Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What Should I Read Next?

If you loved the Percy Jackson & the Olympian series, then try these other great action-packed adventure series.

The Alchemyst: Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (no, not that Michael Scott)

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

6,000 years in the past, twelve-year-old Tarak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father--to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit seeking a way to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.

Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch

Twelve-year-old Jack, freed from a dismal orphanage, makes his way to the elusive and impossible Imagine Nation, where a mentor saves him from dissection and trains him to use his superpower, despite the virus he carries that makes him a threat.

Passenger by Jane Yolen

Abandoned in the woods of medieval England, a young boy grows wild during the subsequent year in which he is forced to forage for food and run from wolves, until he is rescued by a falconer and remembers his name and the legacy of magic he is to inherit.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Don't Read Romances!

Here we have a variety of romantic stories. Some are lighthearted while others are much more bittersweet. These are about all relationships, not just the romantic one between the protagonists.

The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
Ending her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, successful, twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Pratt struggles to deal with the sense of emptiness she hides behind an independent facade.

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Rescued during a break-in by an unlikely hit man who has been directed by the mob to protect her, food writer Agnes Crandall finds her situation further complicated by a missing cache of money that becomes a key factor in a Southern mafia wedding.

The Boy I Loved Before by Jenny Colgan
While dealing with her friend's wedding and prompted by her boyfriend's proposal, Flora Scurrison makes a wish that she could live her life again and wakes up the next morning to discover that she is once again sixteen years old.

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman
Harvard Law graduate Emilia Greenleaf's perfect life with her beloved husband Jack is turned upside down by her new preschool-age stepson, William, a situation that is further complicated when she loses her own newborn daughter.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

We Love Vince Flynn

If you're eagerly awaiting the release of Vince Flynn's latest political thriller later this Fall (Kill Shot, coming this October*), you may need a few books to tide you over until then. If you enjoy international intrigue, political crises, technical details, and complex missions full of fast-paced action, give these other authors a try.

Tom Clancy
Why: Thick with dramatic tension, featuring heroes who must triumph in order to save the civilized world, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn write thrilling espionage fiction set against a backdrop of horrors fresh from the front page.

Jack Higgins
Why: Jack Higgins' fast-paced, action-packed novels are often characterized as Adventure novels, but he features elements of Political Thrillers as well--international intrigue, conspiracy, espionage. His series heroes, while more amoral, echo Flynn's series lead Mitch Rapp's independence and drive for justice.

Robert Ludlum
Why: Looking for action-packed, fast-paced Spy Thrillers featuring a heady mix of espionage, conspiracy, political suspense, and terrorists whose actions cause wide-ranging international implications? Both Vince Flynn and Robert Ludlum should fit the bill!

Daniel Silva
Why: Flynn and Silva both write fast-paced and suspenseful Suspense stories and spy fiction books for adults concerning Terrorism and international intrigue

* Did you know that you can request a book before it is in our catalog -- even before it is released? Simply fill out this form and, if we get the title, we will put your name down for it. And, yes, of course we will be getting Kill Shot. So if you want it first, act now!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This One's for the Guys: Sports Fiction

With football season almost upon us, a reading list for sports fans seems entirely relevant. Besides, you need something handy to get you through all those commercial breaks.

The Red Zone by Mike Lupica

Sudden Death by David Rosenfelt

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School Reading for Adults

I apologize for the summer hiatus, but promise the blog will be back in full swing. To kick off the beginning of the fall semester, I humbly submit a back to school themed reading list for you adults.

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin

Tildy Stratton is the undisputed queen bee of the ninth grade class at Mount St. Gabriel's all-girls' Catholic School. Chloe Starnes, a student recently taken in by her uncle following her mother's death, is thrilled when Tildy befriends her. When Tildy has Chloe and all her classmates acting in a play based on the founding story of the school it changes her life, their teacher's and the school's matriarch, forever. So much so that 50 years later she is still trying to reconcile the past and the present. Read it if you like: Character-driven fiction, literary fiction, reflective and relaxed paced fiction.

Schooled by Anisha Lakhani

Struggling to make ends meet as a poorly paid Manhattan private school teacher, Anna joins an underground circle of nighttime tutors for privileged students and finds herself indoctrinated into her patrons' affluent lifestyles. Read it if you like: quick and humorous reads, a taste for New York high society life.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

During the late 1980s, fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora leaves behind her close-knit, middle-class Indiana family to enroll in an elite co-ed boarding school in Massachusetts, becoming a shrewd observer of, and eventually a participant in, their rituals and customs. Read it if you like: coming-of-age stories, candid and witty writing, a bittersweet tone.

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

In the wake of a drama teacher's decision to direct "Lysistrata" for the high school play, the women in the town begin to reject their husbands and boyfriends in ways that force both men and women to reevaluate their views on relationships. Read it if you like: multi-voice fiction, magical realism, women's fiction.