Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Best Seller Lists







New York Times 4/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The King, by J. R. Ward
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
3. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
4. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. By Its Cover, by Donna Leon
8. Destroyer Angel, by Nevada Barr
9. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
10. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
11. Warriors, by Ted Bell
12. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
13. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
14. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
15. Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff, by Matt Kibbe
3. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
4. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
5. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
6. The Women of Duck Commander, by Kay Robertson, et al.
7. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
8. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
9. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
10. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
11. John Wayne, by Scott Eyman
12. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
14. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
15. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer

Washington Post 4/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
2. The King, by J. R. Ward
3. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. By Its Cover, by Donna Leon
6. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
7. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
8. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
9. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
10. The Phoenix Project, by Gene Kim

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Success Through Stillness, by Russell Simmons, et al.
3. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
4. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff, by Matt Kibbe
5. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
6. Things a Little Bird Told Me, by Biz Stone
7. The Hungry Girl Diet, by Lisa Lillien
8. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2014 Consumer Reports: Looking for a New Vehicle?




Every April issue of Consumer Reports magazine is devoted to automobiles, new and used.  The 2014 top picks include two Honda and two Subaru models, as well as models from Tesla, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Hyundai, and Chrysler.

This year's ratings section compares over 260 new vehicles, from subcompacts to SUVs.  The vehicles are rated on road test scores, fuel economy, reliability, and more.

The used cars section includes an article on reliable used cars for every budget, and an article with tips for used-car buying.

To go along with the vehicle ratings, this issue features an article on the top tires (in seven categories). One especially interesting article is on the feasibility of self-driving cars, and how the crash-avoidance systems in some of today's cars are just the beginning.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best Seller Lists






New York Times 4/6/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
2. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
6. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
7. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
8. Tempting Fate, by Jane Green
9. Stone Cold, by C. J. Box
10. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
11. The Auschwitz Escape, by Joel C. Rosenberg
12. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
13. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
14. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
15. Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
2. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
3. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
4. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
5. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
6. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
7. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
8. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
11. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
12. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
13. The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama
14. A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will
15. How About Never – Is Never Good For You?, by Bob Mankoff

Washington Post 4/6/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
2. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
3. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
4. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
8. Every Day is for the Thief, by Teju Cole
9. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
10. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
2. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
3. The Hungry Girl Diet, by Lisa Lillien
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. The Trident, by Jason Redman
6. Asia’s Cauldron, by Robert D. Kaplan
7. The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman
8. Breakout, by Newt Gingrich
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. Look at More, by Andy Stefanovich

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

If You Like Orson Scott Card ...



The recent release of Ender’s Game, a movie adaptation of the first book in the Ender Wiggins series by Orson Scott Card, has sparked  new interest in the series. The first two books in the series (Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead) each won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. See Orson Scott Card's website for more information.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggins is a young boy who is sent to “battle school” to learn how to fight aliens, who invaded Earth in the past, using virtual war games. He faces many mental, physical and emotional challenges, both at home and at “battle school.”

The books may be read in either publication or chronological order. Here is a chronological list for reading the series in order with publication dates:

1. Ender's Game (1985)
2. Ender's Shadow (1999)
3. A War of Gifts (2007)
4. Shadow of the Hegemon (2000)
5. Shadow Puppets (2002)
6. Shadow of the Giant (2003)
7. Ender in Exile (2008)
8. Shadows in Flight (2012)
9. First Meetings (2002)
10. Speaker for the Dead (1986)
11. Xenocide (1991)
12. Children of the Mind (1996)

If you would like to read the prequels to Ender’s Game, here is a series called The First Formic Wars, also by Orson Scott Card:

1. Earth Unaware (2012)
2. Earth Afire (2013)
3. Earth Awakens (June 2014)

If you like Orson Scott Card’s books, you might like the following books and authors. Please note that some are considered crossover Young Adult / Adult novels:

