What has the Library staff been reading/viewing/listening to? Below is what we have been up to the past month.
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I listened to an audio book this month on hoopla that I wasn’t particularly fond of titled “The Wrong Family,” by Tarryn Fisher. Dubbed a psychological thriller, I have to say that it wasn’t thrilling in the least. I didn’t like a lot of the analogies she gave, and found the book to be just plain silly at times. I found myself thinking “as if!” often while listening, not to mention the rolling of my eyes. It had its moments of anticipation though, and admittedly I did listen to the entire thing, (mostly so I wasn’t wasting a hoopla checkout). I gave it a 2 star rating on hoopla (out of 5).
I’ve continued on with the “Cormoran Strike” series, and am halfway through book two, “The Silkworm.” (I’m reading the e-book format borrowed from Libby Listen Up! Vermont / GMLC. ) Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, does not disappoint! This title picked up where the first one left off, and the characters and plot are just as entertaining.
If you’re looking for a good mystery series to binge watch, check out “Broadchurch”. It stars Olivia Colman, (most recently known for portraying Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown”), and David Tenant. Season one has eight episodes, and you’ll be wanting to watch them one right after the other! It’s got a little of everything, (mystery, romance, wit), as well as the beautiful setting of a small coastal town in southern England. All three seasons are available on DVD at the library.
My reading lately has been a combination of finding older titles in the stacks or checking out our New Books Shelf. I got lucky finding two older titles while shelving away books. The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore is set in early summer when Grace and William's peaceful life in Burlington, Vermont comes to an abrupt halt. As their adult children return home, each bringing their own set of issues, they realize parenting never stops. The setting in Burlington makes this book extra fun but the overall story is relatable either from a parent’s view or an adult child. Another older title, Addition by Toni Jordan is a great read if you liked Cactus or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. OCD-afflicted Grace is in a not so good place when she meets Seamus. Wanting to find happily ever after but she is not sure she can get past her issues. Grace tries to keep her world in order with numbers. This was fun and quirky. A new book I enjoyed was The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons, which is about eighty-five year old Eudora who feels her life has been lived and she no longer wants to go on. Putting the wheels in motion for her departure gets sidetracked as she makes a few new friendships and realizes how being needed gives her life purpose. This was very sweet and a quick read. Another new book I read was Northern Spy by Flynn Berry. This is a story of the contemporary IRA in Northern Ireland and the cost it is having dividing a community. It was an interesting premise and though I liked it overall, I felt the ending came up short. I’ve listened to a few hoopla titles but nothing too memorable. I started 2 different series but decided not to go any further with them. The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill and A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addsion. Both are mysteries but very different from one and other but just didn’t cause me to go further.
Previously reviewed titles
Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
7 Ways by Jamie Oliver
The answer is….reflections on my life by Alex Trebek’s
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps the House by Cherie Jones
The 25 hour by David Benioff
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour,
The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen,
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
Savory Baking from the Mediterranean: Focaccias, Flatbreads, Rusks, Tarts, and other Breads by Anissa Helou
Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Elizabeth Gilbert
How the One Arm Sister Sweeps the House by Cherie Jones
The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett,
Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Inferno : the world at war, 1939-1945 by Max Hasting
Hidden Valley Road: inside the mind of an American family by Robert Kolker
The lost man by Jane Harper
From here to eternity: traveling the world to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty
An Appointment with Death, At Bertram's Hotel, and The Big Four by Agatha Christie
The Outlander and The Ridgerunner Gil Adamson
Breast and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Edwardian mysteries by Marion Chesney
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
News of the World by Paulette Jiles, and
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
To Serve Them All My Days
Spiderman: Into the Multiverse