Book Review

Our staff has been working from home like many of you are at this time. We asked them to let us know what books they have been reading from home and we thought we would start sharing with you!

Karen S has been reading "The Lady and the Highwayman" by Sarah M. Eden, as well as "The wolf and the Watchman" by Niklas Natt Och Dag.

"First I read The Lady and the Highwayman, a delightful Victorian mystery and romance set in London. A little lighter than what I usually read but still had some of the darker themes of Victorian London society, such as Penny Dreadfuls, secret societies, and orphaned street children. And if you're not a big fan of romance (which I'm not) it's not overpowering."

"Currently I'm reading The Wolf and the Watchman, a murder mystery set in 1790s Stockholm, Sweden. It is a very dark story and not for everyone, certainly not the faint of heart.  Gruesome, intense, and focuses on the horrible conditions of slum living. If you liked The Alienist you'll probably like this."
The Lady and the Highwayman (Proper Romance Victorian): Sarah M ...         the wolf and the watchman

We checked in with Patti and she was kind enough to send us a picture of her! She gave us a peek at what she has been reading lately.
"The Beatles, A Hard Day's Write" by Steve Turner.
"It is really pretty interesting, I grew up with the Beatles, and yes, Paul was my favorite!". Thanks, Patti.

patti holding books         the beatles a hard days write

So in true book lover fashion, I just finished a book and am also listening to a book on cd.
The book I just finished reading is The Red Hunter. It is a thriller involving 2 women who are connected to the same house.  Major tragedies have happened to both of them. An ongoing theme of the book is that some people are still able to find the good in those types of situations and still live a full life. Most people are not just either good or bad. They are able to move forward and embrace helping others and making a difference in the world. There are many twists and turns, murder, revenge, but love and good too. The characters are interesting and multi-faceted.  Definitely a good read. 
The book I am listening to on cd is The Ruin.  I am just a few chapters into it. I decided to give it a try because the blurb on the front said fans of Tana French would enjoy it, and I do like her books. The book is a murder mystery involving an apparent drug overdose death 20  years ago, that may now be linked to a current death.  I am listening to it instead of reading it, because a co-worker said that when she listens to a book while cleaning and doing projects in the house it keeps her going on those projects longer because she wants to find out what will happen in the book, haha!

Tami holding the red hunter          Tami holding the audiobook the ruin

The Boys of Summer

This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a book about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love.
The Boys of Summer is available as an ebook through HOOPLA.  

Shoeless Joe

“If you build it, he will come.”
These mysterious words inspire Ray Kinsella to create a cornfield baseball diamond in honor of his hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.
The movie "Field of Dreams" is loosely based on this book.  
Shoeless Joe is available as an ebook and audiobook through HOOPLA and as an ebook through Cloud Library. 

Missing baseball chalkboard and sports equipment

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Hi everybody! It’s Kathy V and I just wanted to check in to see how everybody’s doing. I hope you’re all staying healthy and safe and filling your days with good things. I sure miss seeing everybody and I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal again. I wanted to tell you about a book I just finished.  I checked it out from the Libby app. It’s called Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. It’s a cute story about a young woman who loves romantic comedies, and she’s hoping that her life will become a romantic comedy. There’s a lot of references to romcom movies so if you’re familiar with the movies she talks about, it makes it even more fun.  It’s a cute,  lighthearted story, which is just the kind of thing I need to be reading right now.  A helpful hint about the Libby/Overdrive app…You can do an “advanced search” and search for “available now.”   Those items will be available for immediate check-out.  I hope you’re enjoying this downtime and I look forward to seeing you soon.

kathy V holding a tablet book

Jan and Oscar just finished reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett via download from Libby.

jan and oscar

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program that provides free audiobooks aimed at teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks a week - pairs of high-interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at You will need to register at and download the Sora app.

Ms. Kelly is really excited to revisit one of her FAVORITE books "Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman. This book is 2nd-4th grade reading level but a funny story for the whole family. If you like audiobooks, it is one of the best audiobooks, it is a laugh out loud story.

Kelly holding book tablet

Anyone else finding it difficult to get some quiet reading time during Stay at Home???  There seem to be more dishes, more laundry, more time allotted to homework . . . . . more, more, more of everything, except free reading time.  American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson is a great CIA spy novel, but for some reason, I just can't seem to get through it   Maybe you can find time for this 2019 Barack Obama Summer Reading List title.

