Jackie (Our Top Book Blogger) Recommends

Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah

"Sophie Hannah has been messing with my mind for years now....she always keeps you guessing until the very last sentence in the book....If you haven't read her before, get started.  If you are already a fan, you'll be very happy with this new book." ~Jackie


The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin

"...Irwin really creates a vivid stage for his book, and I found myself falling into its spell pretty quickly. It's a book of dark passions and carnal needs in a time of great propriety, with a young man made a kind of puppet to his benefactor's titillating whims. This book isn't for everyone, but for some (like me), it will be very difficult to put down."


 I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman

"This is a book about villains, and the list is very impressive. There are many, many cultural observations in this book that really set me back on my heels and made me seriously think about the concept of 'villain' and also 'hero'. The conversation meanders a bit throughout the essays, but it's well worth reading. He knows what he's talking about."~Jackie


 Time Flies by Claire Cook

"Yes, it's officially summer now because there is a new book by Claire Cook on our shelves. Time Flies is a good one (but aren't they all?)...Cook's characters always leap off the page and into your heart, and these are no different. Trust me, you want to hang out with Melanie this summer, so read this book!"


Fragments by Dan Wells

"This is the second book in the Partials series (the number of volumes not yet determined)...the reveals are SO shocking, I was stunned.  Wells knows how to throw in a doozy of a plot twist."

Fuse by Julianna Baggot

"This is the second book in the Pure Trilogy, and more and more secrets are revealed, both inside the Dome and out in the bad lands....it get's you going and totally immersed in the world, then yanks you out with some many exciting things dangling.   But it's worth it...." ~Jackie


 Period.8 by Chris Crutcher

"There are some fantastic conversations in this book, and a true mystery.  I had heard about Chris Crutcher before, but I hadn't read any of his stuff. Now I'm a fan." ~Jackie


Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

"This is definitely NOT a bedtime book.  It involves giggling, yelling, and banging of pots, among all sorts of other wonderful things....This book has firmly landed on my 'Fantastic Children's Books.'" ~Jackie


Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America's First Tornado Chasers by Lee Sandlin

"This book is fascinating...the stories of tornadoes and their antics will haunt you and have you watching the sky more often than not.  Truly a superb book.  I absolutely recommend it for those curious about such things or who just love a good history book."


Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

"Warning: this woman's writing is addictive. Her characters are so vivid you feel like you know them, and you go through their horrible times with them, feeling each and every one of their emotions." ~ Jackie


The Demonologist by Andrew Piper

"This book is creepy, breath-stealing and pretty much impossible to put down. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you are up to it, it's a riveting read." ~Jackie


 Being Esther by Miriam Karmel

"This delightful book is about Esther, age 85, and her last few months before her death....  She's the same person she's always been, as she sees it, though admittedly older, creakier, slower....A simple life is not a boring life—not by any means. Thank you, Esther, for reminding me of that! What a delightful book, even if it did end up making me cry." ~Jackie


The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam

"This is an atmospheric and heart wrenching view of what the aftermath of 9/11 was for the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan....It opened my eyes about many things, made me cry a time or two, and, most of all, it made me think about 9/11 in a very, very, very different way." ~Jackie


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Kind of Cruel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670785858
Availability: Special Order
Published: Putnam Adult - August 6th, 2013

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The Skull and the Nightingale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062202352
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow & Company - July 30th, 2013

I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439184493
Availability: Special Order
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 2013

Time Flies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451673678
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Touchstone Books - June 11th, 2013

Fragments (Partials Sequence #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062071071
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 26th, 2013

Fuse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455503087
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 19th, 2013

Period.8 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061914805
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 26th, 2013

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By Mac Barnett, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423160656
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Published: Disney Press - June 25th, 2013

Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307378521
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon Books - March 5th, 2013

Is This Tomorrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616200541
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 7th, 2013

The Demonologist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697414
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 5th, 2013

Being Esther Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571310965
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 19th, 2013

The Blind Man's Garden Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307961716
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 30th, 2013