The Winter in Anna by Reed Karaim

Find in catalog“The question is how the gentle, sustaining light leaks out of life.” The Winter in Anna is a quiet novel about how the pain one bears can color all aspects of life. It has been my favorite novel of the summer so far. A young man, without direction, finds his place in a small North Dakota town. He befriends an older woman, who has so much to teach him about life and its meaning. Like so many things in life, we don’t always see what is in front of us until we’ve gone far enough away to look back and not know how to return. Anna’s quiet pain and beauty captivate him, as well as the reader; you want to protect her from her past even as you want to race toward the future. I would love to read more from this author, even though I was brought to tears at the end.

The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

Find in catalogThis is a melancholy love story about finding yourself through someone else. The language was eloquent, but at times lengthy. The author wove the characters together with the landscapes, portraying each one through the ebb and flow of the earth. It was an interesting novel, but one that lost interest for me about halfway through. I was not surprised by the ending, but not sure that I agreed with it. How we respond to loss says many things about the person we are.

Euphoria by Lily King

Find in catalogI picked this book last minute from a library display because of its colorful cover and how it had something to do with anthropology. As it turned out, it’s about three young anthropologists in a love triangle in the 30’s in the native tribes of New Guinea. It’s well written for a passionate love triangle that is all looped in with the adventure of a new and different place. So if that’s what you’re looking for that’s this book. It’s not exactly my type of book (I’d have preferred them stick to anthropology).

Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Find in catalogI’ve always been captivated by the painting entitled “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” and I enjoyed this historical fiction that painted a picture about the girl in the painting. It’s a fun and light hearted read- perfect for a weekend escape.

Cujo by Stephen King

Find in catalogEveryone has at least heard of the story about the rapid dog who terrifies those that come across its path and let me tell you: the story doesn’t disappoint! It was able to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout!

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Find in  catalogThe Mermaid Chair is a wonderful beach vacation read- it is a relatively light and easy read, with a whimsical natural at the same time remaining captivating and engaging. It’s about this woman’s journey back home to an island that she rarely returns to while she embarks upon this interesting path in her relationships. It also ties in this mermaid chair legend that holds an old and captivating part to the island.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possibly by AJ Jacobs

Find in catalogThis book is both funny and enlightening! For anyone with any spark of curiosity for the words that the most sold book in history this is the book for you regardless of your spiritual standing. I really appreciated his perspective on the Bible and religious matters; he’s a good writer, able to take an objective look at the subject as well as reflect on his personal perceptions.

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Find in catalogI enjoyed this book. It’s a fun, light read with a character who is both vulnerable and likeable, despite his unusual career choice. I like my literature squeaky clean, so I could have done without the occasional swear words in this novel, as well as one quite explicit scene that really didn’t contribute anything to the story. Other than that, I liked getting to know Martin, figuring out the method and logic behind his extremely detailed system. The story was a little slow getting started, but it’s very entertaining once Martin decides he’s destined to be the guardian angel of his “clients,” and determines to live up to his calling–no matter what the risks.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Find in catalogThe Martian is, thus far, my favorite sci-fi book! I couldn’t help but reread this adventure into the human spirit. I love the demonstrations of science making life better and the determination of human kind’s ability to never give up. This book is too realistic to be just sci-fi, it’s able to show what I hope it would really be like if a person got left on Mars. It has the ability to be funny and light-hearted as well as touch on serious matters of life and what is worth living.

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Find in catalogThis book is able to take one on the emotional and physical journey of a single mother’s search for a better life, not only for herself but also her two adventurous and wise children. The way Dave Eggers wrote the story takes you along for the ride as she figures out exactly how to make this life on the frontier work out.