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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Books Into Movies

Now that the Oscars are behind us, what in the movie world do we have to look forward to? Well, fear not, there are a ton of  books that are being turned in to movies this year. Here's a sampling:

Serena by Ron Rash
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where "crime" doesn't exist.



Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs in an effort to make her life everything she believes it should be. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, she takes drastic action, with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter. In this landmark new translation of Gustave Flaubert's masterwork, award-winning writer and translator Lydia Davis honors the nuances and particulars of Flaubert's legendary prose style, giving new life in English to the book that redefined the novel as an art form.



For more books into movies, here's a nice list.
And make sure you read before you watch! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Simplify-Schmiplify

Emily M. at Ravenna has been ruminating pretty hard on de-cluttering lately. Here are her thoughts:

I grew up with a ridiculous amount of stuff. But somewhere in grad school, I began wonder why do I have all this stuff if I am not using it? -- especially when I was about to move across the country again. Long story short, it was a process but I have found minimalism unexpectedly freeing.

A hard item for me to let go of is books. If I had kept every book I was given, acquired, or bought, I would have well over 3,000 -- and these are all books that I like, mind you, not throw-aways! In the end, I kept the books I knew I would want to reread every few years and a few reference books. Despite the fact that books are my life, I have pared them down to under a hundred. (Yes, it is possible.)

So, how did I do it? The books below helped a lot, but for the most part, I came to realize that a book is only awesome if it's read. If it just sits there for twenty years unopened on a shelf it is almost, disrespectful to the book. A book is meant to be read. 

What are the best titles for the aspiring simplifier/minimalist? 
Our number one seller is The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo 
Many of us on staff have read it and have used Marie Kondo's advice -- on what books to keep or sell back. Some of her methods, I've never heard before (and I have read many, many blogs and articles on simplifying and decluttering). Her main philosophy is, if it does not give you joy then get rid of it. Though she may be crazy and a bit obsessed (it's one thing to have gratitude toward your possessions and another to verbalize it to them every day), she gives some great, thoughtful advice. http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781607747307 

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay gives minimalism a more realistic approach. From the cluttered closet to the overbooked schedule, Jay lays out that neccesities are going to change from person to person and from season to season. Nevertheless, if you aren't using an item on a regular basis or might use someday, then you probably don't need it hanging around; the hard part is finding the courage to let it go. http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9780984087310 

Tiny Homes Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn  and Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet by Ryan Mitchell are more for people who want to live in tiny homes (as in, they have already simplified to the extreme). But the awesome thing here is that the pictures are very inspirational and you get to read a whole variety of people's stories on why they decided to minimalize -- everyone has such a different story! (If you are a fan of these architectural books, don't forget to try Dee Williams' The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir.) 



Simplifying, decluttering, and minimalizing may not be everyone's cup of tea. Perhaps you just want to do a bit of spring cleaning and need help getting started; or you're sick of staring at clutter that you don't know what to do with, or you want insight of why on earth anyone would want to get rid of all of their precious world possessions that took years to acquire. No matter, these books can help point you in the right direction.
-Emily M.

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Release Tuesday: Short Story Edition

New books, new books, new books! Lots of short stories (YAY!). And lots of paperback (YAY!).

New Hardcovers:

Get in Trouble: Stories  by Kelly Link

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.

Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

From the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.

Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

New Paperbacks:

City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife by Mark Kurlansky

In these stories, Mark Kurlansky journeys to his familiar haunts like New York’s Central Park or Miami’s Little Havana but with an original, earthy, and adventurous perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic to Basque separatists in Spain to a restaurant owner in Cuba, from urban coyotes to a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence. In the end, he illuminates how closely our worlds are aligned, how humans really are beasts, susceptible to their basest instincts, their wildest dreams, and their artful survival.

The Other Language: Stories by Francesca Marciano

A teenage girl encounters the shocks of first love at the height of the summer holidays in Greece. A young filmmaker celebrates her first moment of recognition by impulsively buying a Chanel dress she can barely afford. Both halves of a longstanding couple fall in love with others and shed their marriage in the space of a morning. In all of these sparkling stories, characters take risks, confront fears, and step outside their boundaries into new destinies.

Tracing the contours of the modern Italian diaspora, Francesca Marciano takes us from Venetian film festivals to the islands off Tanzania to a classical dance community in southern India. These stories shine with keen insights and surprising twists. Driven by Marciano’s vivid takes on love and betrayal, politics and travel, and the awakenings of childhood, The Other Language is a tour de force that illuminates both the joys and ironies of self-reinvention.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just... down.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.

Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail- but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. He solidified his standing as the nation's foremost political forecaster with his near perfect prediction of the 2012 election. Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.com. 

Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen was a literary legend, the author of more than thirty acclaimed books. In this, his final novel, he confronts the legacy of evil, and our unquenchable desire to wrest good from it.

