Book Genre: Fiction

Cover art
George Saunders
Bobby
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional...

Cover art
Brenda (Brenda Streater) Jackson
mmcgowan
3

Jaclyn Campbell, an intern, and her drop dead gorgeous boss unite and fall in love with each other however they must be careful that no one finds out about this relationship or else they could both lose their careers.  One day Jaclyn gets really sick and the boss looks at their relationship...

Cover art
Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

Cover art
S.
Doug Dorst
Lily
4

S. is two stories for the price of one. As a tribute to reading, S. explores and celebrates the adventure of the writer as well as the reader. The internal novel is well written and worth reading for the interesting story and the story in the margins is an amazing creative...

Cover art
Patricia MacLachlan
Georgia
4

 Robbie cannot relate to his parents who are, again, off touring around the world with their music ensemble. Each summer Robbie looks forward to spending time with his Grandmother, Maddy.  Robbie and Maddy have a very close relationship with each other and with nature. They both enjoy...

Cover art
P.N. Elrod- Editor
Adelina
4

An enjoyable collection of paranormal short stories. Most of the stories feature characters from the authors full length book series. Short stories are a great way to try out new authors and get a feeling for their style of storytelling without committing to a whole novel. Some of my favorites...

Cover art
Roald Dahl
lisab
4

You’ve got to love a book that extols books and librarians.  Matilda is about a precocious young girl who has neglectful parents and looks after herself. Her local librarian, Mrs. Phelps opens her to the world of books.  Matilda has some special skills that help her right some wrongs...

Cover art
Gail Carriger
Janet Q
5

Finishing School is one of my favorite new YA series. This second entry in the series is a potent blend of Victorian steampunk, fantasy and humor. It follows the exploits of one Sophronia Tremminnick, aged 14 and a trainee at Mademoiselle Geraldine's...

Cover art
Thomas King
Janet Q
5

When a little girl shows up at Coyote's house in the woods on the eve of the Solstice, she introduces Coyote and his friends to the shopping mall at the edge of the forest. Coyote has a great time at the mall until he realizes he has to pay for his purchases. The refreshingly anti-consumerist...

Cover art
Julie Fogliano
Janet Q
4

A charming ode to staying in the moment, even as you pursue a larger goal.  A boy and his dog encounter many other fascinating aspects of the natural world as they try to spot a whale. This will probably appeal to slightly older kids (3-up), as the drawings are rather small and delicate...

Cover art
Adam Langer
Janet Q
4

This is a fast read and a well-written novel with a twisty plot. Two authors who are caught in the depressing world of financial recession and modern book publishing become aligned with dark forces in an attempt to get out of debt and provide for their families. Langer does a good job of...

Cover art
Sebastian Faulks
Janet Q
5

As a teen, I became obsessed with Jeeves and Bertie Wooster novels by P.G. Wodehouse. I spent a happy summer reading them and continue to dip into one on occasion when I need to buck up a bit, as Bertie would say. The absurdist style is wonderful and unique, and I...

Cover art
Josh Lieb
Ken
4

This book is hilarious. I read it because of the absurdity of the title, but it doesn't lie. It's written in the first person perspective of a twelve year old boy who is the third richest person on the planet, but no one knows because he has a puppet in charge of his holdings and he pretends to...

Cover art
Melissa Brayden
Becker
4

Molly's partner since high school, Cassie, died in a plane crash over 4 years ago. She still can't quite picture her life moving forward without Cassie. Jordan, Cassie's younger sister, took Cassie's death hard, too. They were best friends, and Cassie was Jordan's only ally against her parents'...

Cover art
Gillian Flynn
Georgia
4

The story centers on, Camille Preaker, a reporter who is sent back to her hometown on assignment after a young girl goes missing and another turns up dead. Returning to her hometown is less that pleasant for Camille who must face her mother and half sister.  Her relationship with her family...

Cover art
Jojo Moyes
Georgia
3

The book flashes between present day London and German occupied France during the First World War. The portion of the book during WWI tells the story of Sophia, a young woman struggling to help her family survive in a small French town occupied by German soldiers. The other portion of the book...

Cover art
John Green
Georgia
4

This book is a tearjerker! Two teens battling cancer fall in love in a support group.

Hazel Lancaster, three-year stage IV–cancer survivor is sent to a cancer support group by her doctor, it is there where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor. Though they both understand...

Cover art
Thomas Harris
Rebecca
4

I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...

Cover art
Carol Goodman
Janet Q
5

I have long been a fan of Carol Goodman's books for adults, so I was excited to see that she has branched into Young Adult fiction. I had high hopes for Blythewood, and I was not disappointed. Though the book navigates familiar teen book territory (magical boarding school, orphaned...

Cover art
Liesel Schwarz
L.F.
3

A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the debut novel for author Liesel Schwarz, won the British Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Best debut novel for 2013.  Set in the Belle Époque, the novel is a genre defying blend of steampunk, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. 
Schwarz...

Cover art
Debbie Macomber
lisab
3

The first in what has become series; I can see why readers like her books. The story is about Jo Marie Rose, a widow whose husband has been killed in Afghanistan. As part of the moving forward process, she buys a B&B on Puget Sound.  This story tells about her first customers and of her...

Cover art
Stephen King
Becker
4

This is the much-hyped sequel to King's classic The Shining, and I think even those who haven't read that story set in a haunted Colorado hotel during Danny Torrence's long, scary winter there would enjoy Doctor Sleep (honestly, I read The Shining so many years ago that I don't remember much...

Cover art
Philipp Meyer
Michelle
5

It's a Western! An epic multi-generational Texas saga. And I loved it!

Cover art
Cynthia Voigt
Janet Q
3

This is a strange little book! It seems a bit vague and unfinished. Max is 12, and his parents have mysteriously disappeared. Max has his Grandma, a librarian, living close by, so he is not totally alone. However, he and Grandma both worry about the missing parents as well as financial matters....

Cover art
Bil Lepp
Stefanie
5

I love this book. It's full of great vocabulary, fun things to look for in all of the pictures, funny scenes and use of language ("I beg your pardon, your Highness of Great Heft") and all showing the power of little things. A child could write or simply tell her own story based on this one, but...