Saturday, April 6, 2013

Top 5 most requested items for March 2013

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
- Joyce Carol Oates

How much do I heart the quote for today? THIS MUCH. Very short post from me today BECAUSE REASONS. Namely: I don't have much to say to introduce these books, really, and I've never been much of a fan of saying things for the sake of it. So I'll get out of your way, and point you below to the top 5 most requested items for March 2013. Have a great weekend, people!

 The fault in our stars / John Green - 586 requests
Teen fiction. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal. But when gorgeous Augustus Waters appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's life is about to change. Ages 14+

Bring a box of tissues because you'll need them. This book followed me around Toronto. Everywhere I was, posters of it were displayed. In the end I bought a copy and spent moments (with my iPhone's flashlight app under the blankets) reading this and crying like my heart was broken. But it's a GOOD kind of crying. A cathartic crying. And, in some ways, a hopeful crying. So yeah, that happened.

 Life of Pi : a novel / Yann Martel with illustrations by Tomislav Torjanac - 600 requests
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 perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky - 629 requests
Teen fiction. 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+

 The casual vacancy / J.K. Rowling - 803 requests
General fiction. 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?

 Gone girl / Gillian Flynn - 825 requests
Suspense fiction. 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?

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