Thursday, March 14, 2013

Top 5 most requested items for February 2013

"Books are delightful society.  If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome." - William Ewart Gladstone

Bookishly speaking, I am an unabashed voyeur. I am forever curious about what people are reading. I don't care HOW they're reading. I'm not concerned about whether it's an eBook, eAudiobook, audiobook, printed book, or fanfiction. I'm not even fussed if it's Facebook updates, Twitter posts, blog posts or gaming. I rejoice in the fact that people ARE reading. I'm not at all snobby about it. The alternative is just too sad to comptemplate, and I feel like we would all lose in that instance. So lists like this - our top 5 most requested items for February 2013 - are, to me, like peeking through someone's underwear drawer, you know? Literary voyeurism. It's a thing. And I'm wholly unrepentant about knowing what some of you are reading.

 The perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky
Teen fiction. Book-to-film. Charlie is a shy and introspective boy, a wallflower always standing on the edge of the action. He encounters many of the struggles familiar to everybody from their school days, but he must also deal with his best friend's suicide and shocking realisation about his beloved late Aunt Helen. Ages 14+

 Gone girl / Gillian Flynn
Suspense. Mystery. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

 A wanted man / Lee Child
Suspense. Mystery. Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don't add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat to both sides at once.

 Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel with illustrations by Tomislav Torjanac
Adventure. Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

 The casual vacancy / J.K. Rowling
Black humour. When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils, Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

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