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These are a few of the books we have recently read and would encourage you to check them out!
A self-employed tech expert and superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, Micah Mortimer never, ever looks for a change in routine. But when the woman in his life faces eviction and a teenager shows up on his doorstep claiming to be his son, Micah has got to adjust. Judy said this is a good novel with strong characterization.
Aly thinks that this book has a little bit of everything: sword fights, dramatic teenagers, delightful parental figures, light interplanetary travel, locked-room murder mystery, necromancers, identity theft, and heroic sacrifice.
Nothing is as it seems. No one is what they appear to be.
And if this all seems very serious, that isn’t everything. Gideon is a smart idiot with a comment for everything. I recommend GIdeon the Ninth for anyone looking for a semi-serious read that keeps you guessing and keeps you entertained from page one on.
Katherine began reading this trilogy at the begining of quarantine, and she has sped through it. The premise of the book is that the world has achieved perfection, including overcoming death. Now, they need Scythe's to kill people to limit overcrowding. The books are a quick read, and they follow various storyline, which keeps it interesting.
Clara's pick is a gripping, poetic tale of a family born in injustice and knitted together by desperation. Jesmyn Ward deftly weaves this family's complicated history into its unraveling future through multiple voices straddling past and present.
Aly says this is a scary story that never really goes where you think it will. It is a delightfully chilling combination of Sixth Sense and Stranger Thing, with bits of It and The Shining; with chapters focusing on Kte Reese, her son Christopher, and occasionally, going back in time to when all this happened before. Perfect for fans of Stephen King, or anyone looking to start their first foray into the horror genre.
Chriss picked this book but many of us have read and love Louise Penny. Her Chief Inspector Gamache books take you to the fictional town of Three Pines and a cast of characters that you will enjoy following in all 14 of this series. I encourage you to begin with the first book, Still Life, and read them in order as you will better understand Armand Gamache and the wonderful inhabitants of Three Pines.
Taylor says this story was so interesting. You could see and feel the traumatic events that take place in this book through the eyes of a 13 year old boy in 1988.
This book is a spellbinding Filipino folk tale of an extraordinary "ordinary" twelve year old girl who trusts her heart and gut despite what others say to save her village. Lalani faces countless surprises and obstacles, but by sticking to her values, she receives help from unlikely supporters. I could not put this book down!
Recommended by Clara
William Kent Krueger has gifted us with another treasure. His newest novel, This Tender Land is a story told by Odie O'Banion, an eight year old orphan, about surviving the horrors of Lincoln Indian Training School along with his older brother Albert and their friends Mose and Emmy. Set in southern Minnesota in 1932 the four of them escape by canoe traveling toward the Mississippi River determined to find a place they feel safe, a home. They faced terrible times of hunger, danger from those who would do them harm, and uncertainty about where they will end up. We are reminded of the terrible challenges faced by those living through the depression and heart broken witnessing these children fending as best they could, discovering strengths they didn't know they had to keep going towards a better place. I loved those kids and was grateful for whatever kindness they were shown during their odyssey. There are still children on long journeys struggling to find that safe place, a home
Highly recommended by Judy
Looking for a new mystery series? Maybe not so violent and graphic? Try Shetland Island Mysteries by Ann Cleeves. Judy recommends reading Raven Black first for the introduction to the main characters.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne is a combingation of two of my favorite things: Jane Eyre and space. In the future Earth is recovering from humans, so humans live on a series of ships. Some people live in large city-sized ships; while others, if ther're rich enough, live in single family space yachts. But even with all the new technology, governesses are still needed, and Stell a sees that as her ticket off the city ship she's on. We follow her as she moves onto the Rochester to teach the young captain's younger sister. What follows is a story fit for SciFi fans and classic romance fans alike.
Recommended by Aly