One week in late autumn of 1996, a group gathers at the site of a former death camp. They offer prayer at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform. They eat and sleep in the sparse quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews in this camp to their deaths. Clements Olin has joined them, in order to complete his research on the strange suicide of a survivor. As the days pass, tensions both political and personal surface among the participants, stripping away any easy pretense to resolution or healing. Caught in the grip of emotions and impulses of bewildering intensity, Olin is forced to abandon his observer’s role and to bear witness, not only to his family’s ambiguous history but to his own.

Friday, January 30, 2015

We're In.

It's almost here! And we are pumped! Seriously. So pumped that the Lake Forest Park store is closing early. On Super Bowl Sunday they will be open 9AM-3PM. The Ravenna store will remain open regular hours (8AM-9PM) but that's not because we aren't excited! Check out this 12th man window I made:


Isn't it beautiful? Come by the Ravenna location, grab a book (just in case), and head down to the pub. I hear the kitchen is making chicken wings. 

And if you aren't a fan (GASP), we'll be here; the refuge for your football weary soul. 

GO HAWKS!

A few football book for your perusal:




And I know we aren't all fans, so here is one of Mark B.'s favorite books from last year:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Read This Book

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
I know I have already gushed once about this book. But one gush is simply not enough. Open to any page and I guarantee you will find something beautiful, clever, biting, or heartbreaking. It's the kind of book that you can pick up and start in the middle, or you can read it straight through, or read it over and over, or put it down for a few months only to be swept right back into it with the first entry you read. Truly, it's wonderful. Whether you're interested in Sylvia herself; the writing life; or deeply felt, authentic musings, she never disappoints. For example:
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
-From The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

 
After reading (and loving) The Bell Jar for the first time last year, I moved on to Ariel, but quickly discovered that a poetry aficionado, I am not. Desperate for more Sylvia, I found this. And it's perfect. 
The personal, and intimate moments of her journals are both inspiring and hopelessly demoralizing. There's nothing quite like reading the private musings of an 18 year-old Sylvia Plath, to really deflate one's own literary aspirations.
But there is also an unexpected joy in these journals. Here is Plath's humor, compassion, biting wit, and shrewd observations, all wrapped up in her sometimes playful, often melancholy outlook; an honest account of a troubled literary genius. It's impossible to read and remain unmoved by these pages. 

-Erin B.

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia by Sylvia Plath

First U.S. Publication A major literary event--the complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath, published in their entirety for the first time. Sylvia Plath's journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes.

This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never before been made public, more fully revealing the intensity of the poet's personal and literary struggles, and providing fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is essential reading for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bookseller Top Tens Part III : Return of... (something clever and book related)

This is it. I'm pretty proud of how I managed to finish these before February. Part 1, here; Part 2, here. Enjoy our favorite books.

Sinead at Ravenna
Sinead is one of our newest booksellers (and my new favorite person). She's got crazy good, wildly interesting taste.

Kalani at Lake Forest Park
Kalani wins for my favorite list. I love all the favorites..."favorite beginning," "favorite ending;" makes me want to redo my list. I'm also super impressed by the variety.
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mashima
    • (Favorite Ending) One of the most hauntingly beautiful endings I've ever read. The reader understands what going to happen very early on in this short novel yet somehow the last page takes you by complete surprise.
  • The Collective by Don Lee
    • (Favorite Beginning) Asian-American characters have never been more multi-faceted than they are in this novel that defies racial stereotypes while giving us a glimpse of the struggles of being a starving artist. Our central character gets hit by a car and dies on the second page. It’s impossible to stop reading from there as we rewind several years back. 
  • Open City by Teju Cole - 
    • (Favorite Fiction) I find myself thinking about this introspective novel quite frequently. Like The Collective, this novel crushes cultural stereotypes and brings the reader deep into the psyche of a young Nigerian resident psychiatrist in New York City. 
  • We Live in Water by Jess Walter - 
    • (Favorite Short Story) Walter’s collection of stories brings the small-town Northwest region to life with an array of down on their luck characters (hobos, gamblers, thieves, etc.). The opening story, my favorite, “Anything Helps,” is about a homeless panhandler who wants to buy the new Harry Potter book. It’s funny but sad yet frighteningly realistic. 
  • Gruesome Playground Injuries/Animals Out of Paper/Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo  3 Plays by Rajiv Joseph 
    • (Favorite Play) All three of these plays are wildly different but absolutely fantastic. Do not make me pick a favorite. I would pay top dollar to see any one of these performed live (Yes, this is a local challenge). “Rajiv Joseph” will be a name to watch for a long time. 
  • Big Little Man by Alex Tizon 
    • (Favorite Bio) This is more a biography of an entire group of people rather than an individual. Alex Tizon writes about his life growing up as a Filipino-American, yet, it is a highly recognizable tale many Asian-Americans of today (like myself) can fully relate to. This bio becomes more of an investigative study on the concept of masculinity and a criticism about American culture. 
  • Pieces for the Left Hand  by J. Robert Lennon 
    • (Favorite collection) I recommend slow reading this book because each short short (100 in total) is packed with entertaining and bizarre fictional anecdotes from a small college town in upstate New York. 
  • A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 
    • (Favorite Audiobook) This gets my personal “audiobook” of the year award. The Audie-Award winning narrator Simon Prebble actually makes Colin Firth’s film performance of the same role sound second-rate. 
  • Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich 
    • (Favorite Humor Book) This former SNL-writer is proving you can get big laughs without a TV screen. While the stories are frequently over-the-top silly, there is a nice blend of social commentary that make this collection uniquely funny and smart. 
  • War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite 
    • (Favorite Not Yet Released Book) I would not be surprised to see this book on similar top-10 lists by the end of next year. A fantastic coming-of-age/war story written by a pair of first-time writers. Captures the Generation-Y apathy in the early days on the Iraq War when “MySpace.com” ruled the internet.

