Perfectly in theme with this summer’s reading program theme is: Sci Fi Books that Predicted the Future!
This week’s staff pick of the week is Enigma by Robert Harris. A code breaking mystery set in WWII, this book has it all and is a rivetingly good read.
“A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Enigma‘s hero is Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho’s own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy. The plot is pure fiction but the historical background, Alan Turing’s famous wartime computing project that cracked the German U-boat communications code, is real and accurately portrayed. Enigma is convincingly plotted, forcefully written, and filled with well drawn characters; in short, it’s everything a good technomystery should be”–Taken from Goodreads.com
Check it out today! We have it in regular and large print.
This week’s staff pick of the week is The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. A mildly futuristic fantasy that our staff member wasn’t sure they’d like, but they were “ensnared” after the first few pages. An excellent novel about a strong young woman trying to figure out who she is and how to fix a kingdom. There are thieves, assassins, kidnappings… and no romance. The first of a trilogy, this was a great read, and it’s already been optioned into a movie.
“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…
And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
Published: Jun 26, 2014 by Harper
Find in the Library
2013 was a phenomenal year for books, and there are a lot of “best of 2013” lists. If you don’t know what to read this summer, why don’t you check out one of last year’s best?
You can also look at our Staff Pick of the Week Blog Posts (collected here on Facebook) or Bookmarks when you visit the library!
Don’t forget that everything you read counts towards our Summer Reading program!
We have 12 bookmarks broken up by genre, including: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, YA, Nonfiction, and Classics. They’re even color-coded! Nonfiction titles are blue, fiction is green, and YA is black. Bookmarks can be found at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and in the YA room on top of the display. Not every bookmark is out all the time, so keep checking back!
Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading! Registration just opened, get started today and earn some great prizes – check out our Summer page and look at the prizes you could win in your category. Please note that Children’s is broken into Toddlers and older children… both titled “Fizz Boom Read”.