City of Girls

In Titanic fashion, 95-year-old Vivian remembers a period of time in her life that forever impacted her and narrates her memories that date back to the 1940s, beginning when she got kicked out of college. From there, her tale carries the reader to Manhattan where her parents sent her to live with her Aunt Peg, the owner of an eccentric theater called the Lily Playhouse. Exposed to an array of people and lifestyles, Vivian eventually finds herself in a scandal that rocks her world and causes her to reconsider the life she's living, moving her to create the future she desires. A wildly beautiful coming-of-age story, Elizabeth Gilbert's vivid writing will leave a lasting impression and has the potential to move to the top spot of your list of favorite books.


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is available as an ebook and eaudiobook on eMediaLibrary.


Strange Planet

Strange planet: [imagine pleasant nonsense] by: Nathan W Pyle is an easy read graphic novel that has funny themes to it. The aliens are put in a human position and know a little bit about our everyday items and how we live, but are still very funny guessing them and how they work.

Available as an ebook on Hoopla.



Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob is nearly sixteen and virtually friendless with little direction in his life when a sudden traumatic event changes everything. He embarks on an adventure to a mysterious island to try to find answers to his family's past. This young adult novel, which includes unusual period photos, sets an eerie tone that will give you goosebumps.

The Host

Human beings are "the host" for space parasites in this sci-fi novel. Most of the human race has been taken over by the "souls" from space. These invaders destroy human consciousness but leave human memories. That is, until a soul named Wanderer is implanted in Melanie. Her consciousness fights back, leaving her with a kind of split personality. Wanderer has a superior named Seeker. Seeker wants to make sure all humans have been converted and nags Wanderer to hurry up and get on with Melanie's take over.

There is so much more to tell, but I don't want to give away too much. It's really good. The unique aspect of the story is that it's told from the viewpoint of Wanderer, the parasite.

The Host (2008) by Stephenie Meyer is available via Overdrive. You can read the ebook or listen to the audiobook. If you choose to listen, you're in for a treat: narrator Kate Reading does a good job matching voices with personalities.

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The Hidden Oracle

If you've read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, Trials of Apollo will be right up your alley – it's another fun, fast-paced five-book series filled with Greek and Roman mythology. The Hidden Oracle picks up six months after the end of the last Heroes of Olympus book, with the god Apollo turned into a sixteen-year-old human. He learns that all prophecy has been blocked, and as the former god of prophecy, he's been tasked with restoring all the ancient oracles to regain his immortal status. Apollo gets help from twelve-year-old Meg, a demigod from New York, and some other favorite characters that Rick Riordan fans will know and love. This series is an excellent addition to the world Rick Riordan has created, with his signature witty humor and ability to make ancient mythology easy to understand and fun for all ages.


Available as an ebook and eaudiobook on eMediaLibrary.



everyone's an aliebn when you're an aliebn too

Yes, the title of this novel is correct. This is how most of the writing is in this book, but it is for a specific reason. The aliebn Jonny has come to Earth to learn what it is like to be a human being. This journey as to what it means to be a human being and how to make friends. The author Jomny Sun does an amazing job with showing some deep feeling and resonating with the people who are reading it who might not fit in where they are in life. A quote from this book that I believe sums up the tone is, "look. life is bad. everyone is sad. we're all gona die. but i alredy bought this inflatable bouncy castle so are u gona take ur shoes off or wat". I loved this book.

Everyone's an aliebn when you're an aliebn too is available as an eBook and eAudiobook on Hoopla.

Child of Storm

The terrific second book in the Zulu series tells of Mameena, a Zulu girl of hypnotic beauty. Her name means Child of Storm in English. Mameena uses her unparalleled beauty and charm on men to climb up the Zulu social ladder, leaving misery and death in her wake. She even tests her wiles on young but stalwart Allan Quatermain.

Child of Storm (1913) is a nonstop thrilling tale of revenge, jealousy, witchcraft, and war. Very interesting and exciting stuff written with H. Rider Haggard's poetic description of 19th century Africa. Some characters in the book are real historical persons and some of the events actually happened, including the descriptions of the tribal battles.

While this audiobook is very hard to put down on its own, listeners would benefit from first reading Marie, the first book in the trilogy. Check out my review of Marie


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The Book of Unknown Americans

The Book of Unknown Americans follows the Rivera family as they move from Mexico to the United States in order to get the best care for their daughter. The novel includes a cast of characters from throughout Latin America each with a unique and telling story to share. Grappling with issues like anti-immigrant sentiment, poverty, and the difficulties of assimilating into a new culture, this well written book puts a human face onto every person who ever tried to come to this country in search of a better life.

