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SLJ Top 100 YA “must-have” titles

August 15, 2017

2 bookSchool Library Journal has posted their list of the top 100 “must-have” titles for a YA collection. Here are their choices, as well as a list of 42 titles for a collection of novels that best reflect diversity. Check your collection against these titles. The top 5, of course, are the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, Speak (Laurie Anderson), Fault in Our Stars (John Green) and Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell).

Beach House for Rent

August 12, 2017

11 bookI was looking for something light to read and this is perfect. The author, Mary Alice Monroe actually lives in or near the setting of the book, which happens to be the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. (I myself had visited the beautiful island last year during a trip to nearby Charleston. The island is home to a very good harbor/restaurant that offered delicious fresh seafood.) But back to the book… Monroe spins a lovely story of an owner who is looking to rent her Isle of Palms beach house after making repairs. Cara has lost her mother, and misses her greatly. She feels the last remaining piece of her mom in this beach house, so when Cara’s brother, a realtor, comes to persuade her to sell the house/property for a cool million, she is not interested, but agree to think on it. But after receiving an offer by a tenant looking to rent for the entire summer, Cara jumps on the offer, and the house is rented. I am only partly through the story, but am enjoying it and recommend it highly as a great beach read. Monroe is a NY Times best -selling author, and her novel The Beach House will be made into a Hallmark channel movie, premiering next year.

This Is Us

August 8, 2017

11 bookHaving completed its first season on NBC, the series¬†This Is Us is slated to return in September for another season. My daughter recommended this show to me, so I thought I would watch an episode or two just to tell her that I watched the show. Well, 13 episodes later, thanks to On Demand viewing, I am completely hooked. This is Us is a drama about three siblings, Kevin, Kate and Randall, their families and their lives in general. It reminds me of a serious version of Seinfeld in a way, since it tackles everyday issues which are so common that one can immediately relate to the situation. The timeline moves around quite a bit, with pieces of their earlier lives sandwiched between present day scenes, so pay close attention. You won’t regret it!

A Paris Year

July 11, 2017

1bookThis journal and memoir by Janice MacLeod chronicles a year spent in “the most romantic city in the world”, synonymous with Paris. Author of Paris Letters, in her new masterpiece MacLeod has written a day to day view of what it means to live in Paris. The book is gorgeous, with watercolors and photos sprinkled throughout the book, as well as anecdotes and stories of famous characters who have lived there. It is such a delightful book, and the cover itself feels so rich to the touch. A Paris Year¬†is a must read for anyone with an interest in Paris. Palisades Library is currently the only library in the system to own a copy, so please take advantage of our book buyers’ good tastes…

The Little French Bistro

June 27, 2017

1 bookIf you dream about visiting France, this is the next best thing to being there – reading about it. Nina George writes of a bored German housewife, Marianne, who is bullied by her boorish husband, Lothar. The name aptly fits the man, he has cheated on Marianne many times, and treats her horribly. So one day Marianne decides that she can no longer take her life, and attempts suicide from the Pont Neuf while in Paris. But she is rescued by a homeless man, and that day becomes the first day of her new life. Marianne boards a train and travels to a little seaside town, Kendruc, and proceeds to re-invent herself. This was a wonderful story that illustrates the point that it is never too late to start your life over if you don’t like the way it is going…

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