March LibraryReads Staff Picks

February 13th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel LibraryReadsFavoriteThe Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
    by Rachel Joyce
    “Miss Queenie Hennessy, who we met in Joyce’s first book, is in a hospice ruminating over her abundant life experiences. I loved the poignant passages and wise words peppered throughout. Readers of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will enjoy this book. There’s no fast-paced plot or exciting twists — it’s just a simple, sweet story of a life well-lived.”
    Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
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  3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
    “In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story — the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson — but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.”
    Robert Schnell, Queens Library, Jamaica, NY
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  5. PrudencePrudence by Gail Carriger
    “I was hoping we’d be seeing Prudence in her own series. Baby P — Rue to you — is all grown up and absolutely delightful. First-time readers will think it’s a wonderful book on its own merits. However, it becomes spectacular when we get to revisit some of the beloved characters from the Parasol Protectorate. Gail Carriger is always a delight!”
    Lisa Sprague, Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT
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  7. The Witch of Painted SorrowsThe Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
    “Rose weaves a passionate tale of sensuality, heartbreak and despair, exposing readers to a side of Paris that is as haunting as its main characters. The melding of time and generations transform Sandrine and La Lune into a single force to be reckoned with. The unexpected ending will leave readers wanting more.”
    Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY
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  9. Cat Out of HellCat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
    “Cats don’t live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. There’s something special about Roger, the cat, and it’s not that he can talk. Truss spins readers through a hauntingly, portentous tale. When my cat’s tail thrums, I’ll forever wonder what devilment will follow.”
    Ann Williams, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN
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  11. Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
    “Reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this book begs for a re-read after you finish it. Nick, the main character, is recovering from a devastating trauma. Her family life is turned upside down, and a longtime childhood friendship is strained due to her sister’s exploits. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read multi-layered stories.”
    Sybil Thompson, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
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  13. Delicious Foods: A NovelDelicious Foods: A Novel by James Hannaham
    “How can you not be immediately intrigued by a novel that opens with a teenage boy driving from Louisiana to Minnesota after both his hands have just been cut off at the wrist? When you read this novel, you’re dropped right into a world — darkly funny and audaciously bold.”
    Meghan Hall, Timberland Regional Library, Lacey, WA
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  15. The Fifth Gospel: A NovelThe Fifth Gospel: A Novel by Ian Caldwell
    “A murder on Vatican property begins this tale of religion, politics, and family. Two brothers, both priests, struggle to make sense of their friend’s murder. When one is accused, the other must go to extreme lengths to prove his brother’s innocence. Caldwell’s second novel is a book to savor. This is a heart-wrenching book you will want to read more than once.”
    Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
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  17. The Pocket Wife: A NovelThe Pocket Wife: A Novel by Susan Crawford
    “Dana is a ‘pocket wife’ because her lawyer husband barely gives her the time of day. One afternoon, she drunkenly argues with her neighbor Celia, takes a nap, then wakes to find Celia dead. Could she have murdered Celia? Dana, suffering from manic episodes, tries to solve her friend’s murder before she loses all self-control. Highly recommended for fans of Gone Girl.”
    Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
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  19. Where All Light Tends to GoWhere All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
    “This beautifully written novel juxtaposes the glory of the Appalachians against the despair of everyday life. Jacob McNeely recognizes his family’s brutality, but Maggie, the love of his life, gives him hope. Achingly told, the visceral prose will stay with readers long past the conclusion. Fans of the Southern fiction of Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will fall in love with this new voice.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Readalikes

February 13th, 2015

Did you love Fifty Shades of Grey? Dying to see the movie? Check out this list of Fifty Shades of Grey readalikes to keep you satiated. And remember that many of these books are available in a digital format for your eReader or tablet!

Because You Are Mine: A Because You Are Mine Novel       The Submissive: The Submissive Series      This Man


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Chinese New Year

February 11th, 2015

Feb_Blog_PicChinese New Year is the Chinese festival that begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later. This year’s Chinese New Year begins on Thursday, February 19. KDL has a variety of interesting books on Chinese New Year. Check them out.

 

 

 

 


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New Teen Booklist: Books into Movies

February 10th, 2015

Did you enjoy The Fault in Our Stars? Mockingjay? Ender’s Game? Check out this list of Teen Books to Movies, and read the books that inspired the films:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)               Fallen              The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Bonus: Have you seen Seventh Son? Did you love The Last Apprentice? Check out this list of Seventh Son readalikes.

Find more great teen reads at KDL Recommends for Teens.


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

February 8th, 2015

Can you carry a tune? Did you know that singing with children helps them learn to read? Learn why in this Ready to Read video from Kent District Library:


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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KDL on WGVU — Genre Derby

February 7th, 2015

Linda at WGVUEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Development Manager Linda Krombeen talk about our Genre Derby, where your donations to your favorite genre “horse” help to purchase more books in that genre.

Enjoy!

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(photo courtesy of Shelley Irwin)

 

 

 

 


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New Adult Booklists

February 6th, 2015

Did you love Unbroken? Check out these Survival Tales, both historical and current, including these titles and more!

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World               Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West               Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide

Other new booklists:

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014
Go Red for Women

As always, check out all of KDL’s great booklists over at KDL Recommends!

 


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A Great Read-Aloud Book

February 4th, 2015

herecomestheeastercatLooking for a great book to read aloud to the kids?  Give Here Comes the Easter Cat, written by Deborah Underwood, a try!  It reads like an interview between yourself and a cat, who wants more than anything to be the Easter Bunny.  The cat answers the questions asked by showing pictures.  You will fall in love with this adorable book! 

 

 

 

 


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Congrats, Write Michigan Contest Winners!

February 3rd, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

Winners were chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.

Read the winning entries here.

ADULT
Judges’ Choice Winner: Fred Thornburg, Owosso
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Ed McKenna, South Lyon
Published Finalists: Kenton Smalley, Shepherd; Troy VanKoevering, Allendale

TEEN
Judges’ Choice Winner: Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Mia Parks, Rockford
Published Finalists: Shelby Herschleb, Ada; Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids; Ashely Nelson, Wyoming

YOUTH
Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Lee, Okemos
Published Finalists: Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids; Graham Ezinga, Byron Center; Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.


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Author Colleen McCullough Dies at Age 77

February 3rd, 2015

Author Colleen McCullough, well-known author of The Thorn Birds, died Thursday. She was 77. The Thorn Birds, an Australian saga published in 1977, went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide and inspired a popular 1983 mini-series.

Colleen McCullough published 25 books, including a fictional series set in Ancient Rome that drew some well-known readers. Her final book, Bittersweet, was about four sisters and set in the 1920s. She was dictating a sequel, which isn’t complete, when she died.

 


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