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!
Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher 700+ Pages. Pilcher is one of my favorite authors who writes light hearted family stories often set in England, Scotland, and Ireland. This book is not scary in the true sense of the word but would be best enjoyed by a fire with a cup of tea.
I absolutely loved this book. What a fun, gory, thrilling read. Mid-90s conservative Southern housewives have to turn warrior to save their tight-knit community from the vampire who's preying on their children.
"Calico Joe" by John Grisham....anyone who loves baseball will enjoy this book. It is fiction, however, he references actual players from back in the day and quotes stats from those same pros. It is well written and the storyline, while a little sad sometimes, is a wonderful read (in my opinion!). ~ Wendy
Just finished this book by Riley Sager, and I will be reading more of his. An excellent thriller with lots of twists and turns, set at a girl's summer camp. Find out what happened when 3 girls vanished from the camp 15 years ago, and the guilt carried by their lone surviving cabin mate as she returns to investigate. This book kept me guessing to the surprise ending. I highly recommend it for thriller/mystery lovers.
The 2nd book in the Victorian series Scotland Yard Murder Squad. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the 1st book The Yard, but it still was a good read. I also like the main characters. It's a mystery surrounding the disappearance of 3 members of a local family, the town's local superstitions, and a look at the conditions of a coal mining town in the late 1800s.
Jennifer Niven wrote Holding Up the Universe, a very enjoyable Young Adult book. The story has two main characters, Jack and Libby, each dealing with very big health issues, one very public and one very private. We go with them on their journeys as they deal with their issues, their pasts, their unexpected feelings, all while trying to navigate high school. Jennifer Niven is a talented writer. She also wrote All the Bright Places, another great book.
The Narcissism of Small Differences is a funny, yet moving portrait of a local Detroit couple, set in 2009. It is written by Michael Zadoorian, who is one of my faves and a well-known Detroit-based author. Joe and Ana are closing in on 40 and are still trying to find their place in this world as far as jobs, relationships, friends, hobbies, and all the things that fulfill us. The characters are rich and complete and I found myself cheering for them every step of the way. I loved it!
Shelby has been busy with online classes and exams, however, she started reading "All the missing girls" by Megan Miranda. It's a mystery thriller about a story told backward, from the very beginning this novel had her on the edge of her seat. An investigation that turns into shocking news with so many twists and turns.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is hard to read but well worth reading. It’s the story of the injustices at a boy’s reform school in Florida in the early 1960s. It’s based on true incidents. It’s very timely because of what is going on in our nation right now. Not a feel-good story but it’s a story that will make you think about the issues that are still troubling our nation and what actions we need to take to change things.
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.
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 sure 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 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!
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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 feels like it's non-fiction!"
This book is available on CloudLibrary, Hoopla, and Overdrive.
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.
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 enjoyed. It’s available on Hoopla.
Jan 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.
Illustrated Shawn Harris sharing a how-to paper art video from Candlewick Press. #CandlewickClassroom
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
Ms. Kelly is excited to revisit one of her FAVORITE books "Fortunately, the Milk" by Neil Gaiman. This book is a 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.
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 www.audiobooksync.com. You will need to register at www.audiobooksync.com and download the Sora app.
Jan and Oscar just finished reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett via download from Libby.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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."