These are characters and a story line you will see manifest in many other novels, movies, etc. Heathcliff and Catherine are unforgettable. Bronte has written many stories that stay with us and Wuthering Heights is a good place to start. Set in 1801 the story takes its time and draws the reading back to a time when one sat by the fire each night to fall into a story.
I really enjoyed this young adult tale of a girl raised by beings others in her natural world don't see. She travels between this hidden world filled with chimera and intrigue doing the bidding of the one who is raising her and back to her art school with her 'normal' friends. And then her two worlds collide and she is forced to find out where she came from. Who she came from. Ugh. It's a tough one and yet so so good!
This Shirley Jackson novel has been a steady checkout for years and this Halloween season I picked it up and was not disappointed. A classic creepy tale of a woman who visits a house that has a personality of its own. The story unfolds slowly and then races to a grinding halt. Very entertaining and a great seasonal read.
The Fixer Upper Mystery Series continues with Shannon Hammer and her tight knit group of friends in Lighthouse Cove with some new characters added into the mix. Marigold has fallen in love and her new beau wants to honor her with a foundation that invests in innovation. Throw in the shady ex-business partner, the eco-living extremists, and even a plant with its own personality and you've got yourself 300 pages of cozy goodness. I missed the Victorian house remodeling talk but enjoyed the eco-friendly building talk, especially the barn raising. This one focuses much less on the work Shannon and her team does and more on the conference and the murders. Its another fun read with familiar characters in a small town solving a series of murders. Enjoyable!
The keeper of lost things, Yarn over murder, Witch and Wizard, a mighty heart, dead end in norvelt, lullaby
A few books from the library...
Witch and Wizard is a graphic novel by James Patterson that starts a supernatural series. A Mighty Heart is a memoir by the wife of an executed journalist who writes about their life and careers, and Dead End in Norvelt is a fun story by Jack Gantos that centers of a main character who resembles Gantos growing up in rural small town America.
I also read The Keeper of Lost Things for my book club and Yarn over Murder for a quick cozy mystery- not so good.
Alexander's Crossed won many awards including the Newbery Metal when it was published as a novel in verse and Booked continues the same realistic fiction success. Crossed had basketball as its center and Booked has soccer as its center. Both have memorable and relatable characters who have so much more going on in their families than the sports they love.
A young adult read for Gone Girl fans, Dare Me is a psychological thriller. Addy and Beth are best friends and Beth knows she is the alpha dog not only of her friendships but of her enemies and most certifiably her cheer squad. So when a new cheer coach comes along and doesn't follow the hierarchy things take a very dark turn.
#7 in my favorite cozy mystery series, A Cookbook Conspiracy continues Brooklyn the book restorer's story. She has a bad habit of finding bodies and this time she brings her sister and her boyfriend's brother in on the trouble. Luckily for her, her boyfriend Derek is always up to the challenge of chasing down leads to keep Brooklyn safe, even to the point of tracking down that stolen cookbook with the secret codes. I loved it as usual.
One of the few books we have in the HSLMC written in a different language, this Caldecott medal winner is a beautiful introduction for beginning Spanish speakers.
Recommended by a friend, American Marriage was a heartfelt, thoughtful read. Life isn't easy nor is it simple and Celestial and Roy have a story that will break your heart. It is a story that shows the importance of your past, your present, and your future and how they are weaved together to make a human with tough choices. I highly recommend to upperclassman especially as college prep reading.
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!