The Martian
Andy Weir
December 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

Another year has flown by and I hope everyone has found some great things to read. My favorite read from this year was The Martian by Andy Weir.  It is a science fiction novel but even if you don't like SF, give it a read as it is more about survival and being human.  Below is the full list of my top reads from 2014 and looking forward to more great books in 2015!


Cataract City by Craig Davidson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Legend by Marie Lu

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Someone by Alice McDermott

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

My Drunk Kitchen
Hannah Hart
December 17, 2014
Reviewed by: Kris

Hannah Hart was drunk and depressed so she decided to make a fake cooking video to send to her friend.  The result was My Drunk Kitchen, the cooking show which made her a You Tube sensation.  Her book, My Drunk Kitchen, is full of recipes, advice for feeling lost in your 20s, and what to do when your heart is broken and you crave nachos but tortilla chips are AWOL.

Ice Shear
M. P. Cooley
December 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Nancy

In bitterly cold upstate New York, small-town cop June Lyons makes a disturbing discovery at the end of her night shift.  A young woman’s body is impaled on ice spikes that have formed in the frozen river. Investigation quickly reveals that the victim’s father is a wealthy local citizen and her mother a prominent politician.  The FBI is called in, and soon June and her colleagues are pushed to their limits investigating an outlaw motorcycle gang and an illegal drug operation--and then another death.  An engaging and suspenseful debut novel by M. P. Cooley.  

There But For The
Ali Smith
December 11, 2014
Reviewed by: Laura

Dinner guest Miles locks himself in the upstairs room of a house belonging to a family he barely knows. When he refuses to emerge, the family solicits the help of a contact stored in his phone, who turns out to be a woman Miles hasn’t spoken to in years, who leads to another person that knows Miles only vaguely, and so on. What surfaces in the effort to extract Miles from this home are four acquaintances’ forced reflections of their connection to this man and the impact he’s had on their lives. Using her signature wit and plays on words, Smith pens a thought-provoking, language-rich work about how some human interactions, however fleeting, still have the potential to make a lasting impression.

The Seventh Trumpet
Peter Tremayne
December 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Tonia

Follow Sister Fidelma, crime solving sister to the High King in 7th century Ireland, as she tries to the mystery of who killed a young nobleman. Readers who love a good historical “whodunit” should try this series by author, and renowned Celtic scholar, Peter Tremayne.

How It Went Down
Kekla Magoon
December 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Kristin

An African American teen leaves a convenience store at a run and is subsequently confronted, shot, and killed.  From this seemingly straightforward event, Kekla Magoon spins a story that makes clear the disconnect between perception and reality.  An all-too-real rendering that will help readers identify their own biases.  This book begs to be read and discussed.

The Doubt Factory
Paolo Bacigalupi
December 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Desi

Alex is a young girl safely ensconced in an upper class world. That safety is compromised when another teen "Moses" tries to convince Alex that her father's business practices are having horrible effects on the lives of consumers.

The Disappeared
Kristina Ohlsson
November 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Nancy

The body of a young woman who has been missing for two years turns up in a shallow grave.  The burial site yields more evidence, too, of violent crimes committed decades ago.  Can these crimes, separated by so much time, be related?  Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues with the Stockholm police follow some very puzzling leads: a woman in a nursing home who hasn’t spoken a word in 30 years, a club of film critics, a prominent Swedish businessman.  And why does the name of Fredrika’s lover seem to emerge at every turn?  In fact, each of the investigators is obsessed with the case for personal reasons.  You, too, will find yourself unable to let go until you understand everything, beginning to end.  




Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
Christian Rudder
November 24, 2014
Reviewed by: Kris

Rudder uses data from his internet dating site to show what people really think of each other and the world we live in.  He shares how what we “like” on Facebook can predict frighteningly accurate things about us.  Readers who like Freakanomics will enjoy this not so flattering look at who we truly are.

Rain Reign
Ann M. Martin
November 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Kris

Rose has Aspergers and lives in a small town that does not quite know how to handle her.  She loves homophones and the book is filled with them.  She names her dog Rain, Reign.  This is a beautiful story about a special needs child and her bond with her dog.  A hurricane hits, and her dog gets lost, sending Rose’s world into a spiral.  I became attached to the characters and missed them when the book ended.