Stingray Afternoons

Jane’s Pick: Stingray Afternoons by Steve Rushin Nice easy summer read – especially if you grew up in the 70s. Although technically a coming of age story, this book reads more like a stream of conscious nostalgia ride through various pop culture artifacts of 1970s Americana. Rushin hops from one item to the next, leap…

Looking for Alaska

Dallas’ Pick: Looking for Alaska By: John Green  John Green has come out with another book that grabs our emotions and ties them in knots.  This book was actually published in 2005, seven years before The Fault in our Stars. Nobody had really heard of John Green as an author so it was not as…

American Gods

Jane’s Pick: American Gods by Neil Gaiman Although, Gaiman’s writing had me from page one – it was the unexpected unfolding of this peculiar tale that had me going back and back again. The basic premise is that a war is coming; a war between the mythologies of old and their modern replacements. The book…

Magpie Murders

Sara’s Pick: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Alan Conway is a disagreeable, but popular mystery author whose books are set in the English countryside. A cleaning lady dies in an accident (or was she pushed?), the lord of the manor is murdered, his Roman antique coins and jewelry are stolen … Then Alan dies after…

The Nest

Jane’s Pick: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney I thought the Nest was the perfect summer read. I got swept up by the story of four adult siblings all waiting for the “Nest” – the family’s term for the inheritance they will receive when the youngest turns 40.  Each of the siblings is dysfunctional in…

Kingdom Keepers

Dallas’ Pick: Kingdom Keepers: Disney after Dark By: Ridley Pearson ATTENTION ALL DISNEY FANS!!! This is an absolutely must read! I went to Disney for the first time last year and came across this book at the library. Working in the Children’s Department I figured it would be a fun read. It was so much…

It’s Always the Husband

Sara’s Pick: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell Three college roommates: an out-of-control New York sophisticate, a townie, and one on scholarship from the Midwest, share a dysfunctional relationship with each other at a small Ivy League school. There is a shocking tragedy spring of their freshman year and a murder twenty years later…

I’m Traveling Alone

Sara’s Pick: I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork Someone is killing six-year-old girls and posing them with their school backpacks at their feet and a note saying “I’m traveling alone”. Police race to stop the killer as they realize the granddaughter of the chief investigator is the next target. A psychological thriller with another twist…

Maybe in Another Life

Cori’s Pick: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid If you’re looking for a good pool or beach read this summer – this recommendation is for you! At age twenty-nine, Hannah has moved six times and had countless jobs. Still trying to figure out what she’s…

The Fault in Our Stars

Dallas’ Pick: The Fault in Our Stars By: John Green I think that John Green is a fun writer in general. He has a way that he writes deep and dark in more of a personal style. Most of his novels could be real stories with a little imagination thrown in. The Fault in Our…

Handmaid’s Tale

Kathryn’s Pick: Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood I have seen The Handmaid’s Tale pass through my hands countless times and have never considered picking it up for myself until a few days ago. I finished this book in less than 24 hours because I simply just could not put it down. In this this novel…

Stung

Kathryn’s Pick: Stung by Bethany Wiggins Imagine falling asleep in your bed only to wake up in a completely altered version of your world. For one teen that was exactly the case. This novel follows the story of Fiona, a lone girl who woke in her bed with a strange tattoo on her arm in…