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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 28, 2008 by William Morrow
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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

David Levithan

Published: Jan 04, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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It’s the end of the year, which means there are tons and tons of “Best Book” list variations coming out for 2014.  You’ve probably heard of some of the top picks this year like Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, All The Light I Cannot See, Redeployment… but it is hard to keep up when there are literally dozens, if not hundreds of lists.

Luckily, Penguin House Publishers has made it extremely easy to find all the top lists in one place: The Best of the Book Lists.  They’ll be continuously updating it, which makes it even better!

Check out some of 2014’s best today!

 

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Among Others by Jo Walton is this week’s staff pick, and is just fantastic. Read the summary, try the book – we think you’ll agree.

“Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Among Others

Jo Walton

Published: Jan 18, 2011 by Tor Books
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