Staff Spins and Selections

AWARD WINNERS

  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
OUR PICKS

  • Wife by Design by Tara Taylor Quinn
  • Shattered by Kevin Hearne
  • Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Ascension by Steven Galloway
  • Stitches by David Small
  • The Girl with the All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus by Gris Grimly and Mary Shelley
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • How Firm a Foundation by David Weber
  • Toriko 21: Showdown at Chowlin Temple
  • The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
  • Velvet by Ed Brubaker
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
  • Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  • The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill
  • Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber
  • The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller
  • Like a Mighty   Army by David Weber
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Successful Kids, Without Turning into a Tiger by Shimi K. Kang
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • Growing Up Duggar by Jana Duggar
  • Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
BEACH READS

  • Once a Family by Tara Taylor Quinn
  • Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
  • Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
BIOS & MEMOIRS

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
CANADIAN

  • Fruit by Brian Francis
CLASSICS

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Song of Soloman by Toni Morrison
  • Inferno by Dante Alighieri
FANTASY

  • The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • Locke & Key #1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
HISTORICAL FICTION

  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
  • Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates
HUMOUR

  • Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks
  • Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffery Brown
  • Top Secret 21 by Janet Evanovich
MYSTERIES, THRILLERS, TRUE CRIME

  • The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Robinstein
  • Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Murder List by Julie Garwood
ROMANCE

  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forrester
SCIENCE FICTION

  • Abaddon’s Gate by James Corey
  • Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
SENSE OF PLACE

  • China Dolls by Lisa See
  • What the Pilgrim Told the Psychic by Jane Christmas
  • The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Reilly
  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
SHORT STORIES AND POETRY

  • A Faraway Smell of Lemon by Rachel Joyce
  • The Other Language by Francesca Marciano
  • As If by E.D. Blodgett
  • The World Afloat: Miniatures by M.A.C. Farrant
STAFF PICKS

  • Invisible Cities by Italo Clavino (Geoff’s Pick)
  • Fast Track by Julie Garwood
TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE

  • How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
  • White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia by Jacek Hugo-Bader
  • A Tourist in the Arab Spring by Tom Chesshyre
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What We Read Week Two

The gorgeous summer weather is not deterring Summer Reading!  Here are the books we read this week:

BEACH READS

  • The Story Teller by Jodi Picoult
  • The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
CUSTOMER PICKS

  • Bone and Silence by Reginald Hill
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 1313 by Teresa Toten
  • Name of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Third Twin by Ken Follett
  • The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynaud
  • Dust by Patricia Cornwell
  • Leftover Women and the Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong Fincher
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
  • Haunted Hotels by Jo-Anne Christensen
  • Hardball by Sara Paretsky
  • Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
  • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
  • The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro
  • The Cat with the Yellow Star by Susan Goodman Rubin
  • Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
 
HISTORICAL FICTION

  • A Town Called Alice by Neville Shute
 
HUMOUR

  • Check, Please by Rick Kirkman
  • Let’s Just Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
 
MYSTERIES, THRILLERS & TRUE CRIME

  • Date with the Devil by Donald Lasseter with Ronald E. Bowers
  • Chambre 426 by Madeleine Robitaille
  • Deadly Little Secrets by Kathryn Casey
 
ROMANCE

  • Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
 
SENSE OF PLACE

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Cool Water by Dianne Warren
 
SHORT STORIES & POETRY

  • Married Love and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley
  • Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro
  • Tales from the Underworld by Hans Fallada
  • Among the Missing by Don Chaon
 
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

  • Infrared by Nancy Huston
 
STAFF PICKS

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
 

What We Read in Week Six

Last day to spin the wheel, and all entries are due by Sunday August 25, 5 pm.  Here’s what we read in the final stretch.

