Megan’s More than 10 Top Picks of 2015

Normally I love making lists of books, but I agonize over these end of the year favorites lists. After reviewing all the books that I read this year I discovered that this is the first time in many years that I read more adult (non-YA) books that YA books. Does this mean I am a real grown-up now? I hope not! I also noted that this was a year dominated by science fiction, fantasy, and amazing graphic novels.  Ok, let’s get started!

  1. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones.

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2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.


3. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.


4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.


5. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. (This is a bit of a tease as it isn’t due out until March 2016)


6. Bingo’s Run by James Levine.

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7. Lock In by John Scalzi.

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8. The Martian by Andy Weir.


9. Descender, vol.1: Tin Stars by Jeff Trillium.

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10. Rat Queens, vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery and vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygot by Kurtis Wiebe.

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Of course, I can’t finish this list without mentioning some of my favorite YA books.

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Happy Reading!


Lastest Additions

Oh, what a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we where digging out of a late fall blizzard and bracing ourselves for more snow and record cold. It was weather that demanded we hunker down and read. A year later it’s nothing but clear skies and temperatures in the 60’s. It’s perfect weather for an outdoor project or a walk on the beach. I managed to squeeze both of those into my day yesterday; an audiobook and my dog my constant companions. My amazing and handy brother built me a bench from our grandmother’s old bed frame. Look at all that sun! Note the T-shirt! Later, Kevin (the dog) and I explored a new stretch of beach down at Edgewater and discovered this unusual structure. All the while, I was riveted by Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith. This third book in the Cormoran Strike series is definitely my favorite. One of my awesome colleagues already entered this title into the Reading Room.

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Whether you are looking to hunker down and read or trying to soak up every last bit of warmth and sunshine, the Reading Room will help you find the perfect book. Check out some of these Latest Additions or explore the extensive back list of titles.

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.


Ana of California by Andi Teran.

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This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison.

And finally, here is a sneak peek at a book coming in 2016:

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, February 2, 2016 (put yourself on hold now!)

Happy Reading!


Latest Additions


The frost is not yet on the pumpkin and the days are still glorious. The librarians here have enjoyed the weather of the past week and reading these books.

Aquarium by David Vann

AquariumView in the Reading Room

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

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All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

all the starsView in the Reading Room

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

mistbornView in the Reading Room

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

mountain storyView in the Reading Room

And don’t forget about the books coming Tomorrow, November 10th!

The Promise by Robert Crais

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Destiny and Power : the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child



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Be first to read some of these debut novels coming in August!

THE DAUGHTERS by Adrienne Celt

Lulu can’t sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn’t dared utter a note. She’s afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.


A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.


Roberta, a bibliophile works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. She discovers a letter inside her grandmother’s old suitcase that provides insight into her grandmother’s past and to the family’s history.


A family’s world is upended when the oldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.


Twelve-year-old Caroline doesn’t understand why her mother avoids the family lakeside home, which she herself loves.


Looking Ahead to 2013

I know we still have a few more days of looking back over 2012, but I am ready to start looking ahead to 2013.  Most of my highly anticipated releases of 2013 are young adult books, but there are a handful of adult books that I can’t wait to read.

I am eager to get a turn with Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, due out in January. This is the story of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, a freed slave names Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.

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I am also very excited about the January release of Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland, by Bill Willingham. This is one of my favorite graphic novel series and I highly recommend. If you are new to graphic novels, this is a fantastic place to start.


February brings the next installment in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. I love the audiobook versions of these books and can’t wait to listen to Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. Don’t know about Flavia? Start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.


This summer you’ll find me on a patio somewhere with a copy of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. There is no cover art for this one yet, but based on her past books I am sure it will be lovely. These are my favorites:

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July will also bring the final installment of the Spellman Files, The Last Word by Lisa Lutz. This is one of my favorite series and I am excited that there will be more and sad that is will be over. I am sure Lisa Lutz has something else spectacular and fun just waiting to be released. I hope. Please be true. Again, no cover art, but the rest of the books in the series got new art. I like it. Start at the beginning with The Spellman Files.


And last, but not least, I *hope* that I will get the final installment of the Locke & Key series, Omega by Joe Hill. There is no release date as of yet, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get my hands on it sometime in 2013. I loved this series so much that I am considering a reread while I wait. Check out the first one, Welcome to Lovecraft.


What books are you looking forward to in the new year?

Happy Reading (and Happy New Year)!



The End of a Series

The countdown has begun for the sixth, and final, book in Jean M. Auel’s epic Earth’s Children series. What started with Clan of the Cave Bear will conclude with Land of Painted Caves, due out on March 29, 2011.

I’ve never read the books but they have been bestsellers since the first one came out in 1980. Check out what staff thought of Auel’s books in the Reading Room.

— Julie

News for Sherlock fans

No, not Sherlock Hemlock (although I love him too), but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful detective, Sherlock Holmes. Orion Publishing Group has announced that Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series and the BBC series “Midsomer Murders” and “Foyle’s War,”  has been chosen to bring Holmes back to literary life.  

Horowitz has said he will try to “produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.”  According to the Vancouver Sun, this is the first time Doyle’s estate has approved a new Sherlock Holmes story. It is due to be published in England this September, and I for one will be on the lookout for it’s arrival in the US!

— Julie

Dan Brown Won’t Let me Down


Back in 1999 while booktalking about new thrillers at a library conference, I held up Angels & Demons by Dan Brown showing that neat original cover that looked the same upside down. Think “ambigram.” I’d forgotten all about it until just recently when another librarian said to me, “I remember you, you held up Dan Brown’s book and said he was going to be the hot new thriller author way before The Da Vinci Code was published. angels-and-demons







Since then, over the years, I’ve picked other winners in my booktalks, but a couple real “dogs,” too.  Hopefully, my picks for the “hot” reading this summer will all be sizzlers!




June: Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver – A standalone thriller about a serial killer who puts up roadside crosses with the intent to kill someone rather than as a memorial.




black-hillsJuly: Black Hills by Nora Roberts – A new romantic thriller about reunited childhood friends who must work together to solve a series of crimes threatening a wildlife refuge.





silent-hourAugust: The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta – The 4th book in the Lincoln Perry investigator series. Set in Cleveland, these just get better and better!





September: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – Robert Langdon returns for his third adventure.


It’s been a long wait, but I know that Dan Brown won’t let me down.