Thursday, July 31, 2014

Staycations: Explore Historical Fauquier County

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the Fauquier Fair is just a memory and you can’t walk into any store without being bombarded by back-to-school specials. That’s right, for better or worse, summer is quickly drawing to a close, and while it may be a little too late to plan a cross-country road trip, there’s still plenty of time for a quick outing to some of Fauquier’s hidden historic treasures!

Do you call northern Fauquier home?  Then you should check out the Chapman /Beverley Mill historic site at Broad Run.  Built around 1742, the mill is thought to be the tallest stacked stone building in the US.  When Fauquier was formed in 1759, Chapman’s Mill was used as a dividing line, so when you visit, you can actually stand in two counties at once!  The mill was gutted by arson in 1998, but the stabilized walls of the structure and the mill store still stand as a reminder of the history of milling in our county.  The Mill is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Know Before You Go:  Check out Water Powered Mills of Fauquier County by Lee Moffet for a detailed history of Chapman’s Mill.

Make a Day of It: While you’re in the area, be sure to visit The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County in The Plains where you can view special exhibits including “The Underground Railroad in Fauquier.”

Prefer a day in Warrenton? Visit The Caboose at the Warrenton Branch Greenway,
which opened in 1852 as a spur off of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line.  It carried passengers, including the infamous Col. John Singleton Mosby, until 1941 and continued on as a freight line until 1982.  Today, you can tour a restored 1969 Norfolk and Western Caboose, take a peek inside the Switchman’s Shanty which contained all the tools needed to maintain the trains, and view a section of the train turntable which was in use until 1954. The Caboose is open 9-11am the first Saturday of the month from April to October and by appointment. 

Know Before You Go: Check out Virginia Railroads Volume 1 by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. to discover the history of Virginia railroading.

Make a Day of It: Pick up a copy of the Fauquier Historical Society’s Warrenton Walking Tour at The Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail or download a copy and spend some time discovering the site of the invention of the coffee percolator and the home of Thomas Jefferson’s physician!

How about southern Fauquier?  Well, there’s a great hidden gem in Midland – the John Marshall Birthplace Park.  John Marshall, born in 1755 in Midland (then known as Germantown), went on to become the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Incidentally, he’s also the longest-serving Chief Justice.  The park includes picnic areas, a walking trail and markers to fill you in on Marshall’s life and accomplishments.  At the end of the trail, you’ll find a pyramid marking the site where Marshall’s home once stood.  The park is open every day from dawn until dusk.

Know Before You Go: Find out more about the life and times of John Marshall in Jean Edward Smith’s John Marshall: Definer of a Nation.

Make a Day of It: Starting at the park, it’s just a quick trip down Rt. 610 to the Elk Run Anglican Church Site where John Marshall’s grandfather, James Keith, served as minister in the 1740’s.  In the mini museum at the site, you can find out more about the history of the church and the archaeological efforts that went into uncovering its past.

So, seize the summer before it gets away and make sure to enjoy a little slice of the history that our community has to offer!

Happy Trails! 

Frances @ the Warrenton Library 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/27/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness
2. The Heist, by Daniel Silva
3. Act of War, by Brad Thor
4. Cut and Thrust, by Stuart Woods
5. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
8. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
9. Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke
10. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
11. Power Play, by Catherine Coulter
12. Shots Fired, by C. J. Box
13. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
14. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
15. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
2. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
3. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
4. The Mockingbird Next Door, by Marja Mills
5. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
6. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
7. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
8. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
9. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
10. Factory Man, by Beth Macy
11. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
12. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
13. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
14. Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers
15. Elephant Company, by Vicki Constantine Croke

Washington Post 7/27/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness
2. The Heist, by Daniel Silva
3. Act of War, by Brad Thor
4. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
5. California, by Edan Lepucki
6. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
7. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
8. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
9. Power Play, by Catherine Coulter
10. Cut and Thrust, by Stuart Woods

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
2. The Mockingbird Next Door, by Marja Mills
3. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
4. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
5. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
6. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
7. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
8. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. Special Heart, by Bret Baier & Jim Mills


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gardening for Soil and Water Conservation Coming to Fauquier County Public Library

If you're a gardener, farmer, or nature lover, join us at the Warrenton Library on Sunday, August 3 at 3 p.m. for an informative seminar on this popular topic.

Michael Trop, Conservation Education Specialist for the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss the conservation district as well as gardening, landscaping, composting, irrigation, and other aspects of soil and water conservation. 

The library has books and DVDs to help you learn about soil and water conservation and practice it at home. Here are some of the highlights:



Rain Gardens is a practical guide to rain gardens of any size. Rain gardens capture, channel, and divert water, minimizing the effects of drought and stormwater runoff.