M. T. Anderson – Feed
Isaac Asimov - Foundation Trilogy
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Terry Brooks - Shannara Trilogy
Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
James Dashner – The Maze Runner
Cory Doctorow – Little Brother
Tim Eldred – Grease Monkey
Sylvia Engdahl - Elana Series
Nancy Farmer – The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Joe Haldeman - Forever Series
Johan Harstad – 172 Hours on the Moon
Robert A. Heinlein – Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein -  Have Space Suit – Will Travel
Frank Herbert - Dune Series
Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time Series
Conor Kostick – Epic Series
Lois Lowry – The Giver Quartet
John Marsden – Tomorrow, When the War Began
Larry Niven - Ringworld Series
John Scalzi – Old Man’s War
Dan Simmons - Hyperion Series
William Sleator – Interstellar Pig
Dom Testa – Galahad Series
David Weber – Honor Harrington Series
Scott Westerfeld – Uglies Trilogy
Richard Yancey – The 5th Wave
Timothy Zahn – Quadrail Series

Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/30/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
2. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
6. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
7. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
8. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
9. Stone Cold, by C. J. Box
10. Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs
11. The Auschwitz Escape, by Joel C. Rosenberg
12. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
13. The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer
14. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
15. You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
2. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
3. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
4. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
5. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
6. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
7. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
8. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
9. The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
11. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
12. You Must Remember This, by Robert J. Wagner
13. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
14. Jesus, by James Martin
15. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Washington Post 3/30/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
2. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
3. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
4. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
8. The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer
9. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
10. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman
2. The Body Book, by Cameron Diaz
3. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
4. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
5. Making Sense of the Bible, by Adam Hamilton
6. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
7. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
8. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
9. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
10. Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter


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Book Discussions at the library in April



The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of April. See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.


April 7 - "Not a Good Girl" by Perri Klass (Warrenton Great Books Group)

April 9 - "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks (Marshall Afternoon Club)

April 17 - Any title by Donald Westlake (Warrenton Mystery Club)

April 21 - "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Bealeton Evening Club)

April 24 - "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Bealeton Afternoon Club)

April 28 - "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride (Marshall Evening Club)

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beyond the "New" Shelf: Tried and True Staff Picks

One of the greatest pleasures of working at the library is the book recommendations between fellow staff members and our patrons. Over the years we have each built lists of titles that we like to share and hope others will enjoy as well. Many of the titles we suggest have long been removed from “new” status and rest patiently among thousands of other buried treasures on our library shelves waiting to be read again. 

Below is a sampling from my eclectic list:


The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch is a good place to begin. Wendy Welch beat the odds when she opened a small bookstore in Appalachia during a time when bookstores were closing nationwide. The author shares how she overcame a myriad of obstacles and comical situations to fulfill her dream of owning a bookstore and building a community.


The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell will leave you guessing right until the last page. The story revolves around Rose, a naive (or is she?) police stenographer at the height of prohibition in New York. When a new and very flamboyant stenographer, Odalie, enters the scene a dangerous obsession develops. As their lives become entwined, Rose is enraptured by the prohibition underworld - with deadly consequences. 


Sena Jeter Naslund brings to life the wife of Captain Ahab (of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick) in her enthralling saga, Ahab’s Wife: or The Star Gazer. It is a moving story that spans the life of an intelligent and strong woman triumphing over tragedy. Full of adventure and memorable characters Ahab’s Wife will draw you in to 19th century Nantucket and beyond. 


Similarly, Seven Locks by Christine Wade tells the story of the poor wife of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. While it is not necessary to be familiar with Irving’s folktale of the lackadaisical farmer who abandons his family, you may enjoy that little gem as well. Wade’s writing will set you adrift on the Hudson River to the pre-revolutionary war Catskill Mountains to ponder what drove poor Rip into the woods. Maybe it was  the fear of things to come or his wife’s incessant nagging.  As his disappearance spans from days to years, the reader gains insight and comes to know the family he left behind.

Which brings to mind another mountain story: Many authors, from time to time, take a leap from their popular style of writing and delight us with the unexpected. So it is with David Baldacci, legal thriller superstar, who gives us Wish You Well. Baldacci, who has family ties to the Virginia mountain region, tells the story of two young siblings who must move from the big city to their grandmother’s home in the southwestern Virginia coal country. Here, the children learn some hard lessons about what is truly important in life and grow to appreciate their grandmother, her mountain and her post-depression era lifestyle. 

So many recommendations; so little blog space! 

Watch for more staff recommendations coming soon to Book Notes as staff shares more of their favorites! 


Julia @ Warrenton

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