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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, affectionately known as Bod, is raised in a graveyard by ghost foster parents and their menagerie of friends which includes an aging vampire. The Graveyard Book, suitable for every age group from preschooler to senior citizen, is a crime story, love story, adventure story, and fantasy of the highest level. Originally published as a children's book, The Graveyard Book is a future classic that touches the spirit of adults and children. It is a book I look forward to reading again. The Graveyard Book is the winner of several awards including the Newberry Medal and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

The View From The Cheap Seats
By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Seats is outstanding nonfiction. I was so excited to find this useful, entertaining reference that I found myself reading with a great big smile! From mountain hillbillies to citified highbrows, everyone can find something of interest from the various essays in Mr. Gaiman's selected works.

Now I have The View from the Cheap Seats open on my desk, going through the 502 pages for a second time. My notes are random, what am I seeking? I want to know more, I want to follow Gaiman's recommendations, and I want to uncover things that I have missed -- so I am making a list. Neil Gaiman has pricked my interest and pointed me in the right direction and I can't wait to set off. Visit Neil Gaiman's website for more information.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind
By Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is the first in a series known as The Kingkiller Chronicle. Old wizards, evil beings, gypsies, damsels in distress, and main characters to rival Tolkien's Bilbo, Frodo, and Gollum, The Name of the Wind captures my heart much like The Hobbit did when I was a teenager. The story of Kvothe's life is revealed in a plot that twists like an old gnarled oak, getting stronger and stronger. Kvothe, Denna, Ambrose Jakis, and Auri are unforgettable characters. This book is a fantasy lover's dream. Visit Patrick Rothfuss's website for more information.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles

I want to marry Count Alexander Rostov -- he is one of the most romantic and lovable figures to ever appear in a novel. Sentenced to house arrest inside the Red Square's Hotel Metropol, Count Rostov makes a home for himself in a small attic room. He lives out decades of his life without ever leaving the hotel. With a sexy actress, a serious child, and several hotel employees gliding in and out of Count Rostov's life, the book is not heavy but lighthearted and fun. It is an intimate look into Russian post revolution society and I enjoyed every page. Visit Amor Towles' website for more information.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is not a historical novel even though the main characters are some of the most famous people that ever lived. A tale of President Lincoln during the time of his son's death, the story is about life, dying, and everything in between. When Willie dies of a fever, President Lincoln is grief stricken, hardly able to cope with concerns of his office. He just can't let go of Willie! Taking place mostly in a graveyard where spirits and ghosts are existing between this world and the next, Lincoln in the Bardo is so unlike anything else I've ever read, I am without words to describe it. Visit George Saunders' website for more information.

The Magic Strings of Frank Presto

The Magic Strings of Frank Presto
By Mitch Albom

A book about the personification of Music, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a must read. A gifted guitarist, Frankie's story is told by the mourners at his funeral. From war torn Spain to America Land of the Free, Frankie and his friends form unbreakable bonds because of their love of music. This is a book about God given talents, choosing different paths, and staying true to your calling with a little magic thrown into the mix. I love this book! Visit Mitch Albom's website for more information.

Dog Boy by Eva Sallis

Dog Boy
By Eva Sallis

Winner of the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, Dog Boy is a page turner. Inspired by the story of feral child, the book is fascinating with never a dull moment. Surviving in the harsh winters, six year old Romochka depends on a pack of dogs for everything from warmth and shelter to food and companionship. Will the dog boy ever leave the pack? Can he live as a human boy? Weeks after reading Dog Boy, I am still thinking about this story of humans and canines. Not many books stick with me but this one sure does. Learn more about Eva Sallis.



A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning
By Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning is Louise Penny's 12th Chief Inspector Gamache novel. Former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, Inspector Gamache is at it again. This time he is solving the mystery of a dead professor with help from four Sûreté academy cadets. The story begins when an old map is found inside of a wall in Three Pines. Soon the hunt for a killer is on! A Great Reckoning is winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Crime Novel. For more information, visit Louise Penny's website.

Eve by Wm. Paul Young

by Wm. Paul Young

When Lilly is found beaten and half dead by John the Collector, Healers, Scholars, and other in-between world beings provide shelter and protection for the unusual girl. Lilly has a unique genetic code proving her kinship to everyone on Earth. She is the daughter of Eve! A powerful tale that stirs the soul, Eve challenges all we know about creation, original sin, and the fall from grace. Visit Wm. Paul Young's website for more information.

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

When We Were Orphans
By Kazuo Ishiguro

Set in the early 1900's, Christopher Banks lives with parents in China 's Shanghai International Settlement. When his mother and father disappear within weeks of each other, Christopher is sent to live in England where he becomes a respected detective. He returns to China to use his skills to find out what happened to his mother and father. This book is a mystery, a detective story, and a historical romance. Loneliness, loyalty, and the bonds of friendship are themes that reoccur throughout the book. It is an entertaining read. Learn more about Kazuo Ishiguro.


The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
By Melanie Benjamin


A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain
By Robert Olen Butler

They Whisper by Robert Olen Butler

They Whisper
By Robert Olen Butler

The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee

The Surrendered
By Chang Rae Lee

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

Midnight Sun
By Jo Nesbo

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea
By Ruta Sepetys

Incendiary by Chris Cleave

By Chris Cleave


A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

A Long Long Way
By Sebastian Barry

On the Move by Oliver Sacks

On the Move
By Oliver Sacks

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending
By Julian Barnes

Here I Am by Jonahan Safran Foer

Here I am
By Jonathan Safran Foer

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

A Book of American Martyrs
By Joyce Carol Oates

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton
By Elizabeth Srout

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls
By Sara Blaedel

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

By Ann Patchett

Almost by ELizabeth Benedict

By Elizabeth Benedict


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