January 2018

December 29, 2017

January time to make our lists, resolutions, find something new, do something new or maybe hide the list. 

 

Karen: Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snickett

Mary: 100 Things To Do In Cincinnati Before You Die

Megan: 100 Things To Do In Cleveland Before You Die

Susan: The Library of Light and Shadow by M. J. Rose

 

 

 

 

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November 27, 2018

Staff Picks

Amee: This month was a good reading month for me. I read Charlaine Harris’ new book An Easy Death
It is a news series, part western, part fantasy, and set in the world very different from our own.

I also read Michael Connelly’s new book, Dark Sacred Night. In this book, Connelly combines his famous
longtime character Harry Bosch with his newest series main character, Renee Ballard to create an engrossing police procedural mystery. And last but not least, I am listening to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins through the Ohio Digital Library. I loved reading the series and of course, enjoyed watching the movies, but listening to the book is just as engaging.

Karen:  Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp, it’s adorable and sweet.  Far cry from the book I read last month, on poison.

Mary:  Vendetta by Iris Johansen, The New Essentials cookbook : a modern guide to better cooking by America's Test Kitchen, Delish: 275+ amazing recipes & ideas, assorted quilting and craft b...

October 26, 2018

Amee: My staff pick this month is a debut novel by Christina Dalcher, titled Vox. The US government has been taken over by a ultraconservative movement. The government now limits women to speaking a 100 words in a day. The whole dynamic of the US changes with the subversion of half of the population. The government party strictly controls all members of the population. However, there is a small underground faction attempting to subvert the government and prevent their plan to expand control throughout the world. 

Karen: Royal Art of Poison: A History of Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine and Murder Most Foul, by Eleanor Herman. 

Mary:  The Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux, Deverauz makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and in improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences.   The Book of Books celebrates America's 100 best-loved novels-the books whose ideas, characters, and...

September 27, 2018

Amee: I just finished the fourth installment in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. In Lethal  White, Private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott, are hired to solve a blackmailing scheme turned murder case. All the books in the series are set in London with this particular story set in 2016 during the Olympics. Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of J. K. Rowling. I enjoyed the fourth book. If you are interested in a new mystery series, you may want to begin with The Cukoo’s Calling. Just as in the Harry Potter series, Rowling/Galbraith does an excellent job of developing characters and building relationships. 

Karen: The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner, a novel of Tsarina Marie Feodorovna: Story of the Mother of Tsar Nicholas II.

Mary:  Tailspin by Sandra Brown

Megan:  Since Halloween is approaching my picks are focused on it.  Click Clack Boo! By Doreen  Crown.  DVD It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. My favorite!

Rachel:  The Hollow by A...

August 28, 2018

Amee: Father and son writing team, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman, introduced a new suspense series in 2017 with the book Crime Scene. The  main character is Clay Edison, a former star basketball player turned deputy coroner. Clay’s job is to establish if a death scene is natural or   not.  He is called to the home of a former college professor.  Although the professor died of natural causes, Clay investigates the professor’s past which is outside the realm of his job.  If you like suspense with aspects of  police procedures, you may enjoy this series. The second book in the series is A Measure of Darkness( 2018). 

Karen: I’m still working my way through the Harry Potter Series.

Mary: The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble, Double Blind by Iris Johansen, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and  Maybe the World by William H. McRaven 2014 commencement speech where Admiral McRaven shared the ten...

July 30, 2018

Amee: I just finished Dorothy Must Die, a young adult fiction book by Danielle Paige.  In the book, we meet Amy who has been transported to Oz via a tornado. The Oz in this story is very different  from the iconic movie version of the Wizard of Oz. The cast of characters remain, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and of course  Flying Monkeys but Amy must decide which side to support and who to trust. This is the first in series. If you enjoy alternate versions of stories or fractured tales, you may enjoy this book.

Karen: Harry Potter Series I had forgotten how great these are, if you didn’t read them the first time around visit this modern classic.

Mary: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin.  The Perfect Couple by Elin  Hilderbrand.

Megan:  Kit and Kaboodle by Rosemary Wells. If you love Max and Ruby you will love Kit and Kaboodle!

Rachel:  Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses and Heroes by Philip Freeman.  In the Land of Fairies by Daniela Drescher.

Susan: It’s be...

June 30, 2018

Amee: I just finished Us Against You, the sequel to Fredrik Backman’s Beartown. It continues the story of the residents of Beartown  introduced in the first book. Both books offer diverse characters whose decisions cause consequences for each other. You must begin with Beartown to understand Us Against You but both will grab your interest if you enjoy character drive narratives.

Karen: Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. Author and historian Alison Weir continues her epic Six Tudor Queens series with this third captivating novel.

Mary: The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

Megan:  The Tudor’s  TV Series. 

Rachel:  Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark.  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Sandy: Queen Anne’s Lace by Susan Wittig Albert

Susan: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by John Mellencamp, Stephen King & T Bone Burnett. A Southern gothic supernatural musical of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. (CD of stage play)

May 31, 2018

Karen: The Very Worst Missionary : a memoir or whatever by Jamie Wright.  She blogs at Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, and  travels widely to speak in support of groups working against human trafficking. She lives with her husband, their teenage sons, and their celebrity cat, Knives, in Northern California.

Mary: Shattered Mirror: an Eve Duncan novel by Iris Johansen

Megan: Jumanji: Into the Jungle DVD

Susan: Collector of Dying Breaths by M. J. Rose

Rachel:  DeCluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White.  Jane Eyre: a Baby Lit Board Book

Heather: Loved the Greatest Showman! Good for the whole family.

April 30, 2018

Karen: Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton.

Mary: Busy looking at assorted quilt books.

Megan:  The new Kasie West book, Love, Life & the List.  Movie picks: Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Busy World.

Susan: Bob Dylan’s Forever Young picture book. Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott.  Rosemary Gladstar’s
Medicinal Herbs. 

Rachel:  The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella.

March 24, 2018

Karen: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Young woman leaves her Mormon “Cult” to pursue an education in the outside world.   The Darkest Hours DVD.

Mary:   The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen, As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner, Sally’s Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney (recipes plus good tips)

Megan: Murder on the Orient Express DVD,

Susan:  Jewelry making books.

Rachel:  Outlander Series, Dragonfly and Amber.  Kids book Bee: A Peek-through Picture book by Britta Teckentrup.

Heather: Big Little Lies TV Series Season 1, excellent series!

February 23, 2018

Staff Picks

Karen: Blade Runner 2049


Mary: The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley, book 4 of the Seven Sisters. 

Megan: The Gift by Margaret Mallory, Lily's well-honed sense for trouble tells her no healer is safe in London while gangs roam the city looking for witches to burn.  Calhoun by Diana Palmer a cowboy romance.  A newer Young Adult in Megan’s stack, Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick.

Susan:  Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin, SJ , Glass Universe by Dava Sobel, 100 Places Every Woman Should Go by Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, science and Pop culture collide in this series.

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