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Charlotte’s got books: The top 5 books in the QC


My home office is jam-packed with books. Once, when my husband suggested I sell or donate some, I reacted along the lines of “Have you lost your d*mn mind?”

I’m fairly fond of the past-time. And so are you, Charlotte:

– Amazon ranked Charlotte 11th on its “Most Well-Read Cities” in America list.

– The Charlotte-Mecklenburg library tallied that Queen City readers borrowed 5.9 million items in fiscal year 2014 and downloaded 273,306 digital items – a 22% increase from the previous year.

//><!--So, that leads me to wonder… what are all you Charlotte bookworms reading? Here are the most borrowed Char-Meck library books of 2015://--><!

(1) “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

(2) “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham


(4) “Escape” by David Baldacci

(5) “Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler

Other titles on the list include “Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, “Private Vegas” by James Patterson, “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty, “Personal” by Lee Child and “Insatiable Appetites” by Stuart Woods.

If you’ve already read all those, here are some of my personal favorites from the past six months:

(1) ‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton.

After witnessing the tragic death of his younger brother, Kevin and his grieving mother spend the summer with Kevin’s grandfather in a small Kentucky mining town. It’s about family, small-town pride and the efforts to reclaim a once great community.

(2)The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League” by Jeff Hobbs. 

This book is heavy — in actual weight and subject matter. Robert Peace used his vast intelligence and laid back charm to go from the notorious Newark ghetto called “Illtown” to Yale University. Hobbs, Peace’s Yale roommate, penned a beautiful, investigative and well-rounded story about his complex, brilliant and ultimately tragic friend.

(3) “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler.

Amy Poehler is not Leslie Knope. Oh sure, she’s funny and sweetly charming like Leslie, and she seems crazy loyal to her friends. But, Poehler’s got some edge to her.

(4) “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell.

I am an unabashed Rainbow fan. In fact, I had to question my entire relationship with my best friend when she told me that “Eleanor & Park” wasn’t her jam. “Fangirl” is a coming-of-age story about a young writer losing her long-held twin identity but finding her voice.

Keep reading, Charlotte.

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