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Hello, 2021! While we don’t expect someone to wave a magic wand, we’re all hoping for a healthier new year. We’re looking forward to resuming extended hours and programs as soon as we can.
That said, there are still great books to read, good movies to watch and good books to listen to. Visit us in the library or call us for curbside service.
The holidays interrupted our January Library Reads list, but here are the remainder of their recommendations. The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous made the list. “When down-on-her-luck Sadie is offered a lucrative weekend acting job at sumptuous Raven Hall, as a guest in a period mystery event, she jumps at the chance. Before the weekend is over, Sadie and the other ‘perfect guests’ will learn about Raven Hall’s tragic past and see how it affects them. This one will remind you of Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway.” (1-12) Cynthia Hunt
The Push is by Ashley Audrain. “Blythe comes from a long line of women not cut out to be mothers. When she falls in love with a man who wants nothing more than a happy family, she tells herself she can be a good mother. When her daughter is born, however, she finds that motherhood is just not that simple. This is for readers who enjoyed The Woman in the Window or Baby Teeth.” (1-5) Linda Quinn
For science fiction fans there’s Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor. “As a girl living in a future version of Ghana, Yatia was given an object from space that gave her the ability to emit a green light that brings death to all she touches. Now, as a young teen, she occasionally leaves death behind her as she searches for the alien object what was stolen from her. Futurism, sci-fi, and magic, this book is for readers who enjoyed The Fifth Season and Monstress” (1-19) Katie Kalil
In Shipped by Angie Hockman, “Graeme and Henley are competing for the same job at their adventure cruise company. When their boss sends them on a familiarization trip of the company’s cruise in the Galapagos, the enemies-to-lovers’ plot gets steamy. This is for readers who liked A Sweet Mess and The Unhoneymooners.” (1-19) Laura Bonds
Siri, Who Am I? is the new novel by Sam Tschida. “Mia awakens in a hospital in a gold cocktail dress, a cape covered in her blood, a head wound, her cell phone, and no memory of who she is or how she got there. She uses her Instagram account to begin to piece together her life. If you enjoyed Surprise Me and What Alice Forgot, then this one’s for you.” (1-12) Douglas Beatty
I just began All the Devil’s are Here, number 16 in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I’m already dreading the end, because I’m not quite ready to give up these books and wait until number 17 comes out. This one’s set in Paris where Armand and Ren-Marie have gone to visit their children and grandchildren. Armand’s godfather is left for dead in a hit-and-run and, of course, Armand and Jean Guy work together to track down the people behind this attack. Along the way, Armand learns more and more about his godfather’s past. Like the others in this series, I’m sure there will be twists and turns and I’ll have to leave it to Armand Gamache to solve the case and explain it to me.
Happy New Year and happy reading!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Library