Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top 10 on Tuesday: Keeping Up With the Joneses

Among the questions I get from library patrons on almost a daily basis are: What's good? What are you reading? Any recommendations?

And while I haven't read everything out there, and couldn't even if I wanted to, I do keep tabs on what's popular among my fellow readers, so that I can pass that information along to others. So if you're wondering what the most sought-after books are right this very minute, here's a list of the Top 10.

1) Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham. This just came out a week ago, and as with all Grisham novels, this is instantly very popular. Sebastian Rudd, street lawyer, is on the right side of the law...mostly. One of a kind, without firm, office, partners or associates, Rudd works out of a bulletproof van and defends the people that other lawyers wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Early reviews have been great, so if you're a fan, place your hold now! Prefer Large Print or audiobook? We have both!

2) After You, by Jojo Moyes. If you read Moyes's bestselling Me Before You, you may have wondered from time to time what ever happened to heroine Louisa Clark. And you wouldn't be alone--according to Moyes, she never intended to write a sequel, until she found herself bombarded by fans of the first book who wanted to know how Louisa made out, and then found herself moved to write this new novel. Here, Louisa is struggling to find her way after losing Will Traynor, only to find new relationships that change her life's trajectory...drastically. Yes, you do need to read Me Before You first! Also available in Large Print or audio formats.

3) A Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. Hoffman (The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Dovekeepers, etc.) is always a reader favorite, so it's not surprising that her new novel, based on the life of Rachel Pizzarro, mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Set in tropical St. Thomas in the early 1800s, this tale of forbidden love, family duty and rebellion is a huge hit. I'm guessing that book clubs will be snapping this up soon, too! Also in Large Print and audio.

4) The Murder House, by James Patterson and David Ellis. No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, but its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance. It's only after a new murder that the house's past is uncovered by a cop whose career is on the rocks. Large Print and audio also available.

5) Killing Reagan, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Bestselling team O'Reilly and Dugard return with a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down. Also available in Large Print and audio.

6) The Lake House, by Kate Morton. Morton has charmed and enthralled readers with bestselling titles like The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper. Here, a tragedy after a party at Alice Edevane's family's estate haunts Alice for decades to come. Years later, a young detective reopens the unsolved case, drawing Alice back into a past she never managed to leave behind. For lovers of historical fiction and mysteries alike. Available in audio format as well.

7) The Survivor, by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. Flynn sadly passed away at the age of 47 in 2013, leaving a legion of fans in mourning. Mills has signed on to carry the CIA operative Mitch Rapp novels forward, and this new installment finds Rapp racing to find classified information stolen from the CIA, picking up where Flynn's The Last Man left off. Also available in Large Print.

8) The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. This is still going strong, nine months after publication date! I read it this past spring, and loved it. You can read my original review here. Available in Large Print and audio, if you prefer.

9) My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. This novel was originally published in 2012 and is only recently becoming the sleepiest of sleeper hits! First in a series (The Neapolitan Novels) and translated from the Italian, this novel starts in the 1950s in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples and follows two best friends as they grow up, relying on one another before anyone or anything else. Readers are raving about this, and the other novels in the series, so if you're looking for something a little outside of the usual fare, this might be just the ticket.

10) And finally, if you're wondering if there's something new on the horizon that people are lining up to read? That would be The Promise, by Robert Crais, which was originally slated for publication in 2014 and has been repeatedly pushed back. At long last, it's due to be released on November 10. Latest in the Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series (last seen in 2012's Taken), the duo team up with the heroes of Crais's latest novel, 2013's Suspect, LAPD K-9 Officer Scott James and his German shepherd Maggie. When Elvis Cole is secretly hired to find a grief-stricken mother, he's led to an ordinary house on a rainy night in Echo Park.  Only the house isn't ordinary, and the people hiding inside are a desperate fugitive and a murderous criminal with his own dangerous secrets. Series fans will be delighted after a long wait for this new entry.

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