Fall Reading Challenge: Western Europe

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Western Europe Region or an author from the Western Europe Region. Notable authors of recent years include Nina George, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Leila Slimani. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

The German House – Maddy – Staff Review

The German House by Annette Hess

Eva Bruhns doesn’t really remember WWII as it ended when she was a small child and no one in her family likes to discuss what happened in great detail. Her father served in the war, but now and her mom run a successful restaurant. Eva works as a translator and is hired to translate for the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, which are war crime trials in which former Nazi officers are being tried for their crimes. As Eva becomes more involved in the trials, she begins to question her family’s silence about the war and her father’s service. She also tries to come to terms with what she learns at the trials and what she has learned/ heard in the past.

Though the German House is a work of fiction, it is based on real events and the real trial of Nazi officers. Annette Hess does a wonderful job of capturing the mood during this time and bringing in different perspectives. For anyone looking for a good historical fiction, I recommend this book. It also counts towards the Fall reading challenge (West or East Europe categories)

4 stars

Tales from the Ant World – Terry – Staff Review

Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson is an engaging and entertaining read on the world of ants and ecology. The writing is scientific and educated, however with use of everyday language and explanation that talks to the reader in a tone that is as much for an expert as for someone new to the field of entomology. Included are a number of scientific drawings to illustrate a few of the species, as well as a glimpse into fieldwork in the world of ant scientists.

5 stars

The Guest List – Haley – Staff Review

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The novel takes place during a wedding weekend on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. Friends of the famous couple join together for what is to be a lavish event. Between the past experiences of the wedding party, the alcohol and the ominous storm setting in, the wedding becomes anything but festive. After a body is found dead, the wedding turns into a nightmare.

I was not a fan of the book at all. I found the characters of the wedding party to be dislikeable and was not vested in their story. A few of the weaves of the tangled storyline web were too far fetched to make the overall novel realistic. While I have enjoyed other novels by Lucy Foley, this one is better left on the shelf.

2 stars

Fall Reading Challenge: UK/Ireland

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 3: A book set in the UK/Ireland region or by an UK/Ireland region author. Notable authors of recent years include Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel, and Zadie Smith. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Llama Weaving kits to-go!

Llama Weaving kits to-go. They are available at the lending desk for anyone. The kits come with five different kinds of yarn, a darning needle, a llama loom, and directions. Recommended for older users due to complicated directions, but younger users can do with help from a parent/guardian.

We still have some bee embroidery kits as well at the lending desk. Ask for them at the lending desk while supplies last!

Fall Reading Challenge: Nordic Region

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 3: A book set in the Nordic region or by a Nordic author. Notable authors of recent years include Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, and Fredrik Backman. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Fall Reading Challenge: North America

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 2: A book set in North America or by a North American author. Notable authors of recent years include Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Louise Erdrich, and N. K. Jemisin. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

The Book of Longings- Haley – Staff Review

The Book of Longings by by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings follows the life of Ana, the fictional wife of Jesus, as she matures from a young girl living in her father’s home, into womanhood.

Ana, longing for a life worth meaning, is something I think everyone can relate to. Her journey introduces the reader to many endearing characters such as her brother Judas, her Aunt Yaltha, and best friend Tabitha. Ana yearns a life filled with more than just the role required of woman during that time. Her desire to make an impact, in her own way, is parallel to the desire of her husband, Jesus, and his passion to spread the love of God. In this novel Jesus is written as just a man, a carpenter by trade and a follower of John the Baptist.

This book is a breathing taking work of fiction and I relished getting to know the author’s interpretation of these biblical characters. Do not read if you are looking for accuracy with the historical or theological details.

5 stars

Fall 2020 Reading Challenge – Read Around the World!

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

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