Winter Reading Program Favorites

 

Our first annual Winter Reading Program for adults and teens wrapped up last week, so now it’s time to share some of our patrons’ favorite books that they read in January and February!  Click on a cover to place a hold or get more information about a book.  All reviews and comments are kept anonymous.

Fiction

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
FICTION COLLINS

“Some of the stories were written like poetry, some were rather vague, but they were all sad.”

 

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
FICTION PICOULT

“Amazing!!”

 

 

The Help by Katherine Stockett
FICTION STOCKETT

“A page turner telling the story of the help in the 1960 in Jackson, Mississippi.  The book was amusing and an eye opener to events.”

 

 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
EBOOK

“I liked the fact that the story is written in a series of letters, making the reader pay close attention to the clues to figure out when in time it is.”

 

 


Mystery

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
MYSTERY ABBOTT

“A hook into the Olympics – what these children go through and what consequences it can give.”

 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler
MYSTERY ADLER

“Very good, easy read – fun!”

 

 

 

Blaze by Richard Bachman
MYSTERY BACHMAN

“I liked the book because it has a “Of Mice and Men” vibe.  A lot of flashbacks showing you how Blaze got into a life of crime and ended up kidnapping a baby.  Very different from what I normally read.”

 

 

Night School by Lee Child
MYSTERY CHILD

“Awesome tale as usual.”

 

 

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs
MYSTERY CHILDS

“Enjoyed the book and how the different suspects came to be noticed.  Good ending, was glad the horses found homes!”

 

 

 

The Cat Sitter & the Canary by Blaize & John Clement
MYSTERY CLEMENT

“Really enjoy the pet sitter books – have read the other ones before.  Enjoyed the way this one progressed.”

 

 

All You Need is Fudge by Nancy Coco
MYSTERY COCO

“Interesting with an unexpected end.”

 

 

 

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E.J. Copperman
MYSTERY COPPERMA

“Love these ghosts who help and live with their friends – help to solve the mystery and find ways to deal with being dead!”

 

 

 

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
MYSTERY DUGONI

“Good stuff.”

 

 

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
MYSTERY EVANOVIC

“Looking forward to the new one to come out in June.  This was a great easy read – I like the new Knight & Moon!”

 

 

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
MYSTERY EVANOVIC

“Love Stephanie Plum adventures!  Always entertaining, always something going on, and who knows what will happen with her love life?”

 

 

The Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY FLUKE

“Fluke is always an interesting read, with fun recipes and solving what happened.”

 

 

Wicked by Joanne Fluke
MYSTERY FLUKE

“Scary, good read.  Interesting!”

 

 

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
MYSTERY FLYNN

“Scary look into families with disturbed lives – even if they’re rich.  Problems on how to deal with mental hurting – keeps you reading!!”

 

 

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
MYSTERY FLYNN

“First read of this author – great book for how she writes and tells the story – keeps you in suspense to the end.  The characters write their own story.”

 

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
MYSTERY FLYNN

“Very disturbing read – sad story of suspense and keeps you wondering what happened at the end.  Emotional and very dark.”

 

 

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
MYSTERY GENTRY

“Solid read.”

 

 

Bell, Book, and Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse
MYSTERY HESSE

“Great easy read – with Wiccan curious town with strange underground.”

 

 

 

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow by Sue Ann Jaffarian
MYSTERY JAFFARIA

“Love the ghosts who help the living & get to find peace.  Easy book with an interesting twist.”

 

 

Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
MYSTERY KAVA

 

 

 

A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava
MYSTERY KAVA

“Good writing.”

 

 

 

11/22/63 by Stephen King
MYSTERY KING

“Loved the twists and turns – the characters were compelling.”

 

 

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
MYSTERY KING

“The book is more about a detective trying to catch a killer.  Shows that Stephen King is more than a writer of horror but of other genres as well.”

 

 

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
MYSTERY PINBOROU

“Recommended by Stephen King.  Really strange book with very unusual ending – was a good read!”

 

 

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt
MYSTERY ROSENFEL

“Andy Carpenter is a very interesting lawyer who really gets into his cases.  Very unusual end and sad, but great they found all the bad guys.”

 


Romance

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
ROMANCE JAMES

“I enjoyed this book so much.  It made me laugh at certain parts and hold my breath at others.  Great book – much better than the movie.”

 

 

50 Shades Darker by E.L. James
ROMANCE JAMES

“I enjoyed the book because it was a good page turner.”

 

 

The Dominant by Tara Sue Me
ROMANCE ME

“This was told from a guy’s point of view – more information to it. I read this book in 10 hours – I couldn’t put it down!”

 

 

The Submissive by Tara Sue Me
ROMANCE ME

“This book was great.  It was a good story line and kept the pace up.  This book took me 9 hours to read!”

 

 

Red Lily by Nora Roberts
ROMANCE ROBERTS

“This book was sort of a slow and fast moving book.”

