One of our staff book club reads and another thought provoking work. Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's moral dilemmas, The Light Between Oceans definitely lends itself to discussion. So many of the characters are tormented by their decisions and life situations. The writing is beautiful, the theme is painful.
Although this is the 5th in the series, this is the first book in the A Fixer-Upper Mystery that I read and I easily fell into the series. I did watch the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries adaptations of 2 of the others in the series and loved them. I also read her Bibliophile Mystery series. I love the way Carlisle weaves a murder mystery but along the way we get to meet small town characters and places. In Eaves of Destruction learning about the orangery and carving the onlays adds interest in the fixer upper industry. Like Carlisle's other series, I don't feel like I have to read them in order I started with the most current and I'll go back and read the beginning. Just like other cozies, this one introduces good and evil characters with hidden agendas and a good dose of murder and romance. A fun, cozy read that is enjoyable to dip into every evening!
The 3rd in the Lady Darby series, A Grave Matter is a good murder mystery read. I enjoy the historical details and the characters. The relationship between Lady Darby and Gage continues to develop. I'll continue reading the series.
From the author of Milk and Honey, this collection of poetry is the same honest, edgy kind of collection so I won't be adding it to the library but I know it will be widely read by our population. Several students are carrying it around to read here.
One of our book club selections, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a sweet book reminiscent of A Man Called Ove, which we read last year. I listened to the audio version of Curious and it was an entertaining listen. Although Arthur is well along in years it is a bit of a coming of age story with Arthur learning one is never too old to change.
I will hold off on ordering for the library since I don't think this audience will be asking for this title.
I listened to the audiobook book and it took me way too long to get through and I think that factors into my rating. I didn't love it. It felt like it took too long to get to the end. I do like the complicated characters, relationships, and situations. There are so many conflicts and struggles the story gets bogged down. However, the writing is sophisticated and beautiful so I am glad I read it.
This classic YA/children's book has been on my 'to be read' list forever and I am so glad I picked it up this October. A great historical fiction novel set during the colonial times it is a beautiful coming of age story of a young girl forced out where she has called home and required to make a life of her own.
Some good light halloween stories for the season, Mostly Ghostly can be read in a sitting to kick off the season. A nice review of some classic stories are included.
I love cozy mysteries and this one is a quick read. Alternating between the voice of Louie, the PI cat, and a convention PR sleuth, several mysteries are solved.
I admit, I did not realize the title was a reference to a Tupac saying until I read the conversation in the novel. I also did not notice the acronym of THUG, even after seeing this cover a million times before finally reading it. The topic is a weighty one. Violence against the black community by police officers, violence in the black community among themselves, gang violence and the inevitable choice so many community members must make- all of these are difficult, heavy, and beg to be discussed. And so Thomas tackles one family's story of what to do when your stories travel in and out of all those various troubled areas. Starr has to make difficult choices not only for herself but for her family and her friends and there is no one answer that will solve the large problem she is facing as a young black member of society at large.
Audacity was one of our summer reading choices. The historical poetic novel helps one understand what it was like for these young immigrants who know America has something for them but were being abused by the system. An enthralling read with end notes of interviews with the family of the woman who inspired the story.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!