Book Talk

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It’s been a while since I have talked about books. It seems like the last few articles were about Bingo or Makerspace or really anything but books and that seems silly to me. The library constantly has new books coming through the doors. We have an incomplete list of new releases on our newsletter, but we are always able to take requests for books to be ordered! If it isn’t on that list, ask! It may already be on the way.

Quick side note: We have had more people ask for “1984” by George Orwell in the last month than any of our staff remembers. It’s good to have people interested in the classics, no matter what their reason is.

Anyway, here are some books that I have read recently that may be of some interest to the community.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket – These books may be Junior Fiction, but they are a blast to read. This series of 13 books follows Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, three children who were orphaned after a fire kills their parents. Dogged by the evil Count Olaf, the Baudelaires must use their inventing, researching, and biting skills to escape from his clutches. Snicket (real name Daniel Handler) is a writing talent and can easily explain difficult words to a younger audience. It’s so much fun!

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah – I listened to this on audio and I am so glad I did. This memoir is about Noah’s South African upbringing in the years following Apartheid. Developing a sense of humor at an early age, Noah uses that to cope with a strict mother, abusive step-father, and being the gawky, awkward kid in school. Despite being a memoir of his own experiences, he can describe the effects of Apartheid on South Africa as a whole and why it came to be. Absolutely fascinating.

“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Stephanie Oakes – This is more or less a guilty pleasure read for me. It is a Young Adult book about a girl escaping from a “Kevinian” cult. After disobeying the Prophet, 17 year old Minnow Bly has her hands cut off as a punishment. After escaping, she beats a boy nearly to death and is sent to a juvenile detention facility. But is there more to the story than she is letting on? Gripping and tension filled until the very end, this book will keep you guessing.

If you are looking for more book recommendations, come to our READit book discussion group for some snacks, coffee, and conversation every Thursday at 10:00 AM!

Remember, Blind Date With a Book will be going through the end of February. Fill out the bookmark that came with your blind date and you can enter to win a $25 gift card to the Book Vine until March 14th. Only one entry per person.