What We Read and Loved in 2014

We put together a list of Orem Library staff’s favorite releases from 2014 that are now a part of our collection. See what made our top five in each category below and then go check them out!

Picture Books:
content.chilifresh1. A Lion in Paris by Béatrice Alemagna:A curious young lion decides to leave the grasslands and visit the city ofParis.The lion in this story was inspired by the statue of a lion in the Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris. Parisians are very fond of this lion. The statue was erected by the architect Frederic Auguste Bartholdi between 1876 and 1880. It is a smaller version of his famous Belfort Lion sculpture in Belfort, in eastern France.
2. The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
3. This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
4. Quest by Aaron Becker
5. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

Intermediate/Beginner Books:
content.chilifresh-11. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo: Saddle up for this first volume in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from DiCamillo’s “New York Times”-bestselling Mercy Watson books. Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse–until he meets Maybelline, and then it’s love at first sight.
2. Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
3. My New Friend Is So Fun! By Mo Willems
4. The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
5. Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner

Junior Fiction:
content.chilifresh-21. Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood: A young wizard’s apprentice, Jinx, learns that his forest home, the Urwald, is under threat, and to save it he must travel to a new land.
2. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
3. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
4. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
5. Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Junior Nonfiction:
content.chilifresh-31. Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins: Profiles a series of animals with unusual eyes and explains how such animals use their uniquely evolved eyes to gain essential information about the biological world.
2. The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís
3. Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, pictures by Kenard Pak
4. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell
5. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Teen Fiction:
content.chilifresh-41. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
2. The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
3. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
5. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

General Fiction:
content.chilifresh-51. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir: Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
3. The Magician’s Land: A Novel by Lev Grossman
4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
5. The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

General Nonfiction:
content.chilifresh-61. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe: Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
2. Pies and Tarts: The Definitive Guide to Classic and Contemporary Favorites from the World’s Premier Culinary College by Kristina Petersen Migoya
3. Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
4. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
5. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

81OY6hgQAkL._SL1500_1. Utah by Jamestown Revival: A collection of recorded moments from the Wasatch mountains.
2. Morning Phase by Beck
3. …And Star Power by Foxygen
4. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
5. I am the last of all the field that fell: a channel by Current 93

jodorowskys_dune_xlg1. Jodorowsky’s DuneThe story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s determined but ultimately ill-fated film adaptation of the influential science fiction novel.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2
5. The Hundred-foot Journey


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