Reader's Advisory

  • A New Favorite Author

    It's always nice to stumble upon a new author whose books really excite you. A few months ago I picked up a book by a man named Blake Crouch, about whom I had heard exactly nothing. It was titled "Pines", and sounded interesting. When I read it I was so hooked by the plot that I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it in a little over a day. Since that time I've read six other of his books (including "Wayward," the sequel to "Pines"), and they have all been unputdownable (yes, that word is in Webster's, I just checked!) If you are a lover of fast, suspense and action-filled plots, you will enjoy Crouch. His books won't be confused with great literature, but they are a lot of fun. They appear to be self-published, but don't have that amateurish feel you often get with such titles. He knows how to write a great story and to keep it from seeming unrealistic or foolish. So spend some time on your couch with Crouch. I'm guessing you won't be disappointed, and you might be like me and even find a new favorite author.

     

    Pines jacketSecret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within...

  • The Most Popular Books of the Past Five Years

    Looking for some good summer reads? If you aren't yet on the list for this year's top titles and want something right away, why not try the best from the past? Here is a list of the top ten books in each of the past five calendar years, as judged by how many times they were checked out of the library. Do you see any that you wanted to read but missed? With one exception all of these are novels written primarily for adults. Who can figure out what the one exception is?

    2012

    1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
    2. "Guilty Wives" by James Patterson.
    3. "Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson.
    4. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.
    5. "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich.
    6. "...