If you have a lot of something all in one package, you may have a bundle. You can have bundles of money, bundles of wood, a bundle of joy, bundles of energy, be a bundle of nerves, or even have a bundle of laughs. Other words that can be used in place of bundle include barrel, as in barrel of monkeys, boatload, as in a boatload of cash, loads, as in loads of fun.
These days, bundling is the favorite buzzword of insurance companies, phone and cable companies and other merchants as they try to get your business by giving you the option to “bundle” all of your purchases into one tidy package. This sales tactic is supposed to offer better pricing and more convenience for shoppers and consumers. At the Jasper County Public Library, we offer bundles too; bundles of books, magazines, audio and e-books that you can check out for a barrel of laughs, tons of fun or gobs of enjoyment. Here are a few new adult fiction titles to get you started!
In a time when the Old South has been destroyed by violence, Augusta Branson finds herself alone to raise her young son. Her good for nothing husband has died from a mysterious blood plague, which is racing through the South, leaving victims in its wake, and Augusta is alone in a community decimated by racial hatred and dangerous secrets. Augusta needs to find someone that she can trust, but nothing is as she believed and she must rely on her own courage and strength in The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites.
High finance and sophisticated computer programming are Dr. Alex Hoffman’s specialty. After developing a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that can accurately predict the financial markets, Alex is more than successful; he is a billionaire. When Alex wakes up one morning to find that the security of his lakeside mansion has been breached, he must find the identity of the intruder before his fortune is lost in The Fear Index by Robert Harris.
Breaking under the weight of working the farm in the wilds of untamed 1920’s Alaska, Jack and his wife, Mabel are floundering in their marriage. On the morning of the first snowfall of the year, the couple creates a child out of the newly fallen snow. When they wake the next morning, their snow child is gone, but they see a young blonde girl running through the trees. A child of the woods, the little girl calls herself Faina, and the couple begins to love the child as if she were their own. Their violent, untamed environment, however, shatters their fairy tale and they eventually learn that all is not what it appears in The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
The Italian Alps is where beautiful Enza and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, have met. Becoming fast friends as teens, the pair becomes separated when circumstances banish them from their countryside and they come to live in America. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani follows Enza and Circo on their journey, through World War I to the white capped lakes of northern Minnesota, as the power of love changes the lives of these star-crossed lovers forever.
Three generations of women, plagued by hardships, are joined by the bonds of family. Jenny, the matriarch of the family and grandmother to fifteen year old Mosely, is strong and big-hearted, tenaciously ready and willing to defend her brood, loving beyond measure. Mosely’s mother, Liza has been ravaged by a stroke, and is constantly battling the demons of her teenage years. When a small grave in unearthed in the backyard, long buried secrets come to light in A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson.
Lindsey is just getting into the groove of her new job as director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor comes into town, creating a buzz. Teaming up with her friend, Beth to sell Beth’s new children’s book, the two are thrown off track by Beth’s author boyfriend, who gets in the way of their book deal. When he ends up murdered and the law is about to throw the book at Beth for his demise, Lindsey must act fast to find the real killer in Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn Mckinlay.
Books can be deceiving and you can’t judge a book by its cover, but at JCPL, you can check out books by the boatload or the basketful. You can even check out a passel, a truckload, a carload or oodles, but no matter the volume of volumes you decide to check out, one thing is for sure; you’ll get BUNDLES of enjoyment out of each and every one!