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For some, summer provides the best opportunity to read. Many big releases by popular authors occur during the summer months. In Minnesota and other cold weather states, winter provides an equal opportunity as we are often stuck inside. Sometimes there is nothing better than a mug of your favorite hot beverage, a warm blanket to [...]

The Lost by James Patterson             The Lost is the fifth and final book in Patterson’s bestselling magical series. As they city turns against all magic users, the siblings begin to question everything, including their abilities. They must confront their own doubts in order to face a new enemy, but can [...]

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant             Addie was born to immigrant parents who were unprepared for life in America. Telling her story to her granddaughter, the 85 year old Addie recalls her adventures as she came to age in Boston in the 20th century. Here by Richard McGuire   [...]

The year is rapidly coming to an end and that means publishers, media outlets, and others are putting out their “Best of 2014″ lists for books. If you’re struggling with what to read next, these lists can give you some of the favorites from this year. They are also a good guy to buying books [...]

The 2014 Goodreads Choice Award winners were announced today. Goodreads, a popular social media website that lets users keep track of the books they’ve read, want to read and are currently reading. Along with that feature, it provides book reviews, book recommendations based on tastes, a group function, and more. Every year, Goodreads holds a [...]

How to Be Both by Ali Smith               How to Be Both is the story of two tales of love and injustice set hundreds of years apart that focuses on the versatility of art. The books are intentionally printed in two ways, so readers won’t know which edition they are [...]

Hope to Die by James Patterson               Detective Alex Cross’s family has been taken away and he is being stalked by a psychotic genius. He must follow along with the mad man to save his family, but what will he have to sacrifice? Hope to Die is Patterson’s 22nd [...]

The 2014 National Book Award Winners were announced on Wednesday in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. The honorees were chosen from shortlists of five finalists that were announced in October. (See this post from October to review the finalists). This year’s winners are: Fiction Redeployment by Phil Klay Nonfiction Age [...]

The 2014 Anthony Award Winners were announced recently. The Anthony Award is a literary award for mystery writers given annually. The award is given in a number of categories. If you’re a mystery fan, these are great reads if you are looking for your next whodunit. Best Novel Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger Best [...]

This week is fairly light in terms of new books, but nonetheless there are some good ones. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day             Captivated by You is Day’s next novel in her popular Crossfire series. The characters face a choice in this novel – the safety of the lives [...]