Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes

This is the fourth book by Keyes about the Walsh sisters – a wonderfully dysfunctional family of 5 young women and their loving but odd parents. Anna Walsh must return to her family in Ireland to recover from a disfiguring car accident, but she can’t wait to get back to her life in New York as a PR person for Candy Grrrl cosmetics. But when she gets home, Anna can’t figure out why her husband Aiden isn’t returning any of her messages.  Anna’s mum and her scary, beautiful sister Helen are a hoot. Anna’s work for Candy Grrrl also provides a lot of comic relief – Anna is forced to wear “quirky” outfits to work (terrible hats, purses shaped like unpurselike things, pink fishnets) when what she longs for is a charcoal suit. This book is a perfect blend of heartbreak and hilarity. (submitted by GH)

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His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik

Book 1 of the Temeraire series. This book is great for fantasy fans and fans of alternate histories. I’m actually not a big fan of either, but I still LOVE this series.  I found the premise very intriguing – what if dragons had existed during the Napoleonic Wars and the British and French used them as an Air Corps? When Captain Will Laurence’s ship captures a French frigate with a dragon egg on board, Laurence finds himself swept out of his orderly seafaring life when he is chosen by the hatchling to be its captain. Laurence names the dragon Temeraire and the two bond instantly.  And it’s this bond that makes the series so special. Laurence has to fight against people treating dragons and their captains like second-class citizens in the armed forces – people are still afraid of dragons and the people who ride them are thought of as odd ducks. My verdict? High-flying adventures abound in this tale of a man and his dragon! (submitted by GH)

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The Cookbook Collector – Allegra Goodman

Just as there is more than one recipe for a perfect cake, this is a book about the life journey of two sisters, who while taking very different paths, are able to find themselves in a world of change. A love story on several levels set in the present, the reader is engaged by one sister’s work with antiquarian books of the past, as well as the other’s work in the fast paced world of technology. A great read! (submitted by TT)

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The Leisure Seeker – Michael Zadoorian

It is a funny and touching read about an elderly couple, who have been happily married for more than 60 years. Now in their 80s and in failing health, they sneak away from their adult children and their doctors, and away from their home in the Detroit suburbs for a forbidden journey of rediscovery. I felt as if I really knew the characters and that they were people I could encounter in real life. I loved this book. (submitted by DD)

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Somewhere Inside: one sister’s captivity in North Korea and the other’s fight to bring her home

A must-read, written by sisters Laura and Lisa Ling. Not much was said in the media about Laura’s experience, both during and after her captivity. What little I heard about her experience made me curious and I just had to read her story. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start reading. (submitted by LL)

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Bet Me – Jennifer Cruise

This is one of my favourite books.  I have read it at least another half-dozen times since I first read it. It is a “chick lit” novel, but don’t let this genre scare you off. The main story is focused around Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey, who meet because of a bet made by Min’s ex-boyfriend. At  times the book reads like a modern day fairy tale, including villains that try to keep them apart and a fairy godmother.  If you are looking for a light feel-good read, definitely place this book on your list. (submitted by SC)

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