What we are reading; Staff Picks

Libby  – Well, the Kathy Herman book was great! Its a Christian Fiction mystery. It was book one in the Sophie Trace Trilogy. Looking forward to the next one. I did sneak a Charles Martin book, The Dead Don’t Dance in.I always enjoy his books and they are a quick read. I’m reading Patricia Briggs Steal the Dragon now, it is Book Three of the fantasy/fiction Sianim Series.

Melinda – I’ve picked up Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series.  It’s supernatural romance/ adventure.  Supernatural in this series = shapeshifters, vampire witches, etc.  I’m just starting the 5th book in the series, Provoked.

Kevin –  Reading Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger. This book details the investigation by IRS, FBI and Justice Department officials to uncover corruption at the highest levels of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer.

Joann – I try to read from every genre in the library, and this week I am reading Golden Sower book selections.  My area is for primary grades, so I am reading picture books, and chapter books.

Lynne – I am reading “The Kremlin Conspiracy” by Joel C. Rosenberg.  It is about tensions between the United States and Russia and how one man works to prevent disaster.

Kathy – I am reading the Red River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling.  I am currently reading the fifth book in the series, Tender Mercies.  Great series with lots of insight into the immigrants from Norway, who settled in the North Dakota Red River Valley.

For a totally different genre, I just finished reading the 17th Suspect by James Patterson.  Another sequel to the Women’s Murder Club Series.  They are always good reading!

Brenda – This is what I have recently read or am reading:

Accidental Heroes: A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel—a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco. This was a very good read and one that will keep you on your toes!

Shelter in Place: From Nora Roberts comes the #1 New York Times bestseller Shelter in Place―a powerful tale of heart, heroism…and propulsive suspense.  I am currently reading this and it is a page turner. This is probably one of the best books I have read by her. You definitely do not want to miss this one!!

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school. There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs. This is a great novel for 6-12 grades.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead:

Livy goes to Australia to stay with her grandma while her mom goes on a weekend getaway with her friends. Livy has been to her grandma’s house but it was five years ago and she has the strange feeling that she has forgotten something important about her grandma’s house. What would you do if you went to your room and you found a short adorable greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit? Livy doesn’t remember that she told this creature that she would be back shortly and would help him (his name is Bob) discover who he is and where he came from but Bob didn’t forget and has been patiently waiting for Livy’s return. Now they team together to keep the promise that Livy made so many years ago. This is delightfully whimsical tale that begs to be read with a friend. It is a tale of belonging, friendship, family and the power of a story. Filled with mystery, humor and beautiful illustrations, this book will be a hit with kids of all ages. Great book for grades 3rd -5th grade

Lois – Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Karen – The Girl With Seven Names: This is  a true story of  girl who grew up under one of the world’s ruthless and secretive dictatorships. The Kim dynasty, in North Korea. At the age of seventeen, Hyeonseo Lee decides to escape North Korea. This is an amazing story, you will learn so much about the people of North Korea the way they lived and the way they survived.




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