Library Column for September 29, 2023

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There are only three months left in 2023. There aren’t anywhere near enough hours left to read all I still want to read this year. I will have to make some difficult choices about what to read and what to add to my TBR list. I have definitely been enjoying science fiction and historical fiction lately, so might have to change things up and switch to contemporary fiction and some non-fiction.

I am looking forward to reading three of the current five New York Times bestsellers. The first three titles are Tom Lake by Ann Patchett which I’ve talked about here already, but it is still making the rounds of area patrons, so I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is the first in a new fantasy series with dragons, magic and a young woman who was supposed to live a quiet life among books and history until her mother orders her to try to become a dragon rider. And Willliam Kent Krueger’s The River We Remember which came out last week and has lots and lots of people waiting to read it.

The fourth title is Stephen King’s Holly. It features detective Holly Gibney in her sixth appearance in Stephen King novels. Stephen King is generally too graphic and scary for me, although I’ve had people say the Holly Gibney novels are really good, but I’ve never tried them and the descriptions sound too exciting for me. The fifth title is the fifty-seventh title in J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) series “In Death” titled Payback in Death. It is not a series I started and at this point in my life don’t want to commit to reading the first fifty-six. But we have copies of all five novels available for you to request and wait your turn to read. Place your own hold with the Arrowhead Library System app, call us to request or the next time you stop by to borrow other titles ask us to save them for you.

David Grann’s latest non-fiction The Wager about shipwreck, mutiny and murder in the high seas of the 1740’s is full of twists and turns and surprises every step of the way. This is the only title on the New York Times Non-fiction Bestseller list the library owns. I already have this one on my TBR and while I wait for it to become available, due to a sizeable request list I may look into his older titles including Killers of the Flower Moon which will have a Martin Scorsese movie releasing in late October, so that one is seeing lots of use again. His earliest, The Lost City of Z, also made into a movie, is about travel in the Amazon jungle over 100 years ago. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes focuses on short tales of obsession and the murder, madness and more that result from those obsessions while White Darkness retells Henry Worsley’s obsession with Ernest Shackleton and the Antarctic.

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