Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Reading week 3


Summer Reading 2013
Welcome to the results of Week 3.  This week 32 people submitted entries, and 12 were new!  They read 91 books.  So far 60 people have submitted 263 entries, and 166 people have registered (26 just this week).



Playground
Playground
By 50 Cent
Author 50
Illustrator Akana, Lizzi
2012-11 - Razorbill
9781595144782 Check Our Catalog


A hard-hitting and inspirational novel about the redemption of a bully from international star 50 Cent. Thirteen-year-old Butterball takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today. Illustrations.
HPL patron:  Butterball is a kid that gets picked on a lot and wants to put an end to it.  One day after lunch, during recess, Butterball walks up to Maurice and smacks him with a sock full of batteries.  From that point on Butterball is known as a violent bully.
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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
By Fluke, Joanne
2013-02 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9780758280343 Check Our Catalog


The bestselling author continues to delight cozy mystery readers with superb characters and inventive story lines, but this time Hannah Swensen is now the unlikely subject of a murder investigation.
HPL patron:  I love the recipes in this book.  My favorite are the chocolate-coverd peanut cookies.  This was a good book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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100 Things Every Artist Should Know: Tips, Tricks & Essential Concepts
100 Things Every Artist Should Know: Tips, Tricks & Essential Concepts
By Artists of Walter Foster
2012-05 - Walter Foster Publishing
9781600582431 Check Our Catalog

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Silent Partner
Silent Partner
By Frey, Stephen
2004-02 - Ballantine Books
9780345443274 Check Our Catalog

Summoned under mysterious circumstances to meet Jake Lawrence, one of the world's richest entrepreneurs, Angela Day may be on the threshold of a brighter future. The reclusive multibillionaire is planning a takeover of a hot, new company--and he wants Angela to apply her considerable skills in banking to make sure it all goes smoothly . . . and secretly. In exchange, Lawrence promises to use his formidable influence to permanently reunite Angela with her son, whom she lost in a custody battle to her adulterous, connected ex-husband. It's the one reward for which Angela would risk everything. But with enormous wealth and power comes the ultimate price tag. For enemies everywhere have marked the man for death. And anyone close to him--namely, Angela Day--is fair game. …More


The Sunshine When She's Gone
The Sunshine When She's Gone
By Goodman, Thea
2013-03 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805096620 Check Our Catalog


A fresh, funny, and wisely observed debut novel about marriage--about the love, longing, and ambivalence exposed when a husband takes the baby on a highly unusual outing.
HPL patron:  This introspective book explores how a couple relates to one another after they ahve a baby.  After reading this book one might consider how to nurture and improve one's own relationship through better methods of communication.
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Family Pictures
Family Pictures
By Green, Jane
2013-03 - St. Martin's Press
9780312591830 Check Our Catalog


"New York Times"-bestseller Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed. From the author of "Another Piece of My Heart" comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined.
HPL patron:  This was an amazing book.  I had so much trouble putting it down.  This book shows that even though you may fall down, you can always stand, dust yourself off, and continue living your life.
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The Broker
The Broker
By Grisham, John
2012-03 - Dell Publishing Company
9780345532008 Check Our Catalog


#1 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems that Backman, in his heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive--there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, Who will kill him?

HPL patron:  This is probably my favorite of Grisham's books, despite a smittering clicher that makes me desire to inspect the brains of some fairly central characters with a fire poker.
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The Book of Air and Shadows
The Book of Air and Shadows
By Gruber, Michael
2007-03 - William Morrow & Company
9780060874469 Check Our Catalog

BookPage Notable Title
Hidden in the binding of a charred and ruined book is a cache of letters. They are encrypted and the key to unlocking the mysterious code has been lost for 400 years. If the letters are read, they will lead to one of the most valuable items in the history of the world.
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For a Few Demons More
For a Few Demons More
By Harrison, Kim
2007-11 - Eos
9780061149818 Check Our Catalog


The author of the sexy Hollows series returns with a new supernatural adventure--a "New York Times" instant bestseller in hardcover--featuring the bewitching bounty hunter, Rachel Morgan. A fiendish serial killer is terrorizing the Hollows, and a mysterious relic in Rachels possession may be the key to stopping him. Includes a brand-new, original short story.
HPL patron:  Rachel Morgan is a witch with the worst luck.  She loves her boyfriend and her best friend, who also love her but are both vampires.  Yes she still has harder problems, she has one crazy demon trying to find something she has no idea what, one demon trying to kill her and one that now owes her.  But with everything going on someone she loves will die and someone will become closer.  Death will try and posses her.
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Breaking All My Rules
Breaking All My Rules
By Hickman, Trice
2013-02 - Dafina Books
9780758287205 Check Our Catalog

