October staff picks roundup

Catherine Coles
Coles Notes

The staff of the County of L&A Libraries are avid readers and always eager to share their favourite books. Here we bring you a list of some of the reads we’ve recently enjoyed. This month you’ll find Canadian fiction and non-fiction, a series for early readers and a fictional story that you won’t believe isn’t true.

Gillian suggests Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Sex, drugs, and rock and roll; Daisy Jones & the Six is a fictional story about a 70s band’s rise to fame and surprising demise at the peak of superstardom. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid presents this character-driven novel as a compelling “tell all” interview style that reads so much like a true story that I had to double-check it was fiction (I may or may not have even Googled the band). I happened upon the audio version of this book, and would highly recommend this format for this particular story. With each complex character having their own voice narrator, the personalities were so well developed and it was easy to follow the changing points of view. As the interview unfolds, so does the mystery of why the band fell apart.”

Patricia suggests The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn

“This early reader series has lots of pictures and short chapters which make it a great for before bed reading. Join Prince Lucas and his friend Clara on their quests throughout Wrenly as they visit trolls, fairies, wizards as they solve mysteries.”

Chantell suggests The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

“Meet Nina Hill. She’s an only child who works in a bookstore, belongs to an “expert” trivia team and enjoys escaping life with a great book. She is an introvert who thrives on routine and schedules, and has every aspect of her life planned right down to what she is going to eat each day. When things don’t go accordingly, she gets anxious and shuts down with a book. Just when Nina thinks she has her life the way she wants it, she gets news that the father she never knew had died and she has relatives that want to meet her. She is eager to know her family, but she is worried she’ll have to speak… to strangers. If that wasn’t enough chaos for Nina she also discovers the bookstore where she works is closing and that her romantic life is about to get a lot more interesting. Can Nina step outside her comfort zone and overcome all the turmoil in her life?”

Andree suggests Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine by Joanna Jolly

“This is a well-researched, moving account of Tina’s disappearance, the finding of her body on August 17, 2014 and the building of the case by Winnipeg Police Officer John O’Donovan against Raymond Cormier. In-depth background information is given on all of the key people connected with the case. The reader is also presented with facts about other missing and murdered Indigenous women. The author does a brilliant job of bringing the plight of these women and their relatives to light. While this may be a challenging read because of the powerful and emotional subject matter, it is an eye-opening page turner.”

Julie suggests This Little Light by Lori Lansens

“In the not too distant future where the religious right have taken over, two high school students go on the run after being accused of bombing their high school Virtue Ball. Sixteen-year-old Rory, raised by her left-leaning mother, is an easy target for the right to go after based on her upbringing and blog posts. Armed with a laptop she follows her own public persecution in the press and social media while chronicling the events leading up to their fleeing. This book is a compelling read that will have you racing to get to the end to find out their outcome.”

All of these books can be borrowed from your branch of the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries. Reserve your copy online at www.CountyLibrary.ca.



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