Discover the Most Popular Library Books of 2016

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Kristen Twardowski

Book lovers in Texas may end up going to battle against book lovers in New York about which books truly ruled 2016. Quartz’s survey of 14 metropolitan U.S. libraries determined what books patrons checked out the most the most in different regions. Some of the results won’t surprise you – everyone wanted to get their hands on The Girl on the Train –  but others hint at the way that interests vary according to place.

Below is a brief sample of the survey results of fiction books in New York, San Antonio, and Washington.

Fiction Survey Results Sample

New York

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
  3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

San Antonio

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. The Book Thief

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Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

Is a phenomenal book and a must read, especially if you have young girls who you’d like to set an extraordinary example of what they could do and become, if they only wanted it enough. Paulette Motzko

via Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

Audiobook Review: The Christmas Secret

What a great review!

By The Book

516Pmi+xHBL._SX408_BO1,204,203,200_When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love. Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the…

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Nourishing Traditions – by Sally Fallon and Mary G Enig

Nourishing TraditionsI was first introduced to this book by an article online. I was researching the health benefits of the traditional Russian beverage beet root Kvass.

Low and behold, Beth Stedman’s site inspired me to try the recipe and purchase the book. Her journey in finding health cures and remedies for ailments is similar to mine.

Her husband is fighting stage four of melanoma. I have no doubt that Beth’s steadfast and tenacity of finding a cure will be very successful.

One thing for sure, Beth’s honesty is heartfelt. I love her quote “I am a believer, who often calls for grace.” And like Beth, I find Nourishing Traditions a great inspiration whether you are a novice or expert on nutrition.

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I Took the Moon for a Walk, Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay

What a fabulous review!

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I promise this blog won’t become completely devoted to children’s books just because I spend seventy-five percent of my reading time looking at picture books now, but I Took the Moon for a Walk is absolutely worth talking about. My mother picked it up from the library when we visited back in September, and we loved it so much that she ended up mailing us our very own copy. Since then, we have read it every day, initially several times (by choice!), although now it has settled happily into the rotation of before-bed books.

Every night, I find myself thrilled to pick it up again. The story is pure poetry, and in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it was written as a poem initially and then stunningly illustrated as a bonus. The musicality is exceptional. Each line flows gracefully across the page, and because we’ve read it so often…

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Top Shelf in November: A Feast of Cookbooks!

What a great list of food books!

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November Top Shelf

It’s that time of year when our attention turns to holiday feasts and cozy nights cooking up special dishes to gather around. As the temperature dips, the leaves crisp, and the sweaters come out of the closet, hovering over a stove top and preheating the oven become welcome, heartening rituals. In this spirit, this month we’re highlighting five new cookbooks to inspire, ease and invigorate your epicurean adventures. Bon appetit! (Or, as we’re more apt to say around here, dig in, y’all.)

A Visual Guide to Drink: An Infographic Exploration of Beer, Wine, & Spirits
by Ben Gibson, Patrick Mulligan (On shelves November 17; available to pre-order now.)

Pull this book off your shelf to create thoughtful cocktails and keep your guests entertained while you shake and stir.  Designer Ben Gibson and editor Patrick Mulligan founded the design studio Pop Lab with the single goal of rendering all human experience in…

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#WW KC Event and Character Interviews

Ah, I must add this book to my “must read” list

Shannon A Thompson

Poster_Small_V - Book shop signingTonight I’ll be at Headrush Coffee and Tea Roasters in Kansas City, Missouri for a paranormal chat and book signing. We’ll be discussing local folklore that went into The Timely Death Trilogy, and having great coffee and tea while doing so. I’m even bringing some Halloween goodies for you to take home, so come on out and say hello.

Since I’m rather busy today, I thought I would do something fun on today’s blog post. Below, you’ll find two character interviews, one with Eric and one with Jessica, the protagonists of The Timely Death Trilogy. I’ve never posted something like this before, but I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Eric’s Character Interview

 Destined to fight to the death at age eighteen, you’d think Eric Welborn would be a jittery mess sitting in front of us, waiting for questions about his impending doom, but he’s as cool as can be. You…

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