Staff Reads: October 2014

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlyOctober brings a vibrant variety of colors to our area, and an eclectic array of “reads” from our staff. Here are the books we are reading and listening to this month.

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (FAN; Audio eBook)

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg (YF)

BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING by Malcolm Gladwell (153.44 G543; Audiobook; Large Print)

THE BONE COLLECTOR  by Jeffery Deaver (FIC) • So many twists and turns to the plot. Even if you are an old hand at suspense this will surprise you!
~Deb, Dunlap Branch

CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS by Chris Bohjalian (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print)

DEADLOCKED by Charlaine Harris (MYS; Audiobook; Large Print)

DEVIL’S WAKE by Steven Barnes (HOR)

sr-drama yearsTHE DRAMA YEARS:  REAL GIRLS TALK ABOUT SURVIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL – BULLIES, BRANDS, BODY IMAGE, AND MORE by Haley Kilpatrick (305.235 K48) • As a parent of twin seventh grade girls, this book is especially timely for me, with helpful information for parents and their daughters, as well as for anyone who works with middle schoolers.  ~Annette, Outreach

EVERY LAST SECRET: A MYSTERY by Linda Rodriguez (MYS)

THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury (IF; Audiobook) • Kingsbury is a very popular Inspirational Fiction author, and usually writes books in a series. This is a fictional book about those close to Jesus including Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, James, and Mary, his mother. I’m enjoying it very much; it puts you right there with these people.
~Judi, Newspapers & Magazines

FESTIVE IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (MYS; Audiobook; Large Print)

sr-getting lifeGETTING LIFE:  AN INNOCENT MAN’S 25-YEAR JOURNEY FROM PRISON TO PEACE:  A MEMOIR by Michael Morton (365.6092 M891) • This is a story of a young father who was convicted of his wife’s murder and spent 25 years in prison.  Michael’s only child was 3 at the time of his wife’s death and after his conviction, his son lived with his wife’s sister.  This book is filled with heart-wrenching emotions and ups and downs as Michael continued to proclaim his innocence while he tried to survive prison life.  I began reading this book as a skeptic (“the husband did it” was my mindset), but as time went on and solid evidence was presented, I had a change of heart.  The saddest part of this book for me was that Michael lost all those years with his little boy, who was taught that his father was a killer.  There is hope in the end!  ~Erika, Newspapers & Magazines

THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON by Stephen King (HOR; Audiobook; Large Print)

GLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove (JF)

GRIMM: THE CHOPPING BLOCK, by John Passarella (PHOR)

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J. K. Rowling (FAN, Audiobook, eBook, Large Print, JFIC, YFIC, Spanish)

sr-if hes daring

IF HE’S DARING by Hannah Howell (PROM)

KILLING ORDERS by Sara Paretsky (MYS; Large Print)

L IS FOR LAWLESS by Sue Grafton (MYS; Large Print)

LOOT: HOW TO STEAL A FORTUNE by Jude Watson (JF)

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner (SF; YF; Audiobook)

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs (YF; eBook; GN)

MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal (MYS)

MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT by Kerry Greenwood (MYS)

MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print; Spanish)

sr-nightingales nest

NIGHTINGALE’S NEST by Nikki Loftin (JF)

OUTLAW by Ted Decker (IF)

PETE THE CAT AND THE NEW GUY by James Dean (JE)

POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU, MY PRETTY by Christine Heppermann (811.6 H529)

PRINCESS ELIZABETH’S SPY by Susan Elia MacNeal (MYS)

RECKONING by Kerry Wilkinson (YF)

SANDCASTLE GIRLS by Chris Bohjalian (FIC; Audiobook; Large Print)

SLAVES OF SOCORRO by John Flanagan (JF)

SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

sr-storied life

THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (FIC)

UNDER A GRAVEYARD SKY by John Ringo (SF)

WATER WALKER by Ted Dekker (IF)

THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown (FIC; Audiobook; eBook) • At first, this book is a bit disconcerting because it is narrated in first person plural (we, us, our) with no clear notion which sister is actually telling the tale. It didn’t take long, though, to get into the rhythm. Three sisters, daughters of a Shakespearean professor, reunite in their home town when their mother is diagnosed with cancer. Each brings her own set of struggles. Their relationships with each other are complicated and somewhat adversarial, but loving. Brown’s gift for description and witty dialogue pulled me in. The sisters’ quirky but real-lifelike stories had me caring about them, and hoping for positive outcomes. The Shakespearean references are delightful, but you do not have to be a Shakespeare aficionado (or a sister) to love this book.  ~Moxie, Computer Services

WHAT CAN’T WAIT by Ashley Hope Perez (YF)

Speak Your Mind

*

ELKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
300 SOUTH SECOND STREET
ELKHART, IN 46516
(574) 522-5669
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
ADMINISTRATION
EPL/GPL CONSORTIUM
FINANCIAL REPORT
FRIENDS OF EPL
GIFT PROGRAM
LIBRARY CARDS
LIBRARY FEES & POLICIES
STRATEGIC PLAN