Wednesday Reads: January 17th, 2018

Wednesday reads

Our librarians are reading broadly this week; everything from romance to cooking.  These are this week’s selections.

Revival by Stephen King;  “In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs–including Jamie’s sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death.”

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber; Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her–minus her photo–and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects–or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas; Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Salad samurai: 100 cutting-edge, ultra-hearty, easy-to-make salads you don’t have to be vegan to love by Terry Hope Romeo; Award-winning chef and Veganomicon coauthor Terry Hope Romero knows her veggies. In Salad Samurai, she’s back to teach you the way of the veggie warrior, rescuing salads from their bland, boring reputation and “side” status with more than 100 vibrant, filling entrees. This is your guide to real salad bushido: a hearty base, a zesty dressing, and loads of seriously tasty toppings. Based on whole food ingredients and seasonal produce, these versatile meatless, dairy-free dishes are organized by season for a full year of memorable meals (yes, salad can rock even the coldest days of winter).

Ross Poldark:  a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston Graham; In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth―believing Ross to be dead―is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Cellar of Horror: The Story of Gary Heidnik by Ken Englade; Serial killer Gary Heidnik’s name will live on in infamy, and his home, 3520 North Marshall Street in Philadelphia, is a house tainted with the memory of unbelievable horrors. What police found there was an incredible nightmare made real. Four young women had been held captive–some for four months–half-naked and chained. They had been tortured, starved, and repeatedly raped. But more grotesque discoveries lay in the kitchen: human limbs frozen, a torso burned to cinders, an empty pot suspiciously scorched…

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
by Grady Hendrix; An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s.

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier; Developing video games—hero’s journey or fool’s errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today’s hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it’s nothing short of miraculous.

The Woven Figure:  Conservatism and America’s Fabric by George F. Will; This collection of columns shows how, in the mid-1990s, conservatives fancied themselves poised to conduct a revolution, a radical reorientation of politics and governance. But in the late 1990s, they have discovered how resistant a complex nation is to being undone and rewoven.

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Yoga Story time and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

storytime_logoYoga Story Time  and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

Gardening Information Sources class meets on Monday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m.  In this class you will be introduced to the most reliable sources for gardening catalogs and websites.  Library Director, Dave Mixdorf, will introduce to some of the best information in the business.

Cookbook Book Club will tackle the topic of Noodles and Pasta on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m.  To participate bring your new noodle, or pasta dish, along with a list of ingredients and the book, magazine, newspaper, or website through which you found the recipe to the meeting and be prepared to sample the goodies on the night of the event.

Yoga Story Time meets on Saturday, January, 20th at 10:00 a.m.  Get involved with movement, mindfulness, and good stories.

Pokémon Club meets on Saturday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m.  Bring your cards join the fun.

Moving Past Ramen- Adulting 101 is a time to learn some of the basic skills of adult life that no one ever taught you, or you didn’t catch.  We meet on Saturday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m.   

Tangled Yarns group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a time of needlework, discussion, and fun.

Weekly Youth Activities:  Our schedule of weekly activities is full this week.  Family Movies are shown each Monday at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  These are G or PG movies that will be popular with the entire family.  Kindness Rocks meets each Monday at 6:00 p.m.  Night of FUN meets each Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.  Bilingual Story Time meets each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Explore the Unknown meets on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Pat-a-Cake Pals meets each Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Toddler Time meets each Friday at 10:00 p.m.

Reading Martin Luther King Jr.:  January 16th is the official day for celebrating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The following materials will give you some insight into the man.

King:  the Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Charles Richard Johnson (OVERSIZE 323.092 JOH); covers the life of Dr. King’s journey through photography.

Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin by Hampton Sides (364.152 SID); is an intense narrative about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history–a sixty-five-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England.

An act of state: the execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper (364.152 PEP); covers the television trial of James Earl Ray and subsequent investigations into the assassination Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament takes place runs from January 15th through 20th.  The following are some of our books on tennis.

Getting a Grip: on my body, my mind, my self by Monica Selles (BIO SEL); is the story of the youngest winner in French Open history, racking up eight Grand Slam titles, former tennis champion Monica Seles relates her struggles with binge-eating and depression and the peace and balance she had been searching for after an excruciating injury forced her on the sidelines.


You Cannot Be Serious
by John McEnroe (BIO MCE); is the story of professional tennis’ hothead.

Open: an autobiography by Andre Agassi (BIO AGA); is a candid memoir by the tennis champion covers his Grand Slam wins, establishment of a charitable foundation for underprivileged children, and marriage to Stefanie Graf.

New on the Shelf:  The following are new title recommendations from the library.

A Natural History of Hell:  stories by Jeffrey Ford (FIC FOR); is “A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth that is living”– Provided by publisher.

