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08/16/2016 - 2:58am
This Calls for a Drink: The Best Wines & Beers to Pair with Every Situation by Diane McMartin

What wine goes with your life? What beer should you choose to enjoy the Sunday game with? Or what will you drink when your beloved family invades your house for the holidays? What if you were on a blind date? What about an outdoor concert? Or binge-watching Netflix? 

08/15/2016 - 3:12pm
If you like John Dies at the End by David Wong

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John Dies at the End by David Wong
This may be the story of John and David, a drug called soy sauce, and other-worldly beings invading the planet. Or, it may be the story of two beer-drinking friends who live in an unnamed Midwestern town and only think something horrific is going on. But the important thing is, according to the narrator, "None of this is my fault." (catalog summary)

 

If you like the dark humor in John Dies at the End, here are a few other titles to consider:

 

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
A budding young writer falls in love with a vampire. He is Tommy of Indiana who moved to San Francisco in search of inspiration and is working in a supermarket. Shopping there is Jody, a secretary still trying to adjust to her new vampire status, after being bitten by one on her way home. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

Boo Who by Rene Gutteridge
It appears that everyone in Skary, Indiana, is having an identity crisis of epic proportions-including the town itself. Once known as the haunt of the world's most popular horror writer, Wolfe "Boo" Boone, Skary started losing tourist business after Boo abruptly abandoned his career. Now the little town with the big marketing hook is up a creek-and on the brink of bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the former best-selling author is hawking [or selling] cars and wondering, like the rest of the world, if he'll ever write again. Yet even as Boo's literary career gracelessly plummets, his fiancée, wholesome Ainsley Parker, is shooting to stardom as the media's darling new domestic diva. Weave in a dreaming bride with a bargain dress and a few too many pounds on her hips, an unconventional therapist who has Skary in his thrall, a depressed cat, a dogged busybody, and a horde of strange, ghostly figures traipsing in and out of the woods, and it's easy to see why Skary is the quirkiest-and most charming-town around. (catalog summary)

 

08/15/2016 - 12:33pm
If you like the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

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The Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan begins with The Vampire's Assistant:
After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.

We have other books in the Cirque du Freak series that you would probably enjoy. They are all written by Darren Shan. Here are some other titles you might like: 

Abarat by Clive Barker
 

Abarat by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.

 


 

 

 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

08/15/2016 - 11:51am
If you like Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Armed with her camera and a Magic 8-Ball and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. (catalog summary)

 

If you like the drama and romance of Made You Up, try these titles as well:

 

 

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

 

 

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)
 

 

08/15/2016 - 10:41am
If you like The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. (catalog summary)

If you like the fantastical adventure and romance in The Red Queen, try these titles:

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse or she will lose Tamlin forever. (catalog summary)



 

 

 

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Jane Yolen
Accident-prone, thirteen-year-old Gorse, the youngest fairy in her family, falls into a trap while on her way to the palace to bless the newborn princess, Talia, but arrives in time to give a gift which, although seemingly horrific, may prove to be a real blessing in this take-off on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. (catalog summary)

 

08/13/2016 - 10:36am
If you like The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last-- inexorably--into evil. (catalog summary)

If you like the mystery and psychological thrill behind The Secret History, then you may enjoy these titles as well (both adult and teen):

 


Beware that Girl by Teresa Toten
When a scholarship girl and a wealthy classmate become friends, their bond is tested when a handsome young teacher separately influences the girls in order to further his less-than-admirable interests. (catalog summary)


 

 

 

Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Tóibín
One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature, Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/13/2016 - 10:43am
If you like Spooky Adventure Reads

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Do you want plenty of adventure, but some spookiness too? Check out these titles.

Always October by Bruce Coville
Best friends Jake and "Weird Lily" enter the monster-filled land of Always October, made famous in Jake's grandfather's books, to save a foundling who becomes a monster during the full moon. (catalog summary)

 

Books by Betty Lynn Wright
These books are great for late elementary-middle grade readers.

A Ghost in the Family
While visiting his friend Jeannie's eccentric Aunt Rosebud in a boarding house that may be haunted, ten-year-old Chad comes across a mystery involving a missing diamond bracelet.

Other books by Betty Lynn Wright: The Ghost in Room 11, Haunted SummerOut of the Dark, The Ghosts of Mercy Manor, Crandall's Castle, The Dollhouse Murders, Too Many Secrets 


 

Books by Mary Downing Hahn
These books are great for late elementary-middle grade readers.

All The Lovely Bad Ones
While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Other books by Mary Downing Hahn: The Doll in the Garden, Wait Till Helen Comes, Took, Closed for the SeasonThe Old Willis Place, Time for Andrew

 

08/12/2016 - 9:19am
If you like Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations. (catalog summary)

If you like the historical drama, diversity, and transition of Necessary Lies, then check out these titles:

 

 

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 
A novel in stories, built around crucial moments in the lives of 3 generations of women in an Indian/Indian-American Family. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
Through an heirloom charm bracelet three women will rediscover the importance of family, love, faith, friends, fun and a passion for living as the magic of each charm changes their lives. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/11/2016 - 12:12pm
Nonfiction for People who Hate Nonfiction

Confession time: I avoid nonfiction reading like it’s the plague. Poems and graphic novels—that’s as far as my nonfiction interest goes. The second a friend suggests a biography, I start coming up with reasons why I can't possibly fit another book in my To Be Read pile. Every now and then, though, I find a book so engaging it makes me rethink my stance on nonfiction.

08/11/2016 - 10:33am
If you like the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Book #1 in the Mortal Instruments series)
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

If you like City of Bones you'll want to read the rest of the Mortal Instruments series: City of AshesCity of GlassCity of Fallen AngelsCity of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.

 

If you are an adult, and you like the Mortal Insturment series, try these titles as well:

 


13 Bullets by David Wellington (The other book in the series: 99 Coffins)
The first in a bloodcurdling trilogy, the terrifying novel that became an Internet sensation is finally available in print. Featuring Laura Caxton and Jameson Arkeley's fight against a fast, furious, and truly vicious foe, this novel reignites the vampire genre for a new generation. (catalog summary)
 


 

Blood Kiss: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself...be herself. It's a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it's very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O'Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer , is having serious problems in his own life. And that's before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated--and left wondering whether she's strong enough to claim her own power...on the field, and off. (catalog summary)

 

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