#2 in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, this is the first time I listened on audio instead of reading and I enjoyed it. I have read about 5 in this series but went back to read in order after I realized I really like the series. It is a cozy mystery for sure, takes place in a small community/murder is downplayed and the text is humorous, and the storyline holds up as suspenseful and engaging.
Our student book club's November read, They Both Die at the End assumes a future where you are notified if you will be dying that day so you can live it to the fullest. Several characters, both dying and not, deal with this news of their own or their friends' fates for the day. The two main characters meet only on the day of their impending deaths. It is an interesting concept and the story races through the day to the ultimate ending while throwing some curveballs into the mix.
Our book club's November read, Varina helped me understand more about the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis, and how his wife managed to make it through this difficult time in America.
I love scientific novels! This one I borrowed form the Blanchester Public Library on audio and it was fantastic! I'll be ordering this one for our library.
I stopped watching The Walking Dead and this picked up that story for me. The world is in a time of change. Something has happened. Humanity has to figure it out and adjust. Gripping and emotionally moving, the story confronts our humanity.
#3 in the Fixer- Upper Mystery series and one that was turned into a Hallmark Movies and Mysteries show. There are enough differences that it made the book worth reading after seeing the show first. I like Carlisle's other series, The Bibliophile Mysteries, more for obvious reasons. I do not order these for the library but they are a fun cozy mystery series.
We do have Kristin Hannah books in the library but I won't be adding this one, The Great Alone. I don't see much of an audience for it.
I read Riordan's The Lightning Thief years ago and this Riordan is a great new series that his readers will love. Not a Riordan reader? Pick one up because he makes mythology relatable and relevant. Magnus is a fresh contemporary character and one to root for in this imaginary world of adventure.
What a work of heart. Colfer seems to write this book because he loves a good story. If you want to stick around for it great. If not, I really don't think he'd mind. This is a reader's read. Meaningful, meandering, and thoughtful. Not rushed or concerned with story arcs or enough action. Patient. And worth the read all the way to the very end.
Another read for our book club, we paired this with A Dog's Purpose and it was an interesting discussion. One of the most moving parts of Homer's Odyssey is when Homer's owner is separated from him during 9-11. A good read for cat lovers and for those who believe rescuing animals is one of the noblest callings.
One of our student summer read choices I think and a read for our book club, I thought I wouldn't be a fan of this one and I was wrong. It is unique and heartfelt. Easy to recommend to dog lovers and one of those life affirmation kinds of books.
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!