The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).
Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland
Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago; illustrated by Peter Sís; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier — is another must-read for all tween/teen fantasy fans. Fourteen-year-old Trei lost his family to a volcanic explosion and seeks refuge with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in the neighboring, airborn kingdom of the Floating Islands. Upon arriving he sees men soaring in the skies with wings and dragon magic and is consumed with the desire to also be a kajurai. Soon after his arrival his aunt and uncle become victims of a horrid epidemic. Now is cousin Araene is also an orphan and must decide what she will do with her life. The constraints on woman in her kingdom are unbearable, but she is clever and soon finds a way to pursue her love of the culinary arts, as well as to use her gifts in the art of magic - as long as no one discovers her sexual disguise that is.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger; illustrated by Aaron Blecha
All the colors of darkness by Peter Robinson
Red hot lies by Laura Caldwell
The red door by Charles Todd
Red jade by Henry Chang
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
Ah, the timeless appeal of a man in uniform! The following authors understand this and have written exciting books featuring top-notch alpha heroes.
The unsung hero by Suzanne Brockmann — The first book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter's series about Navy SEALs.
Trial by fire by Jo Davis — Suspense heats up Jo Davis' series on the Firefighters of Station Five — starting with this book.
Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — Sept./Oct. 2010
Best Children’s/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
This list is for someone who loves books with rich characters and twisting plots that keep you reading. A Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini are two of their favorite books. Try some of these titles if you like wonderful characters and plots.
Montana 1948: a novel by Larry Watson
You're a special kind of reader. You can't get enough of vampires, wizards and things that go bump in the night. However, you like your books set in a city, preferably a big one like Chicago or New York. You also don't want to stop at just one book — more is more! You're an urban fantasy reader and here are some series for you to explore.
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Marked: a house of night novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Some books don't fit neatly into genre descriptions. They're creepy, suspenseful and often include complex plots with lots of twists. Despite their lack of definite category, they're always riveting. Give these creepysuspensefulemysteries a try.
Await your reply: a novel by Dan Chaon
Darling Jim: a novel by Christian Moerk
The diviner's tale [sound recording] by Bradford Morrow
Ms. Harris is brought to you courtesy of Michigan Theater and Nicola's Books.
New authors/debut mysteries to check out:
Dandy Gilver and the proper treatment of bloodstains by Catriona McPherson
Death on tour by Janice Hamrick
Back of beyond by C.J. Box
Missing persons: a Kate Conway mystery by Clare O'Donohue
Just can't get enough of the pomp and pagentry of British royalty? Give these historical fiction novels a try.
Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
The confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
Here be dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Innocent traitor by Alison Weir
Romances set in small towns have a particular charm. The characters feel like sort of like family. Too bad these locations are fictional. I want to visit them, meet the quirky residents, and maybe have a cup of coffee at the local diner. Feel free to pull up a stool at the lunch counter and join us.
1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber
Ain't she sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire is being made into an HBO television series. If you are a fan of this popular series, be sure watch the clips of the Making Game of Thrones.
A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin
A clash of kings: book two of A song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin
On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:
882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley
The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple