National Reading Day

On January 23rd, we celebrate National Reading Day, an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children. National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through 3rd Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need to become lifelong learners.

We encourage you to come visit our Children’s Department and find a new favorite book to share with a child.

Ada Twist, Scientist – Andrea Beaty
Ada is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Princess Smartypants – Babette Cole
Not wishing to marry any of her royal suitors, Princess Smartypants devises difficult tasks at which they all fail, until the multi-talented Price Swashbuckle appears.

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero – Deb Pilutti
An instruction manual for aspiring superheroes that follows the adventures of action-figure Captain Magma and his sidekick/owner Lava Boy as they outsmart a villainous dinosaur, evade a bee, and save a worm from certain destruction.

Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

What Grandmas/Grandpas Do Best – Laura Numeroff
One side of this upside-down book celebrates all of the things grandmas do for their grandchildren. Turning the book over and around produces a similar celebration of grandpas.

For more information about National Reading Day, please visit http://national-reading-day.org/

-Claire

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Local Favorites: January 18th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store. For more information, visit http://www.lakeforestbookstore.com.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump’s term as President.

On Turpentine Lane – Elinor Lipman
At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone. A recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies…and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

We Were the Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter
An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at thestart of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite.

-Claire

2018 Books to Movies

In 2018, some of your favorite books are now coming to a movie theater near you! GoodReads has compiled a list of books that are currently being made into movies and will be released throughout the year. Many of these books being turned into movies are ones you can find on our library shelves!

A Wrinkle in Time (Mar. 9th) – Meg’s father is experimenting with a fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappears. Meg, her brother, and her friend must travel through the universe to find him.

The Maze Runner: Death Cure (Jan. 26th) – Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare.”

Red Sparrow (Mar. 2nd) – A ballerina is recruited into a Russian intelligence service. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Annihilation (Feb. 23rd) – In this riveting science fiction tale, a biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition.

Peter Rabbit (Feb. 9th) – Based on the classic children’s story by Beatrix Potter, this story is about a rebellious rabbit’s plan to gain entry to a coveted vegetable garden.

Fifty Shades Freed (Feb. 8th) – When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Now, together, they have more and a world of infinite possibilities.

Ready Player One (Mar. 30th) – In the dismal reality of 2044, the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS has died and posthumously released a video in which he challenges all players to solve his game—and win his fortune.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (May 11th) – When Bernadette disappears from her upscale Seattle life, it’s up to 15-year-old Bee to track her down.

For the complete list, visit http://www.goodreads.com.

-Claire

2017 GoodReads Award Winners

The titles listed below are some of the 2017 GoodReads Awards Winners. These books are chosen by you, the readers! Congratulations to the winners of the best books this year!

Without Merit – Colleen Hoover (Best Romance)

The Radium Girls – Kate Moore (Best Historical Biography)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling (Best Fantasy)

What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton (Best Memoir Biography)

The Ship of the Dead – Rick Riordan (Best Young Adult)

Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham (Best Humor)

The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur (Best Poetry)

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (Best Debut from a GoodReads Author)

How to Be A Bawse – Lilly Singh (Best Non-Fiction)

Artemis – Andy Weir (Best Science Fiction)

Big Mushy Lump – Sarah Andersen (Best Graphic Novel)

For the complete list, go to https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2017

-Claire

Local Favorites: January 4, 2018

As we enter a new year, there are new books to be discovered as well as some older ones. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite, a book club suggestion, or just something new to read. These titles are the current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found at our library.

Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig
Meet Ginny Moon. She’s mostly your average teenager — she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what’s important to her might seem a bit… different.

Make Your Bed – Willam H. McRaven
On May 17, 2014, Admiral McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and Naval career, but also throughout his life.

The Last Days of Night – Graham Moore
When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayal, and deception.

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund
Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

I See You – Clare Mackintosh
The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, every day world.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol – Samantha Silva
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses…

Red Notice – Bill Browder
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption.

The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood
After his eleven year old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for a aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited and comes to a resolution about his son’s death as Ona discusses his son’s capacity to listen and learn.

