Thursday, July 25, 2013

Three on Thursday: Summer Reading Standouts

Want to know what "everyone" is reading this summer?  Of course you do!  Here at the library, we keep close track of the grapevine, chatting with patrons and other staff members as well as readers we meet out in the community, and the most common question is "What's popular?  What's new that everyone wants to read?"  Here are the top three titles that are super popular right this very minute.

The English Girl, by Daniel Silva.  Mr. Silva is no stranger to the best-seller's list, and this latest in his series featuring art-restorer and Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is being hailed as his best to date.  It's even gotten Amazon's Best Book of the Month rating for the month of July and reviewers are calling it a masterwork and a thriller written at the highest level.  When a beautiful woman goes missing in Corsica, an unfaithful prime minister's career is threatened. Enter Allon, who immediately finds that the only thing more dangerous than his predicament is the truth.  If you're new to Silva and his Gabriel Allon series, you might consider catching up, starting with 2000's The Kill Artist.  

The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls.  Walls made a huge impact on readers with her 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, about growing up as the child of nomadic, alcoholic parents.  Then in 2009, she rocked readers again with her "true-life novel" Half Broke Horses, which was based on the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.  So here it should be no surprise that her second novel, The Silver Star, has drawn readers in once again.  "Bean" Holladay and older sister Liz have moved around with their mother since they can remember, but when their mother takes off and leaves them for a few months "to find herself", the girls wind up heading to their uncle in Virginia, finding themselves learning more about their mother, themselves, and the world in general in the process. 

The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling).  Yes, you read that right.  This crime fiction novel, published in April of this year to little notice, has recently been claimed by the very famous J.K. Rowling.  Rowling reportedly used the pseudonym to see what sort of reviews her work would receive without readers attaching expectations based on her Harry Potter series.  When initial reviews of both critics and readers were favorable, Rowling owned up to her authorship.  In this novel, Cormoran Strike is down on his luck.  He lost a leg in Afghanistan, has lost his girlfriend, and is just scraping by as a private investigator even as he both lives in and works from his tiny office.  Then a huge case falls into his lap--a famous supermodel's death from a fall was ruled a suicide, but the model's brother doesn't believe it.  As Strike investigates, he's plunged into a world very different from his own--a world of rockstars and millionaires.  A classic mystery that's anything but ordinary.

I'll be back next week to share what I've been reading this month.  In the meantime, happy reading!

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