KDL Blog ‘Guys Read’ Category

Two Titles to Get Your Blood Boiling

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Looking to add a little rage to your life? Take your blood pressure medication and check out these new titles.

The Divide                  Flash Boys

Veteran Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi is your tour guide into The Divide – the bizarro-America where a joint in a man’s pocket lands him in Rikers but money laundering $850 million for a drug cartel earns not a single day in prison. Taibbi traces the history of Too Big to Jail and criminalization of poverty. Taibbi’s biting wit and fierce insight is at full strength in his latest work.

“Stock market’s rigged,” declared Michael Lewis in his 60 Minutes interview. In Flash Boys, Lewis shines a light on the dark world of high-frequency trading (HFT) — buying and selling stock at rates 100 times faster than the blink of an eye. The story focuses on Brad Katsuyama, an investor at a Canadian Bank who wonders why it seems like the market reads his mind. Why does the price spike immediately before he buys shares? The answer is that HFTs are front-running, beating investors to the punch and selling them inflated stock. Master storyteller Lewis makes financial reporting a thrilling page-turner.

 


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New Fantasy Series at KDL

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Emperor's BladesNeed a new fantasy series to get you hooked?  Have you waited long enough for the new George R.R. Martin novel?  Try these new series of fantasy and adventure!

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.  When the emperor of Annur is assassinated by an unknown enemy, his daughter and two sons work to reveal the assassin and survive the new world.

Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn’s new novel is Children of Fire.  This epic fantasy focuses on three magical talismans that were lost and a protective magical barrier that is fading with time.

Stormdancer

Speaking of George R.R. Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series will enjoy Scottish author Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song.  The first in the Raven’s Song trilogy, Blood Song is about Vaeliln Al Sorna who has trained his whole life to be a warrior in the Brothers of the Sixth Order.

Australian fantasy author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus War series is not as new as the others on this list, but is just as imaginative.  Check out Stormdancer and Kinslayer for novels of Japanese-influenced steampunk fantasy.

 

 

 

 


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Game of Thrones Is Back!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it?  If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.

We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on.  If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.

A Game of Thrones     A Clash of Kings     Game of Thrones

While you are waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, we have some good options that we think you’ll like.  Try The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The False Prince     His Majesty's Dragon     The Name of the Wind

We also have some great titles to supplement the Game of Thrones universe.  If you like to cook, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook to Game of Thrones. For the Tyrion Lannister fans, you’ve got to check out The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones would be a great companion for anyone watching the TV show.

A Fesst of Ice & Fire     The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister     Inside Game of Thrones

 


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Sports Books to Try

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The Olympics are over, Spring Training is in full swing and March Madness is coming up.  It’s always a good time for sports books.

The Perfect MileAn older book to try if you are a fan of running or history is The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb.  Until May of 1954, no one had run a sub-4-minute mile.  There were three milers in the world, Roger Bannister of Great Britain, John Landy of Australia, and Wes Santee of the United States, who were trying to be the first.  While this book tells primarily of the attempts of these men to race a mile with a record time, what stayed with me was realizing how difficult life still was in England as a result of WWII, even though the war had been over for a decade.  The title of the book comes from a later race between Bannister and Landy, after each had broken four minutes earlier that summer.  They met for the first time that year at the Empire Games in August of 1954. (This race can be seen on YouTube.)

 

Where Nobody Knows Your NameFrom a classic race to a classic sports writer: John Feinstein has a new book out, Where Nobody Knows Your Name.  In this book Feinstein highlights Triple A baseball.  Players, managers and unpires are evaluated while working in this transition league.  Are they looking to break into the majors? Are they rehabbing to get back to the majors? Have they been cut from the major leagues and are on their way out of sports?

 

 

The BirdStaying with baseball is another title worth a look.  One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. That hair, the grooming of the mound, the talking to the ball… Doug Wilson brings back the excitement that Fidrych brought to baseball in his brief career.  From the epilogue of the book: “He was the most charismatic player we had during my time with the Tigers,” said Ernie Harwell, whose time with the Tigers spanned almost fifty years.

