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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"" Commonwealth" tells the story of two families that become bonded/ detached from one another when the father of one falls in love with the mother of the other. From the 60s to the present, the 6 children move in and out of each other's lives. I really enjoyed this book and felt the relevance of it in today's world of so many blended families. At times though, I almost needed a cheat sheet to remind me of which children belonged to which sets of parents." -- Barken, 01/09/2017

"This was a great book about the impact of the past on the future. " -- love to read, 02/06/2017

"I liked it, but sometimes had to pay close attention because of the time and locale changes." -- Leslie, 01/20/2017

"This was an interesting story and an entertaining book." -- Cindy, 01/28/2017

"Great book!" -- tokiwells, 02/03/2017

Turbo Twenty-Three
Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Fun easy read." --, 01/16/2017

"I still read all the Stephanie Plum books. They were GREAT for the first 8-10 and then they got very very very repetitive but I keep reading them hoping they will be great again. This one was much better than a lot of the last ones, but still has a ways to go to be great again. Most likely I will keep reading! One day she will have to pick between Joe and Ranger ~ or not!" -- lklugar, 01/22/2017

"Enjoyed this one! Better than the last few Stephanie Plum novels!" -- kiandersen, 01/10/2017

"Fans of Stephanie Plum will enjoy the latest adventure. Grandma and Lula are extremely funny. Ranger is a shadow and totally sexy. Loved this read. " -- Realvamps, 01/11/2017

"Another great title in the Stephanie Plum series!" -- Deedah68, 01/11/2017

Me Before You
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary lifesteady boyfriend, close familywho has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for exMaster of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge lifebig deals, extreme sports, worldwide traveland now hes pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossybut Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living." -- Jenwriter, 01/13/2017

"I loved the movie so had to read the book. I loved the book too! I couldn't put it down even though I knew everything that happened. " -- Bmccl1, 01/12/2017

"Louisa Clark finds herself falling in love with her employer, a handsome man who is a quadriplegic. Will Trainer wants to end his life and Louisa tries to find a way to make him want to live." -- KathyB, 01/25/2017

"A witty read with a heartbreaking twist. Loved it" -- amyko15, 02/18/2017

Misery Bay
Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Read this for the CCPL Mystery Book Club. This is my first Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight character) book but will not be my last. The character development was great and the suspense really pulls you into the story. I really enjoyed this book. " -- JoannChambers6814, 01/18/2017

"This is the eighth entry in the Alex McKnight mystery series. Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit police officer who has experienced personal violent loss and now lives in a cabin in Paris, Michigan with a bullet lodged near his heart. He is surprised one day to find police chief Maven and arch enemy at his door one day with a request for Alex. He would like for him to look into a suicide of a young college student who was found hanging from a tree in remote Misery Bay in the Upper Peninsula. His father, a friend of Maven's and a U.S. Marshall, is struggling with his son't death and would just like someone to look into why his son might have done this. Although Alex doesn't usually doing private investigation he is one of two with a license in the small town. Alex eventually agrees but shortly afterward the father is found murdered in Maven's home where he was staying. Things quickly speed up and the body count continues as this case turns into something much more. The book is fast paced with good characterization and a well-developed story with lots of twists." -- Duckyb, 01/25/2017

"I loved this book and the character. I look forward to more in the series." -- Lcarolb, 01/26/2017

"I would recommend this book! I read it for book club and had never read an Alex McKnight book before. I plan to read the rest of the series." -- stephrenee, 01/28/2017

Sworn to Silence
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Really graphic and gory but a good book" -- JoannChambers6814, 02/19/2017

"Good twist. Left a little bit unfinished, but it's a series so I expect to see the thread picked up in the next book. I found this to be chilling." -- Lcarolb, 02/22/2017

"Complicated, haunted protagonist, shocking murders, psychological twists, and bizarre crime scenes, Sworn to Silence is a nail-biting read, says Chelsea Cain and I agree whole heartedly!! " -- Bubbles, 01/15/2017

"Chief Kate Burkholder is a capable law enforcement officer for the small town of Painters Mill, Ohio. But, when a serial killer starts stalking her town she reluctantly calls on outside agencies. The first agency is Holmes County Sheriff's Departmnent, Sheriff Nathan Detrick. The next agency is forced upon her by the town council Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, BCI, along with field agent John Tomasetti. As the gruesome murders start to multiply the resemblance to the "Slaughterhouse Killer" who killed and slaughtered young girls sixteen years prior is emerging . Has the "Slaugherhouse Killer" returned? These and other questions are what Chief Kate Burkholder and her small staff of Glock, Pickles, Skid, T.j., Mona, and Lori will answer. The writing sytle was easy and enjoyable to read. It is a page turner that will keep you captivated until the very end. The killer will surprise you. I know for a fact I was shocked. Quote: Snow glitters beneath a brillant January sky. Around me, the citizens of Painters Mill emerge from their homes and business like cautious animals after a long hibernation. "Kate, did he....." " -- LTJOR14, 02/22/2017

Talking as Fast as I Can
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"So awesome, and funny, especially as the audio book is the author herself." -- Sugarsnoodle, 02/20/2017

