Staff Picks

Enjoy …  “The Joy of Books”

Catalog Tip: Remember, when browsing the catalog,  to look for “similar books”.   You may find something else you would like to read!

We hope you will enjoy several of these titles, as we did, and share them with others!

Sharon’s picks

Bloodline and Refusal by Felix Francis

Felix Francis is doing a perfect job of continuing the British horse racing mystery novels created by his father, Dick Francis. In Refusal, favorite ex-jockey turned PI Sid Halley returns, and in Bloodline, television race-presenter Mark Shillingford investigates the mysterious death of his twin sister, jockey Claire Shillingford, after he confronts her about possible race fixing.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

All the Shopaholic books are over the top zany. The problems Becky Bloomwood gets herself into will make you cringe, but the way she works them out in the end will make you cheer.

 

Karen’s pick

Inheritance: the vault of souls by Christopher Paolini

The imperial cruise: a secret history of empire and war by James Bradley

Legend by Marie Lu

Habibi by Craig Thompson

The New York Five by Brian Wood

 

Karla’s picks

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

 

Monique’s picks

Pastrix: The cranky, beautiful life of a sinner and saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber

The cranky, beautiful faith of a sinner and saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber.  The author is a Lutheran pastor in Denver. She breaks pretty much all stereotypes and leads an unusual but quickly growing congregation in the emerging church movement. Her personal journey and the story of her church are interwoven with honesty and humor in a way that makes you rethink a lot of things, not the least of which are what it means to be a Christian and what church is all about. Regardless of your personal beliefs, this book will provide food for thought regarding the role that Christianity plays in our society.

Christianity after Religion: The end of church and the birth of of a new spiritual awakening by Diana Butler Bass

Marilyn’s picks

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

I have enjoyed the Rosato & Associates legal thrillers written by Scottoline so I recently picked up Don’t Go.  This is a departure from her more humorous novels.  It is  a story about a doctor-soldier whose wife dies while he is serving in Afghanistan.  As he tries to re-establish a relationship with his infant daughter a mystery unfolds surrounding the death of his wife.  The reader wonders whom to trust as the story evolves. This is a captivating story presenting several ethical dilemmas.  Scottoline has also recently written Accused, the next in the Rosato & Associates series.  If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll like the Rosato series!

 

Brenda’s picks

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The  story of Rosie and Don continues in this sequel to The Rosie Project. Another fun and awkward romantic romp!

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

A preacher leaves his wife in a disintegrating society to bring the gospel to a race of beings on a distant planet. Disturbing and thought provoking.

The Martian by Andy Weir

You can’t keep a good astronaut down, not even when he’s left for dead on an uninhabitable planet with no hope of rescue.  Of course there will be no rescue, because they think he’s dead, right? But he’s not. Now what?

Corrag by Susan Fletcher

Historical fiction about the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan in Glencoe, Scotland. Arrested as a witch, tiny, otherworldly Corrag is a witness to the murders, and she tells the story in an ethereal, mystical voice. Absolutely beautiful.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Have you ever listened to the news and wondered, “Where are the heroes?”  Mountains beyond Mountains details the life and work of Dr. Paul Farmer, who is a modern day hero, bringing hope and practical help to some of the world’s least privileged people.

Me Before You and other books by JoJo Moyes

Chick lit with an edge.