Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hot Reads @ the checkout counter

Ever wonder what the rest of the Ligonier Valley is reading? Members of the staff see the names of many authors "cross the desk" while we check books out to people at the library. Some writers are so popular that we often recommend them to our patrons.

One of the names I often see while checking books out and in is Debbie Macomber. Known for creating memorable characters that live in great little towns, Macomber has been winning fans with her books for several years. Her latest, "Twenty Wishes" is about widows who meet on Valentine's Day and begin a list of twenty wishes of things they "always wanted to do but never did."

Whenever a patron checks out a Harlan Coben book, I always warn them not to start it unless they plan on staying up all night to finish it. His books are page-turners and, once started, can not be put down. "Hold Tight," his latest, tells the tale of paranoia in suburbia. When Adam Baye's parents attach a spyware program to his computer, they are terrified by what they find. Then, when he disappears, they become frightened.

Janet Evanovich is a perennial favorite at the checkout counter. People scramble to get the latest in her Stephanie Plum mystery series. "Fearless Fourteen" already has a waiting list. Numbers one through thirteen in her series, though, are also popular because the rest of the valley is trying to catch up with those already in the know about Evanovich.

Kathy Reichs has gain popularity in recent years. "Devil Bones," the next book in her Temperance Brennan series, comes out in August.

J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is so popular people ask to be put on reserve for her books before they are even published! "Strangers in Death" is the 26th installment in her "Eve Dallas" mysteries.

The recent favorite in the Nicholas Sparks line is "The Choice." People are still clamoring for this one while waiting for "The Lucky One" to come out in September.

Whether you're in the mood for a funny mystery, a page-turning thriller, or a sweet romance, the above authors are names to look for the next time you're in the library.

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