The Saboteur – Andrew Gross
Kurt Nordstrum, an engineer in Oslo, puts his life aside to take up arms against the Germans as part of the Norwegian resistance. After the loss of his fiancée, he commandeers a coastal steamer and escapes to England to transmit secret evidence of the Nazis’s progress towards an atomic bomb at an isolated factory in Norway. There, he joins a team of dedicated Norwegians in training in the Scottish Highlands for a mission to disrupt the Nazis’ plans before they advance any further.

-Claire

JANUARY NEW RELEASES

FICTION

1. City of Endless Night by Preston & Child

2. The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

3. Unbound by Stuart Woods

4. Still Me by Jojo Moyes

5. Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

6. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

7. The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry

8. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

9. Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

NON FICTION

1. Advice Not Given by Mark Epstein

2. Brave by Rose McGowan

3. Bringing Columbia Home by Michael Leinbach

4. Enemies and Neighbors by Ian Black

5. Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

6. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

7. A Plant-Based Solution by Joel Kahn

8. A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

9. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

JUVENILE FICTION

1. TBH This is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald

2. Flower Moon by Gina Linko

3. All Three Stooges by Erica S Perl

4. Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

5. Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

6. Journey of Charlie Little by Christopher Paul Curtis

TEEN FICTION

1. Wires and Nerves, Vol. 2  byMarissa Meyer

2. Love Hate and other Filters  by Samira Ahmed

3. Say You’ll Remember Me  by Katie McGarry

4. Reign the Earth  by AC Gaughen

5. Shadowsong by S Jae Jones

6. Purple Hearts  by Michael Grant

7. Thunderhead  by Neal Shusterman

DVDS

1. Brad’s Status

2. Breathe

3. Bullet Head

4. Cook Off!

5. Extraordinary

6. Goodbye Christopher Robin

7. Marshall

8. The Snowman

9. Victoria: Season 2

CDS

1. Blues Masterpieces by Various Artists

2. Collateral by Phillip Phillips

3. Country and Southern Rock by Various Artists

4. Puccini:  Romance & Drama by Maria Callas

5. Serenity: Music for Mediation and Inner Peace by Laura Sullivan

6. The Snake King by Rick Springfield

National Crossword Puzzle Day

December 21st is Crossword Puzzle Day! The first crossword puzzles originated in England in children’s books. They were simple word games where letters were placed in squared to form a word. Words could be read across as well as down.

Many people enjoy crossword puzzles, because they are fun, but challenging and may help delay the effects of dementia and sharpen the brain for problem solving. They are even proven to increase vocabulary and relieve the brain from the stressors of every day life.

Here are a few crossword and puzzle-themed books you can find at the Library!

Fun – Paolo Bacilieri
In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, “Fun”. A century on, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract millions of devotees every day. But the world’s most popular pastime has a surprising history filled with intrigue and adventure.

The Goblin’s Puzzle – Andrew Chilton
A boy, a goblin, a scholar, and a princess join forces to defeat a dragon, outwit a scheming duke, and solve a logic puzzle.

NYPD Puzzle – Parnell Hall
When young attorney Becky Balwin hires Cora Felton to accompany her to New York City to meet a new client in his penthouse apartment, the Puzzle Lady jumps at the chance. Cora is just coming off a bad breakup, and finding out that Chief Harper testified at a parole hearing for a killer she helped put away, has her feeling old. But when she and Becky arrive at the apartment, they find the man is dead. There’s a puzzle on his chest, and a prowler is searching the bedroom.

Presumed Puzzled – Parnell Hall
The Puzzle Lady gets more than she bargained for when she’s hired to track down Paula Martindale’s straying husband. Cora Felton finds him hacked to pieces on his living room rug, while his blood-drenched wife haunts the crime scene clutching a butcher knife. It’s a tough spot for attractive young attorney Becky Baldwin. Paula is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but without Cora’s help the outcome is all but decided.

Puzzled Indemnity – Parnell Hall
While investigating her client’s claim that her husband is trying to kill her, Cora Felton must prove her client’s innocence after the husband is killed by a car bomb.

The Puzzle of the Missing Panda – Elizabeth Singer-Hunt
An endangered Giant Panda has been kidnapped from the Wolong Nature Reserve in China. Can Secret Agent Jack Stalwart find the panda and rescue it before the evil Scorpion Gang sells it on the black market? Time is running out…

-Claire