Staff Picks

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Books & Things we like in 2021


Anne recommends

Anne’s frequent travel adventures greatly complement her love of historical fiction and historical biographies.

Three hours by Cara Black
October Staff Pick
Three Hours in ParisCara Black
The Nature of Fragile ThingsSusan Meissner
The woman with the blue starPam Jenoff
Those who are savedAlexis Landau
The night portraitLaura Morelli
His & HersAlice Feeney
Caste: the origin of our discontentsIsabel Wilkerson
Miss Benson’s BeetleRachel Joyce
The ExilesChristina Baker Kline
The Better LiarTanen Jones


Betty Anne is in to

All things suspense!

Love and courage by Jagmeet Singh book cover
October Staff Pick
Love & CourageJagmeet Singh
The Silent WifeKarin Slaughter
American DirtJeanine Cummins
The Other Mrs.Mary Kubica
BelgraviaJulian Fellowes
The Moon SisterLucinda Riley
The Forgotten Home ChildGenevieve Graham
GreenlightsMatthew McConaughey
The Sea Before UsSarah Sundin
Dark AugustKatie Tallo

Diane recommends

The final girl support group by Grady Hendrix book cover
October Staff Pick
The Final Girl Support GroupGrady Hendrix
Golden GirlElin Hilderbrand
The Southern book club’s guide to slaying VampiresGrady Hendrix
The HeiressMolly Greeley
The Final DeceptionHeather Graham
Squeeze MeCarl Hiaason
He Started ItSamantha Downing
The Witch of Willow HallHester Fox


Donna recommends

Death du jour by Kathy Reichs book cover
October Staff Pick
Death du JourKathy Reichs
Deja DeadKathy Reichs
Past Reason HatedPeter Robinson
Rabbit Foot BillHelen Humphreys
The Shadow SisterLucinda Riley
The God of the HiveLaurie R. King
The Cuckoo CallingRobert Galbraith
A Forgotten MurderJude Deveraux
A Justified MurderJude Deveraux
A Willing MurderJude Deveraux

Edith Willson

Edith has been reading

Minimal: For Simple & Sustainable Living by Laurie Barrette, Stephanie Mandrea book cover
October Staff Pick
Minimal: For Simple & Sustainable LivingLaurie Barrette, Stephanie Mandrea
The Heart RemembersJan-Philipp Sendker
Plague of CorruptionDr Judy Mikovits & Kent Heckenlively, JD
Dusk Night DawnAnne Lamott
Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits
Saving JusticeJames Comey
Enemies of the PeopleKati Marton
The Rock Balancer’s GuideTravis Ruskus
The ChoiceEdith Eva Eger
The ArcherPaulo Coelho


Elva’s choices

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar book cover
October Staff Pick
The flight girlsNoelle Salazar
The girl they left behindRoxanne Veletzos
Window on the BayDebbie Macomber
The year that changed everythingCathy Kelly
Secrets of Nanreath HallAlix Rickloff
Two by twoNicholas Sparks
The Dutch houseAnn Patchett
Driving Miss NormaTim Bauerschmidt
The Road HomeRichard Paul Evans
The High Tide clubMary Kay Andrews


Jamie likes

Young Adult reads, her favourite genre is dystopia.

Out of the Shadows: The Legacy Chronicles #4-6 by Pittacus Lore book cover
October Staff Pick
Out of the Shadows: The Legacy Chronicles #4-6Pittacus Lore
The Upside of FallingAlex Light
Raya and the Last Dragon
Thrive (The Overthrow #3) Kenneth Oppel
The Emerald TabletDan Jolley
News of the world (Movie)Starring Tom Hanks
Hatch (The Overthrow #2)Kenneth Oppel
Bloom (The Overthrow #1) Kenneth Oppel
School Spirit (Suddenly Supernatural #1)Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Upside Down Magic (Movie)Starring Izabela Rose


Joan recommends

Daylight by David Baldacci book cover
October Staff Pick
DaylightDavid Baldacci
Deception CoveOwen Laukkanen
Texas OutlawJames Patterson
The RevelatorsAce Atkins
28 SummersElin Hilderbrand
The PersuasionIris Johansen
OutsiderLinda Castillo
Promises of the HeartNan Rossiter
The Boy From The WoodsHarlan Coben
A Conspiracy of BonesKathy Reichs

Laura Lee

Laura Lee recommends

Pete the Cat : I love my white shoes by Eric Litwen.
July Staff Pick
Pete the Cat : I love my white shoesEric Litwen
Atticus CaticusSarah Maizes
Duck Duck MooseMary Sullivan
And then it’s SpringJulie Fogliano


Liz likes

Liz is a lover of Can-lit, magical and quirky reads.

After the flood by Kassandra Montag book cover
October Staff Pick
After the floodKassandra Montag
NomadlandJessica Bruder
Crow winterKaren McBride
A mind spread out on the groundAlicia Elliott
Orange worldKaren Russell
Anxious PeopleFredrik Backman
Station ElevenEmily St. John Mandell
The boy, the mole, the fox and the horseCharlie Mackesy
Talking to StrangersMalcolm Gladwell
Here the DarkDavid Bergen

Sharon Riviere

Sharon reads

Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel book cover
September Staff Pick
Finding AshleyDanielle Steel
Danger in NumbersHeather Graham
Noel StreetRichard Paul Evans
Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & CafeMary Simses
Skirting the graveAnnette Blair
Death by DiamondsAnnette Blair

Vicki Stevenson

Vicki recommends

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia book cover
October Staff Pick
Mexican GothicSilvia Moreno-Garcia
Great circleMaggie Shipstead
Butter honey pig breadFrancesca Ekwuyasi
Firekeeper’s DaughterAngeline Boulley
FlanneryLisa Moore
The Thursday Murder ClubRichard Osman
Jonny AppleseedJoshua Whitehead
Into the planet : my life as a cave diverJill Heinerth
Conjure WomenAfia Atakora
Braiding SweetgrassRobin Wall Kimmerer