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.

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