South Branch Staff Picks Category: Fiction

Yes we’re jumping on the Avengers Bandwagon

Did you know there are many really awesome Avengers graphic novels, in addition to the movies! Check out a few of these!!

ultimate avengers 3: blade versus the avengers graphic novel coverWith the vampires’ new king transforming more and more heroes into super-powered bloodsuckers, Blade soon finds himself at odds with the Avengers. Can the hunter and hunted work together to stem the blood-red tide?

 

avengers: no surrender graphic novel cover

All of the Avengers you know and love come together to face threats beyond any they’ve faced before – including the Black Order and the Lethal Legion. These two teams of powerful villains bent on destroying each other have arrived on Earth, and they don’t care who gets caught in the crossfire.

 

avengers xmen: axis graphic novel coverAs the Axis of Evil strikes down the heroes, the all-new Astonishing Avengers battle the Uncanny X-Men! Witness an X-Man’s horrifying fate — and an Avenger’s appalling choice! Who will live or die? Who will remain inverted? The shocking climax will crack the Marvel Universe to its core!

 

Avengers volume 4: Infinity graphic novel coverGalactic empires fall and rise – and as Earth is targeted, the Avengers race back to their own solar system. But will they be in time to stop the Black Order from making their move? Or will Thanos’ mad plans conquer all life?

 

avengers vs xmen graphic novel coverThe Avengers and the X-Men – the two most popular super-hero teams in history – go to war! This landmark pop-culture event brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the story that changes them forever!

 

avengers: the ultimate character guide book coverThis revised edition of this superb guide to the characters of Earth’s mightiest Super Hero team features updated images and text for many existing characters as well as a further 60 new heroes and villains.

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Check out these book titles!

Whether you are looking for books to help make your holiday special or just hoping to curl up with a good holiday themed book, here are some titles to get you started.


Holiday Crafts by Gini Holland

 

 

 

 

 


Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year Round Celebrations

 

 

 

 

Creating Winter Crafts by Dana Meachen Rau

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Nights by Francis Ray, Shirley Hailstock, and Donna Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 


Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, Jennifer Gracen, Stacey Agdern, and KK Hendin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology edited by Christopher Golden

Scare yourself silly for Halloween

Looking for something to get you in the Halloween mood? Scare up a few of these classics of horror from the Mount Prospect Public Library and get ready for some serious goosebumps. Read/watch  them if you dare!

The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring by Kōji Suzuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Books to read if you are soon going to be on island time

The Beach House trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe

All these books are set on the shores of South Carolina and interweave stories of family, love, loss, environmental causes (sea turtles), and friendship. Each can be read on its own or as part of the trilogy. However, for those who enjoy reading books in order, Beach House Memories is actually the prequel to The Beach House. The characters are richly developed and the books well researched, bringing these books to life for readers and engaging them with the story.

Any of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series 

Janet Evanovich’s number series features bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and her always entertaining sidekick Lula, along with a regular cast of characters including her fearless Grandma Mazur, on again/off again boyfriend Joe and the mysterious and sexy Ranger. Her misadventures in tracking down missing criminals and the comic and ridiculous situations she finds herself mixed up in with each book will not win awards for great literature but they are always entertaining and a great quick read for the beach or any summer getaway.

Anything by David Sedaris, but especially….

David Sedaris’s beloved holiday collection, Holidays On Ice, is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy’s elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris’s tales of tardy trick-or-treaters (“Us and Them”); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French (“Jesus Shaves”); what to do when you’ve been locked out in a snowstorm (“Let It Snow”); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations (“Six to Eight Black Men”); what Halloween at the medical examiner’s looks like (“The Monster Mash”); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry (“Cow and Turkey”). Be sure you are up for funny looks from strangers if you read this in public because this collection will make you laugh out loud for sure!

 

 

Books written by parenting bloggers, and in particular:

The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Life with Boys: Hilarious & Heartwarming Stories About Raising Boys from the Boy Mom Squad edited by Tiffany O’Connor & Lyndee Brown is wonderful collection of vignettes will make all parents of boys nod their heads in agreement and for parents of both boys and girls it will make you laugh out loud at the exploits and experiences narrated by this talented group of humorous parenting bloggers. A funny and heartwarming book.

 

 

 

 

For something a little more weighty, yet still engrossing, try best-selling Spanish author Maria Dueñas’ first novel…

In The Time In Between, Sira Quiroga begins life as the daughter of a humble seamstress in Madrid, but bad luck, fate, and the  crooked path toward true love all lead her to a life of dizzying glamour, adventure, and high-stakes espionage. When she is abandoned by her lover in Morocco, she is forced to reinvent herself as a sophisticated dressmaker to the expatriate community during the Spanish civil war. Her work brings her into contact with powerful men, compelling women, and a man she believes to be a journalist and perhaps the love of her life. When the British government asks her to return to Madrid to spy for them, she reluctantly agrees, and in doing so becomes a heroine. The first-person perspective makes this long novel seem short, and the rich narrative includes many important figures and incidents from history.

They have THAT at the library? Cringeworthy book titles

  1. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Although the title of this book makes it hard to imagine that it could be taken seriously, in The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning , artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. The idea is to clear out unnecessary belongings from your home before others have to do it for you.

  1. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

If you thought this title was going to be about farming, you would be mistaken. In this quirky book for pre-teens, author Kelly Jones tackles a serious subject. Sophie Brown has had a series of setbacks and finds herself feeling like a lonely outsider in a new town. Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer is as much a story of grieving and finding your place as it is about poultry.

  1. I Heart My Little A*holes

If you have not read the Baby Sideburns blog on parenting, you are in for a treat. And if you are a faithful reader of Baby Sideburns, you are also in for a treat. A collection of super funny, tell-it-like-it-is blog posts/articles on parenting: the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

If you didn’t think you could put swear words in a book title, think again. This book is author Mark Manson’s antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.

  1. Book

So, when a book starts out with this in the following paragraph–“So I’ll give it to you straight. This book doesn’t suck”–you know it’s going to be entertaining, especially when it’s from one of America’s funniest actors/comedians, Whoopi Goldberg.

  1. Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome

Seeing the title of this audio book leads you to wonder if there is a new disease out there nobody has ever heard of. In fact, this audiobook by comedian Maria Banford highlights her talents using different voices and personas to share humorous stories and observations on her life.

  1. Boogers Are My Beat

If you go looking for this book the kids’ section of the library, you’re in the wrong place. The author, Dave Barry, does have a number of best-selling children’s books that he co-authored, but this title is for adults and is a hilarious of collection of his nationally syndicated columns that appeared in newspapers throughout the US. We dare you to read it without laughing out loud!