Friday, May 15, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: GRAPHIC NOVELS

TOP FIVE GRAPHIC NOVELS:
HARDCORE:

1. SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
3. CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?, by Roz Chast
4. THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE, by Sydney Padua
5. AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON, by Rick Remender and Jerome OpeƱa

SPOTLIGHT:     
SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6
Bryan Lee O'Malley
It's finally here! Six years and almost 1000 pages have all led to this epic finale! With six of Ramona's seven evil exes dispatched, it should be time for Scott Pilgrim to face Gideon Graves, the biggest and baddest of her former beaus. But didn't Ramona take off at the end of Book 5? Shouldn't that let Scott off the hook? Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn't, but one thing is for certain all of this has been building to Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour! The sixth and final volume to indie comics most influential series in the last decade! Soon to be a major motion picture coming in August 2010 directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: CHILDREN'S BOOKS

TOP FIVE CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
PICTURE BOOKS:

1. THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES, by B. J. Novak
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
3. I WISH YOU MORE, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
4. WAITING IS NOT EASY!, by Mo Willems
5. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

SPOTLIGHT:   
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS
by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: NONFICTION

TOP FIVE NONFICTION:
HARDCORE:

1. HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
2. THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks
3. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS..., by Dana Perino
4. BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher
5. DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson

SPOTLIGHT:
HOPE
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
Two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their final, dramatic rescue

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.”

A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry bore a child—Jocelyn—by their captor.

Drawing upon their recollections and the diaries they kept, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with the ongoing efforts to find the missing girls.

The full story behind the headlines—including shocking information never previously released—Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of three women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

Read by Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez and Arthur Morey.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: FICTION


TOP FIVE FICTION:
HARDCORE:

1. GATHERING PREY, by John Sandford
2. MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci
3. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins
4. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr
5. GOD HELP THE CHILD, by Toni Morrison

SPOTLIGHT: 
GATHERING PREY
John Sandford
The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winner John Sandford.
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.

Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.

WHO'S ON TOP: MOVIES

SPOTLIGHT:
The Age of Adaline
Movie people have been lapping at the fountain of youth since cinema’s creation, both on-screen and off. That’s no surprise given that cinema confers a kind of immortality on performers even if, as parades of tragically frozen faces attest, it can get confusing for the real people on camera. In Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard,” Norma Desmond so deeply embodies this confusion that she punctuates a banal observation with a pitiful question: “Stars are ageless — aren’t they?” Norma may be a Hollywood tragedy, but the movie brilliantly proves that she’s got the ageless part right. — Manohla Dargis


TOP 10 MOVIES:
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
2. Hot Pursuit
3. The Age of Adaline
4. Furious 7
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
6. Ex Machina
7. Home
8. Woman in Gold
9. Cinderella
10. Uunfriended


Disclaimer: All information was gathered from the Nytimes.com.