Award-Winners

  • The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
  • A Colder Kind of Death Gail Bowen
  • Embassytown China Mieville
  • Tinkers Paul Harding
Customer Picks

  • Vintage Design Workshop: Knitting Techniques for Modern Style Geraldine Warner
  • Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic Peter Green & Rory Jones
  • Sh*t My Dad Says Justin Halpern
  • Destined to Fly Indigo Bloome
  • The Overlook Michael Connelly
  • The Borgias Alexandre Dumas
  • House at Riverton Kate Morton
  • The Preacher Camilla Lackberg
  • Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We’ve Failed to Learn Bill Fawcett
  • Red Sparrow Jason Matthews
  • Canadian Pie Will Ferguson
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
  • Selected Stories William Trevor
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of a Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson
  • Tripwire Lee Child
  • Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier et. al.
  • Someone Else’s Life
    Katie Dale
  • You and Your Anxious Child Anne Marie Albano
  • I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats Francesco Marciuliano
  • Joyland Stephen King
  • Boys Adrift Leonard Sax
  • The Black Prism  Brent Weeks
  • The Sentimentalists Johanna Skibsrud
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain
  • The Fire Witness Lars Kepler
  • Treachery in Death J.D. Robb
  • 9th Judgment James Patterson
  • The Runaway Jury John Grisham
  • Caught Lisa Moore
  • With Open Arms Nora Roberts
  • Second Honeymoon James Patterson
  • How Markets Fail John Cassidy
  • Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Ronald Koertge
  • 419 Will Ferguson
  • The Inconvenient Indian Thomas King
  • The Bone Bed Patricia Cornwell
  • Cannery Row John Steinbeck
  • 10th Anniversary James Patterson
  • Tinkers Paul Harding
  • And The Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini
  • Visions of Magic Regan Hastings
  • Sarah’s Key Tatiana De Rosnay
  • Something Fierce Carmen Aguirre
  • Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin
  • High Profile Robert B. Parker
  • The Water’s Lovely Ruth Rendell
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection Alexander McCall Smith
  • Mathematics Tom Jackson
  • What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
  • The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick
  • Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Brave Souls Douglas Todd
  • The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh Stephanie Laurens
Beach Reads

  • The Perfect Hope Nora Roberts
  • Silver Girl Elin Hilderbrand
  • Calico Joe  John Grisham
Bios & Memoirs

  • Wave Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Chorus of Mushrooms Hiromi Goto
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann Voskamp
  • Geisha, A Life Mineko Iwasaki
  • Complete Surrender Dave Sharp
  • Dancing Lesson Cheryl Burke
Canadian

  • Imperfections Bradley Somer
  • They Call Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School Bev Sellars
  • Speaking from the Bones Alan Bradley
  • Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada Will Ferguson
  • Emancipation Day Wayne Grady
Classics

  • The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
  • 1984 George Orwell
Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • The Explorers [There is No Turning Back] James Smythe
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
    Seth Grahame-Smith
Graphic Novel

  • The Sandman: Dream Country Neil Gaiman
Historical Fiction

  • Twilight Elie Wiesel
  • In the Arms of a Marquess Katharine Ashe
  • The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie Jennifer Ashley
  • Dodger Terry Pratchett
  • The Golden Mean Annabel Lyon
  • Freddy’s War Judy Schultz

Humour

  • Radio Iris Anne-Marie Kinney
Mystery

  • Pale Horses Jassy MacKenzie
  • Now You See Her Joy Fielding
  • Snow White Must Die  Nele Neuhaus
  • Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes
Not Just for Teens

  • Where Did You Go, Bernadette? Maria Semple
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas  John Boyne
  • If I Stay Gayle Forman
  • City of Bones Cassandra Clare
Romance

  • Something to Remember You By Gene Wilder
  • Mimi Lucy Ellmann
  • Marrying Up Wendy Holden
  • The Bull Rider’s Baby Brenda Minton
Sense of Place

  • Cannery Row John Steinbeck
  • Frozen in Place: An Epic Story of Survival and A Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Deborah Moggach
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Short Stories and Poetry

  • The Golden Apples of The Sun and Other Stories Ray Bradbury
  • The Raven Edgar Allen Poe
Travel & Adventure

  • My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou–An Auto-Misadventure across the Sahara Jeroen Van Bergeijk
  • Faraway Lucy Irvine
  • A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Great Wall Julia Lovel
Staff Pick

  • How To Be Canadian  Will Ferguson
  • The Rapture of the Nerds Cory Doctorow
  • Bedtime Story  Robert J. Wiersema