Genre: Fiction

Speed Of Life by Carol Weston

Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist until, much to her horror, Sofia’s father starts dating Kate.


Genre: Fiction
Subjects: Advice, Grief, YA Fiction

Truth About Stacey, The by Raina Telgemeier

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC — and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club!


Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile works
Series: The Baby-sitters Club | Subjects: Babysitters, Clubs, Diabetes

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

The school was on fire, and Grace’s last memory is of trying to reach her daughter, Jenny, trapped inside the inferno. While their burned bodies are frantically cared for by doctors, Grace and Jenny awaken in the hospital in a strange in-between state. When they learn that someone purposefully set the fire, and Jenny may still be in grave danger from someone who wants her dead, Grace realizes she may be the only one who can discover who might be responsible. The police are looking at Adam, Jenny’s younger brother, who is struck mute by the horror he witnessed and can’t defend himself when he is accused of the arson.


Genre: Domestic fiction, Fiction, Staff Picks, Suspense
Subjects: Arson, Mothers and daughters

Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

She isn’t your typical teenage kidnapped victim. She’s a 16 year old pregnant teenager and from the moment she is kidnapped, she feels a calm desire to not only save her unborn son but to also exact merciless revenge. Leaving nothing to chance, and secure in her timing and practice, she considers what her assets are and waits for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.


Genre: Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Staff Picks, Suspense
Subjects: Kidnapping, Pregnant Teenagers, Revenge

This is Where it Ends

Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.


Genre: Fiction, Staff Picks
Subjects: Alabama

Make Me by Lee Child

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal. Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang…so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way–right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine. Walkng away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.


Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Staff Picks, Suspense
Series: Jack Reacher | Subjects: Investigation, Murder

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.

Genre: Books to Movies, Fiction, Science Fiction
Subjects: Astronauts, Science Fiction, Survival

The Shack by William P. Young

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

Genre: Books to Movies, Fiction, Religious, Suspense
Subjects: Life Change Events, Missing Children

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with theoctopus” attached to Lily‘s head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily‘s lethal cranial tumor. As Lily‘s condition worsens, Teddy faces off with theoctopus“, engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.


Genre: Fiction, Staff Picks
Subjects: Dachsunds, Dog Owners, Dogs, Gay men