Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently. We’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – FIC FIT
Newly rich Jay Gatsby tries to recapture the past and win back Daisy Buchanan, his former love, despite the fact she has married.
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – FIC STE
Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.
City of Bones, The Mortal Instruments book 1, Cassandra Clare – YFIC CLA
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
I Am Number Four, The Lorien Legacies book 1, Pittacus Lore – YSF LOR
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan – FIC KWA
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.
The Martian, Andy Weir – SF WEI
An edge-of-your seat debut thriller with laugh-out-loud dialogue mixed in. After a bad storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watley is stranded. Now he’s got to figure out how to survive without air, shelter, food, or water on the harsh Martian landscape until the next manned mission in four years. It’s Science Fiction with a capital S, but Weir does a fabulous job of making it accessible to non-science geeks (like me).
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell – YFIC ROW
At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time.
The Alchemyst, Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Michael Scott – YSF SCO
Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won’t stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don’t fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel’s bookstore. (The stolen volume contains the key to the Flamels’ immortality, which they must renew every month.)
Emma, Jane Austen – FIC AUS
Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.
They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera – YFIC SIL
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volume 1: Squirrel Power, Ryan North and Erica Henderson – YFIC NOR
Now a college student, Squirrel Girl must find time between classes to save the world from Galactus with the help of her squirrel friend Tippy-Toe.