Green Lake Librarians Share Their Picks for Highly Anticipated Books for 2015

January 12, 2015 7:51am

anticipated books

So maybe running isn’t on your New Year’s resolution list. But is reading? We asked Green Lake Branch Teen Services Librarian Marty Hendley and Children’s Librarian Joanna Trefethen what books they were anticipating to be good reads in 2015.

Here’s their list:

Adult Titles

Purity – by Jonathan Franzen
Franzen has been very hush-hush about this new novel. The only information that has really been released is the title but it promises to be yet another epic story of family relationships.

Our Souls at Night – by Kent Haruf
Haruf died last year at age 71. His wonderful gentle read, Plainsong, explored the relationships among disparate characters in the small town of Holt, Colorado. This book (also set in Holt) promises many touching moments as the relationship of Addy and Louis, two elderly inhabitants, takes shape.

Water Knife – by Paolo Bacigalupi
This is an adult novel by the author of the excellent Teen novel, Ship Breaker. Dystopian adventure set in a world where water is more precious than gold. Bacigalupi is pretty much guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Teen Titles

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – by Patrick Ness
The author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy is back. Ness says of this book, “I wanted to write a novel for anyone trying to live a normal life in a world gone mad… for anyone who needs to find out that there are many different kinds of extraordinary.”

All the Bright Places – by Jennifer Niven
A debut novel that is garnering comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor and Park, this book is described as a “ compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.


Children’s Titles: Picture books

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life –  by James Dean, Kimberly Dean
Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in this amusing look at quotes from people like Abraham Lincoln and Einstein that are accompanied by Pete’s witty responses .

This Is a Ball by Beck Stanton –  by Matt Stanton
If you loved Press Here this new offering will continue to amaze and delight. Everything you read in this book is going to be wrong, but don’t worry because the kids are going to love setting you right!

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise – by Sean Taylor
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! Dressed as a carrot he waits to no avail for an unsuspecting rabbit. Delightful tongue-in-cheek narration and comic illustrations will amuse adult and child alike. And, of course, Elephant and Piggie, the best friends from the popular Readers series by the fabulous Mo Willems will have a new book out in 6/15–I Will Take a Nap!


Children’s Titles: Chapter books

Shadow Scale by – Rachel Hartman is a sequel to the multiple star reviews, outstanding, NYT Bestselling Teen Fantasy book, Seraphina. This is a fantasy adventure with a strong female heroine features humans, dragons and a half dragon that can steal into people’s minds and take them over.

The Terrible Two by – Jory John and Mac Barnett (published 1-13-15)
Fans of the Wimpy Kid books will like this laugh out loud story full of fun and mischief.

Listen, Slowly by – Thanhha Lai
The second novel by the National Book Award winning and Newbery honor author of Inside Out & Back Again. A humorous yet poignant story set in the present day of a girl who takes the most frustrating, enlightening, and profound trip of her life.

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence – by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore
Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel Comics has ventured into the world of prose and come up with a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure.

All The Answers – by Kate Messner
Ava finds an old pencil that gives her factual answers but can’t predict the future. It is great for acing a test among other uses but not all answers are ones she wants to know and the more it is used the shorter it gets. What happens when it’s gone?

While some of the titles are coming later this year, be sure to check online or in the Green Lake Branch so you can put a hold on these books as they become available.