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How to beat a reading rut

January 22, 2019
Catherine

I’m currently in the midst of the worst reading rut in my adult life. We’re already halfway through January and I have yet to finish a book. There is nothing out there that has truly sparked my interest and this time of year (busy! dreary! tiring!) just doesn’t seem to encourage the maintenance of good habits. After browsing through a few bookish sites on the internet, it is clear that I’m not alone in this.

Staff Picks: My Sister, the Serial Killer

January 22, 2019
Catherine

Gillian recently enjoyed My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, a satirical thriller set in Nigeria. Here is her review:

Check out these memoirs!

January 22, 2019
Catherine

I’ve written about memoirs several times before in this column simply because I love them. The narrative style of the memoir gives you the absorbing reading experience of fiction with the bonus of learning about an interesting time in a real person’s life. The following books are the last five memoirs I have read – not all of them were my favorites, but they each provide the unique slice of life one looks for in a memoir.

Big thrills in 2019

January 2, 2019
Catherine

If you are always on the lookout for something fresh and exciting to read, you may want to consider reserving one of the following thrillers to be released early in the New Year.

Staff Picks: Bird Box

December 19, 2018
Catherine

Here Shelby reviews Bird Box by Josh Malerman, a horror novel which has been recently made into a film airing on Netflix. 

Books to curl up with

December 19, 2018
Catherine

On cold, dreary days, there’s nothing better than a warm fireplace (or well-lit Christmas tree), a cup of hot tea, and a good book. That’s just an undeniable fact. If you are interested in a few “wintery” books ideas to curl up with, read ahead.

Staff Picks: Vicious Cycle

December 17, 2018
Catherine

Here's Jackie's review of Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock, which can be reserved at your branch of the County Libraries:

A reader's review

November 27, 2018
Catherine

Once in a blue moon I receive a note from a reader asking me to review something for this column, or hoping to share a book they have loved. One such note came from Rosamund Hyde of Tamworth. She sent a lovely little write-up about Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery, a book she describes as “a hidden treasure within a well-known body of work.” She gave me permission to share her review here.

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Staff Picks: My Oxford Year

November 8, 2018
Catherine

Kristin, a member of the library's Relief team, recently enjoyed My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan, which she describes as "a sweet debut novel of self-discovery and first love."

Staff Picks: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

October 25, 2018
Catherine

Marg Wood recently enjoyed the recent bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, which she describes as a "truly powerful, heartwrenching story of endurance." Here is her review: