Ever wonder what your friends and neighbors are reading, but didn't feel comfortable asking? Well, I'm not going to name names, but I can tell you what we at the Trumbull Library are seeing patrons requesting and checking out the most. Want to take a peek at the top ten?
10. What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. If you skimmed to the bottom of the list already (I know you did, it's okay. It'll be our little secret.), you'll see that this is one of two entries from Australian phenom Moriarty. Given the huge popularity of her new novel, The Husband's Secret, it's no wonder some of her previous work is getting some much-deserved love (I also have to recommend The Hypnotist's Love Story, reviewed here). Alice is 29, in love with her husband and pregnant with their first child. At least, that's what she remembers when she wakes up on the floor of a gym, only to find out she's missing the last ten years of her memory. In this new, awful reality, she's the 39-year-old mother of three, in the process of getting divorced. Now all she wants is to figure out how she got here!
9. The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida. A memoir by a very smart, charming, and self-aware thirteen-year-old boy with autism, which gives an unprecedented glimpse into the perceptions and responses of an autistic mind. Naoki's story is utterly remarkable, and will stick with readers for years to come.
8. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham. A sequel to Grisham's first novel, 1989's A Time To Kill. Ford County is once again forced to face its long and tortured history.
7. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai. When the Taliban took over the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced. The fifteen-year-old girl continued to attend school, which had been forbidden to girls, and was shot in the head while riding home on the school bus. From her courage, to her fight to recover when few thought she would survive, Malala has now become an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
6. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. Moyes's bestseller is still going strong. You can read my review here. Already read this and yearning for more Moyes? Her new book, The Girl You Left Behind, has just come out and is also extremely popular. Check it out!
5. Identical, by Scott Turow. I'm so glad to see Scott Turow on this list--I have to say I find him to be one of the suspense authors who rarely gets anywhere near the praise he deserves. In his latest outing, a mayoral candidate's identical twin brother is released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend. However, the case is being reopened by a PI and an ex-FBI agent, and it seems as though perhaps the man who served time was innocent all along.
4. October List, by Jeffery Deaver. Trying something new can go one of two ways. Try Deaver's latest thriller, told in reverse over a three day period. It's being called both clever and demanding, as readers must backtrack and reevaluate the case based on shifting information. This is a love-or-hate book, but I think the concept is brilliant.
3. Killing Jesus: a history, by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. In the tradition of the duo's previous two titles, Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, they return with Killing Jesus, detailing the events leading up to his death.
2. Cuckoo's Calling, by J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith). This continues to be extremely popular among your neighboring readers. You can read what I thought about it here.
1. The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty. Moriarty is, as I've mentioned, extremely popular right now, and her latest book is a runaway hit. It is currently the single most requested book at the library right now, and we've bought more copies to keep up with demand! Get your name on the list today!