Becky’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Becky from Readers Advisory

I have my own blog, RA for All,  where I posted my top books for 2014 here.

Sharon’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Sharon from Readers Advisory

Title: Her Royal Spyness

Author: Rhys Bowen

Call #: M BOW

Lady Georgiana, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 34th in line to the English throne is left penniless when her brother Binky cuts off her allowance. She moves from the family estate in Scotland to London in search of a job and to avoid a marriage to the Prince of Romania, who she calls Fish-Face. When arriving in London, she is summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son and a Frenchman, who claims to have proof that Georgie and Binky’s father gambled the family home away, is found dead in her bathtub. This charming historical mystery is the first in the Royal Spyness mysteries series.

The Monogram Murder by Sophie Hannah

This mystery marks the return of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s legendary Belgian detective. Poirot is taking a break from detective work living in a London boardinghouse, where he befriends young Inspector Edward Catchpool, the narrator of the book. Catchpool is assigned a triple murder case in an upscale hotel, where the victims were each poisoned with cyanide and found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouth. Poirot steps in to help and using his “little grey cells” unravels the many clues and solves the case. Poirot is very true to character, flamboyant and arrogant, and the mystery is good with a lot of twists, almost as good as Agatha.

Betty’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Betty from Readers Advisory:

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Call #: SCIENCE FICTION WEIR

In a nutshell, it’s a book about a manned mission to Mars, and it’s a survival story. But it’s much more than that.  The story is a fast-paced, compelling adventure across Mars and offered everything I wanted and more. The book has an authentic, scientific feel. The really technical parts can be skipped without losing anything of the story. What is important is Mark Watney’s struggle to survive.

 Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Call #: BACKMAN

Ove is a curmudgeon, an old guy with opinions (usually negative) about everything. He’s been feeling redundant in this world since his wife died, and he’s decided (very deliberately) to commit suicide.  But “life happens when you are making other plans.”  If you like quirky characters that take you in unforeseen directions, you will love this book.

 Title: The Razor’s Edge 

Author: W. Somerset Maugham

Call #: MAU

The Razor’s Edge is primarily a book of characters, a personal story of a man searching for  “enlightenment” and how that changes his lives and the lives of his friends. The Razor’s Edge is like a  journey in the company of unusual and interesting people.

Ron’s Best of 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Ron from Audio Visual:

Title: The Litigators

Author: John Grisham

Call #: GRI

Wonderful and entertaining story about David, a young lawyer, who is fed up with working for his current firm.  He finds a new job working with some very interesting and creative lawyers named Finley and Figg.  Great characters, story line and at times laugh out loud funny.  A real page turner, couldn’t put it down!

Bobbie’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Bobbie from Collection Management:

Title: My Real Children 

Author: Jo Walton

Call #: WALTON

Patricia Cowan is in a nursing home, diagnosed with dementia, and is even more confused than the nurses think. Not only does she forget things – that’s to be expected – but she remembers things that don’t seem possible: marrying Mark and having four children, and not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee; being an unhappy housewife who finally left her marriage when her kids were grown, and being a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy; President Kennedy being killed in 1963, and President Kennedy declining to run again after a nuclear exchange that destroyed Miami and Kiev; and is there a research station on the moon, or a command post filled with nuclear missiles? A beautiful story of two lives lived by the same woman who seeks to know what is real as her health declines.

 Title: Leaving Time

Author: Jodi Picoult

Call #:  PICOULT

Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother Alice, who disappeared following a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary she and her husband ran. For years Jenna has searched online and read through her mother’s journals, refusing to believe that she would have willingly left her, hoping to find a clue, and now she enlists two people to help: a psychic once famous for finding missing persons and the detective who originally investigated the accident. As the unlikely trio work together to find out what happened to Alice, they find themselves having to face their own inner selves as well.  Fabulous!

Title: Gemini

Author: Carol Cassella

Call #: CASSELLA

An unidentified woman is transferred to the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital following a hit-and-run accident on the Olympic Peninsula that left her injured, unconscious, and unable to breathe on her own, and Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to her Jane Doe’s fate. And that’s just the beginning of a thoroughly engrossing read.

Title: The House at the End of Hope Street

Author:  Menna van Praag

Call #: PRAAG

After suffering one of the worst events in her young life, PhD student Alba Ashby finds herself mysteriously at the door of a house on Hope Street, where she is welcomed by a beautiful elderly woman named Peggy, who invites her to stay on the house’s usual condition that she will have 99 days to piece herself back together and turn her life around. Thus begins one of the most magical, enchanting stories I have ever read.

 Title: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Love

Author: Sarah Butler

Call #: BUTLER

“If you stand still in a place, for long enough, it will show itself to you. It takes time, but you find the patterns, and once you find them you can start to feel at home.” So says Daniel, a homeless man who makes sculptures out of objects he finds while walking through London. His health is failing, and the only thing keeping him alive is his knowledge that he has a daughter somewhere in the world whom he continuously seeks to find. Alice is the black sheep of her family – running away again, this time to Mongolia, where she hears the news that her father is dying and arrives home with barely enough time to say goodbye. Then she meets Daniel, and the unlikely relationship they develop draws her to remain rooted as she begins to see the people and places in her life in surprising new ways.

Deb’s Best of 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

First up, Deb from Reference:

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Call #:  MOYES

This is a novel of an ordinary young woman named Louisa who lives in England. She takes on a job of taking care of a young man who became a quadriplegic following an accident 2 years before. The two become good friends. He makes a decision that is very difficult for Louisa to accept. This book has great characters that you really love and it is a beautifully written story. Absolutely loved it!!

Title: The Forgotten

Author: David Baldacci

Call #:  BALDACCI

Excellent thriller about a wealthy Florida man named Peter Lampert. He is the head of a slave smuggling operation. He kidnaps people from poor countries and sells them to become slaves and prostitutes. But when army man, John Puller’s aunt suspiciously dies in this Florida town, he goes there to get answers. Non-stop action and the John Puller character is very much like the Jack Reacher character. Couldn’t put it down!

The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry

Title: The Cater Street Hangman

Author:   Anne Perry

Call #:  M – PER

Charlotte, Emily, and Sarah Ellison are leading the typical lives of proper Victorian ladies until five young women, including the family housemaid, are brutally murdered on Cater Street near the Ellison home. Their father, Edward, and Sarah’s husband, Dominic, try to shelter them from any details of the crimes, but Inspector Thomas Pitt draws Charlotte into the investigation, along with all its gruesome details. A romance begins developing between Charlotte and the socially unsuitable Pitt, as the list of suspects begins to include Ellison family and friends. This is the first in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries.

Recommended by: Sharon