What We're Reading: September 2023

Created on April 6, 2024, 5:49 pm

Last Updated April 17, 2024, 1:02 pm

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"Grace had dreamed of a life in London since she was a child, but the reality of her experience is drastically different than what she hoped when her opportunity to live out her dream comes right before The Blitz. As the story progresses, Grace discovers a love of reading, a sense of belonging, and a strength and bravery she didn't know she possessed. This book is on my top ten! I felt like I was with Grace throughout. I laughed and cried right alongside her." - Jeanette T., Glen Burnie Library
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"A selection of short chapters from the length of a short quote to just a few pages to inspire you when you are weary, give you perspective when you feel like you have blinders on or lift your spirits when you are down." - Amanda Y., Glen Burnie Library
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"This title is pretty self-explanatory, but it offered so much more than I expected. Highlighting details of the collection, sorting and processing of curbside recyclables was really helpful in understanding WHY certain materials are or are not actually recycled vs. being theoretically recyclable. For example, are plastic bottle caps recyclable? Yes, but... when they aren’t attached to a bottle they are too small to be captured on their own – they usually fall through the disc screens and end up sorted with glass – so put the cap back on the bottle before recycling! What about greasy pizza boxes, yogurt cups or milk cartons? The answers are all here!" - Holly R., Odenton Library
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"Sister Holiday, an (almost) reformed punk rocker and (not so) secret sleuth, has found a spiritual home with the Sisters of the Sublime Blood in New Orleans. But once a string of deadly arsons threatens the convent and Saint Sebastian's Catholic School where she teaches music, Sister Holiday teams up with an arson investigator to find out who is responsible - and who might be trying to frame her for the crimes. Sister Holiday is irreverent, sarcastic and committed to seeking justice, and a compelling character that drives this page-turner of a mystery. Fans of Gillian Flynn will appreciate the sly humor and story twists." - Sharon L., Odenton Library
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"Everyone made friends with Walter, who always seemed a bit off, but was very lovable. Years later, Walter invites 10 of his friends to a very nice house on the lake for a seemingly peaceful getaway all at his expense. Who could say no? After some to no convincing, all 10 of Walter's friends agree to visit. The relationships between the guests varies from romantic, to complex, to complete strangers. As the guests become comfortable in the luxury vacation home, things seem to be too perfect and it's apparent not everything is as it seems. Tynion does a very good job of building suspense and curiosity then providing a solid payoff. There's no beating around the bush when it comes to the horrors The Nice House on the Lake has to offer. Alvaro Martinez Bueno and Jordie Bellaire create beautifully horrific artwork to accompany this suspenseful story making each page a treat for the eyes. Fans of horror and apocalyptic tales will greatly enjoy this graphic novel." - Mackenzie N., Library Headquarters
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"Even with my (extremely) limited knowledge of tennis, I was totally engrossed in this triumphant come-back story. TJR writes her characters with such relatability that I'm now watching women's tennis and feel both compassion and inspiration for their intense art and skill. The touching relationship between a father and daughter will pull at your emotions with thrilling wins and sorrowful losses.
40-love in Reid's favor." - Caroline S., Linthicum Library
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"Jaime is trapped inside a haunted house in the middle of the woods. As in, he is literally trapped by an invisible force and a century-old ghost that will not let him leave. Theo is determined to help Jaime get out by finding help at a local occult shop. Taylor's mother's family has a history of witchcraft, but her father won't let her practice. Regardless, she decides to help Jaime and Theo. This book oozes creepiness alongside a storyline that serves as a metaphor for teenagers feeling trapped in their lives. Read it for the mystery, the romance, and the struggle of teens trying to figure themselves out." - Julie D., Maryland City at Russett Library
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"South Boston, 1974: The summer heat is sweltering, anger is running high on the eve of school desegregation and busing, a young Black man is found dead on the tracks of a Southie subway station, and Mary Pat Fennessy is determined to find who is responsible for her teenage daughter's disappearance - by whatever means necessary. This book combines elements of the crime thriller, historical social commentary, and tragic character study into a story that will stay with you long after you read the final page. Both long-time fans of Lehane's classics like Mystic River and those drawn to historical fiction that reflects current issues will appreciate the depth and punch of this compelling book. There is graphic violence and racist language contained in this novel. On my list for best books of 2023." - Sharon L., Odenton Library
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"There isn't just one London. There are, in fact, four cities sharing that name and geographic location, each in a very different plane of existence. The novel takes place in the early 1800s, when magical travel between the different Londons has been severely restricted. The only ones who can travel from world to world are the blood magicians known as Travellers. When we first meet the traveler Kell, he has arrived in Grey London (in our own un-magical world) to deliver a message from his own sovereigns of Red London to King George III and the Prince Regent. At the same time, we meet a young thief of Grey London named Lila Bard, whose life becomes entwined with Kell's accidentally as they are both plunged into a plot to reawaken magic and tear down the walls between the worlds.

This is a thrilling take on magic, and you will like it if you like fantasy. I like that this novel makes its system of magic seem absolutely plausible." - Mary S., Deale Library
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