Thursday, June 3, 2010

Top 5 most requested titles for May 2010

List by Natalie

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."
~ P.J. O'Rourke

The wonderful Natalie told me what our top 5 most requested titles were for May 2010. Two of them I expected (numbers 2 and 1) and the other 3 - seriously, what are you people reading? Kidding! Is there something slightly strange about us wanting to share what other people are requesting? Absolutely. Does that make you slightly voyeuristic for wanting to see what your fellow bibliophiles are reading? Sure does :) Enjoy.

House rules / Jodi Picoult - General fiction
A teenager with Asperger's syndrome--smart, quirky, with a passion for crime scene analysis--winds up on trial for murder.

The official New Zealand Road Code / NZ Transport Agency - Nonfiction
"Your guide to becoming a safe and responsible driver." "This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles" -- P. 3.

The lost symbol / Dan Brown - Adventure
"Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object - gruesomely encoded with five symbols - is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipient towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. When Langdon's revered mentor, Peter Solomon - philanthropist and prominent Mason - is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realises that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the fa├žade of America's most powerful city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there." -- Publisher description.

61 hours / Lee Child - Crime
Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm. There's a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There's a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There's a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico. Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he's equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn't like people who put it to wrongs.

The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson - Crime
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family, the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Journalist Mikael is hired to investigate.

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