"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house."
- Joe Ryan
Our Top 5 Goodies blog turned 1 year old over the weekend, and what a great twelve month journey it has been to date. Thank you all for visiting, reading, commenting and suggesting ideas for posts! Your input is always *very* much appreciated :) Here's to another successful year just like it.
This is a very quick post! If you're looking for ideas for what to read next, why not check out what our top 5 most requested titles were for April 2011?
Belle / Lesley Pearse with 447 holds
"London 1910 Fifteen year-old Belle has lived in a brothel in Seven Dials all her life, with no understanding of what happens in the rooms upstairs. But her innocence is shattered when she witnesses the murder of one of the girls and, subsequently snatched from the streets by the killer, she is sold into prostitution in Paris. No longer mistress of her own fate, Belle is blown across the globe to sensuous New Orleans where she comes of age and learns to enjoy life as a courtesan. Yet thoughts of home – and the knowledge her status as golden girl cannot last – compel her to break out of her gilded cage. But Belle finds escaping tougher than she imagined, for her life is threatened by desperate men who crave her beauty and attention. Armed only with resourcefulness and spirit, she has a long and dangerous journey ahead of her. Will courage be enough to sustain her? Can she make it back to her family and friends and find her chance at true happiness?" -- Publisher description.
Sing you home : a novel / Jodi Picoult with 477 holds
Max and Zoe's marriage, stressed by infertility problems and miscarriages, is finally destroyed by a stillborn baby. After their divorce, Max moves in with his brother and sister-in-law, Reid and Liddy, and backslides into self-destructive drinking, while Zoe devotes herself to music therapy and develops a friendship with guidance counselor Vanessa that eventually turns into love and marriage. Max, meanwhile, converts to an evangelical brand of Christianity that pits him against Zoe when she asks Max for permission to use their frozen embryos.
Diary of a wimpy kid : the ugly truth / by Jeff Kinney with 480 holds
Since their last event together did not go well, middle-schoolers Greg Heffley and his friend Rowley must decide whether they will stay friends. Ages 8+ This is book 5 in the Diary of a wimpy kid series. They are, in order:
Daughters-in-law / Joanna Trollope with 649 holds
Rachel is the undisputed matriarch of her large family. She has devoted herself to her three sons all their lives. They are, of course, devoted to her and enjoy spending time at Rachel's ramshackle house near the coast of Suffolk. But when Luke, her youngest, gets married, Rachel realises that her control is slipping away. Then a power struggle develops that can only end in misery as her three daughters-in-law want to do things their own way, and so, to her grief, do her sons...
The land of painted caves / Jean M. Auel with 656 holds
Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni -- one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers. Please note that this is book 6 in Auel's Children of Earth series. They are, in order: