Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: On My Winter "To Be Read" List

On My Winter “To Be Read” List

The snow has set in and at this time of year all I want to do is have a mug of something hot, a pine scented candle burning, and a book in my lap. Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading this winter.

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Roberts recently came out with her newest book and the start of a new series, the Cousins O’Dwyer. Now I’m not typically a Roberts reader, but this one caught my eye. Iona comes from a family who is deeply rooted in magic and the Irish soil. Slowly she will unfold the legends of the past, and the promise of a new life in Ireland. 

http://discover.mentorpl.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1314357__Sleague%20of%20denial__Orightresult__X5?lang=eng&suite=cobaltLeague of Denial: The NFL, concussions, and the battle for the truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
This book uncovers the NFL’s cover up of football players and the brain damage they incur from a lifetime of working as battering rams. The authors show the medical and personal evidence that NFL football, the $10 billion business, causes all sorts of long term health problems. This book is HUGE and has caused waves in the sports industry.

The Returned by Jason Mott
I heard about this at a conference about book clubs. This book was praised as a great new book that will get people talking. What if your long dead relatives and loved ones started returning from the dead? Not as zombies, but as the people they were. This dives into the emotional and psychological issues of a society where some are coming back, whereas others remain in their graves.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
A new Young Adult novel about Josie, who lives in a brothel with her prostitute mother. This book takes place in New Orleans and is about Josie’s struggles to escape until an investigation pulls her back into the underworld. 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
A children’s novel about…a library!!! The best way I can describe this book is as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Westing Game. Mr. Lemoncello is an eccentric gamemaker who recently opened up a library. Twelve children are chosen for a lock in at the library, but there happen to be some pretty high stakes for the contestants in what is actually a great game!

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
A novel of magical realism about Colonial Malaya and the ancient customs that bind one girl’s fate to that of a ghost. Li Lan has been offered as the ghost bride, an ancient custom to quiet the dead, to the Lim family’s deceased son. Now she is chained to a ghost and enters the otherworld every night, but she is also a part of the Lim family and must figure out their dark secrets before she is trapped in the netherworld.

Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
A collection of short stories in a “world filled with animals and nature and family who hate and love and mostly need one another--and it feels complete” (Alexandra Foster).

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl
Julia writes about her rite of passage as the member of a large family whose patriarch owned a restaurant. Working in their father’s restaurant was mandatory for this family, and thus Sunday Brunch, their weekly ritual became part of Julia’s youth. This nonfiction book talks about growing up in chaos and the lessons learned from working in the family restaurant.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
A novel about the Circle, a new social media site and how it swallows Mae Holland. The book explores the chilling and vague side of the social media site as Mae becomes obsessed with being accepted by coworkers and the online community while losing touch with her loved ones. This novel has gotten nods from the award circuit.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang
A translated Korean fable about a hen named Sprout, who is no longer content to lay eggs for other people. Instead, Sprout plans to escape and make a life of her own where she can be free to lay her own eggs.

What about you? What will you read this winter?

~Kristin M.

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