The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The first of a planned trilogy, this may possibly become the “next big thing” in fantasy fiction. The movie rights have been purchased, with Emma Watson (Hermione from the Harry Potter movies) slated to play the young queen. Although this futuristic tale contains similarities to Teen fantasy classics such as Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and The Giver, this one is classified as an adult book, and does deal with some adult themes and language, along with the action and adventure. The plot is complex, the cast of characters large, and the book fairly long, but don’t let that discourage you. You will find yourself rooting for the young queen through all her complicated struggles.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Fans of Second City, Saturday Night Live, or Parks and Recreation may enjoy these autobiographical essays. The structure is not that of a traditional biography, which may leave you wondering about certain gaps in her life story, but still a quick and enjoyable read.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (pen name for J.K. Rowling)
Like all good Harry Potter fans, I dutifully read The Cuckoo’s Calling last year, but I confess I did not quite know what to think at first. It was not until I read the second installment in this new series about private detective Cormoran Strike, The Silkworm, that I began to catch on to what she was trying to accomplish—a murder mystery with a twist, in the tradition of the late, great P.D. James, with a deeply flawed, yet appealing protagonist.
Post Road Library