Thursday, September 9, 2010

Top 5 most requested fiction titles for August

List by Tosca

"Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible."
- Francis Bacon

You might've noticed that earlier this week I posted the Top 5 most requested DVDs during August.  I thought it'd be a nice idea to make this a regular monthly posting for DVDs, fiction, nonfiction, kids and teen titles.  If nothing else it's interesting to see what your fellow library-goers are enjoying.  It might also give you some ideas for what to read/see next.  So...enjoy our 'Top 5 most requested fiction titles for August' list :)

The girl who played with fire / Stieg Larsson
"This time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus ... of the story. Mikael Blomkvist - crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium - has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander. Now, as Blomkvist - alone in his belief in her innocence - plunges into his own investigation of the slayings, Salander is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all" -- Publisher's information.

Tosca's note: Please note that this title is the second book in the Millennium trilogy.  We also have this title available in audiobook.

The last song / Nicholas Sparks
Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father--a former concert pianist and teacher--moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father ... until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

Tosca's note: I like Nicholas Sparks but I know that any book or film adaptation that has his name on it is going to be a tearjerker. This was no exception - that's not a reason to bypass it, however ;) We also have this title in audiobook, large print and DVD - swallow your distaste of Miley Cyrus because she does a credible job as the female lead. If you still need a reason to watch the film, how about for Greg Kinnear...?

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

Tosca's note: Check out Lorraine's review of Picoult's latest novel in our reviews section.

61 hours / Lee Child
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.

Tosca's note: '61 hours' is book 14 in Child's popular 'Jack Reacher' series. This title is also available in audiobook. One of my many sisters is an ardent Reacher fan and swears by them.  Don't know if that will influence you any but there you go :)

The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson
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.
Tosca's note: If you're new to Larsson's Millennium trilogy then be prepared for a bit of a wait for the film, the novel (large print and normal) and the audiobook but I promise you, it is well worth it!

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