 

 

 

Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
ROMANCE ROBERTS

“I love reading her books.”

 

 

 

Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel
ROMANCE STEEL

“Very good.”

 

 


Science Fiction & Fantasy

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
J ROWLING

“LOVED IT!”

 

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
SCIENCE FICTION BRADLEY

“The dystopian theme and message Bradbury sends through the novel is touching.  I enjoyed the plot and witnessing Montag’s mind change.  Also, Bradbury is from Waukegan, which is pretty cool to me.”

 


Nonfiction

What’s Shaking Your Ladder: 15 Challenges All Leaders Face by Samuel R. Chand
253 CHAND

“The author gives details that are useful to focus on in the process of start-ups.  His advice for entrepreneurs are practical and he gives examples that apply to real situations.”

 

 

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
284.1788 BOLZ-WEB

“Great feminist theology read!  She takes the reader on her spiritual journey.”

 

 

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
294.3444 BSTAN-‘D

“Exceptionally uplifting in this particular time in history.  Their desire to help people find unity and joy.”

 

 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterley
510.9252 LEE SHET

“Great book that tells the story of the struggle African American women had to get a job, let alone put a man on the moon.”

 

 

Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food by Melissa Hartwig
613.2 HARTWIG

“Awesome!”

 

 

Dr. Joe’s Man Diet: Lose 15-20 Pounds, Drop Bad Cholesterol 20%, and Watch Your Blood Sugar Free Fall in 12 Weeks by Joseph Feurerstein
613.25 FEURERST

“Great reading book.  Lots of information.”

 

 

Zero Sugar Diet: The 14 Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life by David Zinczenko
613.2833 ZINCZENK

“Very informative.”

 

 

Emeril’s Cooking With Power: 100 Delicious Recipes Starring Your Slow Cooker, Multi Cooker, Pressure Cooker, and Deep Fryer by Emeril Lagasse
641.586 LAGASSE

“Mr. Emeril is a great cook.  I hope to be like him and learn a lot from different people.”

 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
641.0973 KINGSOLV

“The book was very informative and entertaining.  I got a lot of helpful cooking hints as well as shopping hints.  It’s a great book!”

 

 

No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith
650.1 SMITH

“It is a book that encourages you going forward, all the time.  He advises about being an independent & successful person.”

 

 

The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job by Patrick J. McGinnis
658.11 MCGINNIS

“It gives a new method for people who want to start their business without quitting their jobs.”

 

 

The Start Up J Curve: Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success by Howard Love
658.114 LOVE

“The author offers suggestions to solve problems that he suffered when he started his business.”

 

 

Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets by Al Ramadan
658.4012 RAMADAN

“It is very original – the authors’ approach to starting a business.  It is helpful for people that want to start with an original product or idea.”

 

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
811.6 KAUR

“Amazing book, definitely recommend it!  Hint: made me cry.”

 

 

Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham
817 BURNHAM

“Deep, made me cry and rethink life, but I would not unread it.  Definitely recommend.”

 

 

Negroland by Margo Jefferson
B JEF

“A great book!  Margo talks about her life and how it shaped her to become the person she is.  Some serious and some lighthearted and funny moments.”

 

 

Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
B WIL

“I loved this book!  The author seemed so down to earth and no more neurotic than anyone else.  I loved her take on so many different subjects.”


Spanish Nonfiction

La Profecias Significado e Interpretacion by Mary Joe Salazar
133.3 SALAZAR

“Misterio en nuestro mundo.”

 

 

La Dama de los Jugos Presenta los Remedios Para la Diabetes: Recetas de Jugos, Batidos, y Alimentos Organicos Para una Salud Optima by Cherie Calbom
641.5631 CALBOM

“Exelente para empezar con una buena salud.”

 


Teen & Young Adult

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by Jack Canfield, Kimberly Kirberger, & Mark Victor Hansen
YA 158.0835 CHICKEN

“Well, this book was amazing.  It opened my eyes and mind.  I read about people’s challenges, successes, and failures.”

 

 

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen
YA FICTION ELLEN

“Frustrating to see the characters go around in circles, but a must read!”

 

 

When We Collided by Emery Lord
YA FICTION LORD

“Touching story makes you want to experience it (the good parts).”

 

 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
YA FICTION NIVEN

“It’s an amazing book that young adults should give a chance because one of the main characters battles with depression.”

 

 

Awake by Natasha Preston
EBOOK

“This book has everything: romance, drama, action, and kinda horror.  It’s about a cult, that’s all I’m saying! :D”

 

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA FICTION ROWELL

“Touching story, reread it twice…it’s that good!”

 

 

Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer
YA FICTION ROYER

“I really liked this book – it hooked me from the first page!”

 

 

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
TEEN COLASANT

“It was an amazing book – I will for sure be reading the other ones.  Very interesting.”

 

 

Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference

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