Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keeping up with the Joneses: Summer 2016

Ever wonder what your neighbors are reading? Or what the hot book of the moment is turning out to be? What's on everyone's to-read list coming up? Want to be in on the action? Read on--I've got the inside scoop!

Biggest Draw:  Right this very minute, the book with the most holds on it is, not coincidentally, the timely James Patterson/Mark Sullivan novel, The Games. It comes out today, and it's giving readers a taste of Rio during the Olympics just weeks before the actual event itself. Part of Patterson's best-selling Private series, this may draw a whole new readership to Patterson's work. Also available in Large Print.

Runner Up: Here's to Us. It wouldn't be summer without a new Elin Hilderbrand novel, and fans are already delving into this new beach read, featuring three very different women with a single bond--the man to whom they'd each once been married. For years, they've avoided each other at all costs, until tragedy brings them together in a ramshackle Nantucket cottage one fateful summer. Also available in Large Print and Audiobook formats.

Best Beach Read: The most popular among the beach reads right now is the recent release from Mary Kay Andrews titled The Weekenders. Set on Belle Island, North Carolina, this tale of friends with secrets is funny and compelling, guaranteed to keep you entertained on a long summer's day. Snag it in Large Print, or try the Audiobook for a road trip.

Runner Up: Truly Madly Guilty. Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, etc.) here spins a tale of three seemingly happy families, one normal weekend, and the fallout from the choices made during that party. It's not due out until the end of July, but I suggest you reserve your copy now. Also on order in Large Print.

Tried and True: The novel with serious staying power on the best-sellers list right now is Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes. Initially, it was popular in its own right. The recent success of the film adaptation, however, has raised awareness and it's as popular as ever, even now, almost four years after its initial publication! Large Print, Audiobook and MP3 disc editions are also available.

The Dark Horse: There were so many amazing books coming out in May, this one completely slipped off my radar, but I have to recommend Chris Cleave's latest, Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Cleave, best known for Little Bee (2010) and Gold (2012), is absolutely captivating readers with this new novel. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents.

Go forth and read this summer!!

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