthy Hallinan
I chose this book for my Holiday read and I think I’ve found a new mystery series! It’s funny and clever and the mystery unfolded perfectly.

 

 

 

If` I could keep going, I’d throw these in as well: Debuts The Mothers by Brit Bennett and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Yid by Paul Goldberg, To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl, A Great Reckoning by  master of mystery Louise Penney, The Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood and The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

Lauren’s Top Ten of 2016 December 16, 2016

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Each year I worry that I won’t know what to come up with for my top ten list–this worrying lasts all of two seconds because as soon as I start to look back over a year’s worth of nose-in-a-book, I realize I read PLENTY of wonderful stuff!  This year my list is a little bit all over the place, just like my reading preferences.  Enjoy! ~Lauren

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The Trespasser by Tana French

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Thrice the Brinded Cath Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

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The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

BONUS SECTION: LATE TO THE PARTY

Here are a couple of extra favorites for me this year that I was inspired to read by my coworkers who picked them for their Top Ten lists last year. So if that initial plug wasn’t enough to motivate you, maybe my two-thumbs-up will help!

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff / The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins / The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Carol’s Top Ten of 2016 December 14, 2016

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Among the books I read, these truly stand out as my favorite books of the year:

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood ~ This novel is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project series and is a modern retelling of The Tempest. In Atwood’s hands Felix is a theater director out for revenge. His long-game plan isto direct Shakespeare’s classic story of magic, fantasy and hatred–in a correctional institute with a cast of mostly non-violent criminals. Nothing could go wrong there, right?

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett ~  Jim and Eva live out three realities and their lives collide in each of them. This novel about the different paths that our lives might follow is great read for anyone enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life. It’ll certainly make you think– What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

At The Edge of The Orchard by Tracy Chevalier ~ 19th-Century America comes alive, warts and all, in a novel that begins in the muddy Black Swamp of Ohio and travels west to the giant Redwoods of California. Think Little House on the Prairie for adults.

The Trespasser by Tana French ~ French continues her gritty Dublin Murder Squad series by focusing on Detective Antoinette Conway in this procedural, that has Conway questioning her loyalty to the job. It’s book #6 but don’t let that stop you. Go now. Read them all.

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claybourne Johnson ~ Reclusive literary legend “Mimi” Banning hires Alice Whitely to care for her awkward, eccentric and endearing 5-year-old son, Frank ,and the result is is a captivating and charming story. Need a smile? This will help.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett ~ Two families are broken apart when Bert Cousins and Beverly Keating fall in love. The result is a multi-layered family drama that I dare you to take your eyes off of.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld ~ This smart and sassy modern updating of Pride and Prejudice works in every way and was oh, so satisfying of a read.

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout ~ Filled with line after line of quotable prose, this novel about author Lucy Barton’s extended hospital visit might be one of my favorite reads of the DECADE and is a powerful story about moving on and learning from one’s past.

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters ~ Victor lives in a present day where the Civil War never happened. A free black man, Victor tracks down escaped slaves for the U.S. Marshall service. This literary thriller will have you racing to its final pages and leave you thinking about it for days.

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ~ This 2016 National Book Award winner tells the story Cora, a slave traveling the underground railroad and desperate for freedom. Excellent writing propels this grim, but ultimately hopeful must-read.

Have the happiest of holidays and keep on reading!                   ~Carol

 

Megan’s Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2016 December 12, 2016

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  1. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones. By day she’s the perfect housewife and mother, but at night Josie is a ruthless killer for hire.

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     2. Giant Days by John Allison.  On their own at university for the first time, Esther, Susan and Daisy become fast friends.

 

   3. Rat Queens vol. 3: Demons by Curtis J. Wiebe. The Rat Queens are a gang of hard-drinking, death-dealing, killers for hire.

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4. Lumberjanes vol. 3: A Terrible Plan and Lumberjanes vol. 4 : Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson. The gang of campers have more adventures at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types!

 

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5. Descender, vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire. In a universe where androids have been outlawed, a young robot and his companion struggle to survive.

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6. Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt. As awesomely weird as My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

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7. Saga, volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan. The story of star-crossed lovers and their daughter continues in this bizarre sci-fi/fantasy blended saga.

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8. Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts by The Awkward Yeti. These comic, starring analytical Brain and optimistic Heart perfectly illustrate the constant battle between heart and head.

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9. Prez, vol.1: Corndog-in-Chief by Mark Russell. This a frighteningly timely political satire.

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10. Mooncop by Tom Gauld. A simple, lovely, and melancholy story about human colonization of the moon.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

My Top 10 in 2016 December 12, 2016

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Brit-Marie was Here: A Novel by Backman, Fredrik

Flight of Dreams by Lawhon, Ariel

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Stewart, Amy

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Kelly, Martha Hall

Lily and the Octopus by Rowley, Steven

My Mrs. Brown: A Novel by Norwick, William

O Great One! A Little Story about the Awesome Power of Recognition

by Novak, David

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Bivald, Katerina

The Summer before the War: A Novel by Simonson, Helen

Time of Fog and Fire by Bowen, Rhys

Most of my 2016 picks are historical fiction.

I hope you enjoy them!

~ Emma

It’s Christmas Cookie time! December 10, 2016

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Have you ever wondered why cookies are such a big part of our Christmas celebrations?  The original Christmas cookie may have been gingerbread.  In Europe in the 1500s, the baking of gingerbread was only allowed by guildsman–professional bakers.  But at Christmas time, these rules were relaxed and the common people were allowed to bake gingerbread in their homes for a special treat.  We’re not restricted to once a year, but this is the time to make those delicious recipes that have been in the family for years, and to try new recipes and start new traditions.  We have plenty of books to help!

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Latest Additions! December 6, 2016

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It may be a rainy day, but at least it’s not snowing. Get out of the rain and come see us at the library. Here are the latest additions to the Reading Room:

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Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

-Gina

Walk off that Thanksgiving Dinner! November 25, 2016

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Turkey day is over, and now we’re the ones who are stuffed!  The weather is still pretty mild by Cleveland standards, so why not get outside while you still can?  We are fortunate to live near one of the greatest park systems in the U.S.–the Cleveland Metroparks.  Also known as the Emerald Necklace, the Cleveland Metroparks include more than 23,000 acres of land on which there are hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle and horse trails.  Take advantage of one of Northeast Ohio’s greatest resources today! Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website for hiking and walking maps and more information  http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Recreation/Hiking-and-Walking-12.aspx.

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