Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February/March 2015 Wall Street Journal Book Club Pick

* A National Book Award Finalist

Through early March of this year, the WSJ Book club will be reading Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn. It is an intense and entertaining story about the lives of different people living in the Philippines under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Perhaps it will be a good choice for your book club or just to read on your own.  You can leave your comments about the book on the WSJ Facebook page or on Twitter. It is available for downloading from the library website now. There is no need to place a book on hold when it is available all of the time on the Freading database.

"As sharp and fast as a street boy's razor"
-The New York Times Book Review

This is a novel about the death of the good life of the soul: of all virtue, meaning, and hope. Exceptionally well written and emotionally wrenching. Recommended.
- Library Journal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015 & Current New York Times Best Sellers

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is newly available on Freading and it was chosen as the #1 Spring Kid’s Indie Next Pick by Publisher’s Weekly.

“Written in luscious and deliciously creepy prose not easy to forget. Put it on your radars now; this is an outstanding literary young adult novel more than worth the wait.” —Book Riot

Sometimes I like to get suggestions from other people on what to read. If you are like me, The New York Times best seller list is an excellent reference since it tells you what everyone is reading the most. Here are some books on Freading that are in the top 10 of this current week’s NYT best sellers lists.


Author Janice Macleod is on the NYT best -seller list for the first time in her career with her adventurous and humor-filled memoir called Paris Letters. Ms. Macleod tells readers exactly how she calculated the amount of money she would need to save in order to quit her job and start her life over in a new city. Her book is number seven under the “Travel” category of the Times’ list this week.

The amazing memoir by top-selling author Pat Conroy entitled The Water is Wide is number four under E-Book Nonfiction. It tells about the author’s experience teaching on an impoverished island off of South Carolina. The Times calls it “A hell of a good story.”

What If ? by Randall Monroe is a passionate pursue of answers that was previously a #1 Best Seller and is still a top ten under Hardcover Non-Fiction.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin is a completely engaging story that  was a LibraryReads #1 pick for the year of 2014 and was called “irresistible” by critics at Booklist. It is a book you won’t be able to put down.

A best-seller in E-Book Non-Fiction is Adventure of English by Melvin Bragg. It’s the remarkable story that looks at the history of the English language and how it grew to be as powerful as it is today.
“Compelling and charmingly personal.”- Publishers Weekly
“..both entertaining and informative”-Booklist

Every animal lover should read How To Tell if Your Cat is Plotting To Kill You by Matthew Inman. The humor in it is priceless and appropriate for almost all age groups.

Mr. Inman also wrote another book on the current best seller list called The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, which will make you want to lace up your running shoes the moment you are done reading it. In review of this book, NPR writes “"He runs. He sweats. He heaves. He hates it. He loves it. He runs so hard his toenails fall off. He asks himself, why? Why do I do this? Here, gorgeously, bravely, hilariously, is Matt's deeply honest answer."

The Best American Essays 2014 is an anthology of the most engrossing essays published. Publishers Weekly called this edition “exhilarating”

Altitude Adjustment by Mary Beth Baptiste is the
 story of a suburban Massachusetts woman who divorces her husband of 15 years to pursue her dream of living in the Rocky Mountains.
                            “A great read for anyone making a fresh start”- Booklist

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"The Magician's Lie" is Now Available

*A January 2015 Library Reads pick of the month
*An ABA Indie Next Selection for January 2015
*A January 2015 Midwest Connections Pick
*A Boston Globe Pick of the week

"Smart, intricately plotted...a richly imagined thriller."- People Magazine
"…captivating ... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs."
-       Washington Post

"In her historical fiction debut, Macallister... has created a captivating world of enchantment and mystery that readers will be loath to leave." - Library Journal

[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel..." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "I Am Legend" Now Available

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is one of the most influential business and management books ever published in the world, selling over 25 million copies.  Until late in 2014, it could only be accessed digitally through the publisher’s exclusive deal with Amazon Kindle. It is now available on Freading through your library website.  Mr. Covey was named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans”. 

Also newly available is I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Mr. Matheson has won multiple awards for his Science Fiction including the Hugo Award, the Edgar Award and The World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is perhaps best known for this novel which was brought to movie screens twice, most recently for the 2007 version starring Will Smith that was won 9 different film awards.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chinese Whispers and Benji Franklin nominated for 2015 Digital Book Awards

The Digital Book Awards celebrate excellence in digital publishing. The awards gala will be held this coming January in New York City. This year, Chinese Whispers by Pulitzer Prize winning poet John Ashbery was nominated under Adult Fiction.  Per the Poetry Foundation “John Ashbery is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth century American Poets. He has won nearly every major American Award for poetry.”

In the children’s ebooks category, Benji Franklin: Kid Zillionaire by Raymond Bean was nominated. Intended for the 7-11 age group, they are charming and humorous books about a young boy who invents things and learns the responsibility of money .


These titles are available for downloading through your library website on the Freading database.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Financial Advice From A 27-Year-Old Millionaire

How does a 27-year-old who worked at Subway in high school become a millionaire? By reading and saving according to a recent interview. His interesting and enlightening story is captured on Yahoo Finance. You can read it by clicking on the link below. In the article, he states that he was heavily influenced by the book  "The Millionaire Next Door”.

 And here is a reading suggestion from a  59- year-old billionaire...
(well, actually Money magazine predicts that he will likely be the worlds first trillionaire)

 The favorite business book of Microsoft founder Bill Gates is “Business Adventures” by John Brooks. It is referenced in Mr. Gates’ blog entitled GatesNotes.

These books are available for downloading on Freading with your library card.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 Kirkus Prize for Fiction Finalist

The state of Maine is no stranger to snowfall. When predicted precipitation there starts being referred to as “the storm of the century”, it means business.  In this romantic thriller, Bill Roorbach tells the story of an attorney who closes his office early in anticipation of the storm. On his way home he meets a homeless woman in need of help.

Snowbound in Maine, two strangers struggle to survive--fighting, flirting, baring secrets. Their sexy, snappy dialogue will keep you racing through.” —People Magazine

The Remedy for Love is a page-turner, a love story and a vivid drama of man (and woman) against the elements. Those who read and loved Roorbach's sprawling, eccentric Life Among Giants, coming to HBO as a dramatic series, will be a little surprised to see that The Remedy for Love is nothing like it--except that it's a great read by a wonderful writer who obviously has many tricks up his sleeve.” —Newsday

“[A] superbly grown-up love story . . . Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach (Life Among Giants, 2012, etc.), that poet of hopeless tangles.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Part survival tale and part romance . . . Roorbach does well in the limited space, keeping the narrative tight without being claustrophobic . . . There’s more depth to the fierce and mercurial Danielle than meets the eye, which gives [the characters'] interactions spark as the storm rages outside and something even more powerful develops within.” —Booklist

* A finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. The Kirkus Prize is new in 2014 and according to, it joins the ranks of the Man Booker Prize and The Folio Fiction Prize.

* November 2014 “Book of The Month”

*An “Best Book of the Month”, October 2014

-Available now on Freading for downloading-