Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bestseller Read-Alikes for the week of March 26th

Can’t wait to get your hands on the latest best-seller, but the hold list is too long? To tide you over, every week we’ll offer similar titles and authors to the week’s fiction and nonfiction best sellers.


Once again at #1 on the bestsellers list is Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf (click here for read-alikes for that book). At #2 is the final installment in the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series, Apocalypse by Troy Denning. In this novel, Jedi and Sith face off—with  the planet Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all.

Denning (also known as Richard Awlinson) has written a number of other Star Wars books, in series, such as Dark Nest and as stand-alone novels, such as Tatooine Ghost.

If you're looking for other Star Wars series, try Legacy of the Force, which begins with the novel Betrayal by Aaron Allston, in which Jacen Solo (son of Han and Leia) and his apprentice Ben Skywalker (Luke's son) are ambushed and uncover evidence that a rebellion is brewing.

If you're looking for a new sci-fi series similar to Star Wars,try the Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin Anderson. The series begins with Hidden Empire. As one of three known intelligent races in the star-traveling distant future, the human race wonders at the disappearance of the Klikiss race and examines its home planet technologies, one of which is a device that awakens a warlike fourth race.

Click here for more fiction bestsellers...


The top two nonfiction books on the bestsellers list are familiar titles. Holding strong at #1 is  American Sniper by Chris Kyle (click here for read-alikes for that book from last week). Number 2 this week is Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond.

This is the third cook book written by Drummond, who is began writing on her blog The Pioneer Woman Cooks!. Her latest features "simple-but-scrumptious" recipes, including Perfect Pancakes, Cowgirl Quiche, Sloppy Joes, Italian Meatball Soup, White Chicken Enchiladas, and spicy Carnitas Pizza.

Other books similar to Pioneer Woman Cooks include:

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook by Bobby Flay - Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay presents a collection of 150 recipes for the drinks, appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, sauces, desserts, and brunch dishes.The book also includes cooking advice and over 100 color photos.

The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen: Live Well, Laugh Often, Cook Much by Serena Thompson and Terry Edwards - Entrepreneurs, bloggers and contributing editors to Country Living, Thompson and Edwards first book combines stories, craft ideas and recipes such as Enchilada Soup, Blackberry Crisp, Chocolate Butter Cake, Beet Salad and Lemon Cookies.

Click here for more nonfiction bestselllers ...

If you'd like more recommendations, stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!

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