TAB Recommends

TAB Recommends

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 taken from Novelist.

The Odyssey, Homer – 883 H
Traces Odysseus’ ten-year voyage home after the Trojan War, a journey marked by a man-eating Cyclops, deadly Sirens, the fury of the sea-god Poseidon, and Odysseus’ faithful wife’s efforts to rebuff greedy suitors.

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We Are the Ants, Shaun David Hutchinson – YFIC HUT
After the suicide of his boyfriend, Henry deals with depression and family issues, all while wondering if he was really abducted and told he has 144 days to decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz – YFIC SAE
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson – YFIC NEL
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.


The Hot Zone, Richard Preston – 614.5 P 1994
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race.

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Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce – YFIC PIE
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, and learns many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.


One of Us Is Lying, Karen McManus – YMYS MCM
When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.


Book Review

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Book Review: The Sound of Munich

The Sound of Munich has nothing to do with the Sound of Music as it may seem, but this book has everything to do with a trip to Germany, adventure, and fitting in. In this book we get Siena Bernstein, a German-American girl who longs to discover more about her German roots and find the man who helped her father cross the Berlin wall when he was just a toddler. Of course, when visiting a foreign country on scholarship you may meet a handsome foreign guy who you may just develop a crush on, and that is exactly the predicament Siena falls into. Add in a high- maintenance drama queen and a huge load of classwork and we may just end up in a funny, dramatic, heartwarming, romantic, and zen worthy quick read that will not disappoint. And Siena is not the only student to cross the seven seas and take risks in a new country, there are many more books in the S.A.S.S ( students across the seven seas ) book series, so you can follow other girls through France, England, Spain, Mexico,etc. This book left me in wonder about some of the great monuments in Deutschland, and made me smile when Siena realizes where she belongs when it comes to her fathers side of the family. All in all this story is a great short read that will move you by the very end.

TAB Recommends

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 taken from Novelist.

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Dial-A-Ghost, Eva Ibbotson – JFIC IBB
A family of nice ghosts protects a British orphan from the diabolical plans of his evil guardians.


Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys – YFIC SEP
Titanic. Lusitania. Wilhelm Gustloff. All major maritime disasters, yet the last is virtually unknown. Ruta Sepetys changes that in her gripping historical novel. Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe.

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The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens – JFIC STE
Book 1 of The Books of Beginning. Ten years ago, siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma were taken from their parents’ home and have lived in orphanage after orphanage ever since. Newly arrived at their latest abode, they find an enchanted old atlas that transports them back in time…and into the clutches of an evil countess who’s seeking the book that they’ve found.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JK Rowling – JFIC ROW
Book 1 of the Harry Potter series. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs – YFIC RIG
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli – YFIC ALB
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wing-man for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed.

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The Princess Bride, William Goldman – YFIC GOL
A classic swashbuckling romance retells the tale of a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant who come to the aid of Westley, a handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a princess in dire need of rescue from the evil schemers surrounding her.


Giant Days, Volume 1, John Allison – YFIC ALL
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” holiday balls, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

Book Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens Book Review


This book proves that a cliché is not the only thing a person can be. They can be a blond beauty queen, a handsome pirate, or a secret agent clothed in black. But they can also be a kick-ass female, a transgender pageant queen, or a corrupted beauty queen with a thirst for power. This book also proves that no one should be judged by their looks; because there is so much more underneath. The perfect beauty queen could be a lonely girl whose mother left her at a young age. The extremely attractive pirate could be a boy from a bad neighborhood just looking for some money to get by. Beauty Queens is about 13 pageant contestants who are stranded on a deserted island and how they escape. This book is an adventure filled with action: explosions, survival, and, of course, a whole lot of hairspray. This is a book that makes the word “cliché” seem outdated and keeps you wanting more.

5 Books That Will Make You Laugh

Beauty Queens

  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

13 beauty pageant contestants are stranded on an uncharted island and all alone, struggling to survive. What’s a beauty queen to do?


  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath, a fangirl at heart, is about to face a more difficult college experience than she had planned for.

Me And Earl and the Dying Girl

  1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This book is full of sarcastic and insecure humor. This is seriously a funny book that also happens to be seriously sad. Prepare yourself for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster.

An Abundance of Katherines

  1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.


  1. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc.


5 Books That Every Feminist Will Love

Wolf by Wolf

  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

In this thrilling alternative history book, the Axis powers have won WWII and Yael, a former death camp prisoner, is on a quest for a revenge.

The Female of the Species

  1. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This is a novel about a teenage girl who avenges her sister’s rape and murder. She will leave you reassessing everything you thought you knew about the lives of young women.

Throne of Glass

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

This book tells the story of an assassin and how she discovers a greater destiny than she could have ever possibly have imagined.

A Gathering of Shadows

  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

 Lila Bard is a unique character that I have never seen anything like in any other novel. She never does the expected.

Beauty Queens

  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive and get along. In a mix of survival and humor, these girls reveal that they are more than what meets the eye.





Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Review


This is not an average book with average characters or an average plot. First some background info: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. Along with some new and old friends, she escapes and is thrust into a whole new adventure. Throughout the book, Tana is faced with various challenges, but overcomes them. And yet, every time she does, it is unexpected. She is not the stereotypical girl that you hear about when vampires are part of the company they share. She completely understands the danger and is not afraid to defend herself. This book constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. From the way, the character’s backgrounds are slowly weaved in to the unpredictable twists and turns the plot takes you through. Overall, this books is not what you would expect and unpredictable.