Today is National Read a Book Day which, for booklovers, is like winning the lottery! It’s an entire day dedicated to reading. The day is observed annually on September 6, though many of us choose to celebrate this day year round!
For some bookish inspiration, a few of our library staff offer reading recommendations to help you find something new to dive into and enjoy. You can find all of these titles at the Library – either on our shelves or as digital downloads through our apps like OverDrive and RBDigital.
|The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom by A.E. Hotchner||My theory is the author wrote this for his grandchildren. – Becky S.
In Depression-era St. Louis, almost-thirteen-year-old Aaron Broom witnesses a robbery gone wrong and teams up with an unlikely band of friends and helpful adults to clear suspicion from his father’s name.
|I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez||Monique R.
When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.
|The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg||Melissa N.
This is by far the best audio book I’ve listened to in the last year. Duhigg provides an insightful and scientific look into the effect that habits have on the human brain. With true-life stories woven throughout to highlight this new information, Duhigg takes the reader on an engrossing journey that truly has the power to not only inspire, but to transform our own lives.
|Tailspin by Sandra Brown||A flying / mystery / kind of romantic adventure – Louise M.
Hired to deliver a mysterious box to a fogbound Georgia town, daredevil pilot Rye Mallett is targeted by saboteurs and law enforcement before teaming up with an attractive but suspicious doctor to determine the box’s significance.
|The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
More than 60 years after one of four friends in a reputedly haunted boarding school goes missing, journalist Fiona Sheridan resolves to learn her sister’s fate before a harrowing discovery is made. By the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.
|Listen, Liberal by Thomas Frank||Cindy
A history and critique of the Democrats’ transformation from the party of the working class to a second party of the monied class, all the way from the 1970s to Trump’s election.
|The Child Finder: A Novel by Rene Denfeld
|Dark, but very, very good – Laura C.
Hired by a family that has become desperate to find the young daughter who went missing three years earlier, a talented private investigator embarks on a search in a mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, where she is forced to confront painful realities from her own past as a lost child.
|Educated by Tara Westover||Karla C.
Fascinating memoir of a girl with a very non-traditional upbringing. As a child, the author Tara Westover did not attend school, did not visit the doctor and rarely socialized outside of her small, fundamentalist community. I sometimes cringed while reading this disturbing true account, but I could not put it down! This book is for anyone who is inspired by true survival stories.