This book describes different types of rain gardens and includes a directory of rain garden-friendly plants.




In The Big Thirst, journalist Fishman tells the story of how access to safe water is threatened across the world.
This book explores how water scarcity could transform how we think about and use water. It describes cutting-edge technologies and low tech practices to help us tackle a global water crisis.

Beautiful No-mow Lawns by Evelyn J. Hadden

Not strictly a water management guide, but this book focuses on plantings that require less water than a traditional lawn. And isn't a no-mow lawn an attractive idea at this time of year?

Hadden discusses dozens of lawn alternatives, including rain gardens, drought-friendly gardens, and edible gardens (yum!)



Soil may not seem like a glamorous subject, but in this powerful book, earth scientist Montgomery recounts the history of soil use and abuse from ancient times to the present.

He discusses alternative farming practices that may reverse the soil erosion currently endangering the world's food supply.



Improving Your Soil by Keith Reid

This book is a concise, easy to understand guide for gardeners interested in improving their soil.

Reid explains the science behind soil and discusses how you can amend, aerate, and improve the health of the soil in your garden.




Gaia's Garden is about permaculture, a branch of agriculture that emphasizes working with, not against, natural ecosystems.

This book adapts permaculture concepts for home gardeners, explaining how gardeners can conserve water and soil and make the most of their backyard.

Happy reading—and growing!
Becky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/20/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Act of War, by Brad Thor
2. Power Play, by Catherine Coulter
3. California, by Edan Lepucki
4. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
5. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
6. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
7. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
8. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
9. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
10. Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
11. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
12. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
13. The Girls of August, by Anne Rivers Siddons
14. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
15. One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
2. America, by Dinesh D’Souza
3. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
4. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
5. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
6. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
7. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
8. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
9. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
10. Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers
11. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
12. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
13. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
14. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
15. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan

Please note: The Washington Post Best Seller list did not publish in time for this blog.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cult Reads: Reading Outside the Mainstream

If you like books with non-traditional storytelling, try a work of cult literature. We currently have cult reads on display at the Warrenton Library.

Cult literature is a label for books with an intense fan following. Cult reads might not make it on bestseller lists right away, but like cult classic films, they attract readers who are looking for something outside the mainstream.

Here's a miscellany of cult reads that I heartily recommend.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle hinges on a scientific invention that threatens to end the world and a journey to a Caribbean island that's home to a strange but moving invented religion. Vonnegut uses dark humor to explore how science and religion can doom or save us.

This science fiction satire will appeal to fans of Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) or Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude).


Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

In Blue Highways, Heat-Moon describes his cross-country trip on local roads in search of authentic American culture and personal enlightenment. The result is an incredible journey through small-town America.

Warning: Reading this book will make you want to jump in your car and travel across the country. The library cannot be held responsible for any life-changing moments of spiritual growth that result.

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

If you're game for some 70s nostalgia, try the first book of this hilarious series.

First published as a newspaper serial, Tales of the City is a funny melodrama following a Cincinnati native who relocates to San Francisco and, despite culture shock, gathers a circle of memorable bohemian friends to help her navigate her new life.

Despite the light tone, Tales of the City is a compelling sketch of the cultural transformations of the 70s.

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan is the first book of a gothic trilogy about Gormenghast, an ancient castle inhabited by a very strange family.

With its intricately described world and off-kilter humor, Titus Groan reads like a cross between Charles Dickens and J.R.R. Tolkien. As the story progresses, the tension ratchets up to deliver a tale that's epic in scope.

If you like long, weird novels that transport you to a different world, don't miss this one. The trilogy continues with Gormenghast and Titus Alone.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson

Calvin and Hobbes doesn't often get labeled as a "cult classic," but it certainly deserves it. This comic strip is so well loved that a documentary has recently been made about its impact on devoted fans and young comic artists.

If you haven't recently flipped through this charming comic about a boy and his quasi-imaginary tiger, you'll find it has a lot to offer an adult reader: lovely art, imaginative stories, and surprisingly intelligent, thought-provoking humor.

We have Calvin and Hobbes volumes both in our adult and children's collections.

