Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I always forget how much I like Rainbow Rowell’s writing until I read another one of her books and then I’m borderline obsessed with her for the next few weeks. I’ve read Eleanor & Park and Attachments (both highly recommended!) and both books are like listening to a good friend tell you a great story over coffee. Landline is no exception. Her story of love and relationships is relatable, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at the same time. In the words of Rainbow Rowell, “I love you more than I hate everything else”.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry, a shy retired salesman, decided on a whim to walk 500 miles to visit a former colleague who is in a hospice dying of cancer. Harold carries a burden of guilt and his “pilgrimage” reveals the reasons for this need for redemption. While the novel is a bit quirky, I think author succeeded in telling a compelling story of someone trying to make things right for passed missed opportunities and mistakes.
Ramla Khan’s beautiful book will be appreciated by fairy tale lovers and baking enthusiasts alike. Khan’s whimsical decorations and delicious recipes are inspired by fairy tales from Alice in Wonderland to The Snow Queen. Full page color photographs, as well as a summary of the corresponding fairy tale, accompany each recipe. Teens and adults will appreciate this book’s whimsical, decorative ideas, and get inspired to update old classics!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Almost everyone has one in their neighborhood – a grumpy curmudgeon who clashes with everyone. This story is about such a character who only sees the world in black and white, rules are to be followed, and if it’s possible, Ove has become even more grumpy since his wife died four years ago. I laughed, I sighed, I shed a few tears and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Charming, funny and touching!
Lin/Technical Services Assistant Librarian
Old Friends & New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
Calling all Jane Austen fans! Old Friends and New Fancies is considered the original sequel to the Jane Austen novels. Published in 1914, it cleverly builds a story around Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennett, in what else but a romantic plot, where both have feelings for the same young man, William Price. Of course one romance is not enough and a side plot featuring Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mary Crawford, who are introduced to each other in where else but Bath, keeps those close to them in a dither as their romance suffers its ups and downs. Characters from all of Austen’s major works appear in this book and the author stays true to Austen’s romantic vision providing fans a chance to enjoy their old friends and engage in new fancies.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
I rarely give a 5 star rating but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Well-written, impossible to put down and I’m still thinking about it. A coming-of-age story that discusses faith, grief and the ability to forgive. Highly recommended.
Kim/Adult Services Librarian
As someone who dreads speaking up in meetings as much as I did speaking up in school, this book was an eye-opener. Ms. Cain provides examples of how society rewards extroverts and ignores introverts. There is hope for us introverts, though. It’s not a matter of either or but more of a spectrum. Most people are both introverts and extroverts, they just tend to spend the majority of their time on one side of the spectrum.