Christine's Favorites

Hi, as anyone can probably tell, my taste in books is all over the board. Sometimes a book makes my must-read recommendation list because it makes me laugh, sometimes because it makes me cry, and sometimes because it makes me imagine the monster drooling and dragging his clawed hooves behind me on a dark street at night. A book can take me out of my safe, boring little life and open my eyes to a whole new world. Who doesn't love to see themselves in the misfit who slowly, sometimes painfully changes their whole life to something meaningful. Hey, and if I can imagine my knight in shining armor charging in to rescue me, I can also imagine,(with the right books), figuring it all out and rescuing myself ! ~Christine

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780778319337
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Published: Mira Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

by Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper lives a life of sameness since his late wife Miriam's passing. Same routines, same clothing, same sadness.  Everything changes when he finds a charm bracelet in Miriam's belongings. Elephant, book, tiger, thimble... It's 8 charms each tell a part of the story of a life previously unknown to Arthur.  He sets out to learn more about a woman he thought he already knew so well.  With each charm, Arthur gets closer to understanding what made his beloved Miriam into the woman who chose him and a simpler, decidedly less glamorous life.  This heartfelt story is charmingly told, with real emotion, healing and humor. (What about a 69 year old man discovering the ease and comfort of a pair of electric-blue M.C. Hammer pants isn't really fun?!)                       Christine


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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492623441
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 19th, 2016

The Readers of Broken Wheel

by Katarina Bivald

I picked up this book intending to read just a few pages. It's description intrigued me!  A correspondence between two book lovers, a small town setting, quirky characters and a dilemma of epic proportions. Well, nearly 400 pages and four hours later I had read every word of it.  I never put the book down, even to drag my sleeve over the tears sliding down my face. This gem is full of heart and humor, wit and some really good book recommendations.  I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Sara, Amy and all the residents of Broken Wheel.  I identified with, sympathized with, was entertained by, and loved them all.  This book would be my recommendation for readers who loved Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman, A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. P.S.  Have your tissues ready for this one.  I mean this in the best way!             Christine        


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A Man Called Ove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
 

I don't know how to describe this book featuring a fiesty curmudgeon called Ove without using the word charming.  I certainly didn't set out thinking that this person, so ridgid and set in his state of grumpy old-man-ness, would resonate with me like it did.  Watching this thorny guy thaw throughout the book (entirely without his intent or permission) was sweet and perfect.  I So recommend this debut novel by Swedish author Backman, and look forward to his next book "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry".            Christine


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

The Martian
by Andy Weir
Andy Weir's "Real" science fiction novel The Martian skips readable and amps to devourable in light seconds.  Stranded on Mars with limited food and water, Mark Watney could easily throw in the towel and O.D. on the morphine.  Someone as intelligent, resourceful and downright MacGyver-ish as he couldn't call it quits that easily though.  Hey! a major life-threatening upset crops up, solve it with ingenuity, recycled poopie and duct tape, just like you would (mostly) on Earth.  I don't usually like to use the term "Nail Biting" Suspense ( I thought I broke the habit years ago), but nails got bitten as the story roared along to a spectacular end.
Weir opened my eyes to a genre that was previously unfamiliar to me: He could "Fly me to the Moon" any time, just let me download some not  Disco music first.                   -   Christine

 


Beat the Reaper Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316032216
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2009

Beat the Reaper

   By  Josh Bazell

If you like a book like an old sweater, all warm, fuzzy and comforting, stay far, far away from this one! On the other hand, if you don’t know the meaning of the word squeamish, if you prefer your dog book dripping rabid foam, your pride & prejudice with a side of zombies, your girl with a dragon tattoo … then this one is for you.  Be prepared for a story that will smack you upside the head, grab you with sharp teeth and shake you until you’re dizzy.    -  Christine


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Gone Girl Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

OK, I admit it.  I like my books like some people like their food, spicy enough to cause a little bit of discomfort!  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is hot with a side of jalapenos.  If you like a book that you have figured out in three chapters .. Don't Read this one.  This darkly compelling, twisty as hell book will keep you guessing to the very end.  It turns everything you think you know about dysfunctional characters on it's ear.  And if you are as intrigued by Gone Girl as much as I was, be sure to check out Flynn's other books; Dark Places and Sharp Objects.  You will not be disappointed.  Enjoy the Burn ...

