Monday, July 14, 2014

Recommended Summer Reads from NYOBG Members

I’ve been hearing some great recommendations from our NYOBG members over the summer, so I asked them to share their recent favorite reads and why they liked them.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!


Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts  

This is a romantic suspense set in an old family beach home in Massachusetts.  There’s a bit of romance, mystery, intrigue, and even a treasure hunt.  NR has a special way of drawing you into her characters, and she really hits the mark with this one.  This story begins with Eli Landon, a former lawyer suspected of killing his wife, going back to his childhood summer home in Whiskey Beach to rebuild his life.  Bluff House is owned by his tenacious grandmother, but she recently fell down the stairs in a “suspicious” accident and is recuperating with Eli’s parents.  There wasn’t enough evidence to convict Eli of his wife’s murder but that hasn’t stopped the investigating officer from hounding him.  For Eli, an empty Bluff House is the perfect place to regroup after a tragic year. 
I think what drew me in the most was Eli, because his character is so broken when you first meet him.  Abra, the love interest, is his grandmother’s house cleaner at Bluff House.  Abra has her own ugly past and now does an assortment of odd jobs that make her happy, from cleaning, to teaching yoga, to massage, to waitressing.  She wears yoga pants, T-shirts, and Crocs, and it was difficult not to like her.  Slowly, she brings Eli around to the living world once again, amongst more murders, someone digging in the basement, and the cop that refuses to search for the real killer of Eli’s wife. 

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end.

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Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

This is a paranormal romance and the twelfth book in Singh’s Psy-Challenging Series.  We read Slave to Sensation quite a while ago, and I read a few more in the series and then moved on to other books because there’s so many out there that I have to read!  But I've been hearing raves about this one, so I gave it a try.  I could tell there were some Psy-Net events that I missed, and a few characters that must have had their own story, but I didn't feel like I needed to read each book before this one.  Singh did a good job with small details without overstating everything. If you've read the first few and know the world you’ll be able to dive right in.
 So, with that said---I couldn't put this book down! It was incredible, the kind where you tell the hubby to order take-out and the kids to leave you alone--because mommy’s reading and she doesn't want to be disturbed.
It has a psy-fi feel like the rest of the series.  You meet the heroine the day she’s been broken out of a mental holding facility.  She’s rescued by the hero, of course.  J  You learn she has powers that even the Psy Council fears.  You learn that she created a labyrinth in her brain so that their torture wouldn't break her, and that she mentally rigged it to unravel as soon as she felt safe.  The reader gets to take her journey of confusion to revelations of who she is, who the hero is, and what their past relationship was---and WOW, what a journey!
This book is simply wonderful. Just read it. If I hadn't downloaded this to my Kindle I would've given it to Sarah as she’s given me so many awesome books.

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Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter

Every once in a while I need my historical romance fix.  Do they have a predictable happy ever after? Absolutely, but I’ve found that Hunter’s has some real historical meat in there as well, as do Jane Feather’s books, who also has a new series out that I must try.  Dangerous in Diamonds is Hunter’s fourth book in her Rarest Blooms series, but they all can be read separately, though they’re all enjoyable so why not start from the beginning?  (I believe Ravishing in Red is the first installment.)  Castleford is the hero in Dangerous in Diamonds, and a bit of a rascal.  The banter between him and Daphne, the heroine, was witty and fun, while she had some real fears and challenges to overcome, so there is depth to this story as well.  It brings you into the lives of the less wealthy, and their precarious positions in this society.  It’s a fun book with poignant moments, and the reader gets to escape into a romantic world for an evening.  A lovely summer read. 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Summer book pick!

We had our last meeting until the fall last night.  It was decided that we needed a book to discuss in September so I picked "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion.  I have heard great things about this book and It looks like a light summer read.

It does appear that the Library will be moving to a temporary location while renovations are taking place. I am not sure if there will be a space where the book group will meet.  But no matter what the book group will still meet in the fall, we may need to make arrangements to meet off-site somewhere but I am sure that it will all work out.

Friday, May 16, 2014

June Meeting Added

I have decided to add a meeting  in June.I have decided just to pick one book this month, and one that is already on the Nooks, so that way we won't use any more of the grant money.  It is scheduled for June 19th in the Board Room.  I am not sure of the time yet, I thought that the library would be switched over to summer hours, so the meeting would need to be at 5:30, but summer hours may not start until the 21st, so we could meet at our regular 6:00 time. As soon as I find out I will let members know what time the meeting will be.

The book that we will be reading is First Grave on the Right by Darinda Jones.  It's a paranormal romance/urban fantasy.


First Grave on the Right
By Darinda Jones
(Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy)

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May's Meeting

I just wanted to remind everyone that May's meeting will be this Thursday, May 8th at 6:00 in the Board Room.  This month we will discuss "Etiquette & Espionage" by Gail Carriger and "Written in Red" by Anne Bishop.

Also this will be the last scheduled meeting until the Fall.  I have considered adding dates during the Summer, but there is a slight problem.  There is a possibility that the Library maybe relocating during the renovation process.  If we do move I'm not sure if there would be an appropriate space to host a book group.  But if it doesn't look like the Library will be relocating I think that I will add summer dates.

Monday, April 14, 2014

May's Books!


The books that we will be reading for May are "Etiquette & Espionage" by Gail Carriger and "Written in Red" by Anne Bishop.  The next meeting will be on May 8th at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.  I am thinking about possibly having meetings during the summer, but I am unsure what will be going on with the Library's renovations.  So I will get back to members as soon as I decide what to do.  I would also love to have suggestions for books to out on the vote page for September.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vote for May's books!

It is that time again, where I ask book group members to help narrow down our book choices for May's books.  Remember that the top four in each category will be on the ballot at April's meeting.  I only changed out the two books that we are reading in April.  I welcome any suggestions of books that you would like to see up for a vote.   Here is the link to vote: http://www.bangorpubliclibrary.org/public/bgvotepage.htm

Monday, March 17, 2014

Books for April

Due to the weather there were only two people at the March meeting.  Even I couldn't make it because I had to head home to fix the furnace.  The two attendees didn't feel like they wanted the responsibility to pick for the entire group. So,  I went with the two books that got the most online votes.  So the two books are "Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews and "Scarlet" by Marissa Meyer.

The next meeting is April 10th.  Hopefully we won't have worry about snowstorms by then.  We will have lots to talk about. (6 Books!!!)  Hope to see you then.

Monday, March 3, 2014

April's Book Vote

 I just wanted people to know that the vote page for what we read in April is up.  Remember that the top four in each category will be put on the paper ballot at March's meeting. Here is the link:
http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm

Friday, February 14, 2014

March's Books

So due to the weather we did not have a meeting in February.  I don't think that I can arrange my schedule to fit one in , so we will have four books to discuss at the March 13th meeting.  I picked the March books based on what got the most vote online.  So we will read "The Iron Duke" by Meljean Brooks and "Lost Lake" by Sarah Addison Allen.

Both of these books are available for download on the Nooks!

Monday, January 27, 2014

March's vote page is up!

The vote page for what we will read in March is up and running.  The top four in each category will be put on the paper ballot at the February meeting. Here is the link: http://www.bpl.lib.me.us/public/bgvotepage.htm