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What’s your New Years resolution? If it involves reading more or starting a new book club, we can help!

We have oodles of Book Club Kits available for check out.  These are available all year long and are constantly updated.  If you want to find out more, please visit the Book Club section of our website, where you’ll find a list of available titles and how you can request a kit.

As for reading more, we offer a variety of book recommendations.

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

– We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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For the end of 2014/beginning of 2015 instead of a new Staff Pick of the Week, we’re going to list the books that you, our fantastic patrons, read the most this year.  We’re going to do the Top 10 in several categories.

We also have your most read titles of 2014 on Bookmarks at the Circulation desk!

Adult Fiction: 

1. Inferno – Dan Brown

2. Sycamore Row – John Grisham

3. The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

4. The Hit – David Baldacci

5. Mistress – James Patterson

6. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

7. Cross My Heart – James Patterson

8. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting – Mary Higgins Clark

9. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson

10. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

 

Young Adult Fiction:

1. Allegiant – Veronica Roth

2. Prodigy – Marie Lu

3. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

4. The Elite – Kiera Cass

5. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

6. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies – Sara Shepard

7. The Kiss – James Patterson

8. The Fall of Five – Pittacus Lore

9. Perfect Scoundrels – Ally Carter

10. Oblivion – Anthony Horowitz
Biography:

1. My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor

2. Waiting to be Heard – Amanda Knox

3. The First Muslim: The story of Muhammad – Lesley Hazleton

4. A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout

5. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

6. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

7. Empty Mantions – Bill Dedman

8. Ava Gardner – Peter Evans

9. Anne Frank – Melissa Muller

10. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks – Jeanne Theoharis

 

Nonfiction:

1. Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead – Sheryl Sandberg

2. David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants – Malcolm Gladwell

3. Killing Jesus : a history – Bill O’Reilly

4. Core strength training : the complete step-by-step guide to a stronger body and better posture for men and women

5. Dad is fat – Jim Gaffigan

6. The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin

7. Culinaria Hungary – Aniko Gergely

8. Zealot : the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan

9. The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey – Marvin Gabpultos

10. Past tense : 365 daily tools for putting stress behind you – for good! – Shawn Kilgarlin

 

J FIC:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

2. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

3. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker – Rachel Renee Russell

4. Big Nate Flips Out – Lincoln Peirce

5. The First Samurai – Leonardo Favia

6. Stick Dog – Tom Watson

7. Day of Doom – David Baldacci

8. My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – James Patterson

9. The Secret of the Fairies – Thea Stilton

10. Mystery of the Midnight Rider – Carolyn Keene

 

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In honor of the holidays, we suggest the hilarious Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror.  Our staffer can’t recommend this enough, read it now.

‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 


The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Christopher Moore

Published: Oct 13, 2005 by William Morrow
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Join us on Saturday, January 9th for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

After four har13158800rowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them. (Publisher’s Description)

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is our staff pick this week.  This is a super quick read (less than a day, no problem), but if you’ve ever been in a relationship or want to be in one this should be required reading.  It tells the story of one relationship in the form of journal-like dictionary entries, and is honest, true even though it’s fiction, funny, and sad – like all relationships.

“A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.“–Taken from Goodreads.com


The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

David Levithan

Published: Jan 04, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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