A Few Good Books:

I love updating this blog with events going on at the libraries, but I am going to try write more about books! I read TONS of book reviews when selecting books for the library and occasionally there are some books that are just everywhere! I haven’t read these yet, but in every magazine, blog, website, and review journal that I read when picking books for the library, they are listed…when that happens you know there’s something there!

The Passage by Justin Cronin (784 pages!)

A secret military experiment goes awry. The disease gets out of the lab, creates monsters, and the Earth is practically destroyed. The monsters are vampire-like in that they feed on blood, but they don’t speak, and only a tiny spark of their old self remains.

Like The Stand, what makes The Passage gripping is the adventures of a group of survivors who are determined to find the source of the plague destroying their world. Protected by lights that may soon fail, they venture out into the destroyed world, fighting the monsters.

The plot rarely lets you down, and some of the writing is so lyrical that you find yourself in the dystopian, ravaged world. The survivors have little knowledge of the world’s history, but they create new culture, new language and new social structures. This is the first book in a trilogy, and ends with the threat still out there. The Passage may be almost 800 pages, but you will turn them quickly. (NPR Review)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Jane Ciabattari

Rose Edelstein is nearly nine when she first tastes her mother’s feelings baked into a slice of birthday cake. Her “mouth was filling up with the taste of smallness.of upset.” Meals become an agony for Rose, and she subsists on junk food from the school vending machine. When her mother begins an affair, Rose can taste that, too. Her brilliant older brother, Joseph, seems to have some type of autism spectrum disorder, though it is never named. Rose grows up and manages what she now considers her food skill, discerning not only the city of production but also the personality and temperament of the growers and pickers. She also draws closer to her father, finally understanding his prepossessions. This is an unusual family, even by California standards.(Library Journal Review).

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson

As the finale to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson’s mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl’s pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned. (Amazon.com review)

I’ll try to post book reviews more often! In the mean time, let us know if there is a book you are excited about!