Michael at Ravenna
Here's another vote for Blood Will Out. Surprising dark horse of the TPB bookseller top tens. Also, The Farmer and the Clown is probably the greatest picture book of all time.

Emily A. at Lake Forest Park
More fabulous exposition. I really need to up my Top Ten game next year.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
    • I'm totally cheating because I read this book as an advance in July 2013. But it wasn't published until May 2014, so I had to bottle up my enthusiasm for way too long. It was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and it should have won by a mile. (full disclosure: I didn't read any of the other shortlist books, but how could anything be better than this?) Beautifully written 
  • Descent by Tim Johnston (due January 2015) 
    • A perfect blend of literary fiction and heart-pounding suspense. 
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    • In Ove's ideal world, everyone would follow the rules, act with integrity at all times, and drive a Saab. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has other ideas. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and a little absurd, this novel won me over on the first page. The short chapters make this an ideal book to keep in your bag for spare moments here and there in waiting rooms or on your transit commute. I didn't want it to end. 
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
    • Beautiful, frank, honest, and funny - this is Toews at her best. 
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    • According to my notebook I finished this book on December 28, 2013, but I'm including it here anyway because it has stuck with me all year and was too late to include on last year's best-of list. I have gone back and started re-reading it twice while between books, and I've been pleasantly surprised at how compelled I was to continue. The 
  • Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach
    • Even in the modern world, nature can still exert its will. In this thoughtful story, two people are brought together, surprising each other and themselves as they become acquainted. Gnashing, clashing, and surviving together, the protagonists fight memory and fantasy in an attempt to overcome the past and move into the future (preferably one with heat and plumbing). 
  • Boy on Ice by John Branch
    • While telling Derek Boogaard's story, Branch also ties in the history of the NHL enforcer, the league's expansion into the American South, and a look inside the unsteady life of a minor league athlete. He exposes the systemic failure of team doctors and coaches to acknowledge a fatal combination of concussion symptoms and substance abuse, even as Boogaard was ostensibly being monitored by the league. I hope this book will get the attention of parents and coaches in all contact sports so that they will be better equipped to recognize symptoms in athletes and prevent further tragic losses. 
  • Glow by Ned Beauman (due 1/20/15)
    • Compelling characters, a shifting plot, and a gritty, vivid London setting kept me engrossed, but brilliant sentences are also lurking in this literary page-turner. 
  • The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell
    • Barely holding on to his job as a deli sandwich slinger, drinking too much, and worrying about making the rent, Billy Ridgeway is a loveable loser. One morning, he peers through the haze of a hangover to find a well-dressed stranger in his apartment, launching him into some serious Weirdness. In spite of himself, Billy even grows a little on his wild ride. 
  • The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman 
    • If I were someone who highlighted books, I would have marked several wonderful passages about books and libraries in the early chapters. This mosaic tale of an unorthodox childhood follows a cast of eccentric characters in a delightful coming-of-age quest for identity.

Adam at Lake Forest Park
Here's another one of my favorites Adam is never short of something unusual and interesting to recommend. Though it is a little bit of a tease when he recommends something to me, and I can't get my hands on it because it's out of print.
  1. God Transcendent by J. Gresham Machen
  2. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  3. Spiritual Warfare in a Believer's Life by Charles H. Spurgeon
  4. The Wicked Enchanment by Margot Benary-Isbert (out of print)
  5. Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith
  6. Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
  7. The Silent Gondoliers by William Goldman
  8. Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston
  9. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  10. The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy

Henry at Lake Forest Park
One of our Used Book Buyers. My theory is that they have the best taste because they see ALL the books coming into the store.