 

The Boys in the BoatA final new sport book to consider is The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown.  The 1936 Olympics most commonly bring to mind Jesse Owens, but rowing was another competition where the Germans were supposed to defeat all comers.  The “boys” in the title came not from New England and the schools with a strong rowing tradition, but from the Pacific Northwest — the University of Washington.  These farmers, fishermen and lumber workers had to first take on the best in the US and then the best in the world to pursue a gold medal. Reviewers have compared this book to those of Laura Hillenbrand.

 

Even though the weather is cold, travel with these books to someplace warm and enjoy the pursuit of excellence.

 


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Pirates and Star Wars Teen Booklists

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

What could be more fun to read about than Pirates and Star Wars?  (Unless maybe you combine the two!)  To help you get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, check out the great Pirates for Teens Booklist, which includes Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle and Fish by Gregory Mone.

And don’t forget the ever popular Star Wars Day in May along with KDL’s If You Like Star Wars Booklist.  This booklist includes books from all ages but features graphic novels for Teens and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Hurricane Dancers   Fish   Star Wars   Star Wars Encyclopedia

 

 


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Review Brandon Mull’s New Book and Win a T-Shirt!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

If you like Brandon Mull’s Beyonders, you’ll love his new book, Sky Raiders, the first in his Five Kingdoms series.

It is the story of 6th-grader Cole, who just wants to have fun with his friends (and his crush, Jenna) on Halloween. But when a haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much more sinister, Cole finds himself in a magical world called The Outskirts, surrounded by some pretty bad dudes.  This awesome new book doesn’t come out until March 11, but you can place your hold on the print or audio version now!

Submit a review of the book on our Guys Read page, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a baseball t-shirt with the book logo on it.  Are you ready to answer the call of the Five Kingdoms?

Sky Raiders

 


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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Humor & Joke Books

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looking for a good joke?  We have jest the thing for you!  View 10 of the most popular titles in Juvenile Humor at KDL:Top Ten Juvenile Humor 02-28-2014


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Guys Read for Teen booklists

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

For February, KDL has two new Guys Read booklists for teens.  The first one is a general list with a variety of books including Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.  The other list is related to science fiction and space.  This includes great titles like Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill and Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

artemisfowl   sonofthemob   blackholesun   glow


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Suspense-Filled Mystery Series for Middle Readers

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

1416938869_01_MZZZZZZZBenjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements

In this five-book series, Benjamin and his two friends set out to prevent their school from being torn down and replaced by a theme park. Since the school is located on a prime piece of land, a company is planning to build the park, and is very determined to see the project completed. In each book, the suspense increases as Benjamin and his friends locate clues. They must work together to figure out what each clue means while desperately trying to solve the mystery before the construction company can build the park; all of this creates a suspenseful and thrilling adventure.

This is a series that appeals to middle readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, adventure and real-life issues in their books. These titles will appeal to reluctant readers. Fans of the author will relish more great titles to read.

The titles in the series are:

Book 1: We the Children

Book 2: Fear Itself

Book 3: The Whites of the Eyes

Book 4: In Harm’s Way

Book 5: We Hold These Truths (conclusion of the series)

 


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Future Teen Fiction Releases

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Did you know that each month KDL compiles a list of teen fiction that will be released in future months? This list includes many popular authors, and it is a great way to keep an eye out for exciting new fiction. Holds may be placed on all of the titles, so watch the list so you can place a hold for your favorite author right away.

This month’s list includes new books by Lauren Oliver, Erin Hunter and Joseph Delaney. You could even plan ahead for summer, with new releases in June from Lisi Harrison, Lisa McMann and Sara Shepard.

Are you anticipating the release of the next book in your favorite series? Note that you are able to place a hold for the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be released on April 8) as well as the sixth book in The Mortal Instruments series (City of Heavenly Fire will be released on May 27).

Place your holds today, and watch for a new Future Fiction list in the beginning of March.

City of Heavenly Fire        Dreams of Gods & Monsters        The First Battle        Panic


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