The Last Man in Tehran by Mark Henshaw (FIC HEN); “Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the “authentic, compelling, and revealing” (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker who must work with retired analyst Jonathan Burke to save the CIA from being torn apart by a conspiracy of moles. New Red Cell Chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad–Israel’s feared intelligence service–responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination, determined to protect the homeland. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA’s leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the Agency–and anyone who questions the official story is suspect. With few officials willing to help for fear of getting accused, Kyra turns to her former mentors–now-retired Red Cell Chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA Director Kathryn Cooke–to help uncover who is trying to tear the CIA apart from the inside out”– Provided by publisher.

Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Bolger Hyde (FIC HYD); “Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers’ retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily’s young single-mother housekeeper. It’s a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner’s very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie. Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?”– Provided by publisher.

As always have a great week and read good books.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Reads January 10th, 2018

Jan 10 '18

These are the books that the staff members of the South Sioux City Public Library are reading.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed- The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle- The lives of two different couples–wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals–suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- “An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”–Booklist, starred review.

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix- An affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s– Amazon
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor- In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means “Who fears death?” in an ancient language.– Amazon

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts–  “The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose–and her mind has been shattered. When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him–and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past–and the threat that follows in her wake–will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined”– Provided by publisher.

Final Girls by Riley Sager- Emerging as the lone survivor of a serial killer’s massacre a decade earlier, Quincy Carpenter struggles to ignore traumatic memories and move on as one of a group of other survivors who look to her for answers when one of them is found dead in a suspicious suicide.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson- Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers–seven distinct races now three billion strong–embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.

Tangled up in Tinsel by Candis Terry–  As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn’t help. Then there’s the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he’s ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that’s before he tastes what she has to offer…

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailackas- Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Gardening Classes and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

2010-08-15-13-19-28Gardening Classes and More at the South Sioux City Public Library

Cover to Cover Book Club will discuss Camino Island by John Grisham on Monday, January 8th at 3:00 p.m.  In this novel, Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

The Family Movie will be shown on Monday January 8th at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 p.m.  In this movie we will see a French fairy tale put into a live-action film, with an excellent musical score.

Beginning Gardening Class:  This class looks at the beginning point in gardening.  It is held on Monday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Tangled Yarns meets on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

If You Like Camino Island you will like one of these books.

The Lost Island by Douglas Preston; after being tasked with stealing a page from a priceless, ancient book, brilliant scientist and master thief Gideon Crew discovers a hidden map on the back of the book’s parchment, in the third novel of the series following Gideon’s Corpse.

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry; Cotton Malone battles a group of families whose influence dates back to U.S. Constitution and who seek to crack a code devised by Thomas Jefferson himself in their quest for power.

New Books on Gardening:  The following are some of the new books on gardening.

Floret Farm’s cut flower garden: grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms by Erin Benzakein; “Welcome to the world of Floret Farm, where hundreds of flower varieties grow and thrive to produce show-stopping arrangements. Here, star flower farmer Erin Benzakein shares her insights on planting a cutting garden of your own – wherever you live. Learn the secrets to her airy and lush arrangements, including how-tos for spectacular bouquets, garlands, and wreaths to showcase your gorgeous flowers. Featuring planting, cultivating, and harvesting advice for more than 175 flower varieties along with tops to preserve their freshness from field to centerpiece, this book has everything you need to start planning your garden and the stunning arrangements that will keep your home bright and blooming year after year.”–COVER.
Happy houseplants: 30 lovely varieties to brighten up your home by Angela Staehling; For anyone who has longed for a garden of their own–whether a city dweller or one with less-than-green thumbs–this is a handy little guide to growing and maintaining houseplants. Cheerful and informative, Happy Houseplants will guide any budding indoor botanist through a bevy of topics, from soil and water to light and fertilizer. With beautiful illustrations accompanying 30 different profiles of plants, from the easygoing Air Plant to the striking Zebra Cactus, this nifty book is the perfect gift for anyone looking to bring a piece of the outdoors inside.
No dig organic home & garden: grow, cook, use & store your harvest by Charles Dowding; No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts, Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden. They describe how to: Make compost, enrich soil, harvest and prepare food and make natural beauty and cleaning products and garden preparations. These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently; he is the acknowledged no dig guru and salad expert both in the UK and internationally. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She presents truly delicious seasonal recipes, made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparation for the home and garden.
Most Popular Checkouts in Nebraska Libraries:  The following are some of the most popular items around Nebraska libraries this year.
Nebraska Life Magazine tells stories of interest to people in Nebraska.  Read and learn about great travel destinations that you would never have considered because they are in our own backyard.
In Finding Nemo the fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo become separated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef. Nemo, a clown fish, is unexpectedly taken from his home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly fish named Dory, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days by Jeff Kinney; In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Hefley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother’s other ideas.
People Magazine brings readers the latest in pop culture news.
Whatever you read, have a great week.

Start Your New Year at the South Sioux City Public Library

Start Your New Year at the South Sioux City Public Library

This week we turn the page to a new year. When we are finished eating and drinking our fill, many of us will make some New Year’s resolutions and library book recommendations that will help you to keep them.

