Reading Addict

Christmas in July, New Year's in August by Laura Raphael

Every late December or early January, I peruse my reading list from the year just ending or ended and pick my favorites. Here at the library, we even share our lists. It’s always one of the reading-related highlights of my year: both considering and choosing what stayed with me the most, and discovering what my colleagues considered and chose.

It’s not the end of the year yet (not even close), but if we can have Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

With that in mind, here’s my list of favorite fiction reads for 2013 – so far:

Tribute to a Mystery Author by Carissa Kellerby

Today we raise an honorary glass of gin to a Grand Master mystery writer. Last week, Barbara Mertz, author of nearly 70 mystery novels under two pseudonyms, passed away at the age of 85.

Books to Film to Books by Rebecca Howard

I recently spoke with a library customer who wanted to read something similar to the film War of the Roses.  We learned that the 1989 film was based on a 1981 novel of the same title by Warren Adler.  While we didn’t have this particular title in our collection, we did have a couple of other novels by Adler that sounded similar in tone and subject matter.  I also suggested

Dear Janet Evanovich by Laura Raphael

Thank you for writing a Stephanie Plum novel every year or so, and a plethora of non-Plum novels in between. Your fans love your humorous asides, your wacky characters, and your hold-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seats plots – nobody else quite elicits the same guffaws of laughter followed quickly by gasps of surprise.

No Delayed gratification Required by Rebecca Howard

I spend a lot of time writing about books that I’ve recently finished.  Many of these titles are newly published, which means that they likely have a long list of holds at the library.  Considering that you might want to check out some titles after reading about them, I thought I’d do an overview of some of my favorite titles that are a little older and less in demand—although no less impressive or enjoyable! All annotations are from NoveList. 

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