Check Out These Great Reads For A Rainy Day!

4/17/2014 -- April Showers? Let it rain! (As long as it’s not snow.)


It’s time to snuggle inside with a good book while the raindrops dance on the windows.


But what book should you read, you ask?


Check out the following books we recommend for adults, teens and children available through your Lorain Public Library System!


Happy reading!


Book Recommendations

Compiled by the Avon Branch Library Staff




The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Adult Fiction) 

Socially inept Don Tillman, a genetics professor, uses his scientific skills to design and implement a fail-proof questionnaire to find the perfect partner. When his "Wife Project" instead brings him totally unorganized, uninhibited, unsuitable Rosie, his routine, scheduled, predictable and controlled life is turned upside down. This fun, romantic comedy is Simsion’s first novel.


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Adult Fiction)

Danny Torrance, the boy protagonist in The Shining, one of King’s most popular novels, returns in Doctor Sleep. This time he is all grown up and battling the evil True Knot tribe for the soul of “shining” twelve year old Abra Stone.


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Adult Fiction)

Six talented artistic teens, instant friends at summer camp in the 70’s, are the characters of Wolitzer’s novel. She follows them through 30 years of friendship, success, failure, envy and tragedy in a changing world.


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (Adult Fiction)

Based on the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Z is set in the Roaring Twenties. Fowler tells a romantic and glamorous story of a couple everyone wants to meet, their fascinating, exciting life and the darker side as well.





Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno (Adult Nonfiction/Biog)

Secrets are shared in this biography about J.D. Salinger, a fascinating and reclusive author. Based on almost a decade of joint research, this book shares the title of the PBS American Masters episode aired early this year, directed and produced by Salerno.


The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (Adult Nonfiction)

Ripley follows three American exchange students as they experience education in other countries. The book explores the educational systems in Finland, South Korea and Poland, considered to be three of the most successful, and explains how drastically they differ from the U.S.





Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Teen Fiction)

This teen coming-of-age novel is about Cath, a quirky fanfiction writer who goes away to college with her twin sister. Her sister wants to move on and experience college life, but Cath is awkward and afraid to explore outside her safe little world. What now?


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (Teen Fiction)

Ezra Faulkner is the captain of the tennis team and seems to have it all. When a car accident injures his leg and his girlfriend cheats on him, suddenly things have changed. Ezra believes that life throws one major tragedy your way, then you can move on to what really matters, but as he tries to reinvent his life, many more life lessons are learned.


Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Teen Historical Fiction)

Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, captured and sent to Ravensbrück by the Nazis. Amid the horrors of the concentration camp she discovers friendship, loyalty and hope for survival.


Unremembered by Jessica Brody (Teen Fiction)

Freedom Airlines flight 121 has gone down in the Pacific Ocean and 16-year-old Violet, the only found survivor, has no memories of the accident or her life before. No one knows what the inscription S+Z=1609 on her locket means, but the mystery unfolds as a young man claims to know her and helps her discover her past. This is the first book in Brody’s new science-fiction series.


Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli (Tween Fiction)

Hokey Pokey is a place where kids can be kids with games to play, bikes to ride and things to imagine. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey - just kids - and they make their own rules. But Jack, who is one of the big kids, realizes one day that that “it’s time.” What happens when you grow up?





The Dark by Lemony Snicket (Ages 3-6)

Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, tells a great story for children who are afraid of the dark. Laszlo comes face-to-face with the dark one night when his night light goes out. He realizes the dark isn’t anything like he thought.


Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker – Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld  (Ages 4-7)

Steam Train, Dream Train is a whimsical, rhyming story about a steam engine headed to Nightfalls Station. All the animals load up the cargo onto the train as it pulls into the station. As it departs, we then see it circling the floor of a child's bedroom at the foot of their bed. This is a great bedtime story and perfect for the young train lover.


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Ages 3-7) 

This hilarious story is about a boy's crayons that all go on strike. Feeling overworked and underappreciated, each color crayon writes a letter expressing their grievances. Daywalt tells an entertaining, engaging story for children and parents alike.


Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett - Illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Ages 4-8)   

Count the Monkeys is a fun counting book about counting everything except monkeys! It is a fun read-aloud because the audience is truly involved in the story. Will you ever find the monkeys before you run out of pages?


The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton -   Illustrated by Christine Davenier (Ages 3-8)

Geraldine is a fairy princess who hopes to really SPARKLE at the Winter Wonderland Festival at her school. She is very excited to show her music teacher what an enthusiastic singer she is but is sadly disappointed that a professional singer will be a guest soloist.  The day of the concert everyone wakes up to a real winter wonderland! Will all of the snow give this fairy princess her chance to SPARKLE?