  1. Drink More Water:  To drink more water you may use an app, a journal, or a marked bottle.  The following are suggestions for apps.  Note:  I do not use a water intake counter, but these are the three top rated free apps.

Water Time Pro reminds you when to drink as well as keeping a record of how much water you do drink.

The Aqualert Drink Reminder reminds you to drink water at the right time.  This helps your body to more efficiently use the water.

Finally, Waterbalance will help you track water hydration level and stay healthy.

Each of these can be found on Android at the Google Play Story.  Apple, I am sure makes similar apps.  Check it out on your phone.  There are many from which to choose.

  1. The second most popular resolution is to “Move More and Sit Less”. The following are several apps that track your movement.

Step Counter Pedometer& Calorie Counter is an editor’s choice on Google Play that works well in calculating all that you want to track.

For those who are already in fit the Runtastic Running & Fitness Tracker.  The editors of Google Play say that this “is the best overall tracker for runners”.

These recommendations come from Google Play.  Go there and look at the many trackers that they have.  There are many to choose from, many of these are available on Apple.

  1. Next on the list is to Travel More. Even on a tight income you can camp, visit neighboring towns that you have not visited in some time, or visit the National Parks.

RV Camping in State Parks by David J. Davin (917 DAV); this book will tell you how to find RV friendly state parks.

The dog lover’s guide to travel: best destinations, hotels, events, and advice to please your pet-and you by Kelly E. Carter (636.7 CAR); is a handy book for finding dog parks, dog friendly hotels and more.

Secrets of the national parks : the experts’ guide to the best experiences beyond the tourist trail (917.304 NAT); is a great travel companion for those who want more than just the tourist sites.

  1. Volunteer more. The South Sioux City Public Library has many volunteer opportunities.  Just a few of these are:  senior gaming video or board, cards, bridge, chess, writing program, poetry, book clubs specialty (romance, mystery, fantasy,), movies in the libraries, cooking classes, Gardening classes, fantasy football league, art classes- painting, drawing, and adult literacy-work with learners of English to assist their reading skills.  You are an expert at something that we are not; join us in making our library better.

Let us know how we can help you with your new year’s resolutions.

This week we have Night of Fun is on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m., Tangled Yarns on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Bilingual Storytime in on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals is on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m., and Toddler Time is on Friday at 10:00 p.m., and Family Movie Time is on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Check out these award winning books for 2017.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  It is a story about a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.  Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley won the Edgar Award for Best Novel.  In this novel, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs-the painter-and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry was awarded the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.  “When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers”– Provided by publisher.

Have a safe and happy new year and of course read good books.new-year_resolutions_list

Wednesday Reads: January 3rd, 2018

Jan 3 '17

These are the books that our staff are reading this week.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; “In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay”– Provided by publisher.

The Strawberry Heart’s Diner by Carolyn Brown; Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke–along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager–and the lure of the diner’s beloved strawberry tarts–are enough to draw her in and plant her feet…but only temporarily. Raised by parents who refused to settle anywhere for long, Jancy has never known what it is to have roots. Now that Jancy’s swept up by the warmth and character of this quirky little community–and by the pull of an old crush–it’s beginning to feel like home. She’s making friends and even discovering the sweetness of falling in love. But when the town is threatened, Jancy knows it will take more than its legendary tarts to save it. Can she fight for this little Texas town–knowing she might not stay forever?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; “An exuberantly realized, exciting, and sweet-natured cyber-quest. Cline’s imaginative and rollicking coming-of-age geek saga has a smash-hit vibe.”–Booklist, starred review.

The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans; is a contemporary romance in the Christmas Box series.

The Final Girls  by Riley Sager; Emerging as the lone survivor of a serial killer’s massacre a decade earlier, Quincy Carpenter struggles to ignore traumatic memories and move on as one of a group of other survivors who look to her for answers when one of them is found dead in a suspicious suicide.

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

The Watchmen by Alan Moore; This stunning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all too human failings. The concept of the super hero is dissected and inverted as strangely realistic characters are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini; After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kafur; Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying about What you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do by Sarah Knight;

:Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor; Who Fears Death, published in 2010 by DAW, an imprint of Penguin Books, is set in a fictionalized post-apocalyptic future version of Sudan, where the light-skinned Nuru oppress the dark-skinned Okeke. The protagonist, Onyesonwu (Igbo for “who fears death”), is an Ewu, the child of an Okeke woman raped by a Nuru man.

The Ice Twins by S.K. Treymayne; The Ice Twins’ is by turns a thriller, a mystery and a ghost story. Tremayne, the pseudonym for a London journalist and best-selling novelist, melds all these ingredients, coming up with enough twists, insights and chilly moments to make the story his – or her? – own and to keep a hungry reader savoring every spoonful. . . . A story set on an island known informally as Thunder deserves a thundering finish, which Tremayne deftly serves up, along with a touching coda that would play well on film.”―Washington Post.