CRRL Staff

07/28/2016 - 9:20am
If you like The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known--and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. (catalog summary)
 
If you like Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, try these other historical-fiction tales of the medieval world.
 
 
 
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
A fugitive English forester and mercenary defender saves young novitiate Melisande and, defending himself from a vengeance-seeking rapist priest and Melisande's father, finds himself slogging his way to Agincourt as an archer in King Henry V's army. (catalog summary)
 

 
 
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
It is the winter of 1537 and England is divided into those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the King and the newly established Church of England. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, crusades against the old Church with savage new laws, rigged trials, and a vast network of informers. Queen Anne Boleyn has been beheaded and monasteries are being dissolved-their treasures pillaged and their lands eyed greedily by courtiers and country gentry. But having put down one people's rebellion, Cromwell fears another might topple the realm. So, when one of his commissioners is murdered in the monastery at Scarnsea on the south coast of England, he enlists his fellow reformer, Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," to head the inquiry. When Shardlake and his young clerk and protégé, Mark Poer, arrive at Scarnsea, the two are greeted with thinly veiled hostility and suspicion as their investigation quickly uncovers evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason. While the community of brothers is revealed to be far less pious than they would seem, Shardlake himself is shocked to discover truths about Cromwell that undermine his own beliefs and threaten to cost him his faith, and even his life. But when a novice is poisoned and a year-old corpse dredged up from a nearby pond, Shardlake must act quickly to prevent the killer from murdering again. (catalog summary)
 
07/02/2014 - 8:40am

Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Club yet? There are still two months left and so many good books to read. The library has loads of resources to help you choose some new reading material. There are book lists, book matches, and book groups.

07/15/2016 - 10:23am
If you like The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. See our other Book Matches.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. (catalog summary)

If you like The Hunger Games, then you should read the entire trilogy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other action/adventure books you may enjoy:




The Bar Code Tattoo
by Susan Weyn
Things for Kayla progress from bad, as in being told her computer grades disqualify her from an art scholarship, to worse, when she refuses to accept an identification bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday. (catalog description)

 

 

05/15/2013 - 11:00am
Book cover of The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

CRRL Wins!  You voted - thank you! - and we have won a visit from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley,  known for her suspenseful, historical romances. 

Meet Susanna at a wine and cheese reception at the Porter Branch on Wednesday, June 5, at 7pm, as she launches her newest book, The Firebird.

Sign up requested but not required - please call 540-659-4909. 

As a former museum curator, Susanna brings her passion for research and travel to her novels, weaving together modern-day and historical intrigue. In her newest novel, The Firebird, heroine Nicola Marter was born with a psychic gift. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object's history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.

Thank you to Barnes & Noble for providing copies of her books for purchase!  

Haven’t read a Susanna Kearsley book? If you like Diana Gabaldon, Daphne du Maurier, or Audrey Niffenegger, you’ll love Susanna Kearsley. Check out one of these titles:

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01/30/2013 - 4:17pm
Remembering George Van Sant

George Van Sant was well known in the area for his outstanding public service in the Marine Corps, at Mary Washington College, and in local politics.  To many of us, however, he was best known as an advocate for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

01/30/2013 - 3:54pm
Shoot for the Stars

On January 11, 2013 CRRL Headquarters had the pleasure of welcoming the Rappahannock Astronomy Club to Fabulous Friday: Shoot for the Stars. Mr. Jerry Hubbell, President of RAC, and Mrs. Linda Billard, the editor of RAC’s newsletter, came and talked to a group of thirty-two parents and children. The focus of the program was constellations and how we can see shapes in the stars the same way we see shapes in the clouds.  After Mr. Hubbell talked about some of the better known constellations, he and Mrs.

02/27/2013 - 1:41pm

Discover Earth: February 26 - April 24 at England Run Branch

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