Recommended Reading List
Week of 1/11/2021- 1/18/2021
Young Adult Fiction: Behind the Curtain
~ In this adventure, the Sherlock Holmes-loving eight-grade heroine, Ingrid, starts to see some alarming signs of trouble in her home. Her dad is surfing the internet in search of a job when Ingrid had no idea his job was in jeopardy. Her brother, Ty, is trying to succeed on the high school football team—perhaps at the cost of his health. And Ingrid's beloved soccer coach is replaced by an icy newcomer who seems a little too savvy to be in it for the postgame pizza.
True to her hero, Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid begins fishing around to find out who's really pulling the strings in her hometown of Echo Falls. But one morning, while en route to the dreaded MathFest, Ingrid is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a car. Even if she escapes, will anyone believe her story?
Young Adult Fiction: Dirty South
~Things are heating up down South...
College is a big adjustment, but not if you're Kenya Posey. Even at a southern school far from her Jersey turf, she's the one the girls envy and the boys want. Kenya's the star of a hot singing/dancing troupe, her high-school BFF Lark is on campus, could things get any better?
For Lark, the answer is yes. While she's flunking socially, life is one big episode of Everyone Loves Kenya, and Lark barely gets a walk-on role. Kenya's too self-absorbed to see beond her fabulous new life. But with Kenya's brother Eric and his rapper friedn Fiasco bringing drama right to her door, all that's about to change...
African American Fiction: Loving You Feels So Right
~Alana Kim is the definition of crazy, sexy, cool. Labeled a man eater by current and former lovers, this wild child lives life on her terms and couldn’t care less what the world thinks of her. Seeking something she never experienced in her home growing up, Alana relishes the affection and attention she receives from the opposite sex. Men absolutely adore her but she’s unable to return those feelings of adoration which causes problems to arise with a longtime lover.
For years, Alana has been content having sex without strings or commitments and has no plans to be tied down by anyone. It’s not until she witnesses the lives of the ones closest to her changing, that her past begins to weigh heavily on her heart. Throw into the mix an amazingly handsome man who captures her heart immediately and suddenly she’s changing her tune, considering love for the very first time.
Jakobi Tate is a damaged soul, carrying a load of hurt and pain on his shoulders but from the moment he lays eyes on Alana his life was forever changed. It’s like he’s known her his whole life and with no real family to call his own besides his brother Marcus, Jakobi is hoping to build something solid with Alana. However, he soon discovers that there’s tons of baggage and other men that come along with loving someone like her. Her promiscuous ways along with her detached personality may be just enough to push him away for good. Jakobi is fighting his own demons so he’s left wondering if taking on her issues is worth all the trouble.
They have a connection that is out of this world but will that be enough for them to hold on to what they’ve found in one another? Read along as unimaginable revelations come to light and a foolish obsession reaches its breaking point in this steamy urban romance.
African American Fiction:Addicted to You
~How far would you go to protect and care for the one you love?
As the priviledged and pampered heir of the McMillian empire, Sage McMillian always had what her heart desired. One night of spontaneous fun lands her inside of Official Ink, a tattoo parlor owned by the sexy, savage, and former street king, Dom "Ink" Richardson. The moment she sees him, it's love at first sight.
Yet, it's Ink's indifference to her beauty and charm that grabs Sage's attention. He's number to her advances and uninterested in small talk. She later finds out he's a married man, which should be the ultimate deterrent, but Sage welcomes the challenge he poses. A geniune friendship is born, only adding fuel to the flames of her addiction to him.
When Ink's wife is murdered, the scandal rips the headlines and lands him on the front page of newspapers nationwide, but Sage is there for him. With her family's powerful connections, she seems to be godsent as she selflessly fights for his freedom and proclaims his innocence. But there's a lot more to Sage's interest in Ink, and she may not be the loyal and devoted friend Ink knows her to be...
Adult Fiction:Dating Game
~Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Connecticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So when her husband of twenty-four years said they needed to talk, Paris couldn’ t imagine what he was about to say.
“I want a divorce,” Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman. And just like that, Peter and his thirty-one-year-old lover had made their plans for their future, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. Within days, Peter was gone. And Paris was left to figure out how she intended to get through the next day, let alone the rest of her life.
The task could not have been more painful. First came the tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well-meaning friends to “fix her up” with men who paled in comparison to Peter. Worse yet, she still loved him. Finally, Paris realized she was in a fight for her very survival. Drastic measures were called for. Even her shrink agreed. It was time to move–as far away as possible, just after Peter remarried. Paris had never felt, or been, more alone.
Saying good-bye to the world she knew and loved, Paris heads west, to San Francisco, and discovers being single in a world full of men who were too young, too old, too married, or too good to be true. For Paris, the list seemed endless…the charming commitment-phobe…the drunken Neanderthal…the young Frenchman–so adorably sexy she almost forgot about his age, and did, for a while. With her dating track record veering between disappointing and disastrous, and her daughter now engaged to a man Paris’s age, Paris finally comes to the conclusion that romance is not in her future. That’s when her small circle of offbeat, loving friends becomes more important than ever before. And a decision Paris makes only for herself changes her life once more. The secret, she discovers finally, is in finding the gifts in life’s unexpected twists and turns, and turning despair into freedom and loss into joy.
Adult Fiction: Texas Ranger
~ Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law enforcement skills have carried him far: from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger.
In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. That code just might bring him out alive.