The library will have a book discussion on this title on February 17, 2022.



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The Family Upstairs

After Libby's 25th birthday, she receives a letter from a lawyer telling her that she is the sole inheritor of an abandoned mansion in London's upper class neighborhood that is supposed to be worth millions. Libby knows nothing about her past, only that she was adopted when she was a baby. She is excited to learn more about her birth parents and where she was from. By claiming her inheritance, she opens herself up to individuals that want to connect with her and are wanting to find her. Years ago, the mansion was the site of a strange group suicide of her birth parents and that left Libby (a 10 month old baby) behind. She must confront her past as she searches for the truth. Really good read. I couldn't put the book down till I finished it. 

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell is available as an ebook and eaudiobook on eMediaLibrary.



The Extraordinaries

The Extraordinaries by T.J Klune focuses on Nick, an average everyday teenager who is openly queer and happens to have ADHD. In a world where there are normal people and Extraordinaries (people with superpowers) Nick struggles with feeling of inadequacy, a feeling that he tries to solve by becoming an Extraordinary himself. The story was full of relatable situations as Nick navigates through all his emotions and deals with the people in his life. Nick himself is just a really relatable character and I can see a lot of myself in him, which made the story all the more fun. This story has all the cringe involved with being a teenager, a lot of humor, a couple sad bits, and a good sprinkling of a cute romance. My absolute favorite thing about the book was the plot twist! It took the story in completely different direction in the best way possible. There's also a sequel!!! 

Available as an eAudiobook through Hoopla.




City Monster

City Monster is my favorite graphic novel from this author. The story seemed to fly by and was nothing what I expected it to be. The artists did a great job with the subtle facial expressions and with the dialog with the images on the pages. There wasn't too much wording, but there also was just enough where it made the story progress. This was kind of like a Pixar short and was written perfectly. I would definitely read this book again and suggest for people to read it as well.

The Land that Time Forgot

A rip-roaring adventure from the creator of Tarzan. It's 1916 and the Great War is raging. The U-33 has been sinking allied ships and capturing survivors. A series of twists leaves the survivors in charge and the U-33 off course and lost. The sub, following an underwater passage, surfaces to find itself on a thermal crater lake in a strange land and almost out of fuel. There is high drama, double cross, and dirty tricks as the German crew and their English and American captors fight dinosaurs, sub-humans, and each other.

The Land That Time Forgot (1918) by Edgar Rice Burroughs is told in first person from a manuscript found in a bottle at the Greenland coast. The manuscript was written by an American from California but it is a British citizen that finds the bottle and reads the manuscript. Narrator Raymond Todd reads the story with a British accent.

This is the first book in the Caspak trilogy. Listen to the audiobook or read the ebook via Hoopla.



Don't Look for Me

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker will be loved by anyone looking for a good thriller with plenty of twists. Molly Clarke is a woman who just disappears during a bad storm. The police investigating her case just think it's a "walk-away." Her car was abandoned many miles from home. A note was found at a nearby hotel. She's just a woman desperate to start a brand new life. Appearances are not always what they seem however. Good thing her daughter refuses to stop searching. 

Available as an eaudiobook and ebook on eMediaLibrary (Libby).  Listen to the eaudiobook now on Hoopla.




Falling

Falling by T.J Newman is a suspense filled on-stop flight from Los Angeles to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Captain of the flight is Bill Hoffman and his First Officer Ben are in the cockpit of Coastal Airway airlines. After the plane takes off from L.A., the Captain finds out that his family has been taken hostage. The terrorist is making Bill make a decision. He has to crash the plan with 149 souls on board or save his family. Bill won't make this decision and decides that he will try to save both. Little does he know that someone onboard is part of the plan to help him decide. Great action packed book. I couldn't stop reading once I started.

Available as an eaudiobook and ebook on eMediaLibrary (Libby).

The Circle

The Circle is the name of the world's most influential Internet megacorporation, and Mae Holland has just landed a job there. As she rises quickly through the ranks she learns how the company's long tendrils have spread into all areas of life from entertainment to politics and more. Is there no segment of existence that The Circle cannot peer into? And who is this mysterious person that Mae keeps running into? With many parallels to real life, The Circle by Dave Eggers will make you question how long your own privacy will last. (Also a film starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega, titled The Circle).