Happy reading!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
2. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
4. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
5. The City, by Dean Koontz
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
8. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
10. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
11. One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes
12. William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, by Ian Doescher
NOTE: Library has CD book in collection called William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection
13. The Hurricane Sisters, by Dorothea Benton Frank
14. The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
15. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
2. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
3. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
4. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
5. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
6. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
7. Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers
8. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
9. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
10. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
11. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
12. Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport
13. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
14. How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
15. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly

Washington Post 7/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
2. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
3. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
4. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
7. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. The City, by Dean Koontz
10. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. How the World Sees You, by Sally Hogshead
3. The Advantage, by Patrick M. Lencioni
4. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
5. The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
6. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
7. Fred 2.0, by Mark Sanborn & Margaret Kelly
8. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
9. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
10. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Visit with Local Author and Farmer, Forrest Pritchard

On a recent summer evening, local farmer, Forrest Pritchard, stopped by the Warrenton Library on his way home from a day at the farmers’ market. As the author of Gaining Ground: a story of farmers’ markets, local food, and saving the family farm, Forrest spoke to an audience who shared his interest in healthy food and local farms. Questions were asked about the practical aspects of farming, and the challenges of competing with corporate farms.     

Though Forrest is a 7th generation farmer in the Shenandoah Valley, he never set out to be a farmer. Twenty years ago he returned home from college, a recent graduate of William and Mary with degrees in both Geology and English Literature.  He spent his first summer back at Smith Meadows Farm looking at his home, surroundings and heritage in a very different way.  Forrest reflects that “As older farmers retired, no one stepped in to replace them, and by the mid-1990’s, Shenandoah Valley farms began disappearing en masse.  Even as a teenager, I could see the consequences.  Driving into town on an errand, I witnessed fleets of earth-moving equipment carving the green hills into graded plateaus; hundred-year-old farms were bulldozed down to bedrock in a day or two.  The family farms of my childhood were becoming an endangered species.  I struggled with this emerging reality.  How could centuries of tradition change so radically over the course of a generation? This was still the same productive land, the same rich soil that had provided sustenance and income for two centuries.  Farming simply couldn't become obsolete overnight”.

The seed was planted, the fire lit.  Forrest began to believe that it might be possible to save the family farm, and make a living while doing it.  Inspired by his grandfather before him, he wanted to believe that with hard work he could create a sustainable farm.  He received little encouragement from anyone, including experienced farmers. Even his own parents, who through the years had farmed while commuting to the city for jobs, doubted that he could keep the farm going at home.   

In Forrest’s first year, he achieved a large crop of corn and soy beans but a profit of only $18.16.  A venture in selling firewood from the farm’s fallen trees proved no more profitable.  Noting that most of our food travels an average of 1500 miles to those who consume it, Forrest ultimately decided that he wanted to make his family’s farm more eco-friendly by providing food for a local population, and concentrate on raising free-range livestock and laying hens rather than mass-production field crops.  He also decided to market through local farmers’ markets. Forrest admits that “grocery stores still dominated food sales, but farmers’ markets thrive because of authentic human connections."

Joel Salatin of Virginia’s famous Polyface Farm, and inspiration to Forrest and his family, states that “farming determines the landscape our grandchildren will inherit. Farming determines the quality of our food, the humane handling of our animals.  Every time we eat, we participate in farming.  Unlike other vocations that are arguably more or less necessary, farming is basic to human existence." 

Forrest’s memoir traces the journey of a “dreamer to doer.”  Told with great respect for farmers and the farming traditions, Forrest looks forward with optimism and hope to the family farm of the future and he is now becoming a mentor to others who share his vision.

Gaining Ground was the Marshall Evening Book Club’s June selection. 

It was named a Top Ten Book by “Publisher’s Weekly,"  “Washingtonian” and NPR’s “The Splendid Table.

Other titles that might be of interest are: 
Debbie @ the John Marshall Library 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Consumer Reports July 2014: How Safe Are Your Secrets?


This month's Consumer Reports cover article is on a topic that concerns most of us - how to keep your private info safe when online. Your info is at risk everywhere - when using your computer or smartphone, when traveling, shopping, eating out.  The article suggests a few ways to make your passwords more secure.  It also discusses five products (some free, some not) that claim to allow users to surf the web anonymously and encript e-mails and chats.

Are you spending a lot of time outdoors this summer?  If so, you might want to check out the ratings for sunscreens.  A recent survey done by the Consumer Reports Research Center found that about half of the adults polled bought sunscreen based on SPF (sun protection factor).  Does the sunscreen you buy really provide the SPF protection listed on its package?  Read the article and find out!

The article "The heart of your home" gives tips on how to make your kitchen a "social kitchen" - one designed for cooking and entertaining.  Included are ratings for countertops, flooring, ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, and appliance stores (ones that carry large and small appliances).

