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What Should I Read? A Librarian Answers

What Should I Read
Sarah Lane
Sarah Lane

With the opening of our curbside pickup program, as well as the thousands of copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks available, we know our patrons are eager to add their "to be read" list. Librarian Sarah Lane has been busy reading, as she always is. She picked out nine of her favorite reads during her  and discussed them below.

If you're puzzling over what to read next, join us on Facebook Wednesday. Starting at 6:00 PM, you can ask Sarah for a suggestion by commenting on our "What Should I Read?" post. She'll take a look at what you're looking for and come back with a suggestion over the next two weeks.

What Sarah's Read During Quarantine:

 

Love Lettering

'Love Lettering,' by Kate Clayborn

Who doesn't want to read a rom-com featuring a heroine whose job is to hand-letter? I knew I couldn't pass it up.  Meg, a calligraphy artist, and Reid, a high strung math genius,  meet when Reid notices a secret message inside the invitations of his failed engagement, which Meg created. And so ensues their embarrassing beginnings. This book is full of whimsy, and I adored the fact that this couple was awkward with one another yet grew through mutual admiration and self-acceptance.

Where the Crawdad Sings

'Where the Crawdad Sings,' by Delia Owens

It only took a pandemic to get me to read the book everyone has been talking about for the last year. This book is atomspheric and encapsulates you in the world of Kya, a hermit living in the islolated marshland of North Carolina when suspicion falls on her in the aftermath of tragedy. I felt like I was infused into her story as she interacts with the locals and the natural world. I have never had the urge to live in a marsh, in North Carolina, in 1969, but this book changed my mind. At least while I was reading it. 

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You

'The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You,' by Lily Anderson

If you love Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, as much as I do, you need to read this updated adaptation. The book is smart and sarcastic, and  it is not afraid to deviate from the source material in order to tell a better story. If you have recently finished watching the new Netflix show Never Have I Ever this book will help you get through your withdrawals until season 2.

Sky in the Deep

'Sky in the Deep,' by Adrienne Young

That accomplishment you feel when you finally begin to read that stack of books you own and always say you are going to read, but then you go back to the library and check out more books instead. I finally did it with this book.  This book about Viking warriors was fast-paced, action-packed, and heart-wrenching. All of the hyphenated adjectives you can think of.  I couldn't put it down.

Undercover Bromance

'Undercover Bromance,' by Lyssa Kay Adams

The second book in the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams. This series is centered around a men's romance book club. This book is filled with snark and heart and reminds the reader that anyone can and should enjoy a good romance novel.

The Wedding Party

'The Wedding Party,' by Jasmine Guillory

Another great audiobook, read by Janina Edwards. I love a good enemies to lovers story, and this was a good one. Oh swoon.

Beach Read

'Beach Read,' by Emily Henry

The perfect book for the summer. Set in a small beach town in Michigan that I wish I was at right now, two writers decide to solve their writer's block by swapping genres. What should be a trite conceit is made fresh by the whipsmart dialogue and multiple layers to the plot. I laughed out loud at some parts and teared up at others. 

The Huntress

'The Huntress,' by Kate Quinn

I am a huge fan of Kate Quinn's first novel The Alice Network, which is why I was so excited that she was going to be an AViD author this year. Though I was bummed that I didn't get to hear her talk, I did get to read her second book which was such a great slow burn of a novel. This novel is perfect for fans of historical fiction, mysteries, and intricately plotted storylines as you follow Nazi hunters who team up with a Russian bomber pilot to hunt a war criminal. 

Buffy

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Volume One: High School is Hell,' by Jordie Bellaire

You do not need to have any prior knowledge of the TV show in order to enjoy these books because I didn't. I just enjoyed the teen angst mixed with vampire killing like most people. 

Published on June 08, 2020
Last Modified July 01, 2020