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.

January Staff Pick
The Sister’s TaleBeth Powning
Not a Happy FamilyShari Lapena
Letters Across the SeaGenevieve Graham
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


Betty Anne is in to

All things suspense!

January Staff Pick
Lady ClementineMarie Benedict
Local Woman Missing Mary Kubica
The Missing SisterLucinda Riley
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

Diane recommends

January Staff Pick
An elderly lady is up to no good Helene Tursten
Danger in NumbersHeather Graham
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

January Staff Pick
The Thirteenth TaleDiane Setterfield
The Storm SisterLucinda Riley
Deadly DecisionsKathy Reichs
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

Edith Willson

Edith has been reading

January Staff Pick
The Soul of a WomanIsabel Allende
An elderly lady is up to no good Helene Tursten
The CourierMovie
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


Elva’s choices

January Staff Pick
Rainy day friendsJill Shalvis
No place for a ladyGill Paul
The Honey BusMeridith May
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


Jamie likes

Young Adult reads, her favourite genre is dystopia.

January Staff Pick
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsMovie
Return to ZeroPittacus Lore
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


Joan recommends

January Staff Pick
Missing and EndangeredJ.A. Jance
SerpentineJonathan Kellerman
The four windsKristin Hannah
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

Laura Lee

Laura Lee recommends

January Staff Pick
Ten on the sledKim Norman
Hibernation stationMichelle Meadows
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.

January Staff Pick
FuzzMary Roach
The Nickel BoysColson Whitehead
LookoutTrina Moyles
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

Sharon Riviere

Sharon reads

January Staff Pick
WenjackJoseph Boyden
Confessions from the quilting circle Maisey Yates
The PalaceChristopher Reich
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

January Staff Pick
Fabric of CivilizationVirginia Postrel
Klara and the SunKazuo Ishiguro
My year abroadChang-rae Lee
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