Annie at Lake Forest Park
I will always remember Annie's 2014 list for including The Animorphs Series. And now I will always remember her 2015 year because she's already read one of her favorites three times...this year!
  • Clariel by Garth Nix
    • I have actually read this book three times since receiving an early copy over the summer. I'm a giant fan of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, and this prequel is an amazing addition to the series. Plus, Nix says he is writing more books in the Old Kingdom series! Huzzah! 
  • Silverblind by Tina Connelly
    • The final book in Connelly's Ironskin trilogy is, I think, the best of them all! The first two, Ironskin and Copperhead, are worth the read just to get to Silverblind. 
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
    • Another final book in a Young Adult romantic trilogy that I really, really enjoyed. Perkins' writing is wonderful! 
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    • Told through a series of emails, this book is seriously funny. But also very human in it's telling. Definitely worth picking up! 
  • Dove Arising by Karen Bao
    • This book doesn't come out until February 2015, but when it does come out, be sure to grab a copy! Set in a futuristic colony on the moon, Bao's debut is incredibly wonderful! 
  • Cuckoo's Calling/Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
    • I don't usually read mysteries, but I'll read anything by JK Rowling... I mean Robert Galbraith. The attention to detail in these books is awesome, and I am thoroughly looking forward to the third book in the series. 
  • My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
    • A wonderful, seasonal, romantic compilation of short stories by some of the YA genre's greats. Readers should find a warm fire and a mug of hot chocolate to devour while enjoying this anthology. 
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
    • Afterworlds is the story of both an author and her first book, and the book itself, told in alternating chapters. I loved this book because we got both the author's and protagonist's stories! 
  • Because of Mr. Terupt/Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Bo Buyea
    • This charming duo will take each and every reader back to their elementary school days. Mr. Terupt is that teacher we all wish we had for every grade: inspiring, authentic, and fun. 
  • War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
    • One of my absolutely favorite books, I decided 2014 would be a good year to revisit it. I'm so glad I did, my reread completely reaffirmed my love for this book!

Greg at Lake Forest Park
Such a cool list! And TWO authors named Michel!

Lish at Lake Forest Park
Drum roll! Here it is, our last list of Top Tens for 2014. And it's a doozy. Her commentary on The Story of Owen is probably the greatest thing from any of these Top Tens.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo - A solid end to an excellent series. 
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer - While Scarlet continues to be my fave, this is another solid entry into the series. 
  • Saga Volume 3 by Brian Vaughn and illustrated by Fiona Staples - Clearly I'm into series this year. I think Saga made it onto my list last year, too. 
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford - I'm still reading this one, but it's a cool book (Smuggler's inn, role playing games, stories in stories and MYSTERY!) and I can tell I'm going to love it all the way through. 
  • Iron Night and Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan (books 2 and 3 of the Generation V novels.) - Funny paranormal fantasy. The main character, Fortitude Scott, is a nerdy, awkward film major who recently became vegetarian to stave off becoming a vampire. 
  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop - Third book in what is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. 
  • The Story of Owen : Dragonslayer of Trondheim by EK Johnston - This book is excellent. You should read it. Dragons! Corporate dragon slayers! Set in Canada! 
  • The Shrike : Pretty Deadly Volume 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick and illustrated by Emma Rios- Lush, creepy and savage. 
  • Visions by Kelley Armstrong - Apparently I only read series books and graphic novels. 
  • Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers. Who doesn't love assassin nuns?

That's all she wrote. Thanks for humoring our need to classify and order what we read last year!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bookseller Top Tens (part 2)

More great lists! Part one is here if you missed it.

Eric at Lake Forest Park
The first three titles on Eric's list sound like a really awesome, post apocalyptic, epic poem. Someone should write it.

Jane at Lake Forest Park
Excited to see The Goldfinch again!
  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. Under the Egg by Laura Fitzgerald
  3. Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins 
  4. Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 
  5. Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie 
  6. On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman 
  7. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell 
  8. What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada 
  9. Sandrine's Case by Thomas H. Cook 
  10. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Alex at Ravenna
Alex says his list is in no particular order, but then he numbered them, which seems like a very particular order. Here it is...in order.
  1. Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J Wiebe 
  2. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin 
  3. The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum 
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo 
  5. Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer 
  6. Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir 
  7. Mathematicians Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer 
  8. The Lions of Al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay 
  9. The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Cathrynne Valente 
  10. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Chelsea at Lake Forest Park
Another newbie  to the Bookseller Top Tens...looks like a natural to me.

Abraham at Lake Forest Park
I spy some classics! Woolf! Nabokov! Stevenson! How can you go wrong?

Patti H. at Ravenna
Looks like Patti might have a new favorite author. I don't blame her, Rainbow Rowell is pretty amazing.