"Any fan of Gilmore Girls will love this biography of LAuren's experience filming Gilmore Girls, the reboot, Parenthood, and other experiences in acting." -- cmranieri, 01/19/2017

"I enjoyed hearing about the Gilmore Girls behind the scenes stuff, but the book was hard for me to read. She rambles, which makes sense because that's how she tends to talk in interviews, but it was hard for me to follow." -- EBurkhead, 02/20/2017

"A quick, witty of Gilmore Girls will love Graham's insights upon rewatching the series and her diary entries from filming the revival." -- amyko15, 01/29/2017

The Guest Room
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A man hosts his brother's bachelor party, when things spiral out of control for everyone involved..." -- atucker, 02/23/2017

"This is not the first book by Chris Bohjalian that I have read. He does a great job with character study during his books. He takes an incident and then lets you look deep into each character to see what they think and what they feel. This was another good book by him. This would make a good book club book, because there is a lot that can be discussed." -- lklugar, 01/18/2017

"Riveting book that takes you into the dark world of sex trafficking. Hard to put down...but it's a fairly good size book, 444 pages, so unless you are the type that can pull an all-nighter, prepare to read this in 3-4 settings as I did." -- Ms Cyndi, 01/15/2017

"Based on the jacket blurb I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. But since I have really liked several of Bohjalian's previous books, I gave it a try. I am glad I did because it's well-written and I couldn't put it down." -- aisencf, 01/20/2017

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Best audiobook I have heard in a long time! I recommend this to anyone who liked the TV series "Firefly"." -- JZivoin, 01/10/2017

"I was up too late every night for days since I could not put this down. Great book." -- RZivoin, 01/10/2017

"This is an amazing, revolutionary book, with the perfect blend of action, space, horror, and romance. Illuminae is told from the point of view of digital texts, audio recordings, video recordings, and recorded diary/journal messages. The entire story has an absolutely riveting plotline, with epic plot turns. I recommend this to any sci-fi fan out there, but the way the book has been written makes you either dislike it or like it immediately." -- VidhurB, 01/12/2017

The Kept Woman
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Although this is number 8 in a series, it reads fine as a standalone novel. There were almost no likeable characters but Slaughter does a good job of writing a very suspenseful mystery. I'd recommend this and her other works. " -- EBeliles, 02/08/2017

"Mystery/Suspense book, which was definitely a page turner. A violent crime scene, which draws together a famous athlete, his agent, the investigators, old and new relationships in a web." -- atucker, 01/18/2017

"I have enjoyed Miss Slaughter's series about Sara Linton and Will Trent in the past. This book was a bit disappointing. It was a bit of a soap opera." -- michaeldel, 01/10/2017

The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) by Chip Gaines (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Wonderful telling of how "Fixer-Upper" came to tv intertwined with the life stories of both Chip and Joanna. They tell their story in a conversational banter, much like they do on tv. Reminds us how everything happens for a reason and that all things work towards good." -- mhpbriton, 01/09/2017

"This was a really enjoyable view into the life of the hosts of Fixer Upper! I highly recommend it." -- rb91048, 01/09/2017

"Lovely "little" book that tells the life story of the couple that has gained stardom with their HGTV series "Fixer Upper"." -- stephaniephillips, 02/13/2017

Twelve Days of Christmas
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"It started with a blog "killing her neighbor with kindness" and blossoms into romance." -- Nancy, 02/05/2017

"I loved this book. This is basically a book about kindness and how kindness affects other people. This world could use more kindness, I think it is a simple thing that has been lost for many, many years. If you need a easy and a nice book to read. This is a good one!" -- lklugar, 01/15/2017

"Another heart-warming romance! Debbie Macomber's books are always easy to read and have a good moral story. I always enjoy reading them." -- Deedah68, 02/12/2017

Two by Two
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Russ is thrown into fulltime single dad when his wife goes back to work full time after he leaves his job to start his own business. " -- KathyB, 01/16/2017

"A typical Nicholas Sparks book...bittersweet." -- Children#all, 01/18/2017

"Russ and Vivian and their daughter, London, try to find their way through life with work, parenting, success and family." -- mjchoagy, 01/28/2017

When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great read" -- dashman63, 02/14/2017

"I loved this book. It gave me a new look on the relationships between doctors and patients, and the heartfelt sorrow and troubles that they have to endure. Although I am not a med major, this gave me more respect for everything doctors go through and how sometimes life is unfair to some people." -- blue15, 01/22/2017

"Memoir written by a guy diagnosised with cancer during his final year of residency in a nuerosurgurical program" --, 01/31/2017

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A guide to mastering your mental strength" -- yenshuol, 01/20/2017

"A guide to mastering your mental strength" -- yenshuol, 01/20/2017

A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Lots of Russian literary references. Intriguing story line." -- mkinietz, 01/28/2017

"The story grabbed me at the beginning of the novel, and did not let go until the last sentence. The characters were quirky, yet believable. The setting showed post-Tzar Russia from all points of views. The discussions of art, writers, and philosophy were handled deftly in words and in the actions of the characters. The ending was satisfying. I would recommend this to anyone. This is the type of novel I might want to add to my personal library. " -- cindyhanssen, 02/07/2017