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Ever wonder what books Library staff and patrons are reading and loving? Check out a few of the many books that garnered 5-Star reviews during our Winter Reading Club, which just ended. More than 120 teen and adult participants read and reviewed a total of 627 books including fantasy, horror, realistic fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, essays, young adult literature and graphic novels.

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
“Reveals the stories and secrets of America’s unsung heroes-the wives of our original astronauts. Fascinating account of the trials the wives  and their families endured while their husbands became a new breed of heroes. Poignant and telling, this tells of their bonding and  friendships made along the way.”

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
“A sequel of sorts to the Shining. Best Stephen King offering in decades!”

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
“Great new comic fantasy/sci-fi series for adults. Star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of an intergalactic war flee through space with their newborn daughter. Marko has ram’s horns and fights with magic, while wife Alana has wings and prefers a ray gun. Both sides want them dead so they’re pursued by bounty hunters, a robot prince and even Marko’s jilted fiancee.”

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
“A great sequel to Etiquette & Espionage. Very funny and a quick read.”

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
“I love her characters and her stories. This is one of my new favorites!”

A Thursday Next Novel: The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
“One word to describe this book: AMAZING! If you like something weird and eccentric you better read the Thursday Next series, and I couldn’t help but be ensconced on this fictional world that I wish I could live in.”

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
“Absolutely amazing!”

Dare to Be Yourself by Alan Cohen
“Great book! Easy for reading but hard to put it down! This book reminds us to go back on life’s track in many ways!”

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
“A new book by the of author The Kite Runner. A really good story about family and life.”

Naked by David Sedaris
“A humorous memoir about the author’s life from his childhood tics to his visit to a nudist colony.”

Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle
“The story is about a girl who overturns centuries of tradition and how that changes her life.”

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
“A very interesting story about a brave young girl. It was inspirational.”

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
“A gripping recount of what happened in New Orleans Memorial hospital when residents, staff and patients sheltered there during the storm and its aftermath. The author does a fantastic job of weaving massive detail and complex circumstances into a book that is hard to put down.”

Maus by Art Spiegelman
“If you want to know more about the Holocaust, I would definitely recommend this book.”

And finally (you know this one had to have come from a librarian):

Writing Reviews by Brad Hooper
“Great little book with lots of tips.”

Looking for more great books to read? Check out our Tournament of Books, which just began and will run throughout the month of March. Read as many of the 12 tournament titles as you wish, and vote for your favorite each week. Ballots will be available on the 3rd floor of the Library.

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About Donna B

Hi! My main hangout in the Library is the Teen Underground, but you'll find me wandering all over the building. Originally from Northeast Iowa, I've lived in the Chicago area long enough to boo the Packers; but not long enough to pick a side in the Sox-Vs-Cubs civil dispute. I geek out on ginger ale and black licorice, Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin, and if I were a dog I'd be a shiba inu.

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