Floyd Memorial Library

Staff Picks

Name: Tracey

Title: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Author: Joya Goffney

Rating: ★★★★

This is a debut novel that I found to be a delightful read with just the right mix of romance, friendship, family issues and drama. It was an easy and fun book to read.  The main character is a high school senior named Quinn, who ends up  being blackmailed! She had kept a journal filled with her private thoughts – entries were lists of her secrets, fears, private thoughts, dreams etc…  and through a series of unfortunate events the journal ends up in the wrong persons hands .Quinn knows it is in the wrong persons hands because one of her lists ends up shared on social media and now she is being blackmailed and needs to do as the person says or more lists will be posted on social media– for all to see!!

Available at the library: YA N F GOFFNEY


Name: Selina

Title: The Dutch House

Author: Ann Patchett

Rating: ★★★★

This is a debut novel that I found to be a delightful read with just the right mix of romance, friendship, family issues and drama. It was an easy and fun book to read.  The main character is a high school senior named Quinn, who ends up  being blackmailed! She had kept a journal filled with her private thoughts – entries were lists of her secrets, fears, private thoughts, dreams etc…  and through a series of unfortunate events the journal ends up in the wrong persons hands .Quinn knows it is in the wrong persons hands because one of her lists ends up shared on social media and now she is being blackmailed and needs to do as the person says or more lists will be posted on social media– for all to see!!

Available at the library: F PATCHETT or available to download through Libby.


Name: Tom Vitale, Library Director

Title: Supernova

Director: Harry McQueen

Rating: ★★★★★

A beautiful, gut-wrenching story of enduring love. A couple embarks on a road trip to visit family and spend time with one another. One half of the couple does not realize this will be their last trip. Dementia is an awful thing, and this story paints a raw and powerful image of what the disease does to the whole family. I loved the story – it made me hate what dementia was doing to the individual, the couple, and the extended family. I would completely recommend, but make sure you have a box of tissues at your side.

Available at the library: DVD SUPERNOVA 


Name: Daai

Title: Home Body

Author: Rupi Kaur

Rating: ★★★★★

I give this book a 5 out of 5.  There’s really nothing I can think of as far as complaints go. However, I will say that it is a raw, honest book, at some parts it may be a bit hard to read because of the topic.

It’s a book of poetry along with drawings by the author that go along with the poems.  I love, love, love this author!  And I highly recommend her, as well as her other two books.  She’s the new face of poetry, in my opinion.

Available at the library: POETRY 21st CENT. Kaur

 


Name: Vicky

Title: A Discovery of Witches

Author: Deborah Harkness

Rating: ★★★★

The first book in the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches opens up a magical world with witches, vampires, and daemons and how they are all allowed to interact with each other and us mere     mortals. Then there is the mysterious Ashmole 782, a lost book that all three species want in their possession. The book starts out slowly while laying a strong foundation of family histories, past events, and the rules that need to be followed. However, I feel the author tries to insert too many details and historical facts into the book and they slow down the pace of the story.

The plot is engaging with terror, adventure, romance and personal revelations. All the characters and their relationships are well thought out and well developed. This is not a fast or light read, but an enjoyable one that makes you think and wonder.

Available at the library: F HARKNESS or available to download via Libby.


Name: Brian O. Mealy

Album Title: Black Boys

Director: Sonia Lowman

Rating: ★★★★

As we continue our community discussion post Black Lives Matter moment on race in America. Black Boys, the documentary by  Sonia Lowman helps us focus our attention on a long overlooked segment of our population… black boys. Using the context of culture, sports, education and the criminal justice system. Lowman brings important insight and understanding to the viewer.

Available at the library: DVD FILM DOCUMENTARY BLACK BOYS


Name: Lori

Title: A Confederacy of Dunces

Author: John Kennedy Toole

Rating: ★★★★★

Published eleven years after the young author took his own life, this tale of Ignatious, an unsavory character you grow more and more fond of as the story progresses, has many memorable scenes I often still think of and smile about in the 30 years since I last read it. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981.

Available through Inter-Library Loan or available to download through Libby! 

 


Name: Janet

Title:Death in Daylesford

Author: Kerry Greenwood

Rating: ★★★★★

Phryne fans rejoice!  The beloved series brings back a lot of favorite characters (alas Jack is just a cameo).  After a slow start, the book crackles along in 1920s Australia, taking us to the back country for a the solution to a couple of puzzles and a seemingly baffling murder.  But Phryne is still the same open minded flapper.  Bert and Cec are center stage too! The library owns all the books in this series; in audio as well!

Available at the library, F GREENWOOD


Name: Matt

Title: The Evening and the Morning

Author: Ken Follett

Rating: ★★★★

There is no better than Follett when it comes to historical fiction and no better place to start than with the prequel to the Kingsbridge Series. The way Follett interweaves the intricate journeys of his characters is spellbinding and the research done to gain an accurate portrayal of the era is awe-inspiring. It can be daunting to pick up a thousand page book and even start, but Follett’s mastery of the  epic novel is unparalleled. Start with this book and enjoy the ride before moving on to The Pillars of the Earth and months of reading fun.

Available at the library: F FOLLETT, LP F FOLLETT or available to download through Libby.


Name: Brian O. Mealy

Title: The Madness of Crowds

Author: Louise Penny

Rating: ★★★★

Louise Penny takes us on another scintillating journey this time to the sleepy Quebec town of Three Pines. A visiting professor with a diabolical agenda to stir up trouble darkens the sunny village.  Soon an exchange of ideas turns to argument among the Townspeople, and arguments to violence, then to murder most foul. Inspector Armand Gamache, and his dutiful second in command must bring order to chaos whilst digging intothe mysterious background of the professor. I give this thrilling adventure 4 orders of poutine (french fries with gravy).

Available at the library: F PENNY, BCD PENNY.