New 3M Titles: July 29, 2015

Check out these new books we just added to our 3M eBook Catalogue:

ArmadaArmada, by Ernest Cline

Struggling to complete his final month of high school only to glimpse a UFO that exactly resembles an enemy ship from his favorite video game, Zack questions his sanity before becoming one of millions of gamers tasked with protecting the Earth during an alien invasion. By the author of Ready Player One.

ParisAffairA Paris Affair, by Tatiana de Rosnay

A collection of stories that feature protagonists who pursue forbidden goals with tragic, humorous, and heartfelt results; from the author of Sarah’s Key.

VanishingGamesVanishing Games, by Roger Hobbs

A sequel to the best-selling Ghostman finds Jack agreeing to help his former mentor dodge crime lords and an assassin to track down a psychopath pirate who has stolen a lucrative treasure with ties to a dangerous conspiracy.

PrettyIsPretty Is, by Maggie Mitchell

A British literature professor and a heavily drinking actress recall a nightmarish summer when as 12-year-olds they were abducted by a stranger and held for two months in an Adirondack hunting lodge.

SmallBacksThe Small Backs of Children, by Lidia Yuknavitch

When a writer becomes obsessed with a photograph of a young girl in Eastern Europe fleeing a fiery explosion, her husband enlists a group of artist friends to bring the girl to the United States.

Giveaway: Center of Gravity

centerThere’s something uplifting in reading about survival.  It’s not the stories of people who haven’t suffered that interest me, but the stories of those who have and have lived to tell the tale.  Enter Laura McNeill’s new novel, Center of Gravity, in which we are introduced to Ava Carson.  Ava is the kind of woman you might look at and say, “She has it all.”  She’s newly married with a stepson and a baby on the way.  But Ava soon finds out her husband Mitchell is not the man she thought she’d married; he’s controlling, jealous, and reckless.   Ava becomes sure there is something sinister in Mitchell’s past.  Before she can act, he has filed for divorce, and what’s worse is seeking full custody of the children.  How will Ava survive?

If you are desperate to find out, enter our giveaway!  We have one copy of Center of Gravity to give away to the third reader to post the name of their favourite book about a breakup in the comments below.  (The winner must be able to pick up the novel at North Vancouver City Library.)


*Thank you to Smith Publicity for making this giveaway possible.

Quickpick: This One Summer, by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

ThisOneSummerToday’s Quickpick is a teen graphic novel that will appeal to adults as well. It comes highly recommended by our teen librarian, Kate.

This One Summer, by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

“Mariko & Jillian have teamed up again to create a bittersweet coming of age graphic novel. While on a summer vacation at the lake with her family, as always Rose spends the days with her friend Windy. But this year feels different. They’re sorting out big questions, taking cues from teens and adults around them who may not make the best role models. Rose is the eye of the storm in the growing conflict between her parents, while she and Windy binge-watch horror films and absorb disturbing messages from the older teens at the lake. The subtle and emotive illustrations pull you into this dream-like read that feels at once remote and intimate.” – Kate

Go Set a Watchman: For Better or Worse…It’s Finally Here!

mockingbirdThere was a period in high school where I (along with countless others of you I’m sure) touted around with a paperback copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.  My copy was dog-eared, and heavily underlined, with a good amount of scribbling in the margins.

Since that time other books have been my favourites, but I have always wondered what became of Scout, Jem, and Dill.  And today I finally get to find out.

watchmanPart of me is as excited as a kid at Christmas — sure that Mockingbird’s companion Go Set a Watchman is equally as quietly wise.  Part of me is wary of getting my expectations up to high — I’ve already read enough of the book to know that one of the major players has died in the between Mockingbird and Watchman, and my heart has broken a little accordingly.

What makes me most nervous, however, is the murmurings on the Internet that Atticus is not the saint many of us have made him out to be.  A review in yesterday’s Guardian sums up this disillusionment well:

“To the horror also of his daughter, the anti-racist lawyer now attends public meetings to oppose the supreme court’s attempts to impose integrated education and equal voting rights in the south. For many readers, large stretches of Watchman will be like discovering an alternative version of The Catcher in the Rye in which JD Salinger casts the story of the adolescent Holden Caulfield as the dream of a paedophile Republican senator.”

atticusWhile I don’t think it’s unusual in the real world for people to hold different views privately than they do publicly, I’m genuinely concerned that I’m not ready to lose my Atticus. In Mockingbird Scout notes, “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” But we have loved Atticus even before we knew we might lose him.

Today I’ll read on (and I’ll no doubt finish Watchmen or finish with it by this time next week). I am wondering if I’m doing the right thing by going back to Maycomb, but I’m still going back willingly.

Will you read Go Set a Watchman?


Happy Canada Day!

Like Heidi, I’m gearing up for a holiday and won’t be blogging while I’m gone.  But I couldn’t leave without sharing some new and upcoming titles that make me proud (and excited) to be a Canadian reader.

fishbowlFishbowl by Bradley Somer
Out August 2015

“Having a plan is the first step toward failure” is the personal motto of Ian… a goldfish.  Ian has jumped from his bowl (located on the 27th story of an apartment) in a bid for adventure.  On the way down he catches glimpses into the lives of the apartments other residents.

5to15 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Out Now

In dystopian India 2052, girls outnumber boys five to one.  This imbalance gives girls all the power; boys have to complete a series of challenges to qualify for a girl’s hand in marriage.  17-year old Sudasa isn’t so sure she likes that idea.

mountainThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Out Now

Wolf Truly has lived for years without telling anyone exactly what happened all those years ago when he was lost in the woods with three strangers for five days.  This is that story.

Happy Canada Day, readers!


Quickpick – Sensei, by John J. Donohue

I’m excited to announce that starting today, we will feature a new column for staff book reviews in 120 words or less, aka “Quickpicks!” Here is our first:

SenseiSensei, by John J. Donohue

Combining the exotic world of Japanese martial arts with a murder investigation, Sensei is a riveting thriller that explores the links between people as they struggle for mastery, identity and a sense of belonging. John Donohue’s “Conner Burke” series is recommended reading by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, and is also finalist of the USA Best Mystery Awards and the Benjamin Franklin Gold medal for Suspense and Fiction.  Sensei, Deshi, Tengu*, Kage and Enzan* – read one every week for a great summer of action and adventure, or like me, grab your G&T and down one in a single sitting –  yup, they are that good! — Leslie M.

*On order.