Quarantine reading laundry     Quarantine reading outside (2)

Quarantine Reading from bed     Quarantine reading - Distance Learning (2)

Amazing Accents

These amazing audiobook narrators will transport you across the seven seas!

Australia: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee. Available through OverDrive. (Drama/Dark Comedy)
Ireland: The Witch Elm by Tana French, read by Paul Nugent. Available through cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Mystery/Suspense)
England: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, read by Finty Williams. Available through cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction)

Voice Like Velvet

Will Patton is my favorite audiobook narrator. If he read the phone book, I’d be the first person to download a copy.  His voice is like smoky molasses.

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier, read by Will Patton. Available on OverDrive. (Rural Noir)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton. Available on cloudLibrary, hoopla, and OverDrive. (Young Adult/Fantasy)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, read by Will Patton. Available on cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Suspense/Thriller)

Marvelous Memoirs

Take a walk in someone else’s shoes with these marvelous memoirs:

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Available on cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Growing up during apartheid in South Africa)
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Available on cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Life in a women’s prison)
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness. Available on cloudLibrary and OverDrive. (Overcoming abuse and addiction and finding self-acceptance)

Check out some online resources that Amelia has reviewed and recommended to the SSLDL community!

I recently finished A Dark Lure, and Loreth Anne White is becoming one of my favorite thriller/suspense authors. This was a real page-turner with cat and mouse games, where a cop sets a trap to catch a serial killer, and the killer sets a trap for the one victim that got away. Emotional and suspenseful, I highly recommend it.

a dark lure

Illustrated Shawn Harris sharing a how-to paper art video from Candlewick Press. #CandlewickClassroom

Just finished reading, Sold on a Monday, by Kristina McMorris.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation,
Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.


The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell is a very good, interesting story about several different people who seem to have nothing in common. Then we find the link that could connect them all. An easy, interesting read that I really enjoyed. It’s available on Hoopla.

Amelia found this great compilation of websites that allow you to play board games online. She's tried Board Game Arena and has spent several nights playing her favorite games with friends, including Takenoko, Can't Stop, and Checkers. What's your favorite board game? Check out this PDF of online board game options!

I just finished Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult on the recommendation of my daughter Emma. It was a challenging subject to read about but Picoult doesn't disappoint. I kept turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. This book can be found in both Cloud Library and Libby. 
Jodi Picoult Ninteen Minutes a novel

Patti has been reading Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
"This is an interesting read about a fictional rock band in the '60s. It is written a bit differently from each point of view. It really feels like it's non-fiction!"
This book is available on CloudLibrary, Hoopla, and Overdrive.

Daisy Jones & The Six, taylor jenkins reid

I finished reading American Dirt. It is a gripping story, an Oprah pick that became quite controversial: "it wasn't the author's story to tell". I was riveted by the fast pace and easy to read story, understanding that this is a fictional account of a mother and son running from the drug cartel after they massacred their family. 
New, Free J.K. Rowling Online Story
First two chapters released today, Tuesday, May 26. Subsequent chapters to be released daily until July 10. 

Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil was written by John Berendt.  I had no idea what Savannah, Georgia, society life was like, but I surely didn’t expect this!  This book is filled with the wildest stories and the most eccentric characters you’re ever going to come across.  And the really crazy thing… it’s a true story!   If someone wrote a fiction book like this, people would say that it’s too unbelievable and nobody would read it.  What a wild ride!

I just finished reading  Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy. It's the first book in a series recommended by Karin C, and the first book I read on my tablet with Overdrive. It wasn't the most perfectly written book. Sometimes too many details, and unrealistic situations, but I like the heroine. She's ambitious, spunky, and determined to break through the barriers that men have over women in the late 1800s NYC. Overall despite its flaws, I enjoyed the book as it was a nice diversion from what's going on today.

I just finished Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I decided to give it a try as she is also the author of Big Little Lies, which I enjoyed. 
This book is about 9 people who go to a health and wellness retreat, but they definitely get more than they bargained for, in many different ways! The many personalities and subject matters are diverse and intriguing. Relationships, health, and personal ethics are just a few of the things that are explored in this quick read. 
It surely gave me something to think about, even after I was finished with the book.