Library Column for May 19, 2023

@ Your Library

               The end of school year activities are in full swing. But that just means kids need the wind down time of reading each evening before bed. Everyone will sleep better if we all take 15 – 20 minutes to read before turning out the light and going to sleep. Next week we will begin sharing information about summer reading. This week I’m sharing some of the books recommended by the Library Board of Trustees that last couple of months.

               The library board members read a wide variety of titles including young adult fantasy with the recommendation of A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The fabulous The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden for adult fantasy or fairytale set in Ukraine. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr is recommended as a fascinating read with multiple timelines.

               Some library board members are re-readers and enjoy re-reading favorite titles like Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot or The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. And we can’t miss with popular fiction titles like City of Fire by Don Winslow, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, Stormwatch by C. J. Box.

               Thrillers and novels with plenty of suspense like Oracle by Clive Cussler, the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo including the fourth title Nemesis and The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. At least one board member enjoys tackling graphic novels, especially if they are recommended by one of their children like The Last Ronin by Kevin B. Eastman.

               Non-fiction regularly makes their reading lists including Practicing Thankfulness by Sam Crabtree, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, Days of Steel and Rain by Brent E Jones, Wings of War by David Fairbank White and Margaret Stanback White. They also make use of our collection of books on Home Improvement and Home Repair or Outdoor Wood Projects especially as the weather warms and we all begin thinking about being outdoors.

               Additional titles that may not be as popular or well-known include Sugar Street by Jonathan Dee, Driftless by David Rhodes, the Housemaid by Freida McFadden Paul, Cormac McCarthy’s Stella MarisSecond First Impressions by Sally Thorne, Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements, Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher or Thy Father’s Will by Kristin Jacobsen Stasney a novel based on true events.

               Read whatever you find enjoyable. There are plenty of books for all. The latest bestseller may not be sitting on the shelf waiting for you to drop by, but we have lots of exciting, thrilling books and lots of slower paced, thoughtful books. Stop by the library and see what we have to offer. We’d love to find you a book you can’t put down or maybe want to savor slowly.

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