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for salad dressings, and a recipe for homemade italian dressing
  • Ratings for nail polish, based on wear
  • Ratings for room air conditioners
  • Information on three devices that allow parents to monitor their teens while they're driving
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, July 8, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 7/6/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Invisible, by James Patterson & David Ellis
2. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
3. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
4. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
5. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
9. Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter
10. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
11. The Hurricane Sisters, by Dorothea Benton Frank
12. The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
13. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst
14. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
15. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. Blood Feud, by Edward Klein
3. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
5. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
6. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
7. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
8. Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport
9. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
10. Carsick, by John Waters
11. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
12. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
13. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
14. Special Heart, by Bret Baier & Jim Mills
15. How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg

Please note: The Washington Post did not publish in time for this blog.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

The New Cosmos on DVD

Have you seen the new and quite spectacular version of Cosmos that was shown on the Fox network on Sunday nights recently? If not, you may want to check out the DVD, which has just been added to the library’s collection.

The new Cosmos is an updated version of the show hosted by Carl Sagan in 1980. Utilizing the latest in computer-generated graphics, along with animated scenes to help viewers understand the history of science, it is packed full of information presented in ways sure to appeal to a 21st century audience. With personal ties to Carl Sagan in executive producer Ann Druyan and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who was encouraged by Sagan to pursue a career in science, the show is also a touching homage to the man who first brought the story of the universe to television audiences.

Because there is a great deal of information to absorb in this program, you might want to further explore certain topics or discoveries or scientists on your own. If so, the library has an array of items to help you continue this spacetime odyssey. Listed here are just a few.

You might start by watching the old Cosmos. It is interesting to reflect on the difference that thirty years can make: in graphics, set design, the amount of information being presented, and how that information has changed and expanded over such a relatively short (astronomically-speaking) time.

Go on from there to some of the titles listed below. After that, let your “ship of the imagination” take you on journeys to other places that you've not yet explored.

One Universe; at home in the cosmos by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu and Robert Irion
Newton by Peter Ackroyd
Halley and His Comet by Peter Lancaster-Brown
Broca’s Brain: reflections on the romance of science by Carl Sagan
Heart of Darkness: unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe by Jeremiah P Ostriker and Simon Mitton
Portraits of Discovery: profiles of scientific genius by George Greenstein
The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert

Happy voyaging.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Try a New Genre

Are you tired of reading the same thing over and over? If you have read all of your favorite author’s titles, you may be unsure of what to read next. If you’re looking to get out of that reading rut, how about trying a new genre? 

Yes, it can be hard to step outside your comfort zone (hey, it even happens to this librarian) but you’ve got nothing to lose! Here are a few titles to get you started. We have many more to choose from on display at the Warrenton Library. 

Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Orson Scott Card's, Enders Game the first in the Ender Wiggins Series.

Diana Gabaldon’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes from the popular Outlander Series.

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Terry Goodkind's, Wizard’s First Rule

George R. R. Martin’s popular series Game of Thrones

Here's a tip for finding more selections similar to your favorite authors - check out our Book Notes blog for read alikes. We have Game of Thrones and Diana Gabaldon read alikes and many more. 

Suspense/Thriller

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. (soon to hit the big screen)

John Grisham’s A Time to Kill

Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. [could be labeled Horror]

Stephen King’s classic The Shining

John Sanford’s Rule of Prey, Book 1 in the Prey series                                              

Mystery 

Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series

Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series

Faye Kellerman’s Decker and Lazarus series

Carolyn Hart’s Dead,White and Blue, from the Dead on Demand series
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Robert Parker’s Ironhorse from the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series

Still need a gentle nudge to try something new? How about this: pick up a game card for our 2014 adult summer reading program - Literary Elements. Then complete five tasks listed on the card and return it to any Fauquier County Public Library for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or other great prizes. The tasks are easy - from 'liking' our Facebook page, to reading books from a variety of genres. Maybe you don't normally read mysteries, or you've never been tempted by young adult fiction. Now is the time to take a chance - it could lead to a great prize - and open a door to a whole new world inside a good book! 

Stop by any library location for details or check out the complete rules on our Library Events Blog.

Here’s to trying a new genre (and maybe winning a great prize)!

Jody@ Warrenton Reference

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 6/29/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
2. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
4. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
5. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
8. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
9. The Hurricane Sisters, by Dorothea Benton Frank
10. The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
11. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
12. The Target, by David Baldacci
13. Skin Game, by Jim Butcher
14. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
15. Unlucky 13, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
3. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
4. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
6. The Closer, by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
7. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
8. Carsick, by John Waters
9. A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren
10. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
11. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
12. How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
13. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
14. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
15. Special Heart, by Bret Baier & Jim Mills

Washington Post 6/29/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich
2. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
3. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
4. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
7. The Director, by David Ignatius
8. The Target, by David Baldacci
9. The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
10. The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
3. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
6. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
7. Instinct, by T. D. Jakes
8. Think Like a Freak, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
9. Good Talk, Dad, by Bill and Willie Geist
10. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

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