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The Girl on the Train Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594633669
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

Read this for a bird's-eye view of one of the most unreliable narrators in recent fiction.  How do you trust a character when what you see is the bleary eyes of a black-out drunk?  Is she obsessively stalking or voyeuristically imagining what she is seeing?  Told from alternating viewpoints, the suspenseful story draws you in, unfolding very quickly to a satisfying conclusion you just may not have seen coming.


The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425831
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Published: Speak - February 10th, 2015

Julia's Chocolates Cover Image
$6.98
ISBN: 9780758214621
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - May 1st, 2007

Doctor Sleep Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451698855
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Published: Gallery Books - June 10th, 2014

A Redbird Christmas Cover Image
$7.98
ISBN: 9781400065059
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Published: Random House (NY) - October 25th, 2005

Mr. Mercedes Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476754475
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Published: Gallery Books - January 6th, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781594746031
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Published: Quirk Books - June 4th, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763625290
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 11th, 2006

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780761159131
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Published: Workman Publishing - June 30th, 2011

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446546300
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 18th, 2011

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400034772
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Published: Anchor Books - February 6th, 2003

Outlander Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - June 2nd, 1992

The Art of Racing in the Rain Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

The Rosie Project Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

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The Good Girl: An Addictively Suspenseful and Gripping Thriller Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780778317760
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Published: Mira Books - February 24th, 2015

A Dirty Job Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060590284
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 27th, 2007

Blind Your Ponies Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781565129849
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 18th, 2011

Heartsick Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312947156
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 29th, 2008

The Missing Ink Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780451227461
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Published: Obsidian Mysteries - July 7th, 2009

Dog on It Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416585848
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Published: Atria Books - September 29th, 2009

A Game of Thrones Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553573404
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Published: Spectra Books - August 1st, 1997

Where the Heart Is Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781455535118
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 9th, 2015

Cats Are Capable of Mind Control: And 1,000+ Uberfacts You Never Knew You Needed to Know Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062441164
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Published: Dey Street Books - July 5th, 2016

The School of Essential Ingredients Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780425232095
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Published: Berkley Books - January 5th, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307949486
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Published: Vintage Books - November 22nd, 2011

Me Before You Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780143130154
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Counting by 7s Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

Heart-Shaped Box Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061944895
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 1st, 2010

The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062667946
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 9th, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735220683
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - May 9th, 2017

The Widow Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101990476
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Published: Berkley Books - January 17th, 2017

The Breakdown Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250122469
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 18th, 2017

Insane City Cover Image
$6.98
ISBN: 9780425264720
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - September 3rd, 2013

As fun as a book can get! Where else can you find an infatuated orangutan with an 8 foot arm span, an Escalade hard-wired for nasty, a hooker with a heart of pudding and a slightly befuddled beta-male groom-to-be just trying to make it to his wedding? Only read this book if you want fast-paced hilarity sure to make you laugh out loud!


It Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

The Talisman Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781451697216
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Published: Pocket Books - September 25th, 2012

A Knight in Shining Armor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451665635
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Published: Gallery Books - March 27th, 2012

Wishes Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780671743857
Availability: Out of Stock - Not Available to Special Order
Published: Pocket Books - March 15th, 1991

Calvin and Hobbes Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780836220889
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - January 6th, 1987

Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780345433008
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 28th, 2004

Lio: There's a Monster in My Socks Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781449423049
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

Anne of Green Gables Cover Image
$43.80
ISBN: 9781771084055
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Published: Nimbus Publishing (CN) - October 1st, 2016

Alex & Me Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061673986
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2009

Caroline: Little House, Revisited Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062685346
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 19th, 2017

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Sharp Objects Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307341556
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - July 31st, 2007

Secondhand Souls Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061779794
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 10th, 2016

Island of the Sequined Love Nun Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060735449
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 25th, 2004

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Cover Image
$7.98
ISBN: 9780670021390
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 12th, 2010

The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon Cover Image
$3.98
ISBN: 9780446675055
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - May 1st, 1999

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491435
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 23rd, 2018

This book was so heart felt and good. Mason is not your ordinary hero. He deals with some issues, but dishonesty and disloyalty are not among them. We, along with Mason learn that we can recover from anything, and band together as a family, no matter how unconventional. It also makes me grateful for the "Moonie Drinker" in my own life