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The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
By Hudspeth, E. B.
2013-05 - Quirk Books
9781594746161 Check Our Catalog

Philadelphia. The late 1870s. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a "resurrectionist" (aka grave robber), Dr. Black develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world's most celebrated mythological beasts--mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs--were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind? …More


The Uninvited
The Uninvited
By Jensen, Liz
2013-01 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608199921 Check Our Catalog

A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, "The Uninvited" is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo. …More


Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam
By Kadohata, Cynthia
2008-10 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9781416906384 Check Our Catalog

From the Newbery Medal-winning author of "Kira-Kira" comes an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War, as seen through the eyes of a military-trained German shepherd and her handler, a young soldier who thinks he's not tough enough for war. …More


The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 4
The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 4
By Kenyon, Sherrilyn
2011-03 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312554019 Check Our Catalog

From the wild imagination of bestselling author Kenyon comes the fourth volume in her suspenseful manga series about the immortals out to protect the humans from the most lethal gods, demigods, and demons. …More


Ex-Libris
Ex-Libris
By King, Ross
2002-05 - Penguin Books
9780142000809 Check Our Catalog


King's literary thriller combines the layered, multifaceted narrative style of Iain Pears' "Instance of the Fingerpost" with Dorothy Dunnett's broad-canvas grasp of English history. The story, set in 1660s London sparkles with intrigue and adventure, literature, history, politics, and philosophy.
HPL patron:  I think the author was overly impressed with his knowledge of 17th century Europe.  Inserted Latin phrases too often and change time periods back and forth each chapter.  I had a hard time reading more than a chapter at a time.  Wouldn't consider reading other books by this author.  Didn't find book a page turner.
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Christine
Christine
By King, Stephen
1983-11 - Signet Book
9780451160447 Check Our Catalog

Arnie Cunningham is in love with his car. Christine, the car, is in complete control. "Vintage King . . . breathtaking, awesome. Carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down."--"New York Times Book Review" …More


Insomnia
Insomnia
By King, Stephen
1995-09 - Signet Book
9780451184962 Check Our Catalog

Old Ralph Roberts hasn't been sleeping well lately. Every night he wakes just a little bit earlier, and pretty soon, he thinks, he won't get any sleep at all. It wouldn't be so bad, except for the strange hallucinations he's been having. Or, at least, he hopes they are hallucinations--because here in Derry, one never can tell. Part of the "Books That Take You Anywhere You Want To Go" Summer Reading Promotion. …More


The Long Walk
The Long Walk
By King, Stephen
Author Bachman, Stephen
Author Bachman, Richard
2001-01 - Turtleback Books
9780613173506 Check Our Catalog


On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for an event known throughout the country as "The Long Walk." If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying. Reissue.
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Under the Dome
Under the Dome
By King, Stephen
2010-07 - Gallery Books
9781439149034 Check Our Catalog

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when--or if--it will go away. Stephen King returns to his glory days of "The Stand"--"New York Daily News." …More


See You at Harry's
See You at Harry's
By Knowles, Jo
2012-05 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763654078 Check Our Catalog


Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy 18-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, 14-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention. When tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.
HPL patron:  A truly amazing book.  If you decide to just read for a good story, I recommend that you pick this book up.
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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
By Koontz, Dean R.
Author Anderson, Kevin J.
2009-07 - Bantam
9780553593327 Check Our Catalog


From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of . . .
Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race""of killers who are much more-and less-than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios-once known as Frankenstein.

HPL patron:  Fantastic series.  An urban fantasy set in the Big Easy.  The witty banter of the heroes is delightful.  Colorful characters and edge of your seat plot.
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Frankenstein: City of Night
Frankenstein: City of Night
By Koontz, Dean R.
Author Gorman, Edward
Author Gorman, Ed
2009-07 - Bantam
9780553593334 Check Our Catalog


From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. The mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic continue. . . .
They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created-and they must be destroyed. Not even Victor Helios-once Frankenstein-can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Only the one-time "monster" Deucalion and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison, stand in their way. But as the three race to uncover the true dimensions of an age-old conspiracy, they will discover that Victor's new, improved models have infiltrated every level of the city's society . . . and far beyond.

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Odd Apocalypse
Odd Apocalypse
By Koontz, Dean R.
2012-07 - Bantam
9780553807745 Check Our Catalog


The woman astride the ghostly stallion reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift--or curse--it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can.
HPL patron:  Another great Odd Thomas novel!  Entertaining and thrilling as always.  Keeps your attention from start to finish.
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Sky on Fire
Sky on Fire
By Laybourne, Emmy
2013-05 - Feiwel & Friends
9780312569044 Check Our Catalog

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