Every year brings great books and 2015 is no exception. All the big newspapers, magazines and media outlets put out their best lists this time of year. It’s a great way to find titles that may have slipped by or just need to be moved up on your TBR (to be read) list. We put together a little best of list of our own. You can click on the titles to place a hold or call us at 304-872-0844. Some of the links will take you to our E-book collection, for more help in checking out an e-book or e-audiobook click here or bring your device (and passwords) in and we will be glad to help.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
When I heard that there would be a companion book to Mockingbird, my reaction was equal parts skepticism and excitement. I mean, to get another look into Lee’s world half a century after the publication of her masterpiece was a miracle unlooked for. On the other hand, the possibility that this brilliant woman was being taken advantage of in her old age by profiteering lawyers and publishers was enough to turn the stomach sideways. One could only wait and hope.
My wait ended last night, when I read this book cover to cover in one early evening/late night sitting. Whatever the circumstances of its discovery and publication, I’m quite certain that it is, if not a miracle, at least something very close.
What it isn’t, is Mockingbird. That is, it isn’t the world seen through the eyes of childhood. Specifically, it isn’t the near god like Atticus Finch seen through the eyes of an innocent and adoring Scout. Watchman shows us the world through the eyes of a grown up Scout, one Jean Louise Finch, and what it shows us is something that some may find impossible to forgive. Atticus Finch. Human
also on Josh’s list for the year is Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman and The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R.Tolkien.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates
Her by Harriet Lane
Library of Souls by Ransome Riggs
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
I read a lot of middle grade (3-5) fiction this year and most of it was older than 2015, there are so many great titles out there for this age group right now. In some ways it’s the new YA. Exciting plots, relevant characters dealing with today’s problems but with a welcomed innocence. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman was my favorite by far but it was published in 2013. Over the top silly but well written with exquisite word choices. It will leave you wishing for a time traveling Stegosaurus of your own.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Roller Girl by Victoria Jaimeson
Manners and Mutiny (Finishing School series) by Gail Carriger. This was the last of the four part Finishing School series. I am not a fan of tidy endings but I’ll make an exception for this one. It was a perfect ending and since her characters like to make guest appearances in each other’s series I am hoping it’s not the last we see of the freshly turned Soap the Werewolf or the newly graduated Sophronia and this imaginative Victorian Steampunk, Fantasy, Spy mashup.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. Very interesting…Flynn is sneaky from the very first line of the book to the saying on the back cover. You think that you have the story figured out when you start reading but you don’t. When you start reading you get the impression that the story is going in one direction, but you turn the page and it goes in a completely unexpected direction. It has a little bit of everything from hookers to “psychics” to sociopaths. It is short literary adventure that can read in an hour or less but definitely worth it.