Your Library Staff At Home… 4 Book Clubs You Can Join Now

Struggling with what to read next? This can be overwhelming, especially with the constant barrage of best seller lists readily available anywhere, yet ever changing.  Joining a celebrity or popular book club can be a great way to discover new books and possibly dive into some meaningful discussion. This can be a great option if you can not physically attend a book group.

Here are 4 celebrity or popular book groups you should consider joining now:

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, Hello Sunshine.  The book choices in her club focus on books written by female authors.  Reese’s current book pick is The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist - ebook

 

Jenna Hager Bush, co-host of NBC “Today Show”, Read With Jenna Book Club.  The book choices in her club are generally contemporary novels with a compelling plot.  Hager explained her book tastes in an interview as, “No matter what, you have to have a great, compulsively readable plot. Something where you cannot wait to figure out what’s going to happen.”  Jenna’s current book pick is All Adults Here by Emma Straub.

All Adults Here - ebook

 

Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club,  Oprah’s Book Club.  Oprah deserves the ultimate round of applause for popularizing book clubs across the county. Oprah unveils her pick each month, and then features an interview with the author. Oprah’s current book pick is Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker.

Hidden Valley Road - ebook

 

Now Read This, a book club from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times.   This is a staff created book list in which they choose a book that, in their own words, “helps us makes sense of the world we’re living in — fiction, history, memoir, and more.”  The current fiction book choice is Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.

Disappearing Earth - ebook

Your Library Staff At Home… Staff Highlight

Glenn

Circulation Assistant

 

What is your favorite book you have read this year and why is it your fave?

Leviathan Wakes - ebook

   Leviathan Wakes by James Corey.  Excellent Sci-fi thriller book.  It has mystery, intrigue, plots and subplots, and is an excellent read.  I have heard that this book inspired a tv show and am now looking forward to checking out the show once the RRPL opens again:-)
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What book are you looking forward to reading next?

The Well of Ascension - Audiobook
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What are you currently watching?

Battlestar Gallatica reruns, Masked Singer, American Idol, and a new cheesy sci-fi series entitled “Vagrant Queen”

 

What are you listening to…music, podcasts?

Sports talk radio and numerous CD’s of classic rock & 1980’s music

 

What are you doing to occupy your time during these uncertain times?

Taking daily walks with my dog Ellie (pictured below), reading my first eBooks using the Libby App, doing yard work (trimming, mowing, mulching),  and repairing my cedar picket fence.

 

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Your Library Staff At Home… Staff Highlight

Trent

Deputy Director

What is your favorite book this year and why is it your fave?

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - ebook

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy   Two strangers with nothing to lose in depression-era California enter a marathon dance where they battle physical and mental exhaustion.  I was fascinated by the parallels between 1930’s  marathon dancing and modern-day reality televisions.

 

What book are you looking forward to reading next?

The Wolf and the Watchman - Audiobook

The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt Och Dag

 

What are you currently watching?

I recently started Schitt’s Creek after having been told to watch it by many people for the last few years.

Schitt's Creek (TV Series 2015–2020) - IMDb

 

What are you doing to occupy your time during these uncertain times?

 I’m well into my second 3000 piece puzzle and I’ve been replaying the video game Mass Effect 3. Also, I have a sourdough starter from which I’ve made a few loaves of bread with already.

Mass Effect™ 3 for PC | Origin

Your Library Staff At Home… Staff Highlight

Stacey 

Outreach Coordinator

What is your favorite book you have read this year and why is it your favorite?

I think my favorite book is always the next book I plan to read BUT if you’re looking for a smart mystery/thriller, I’d suggest Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman.

Mr. Nobody - Audiobook

What book are you looking forward to reading next?

The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz

The Daughters of Erietown - Audiobook

What are you you currently watching?

Making the Cut with Tim and Heidi, restarting Expanse, and all sorts of YouTube!

What are you listening to…music, podcasts?

I subscribe to a whole bunch of podcasts but a few favorites are: Flash Forward, Stuff You Should Know, 99% Invisible, Imaginary Worlds, and NPR Life Kit.

What are you doing to occupy your time during these uncertain times?

There’s still a lot of my job I can do from home, I’m putting more time into meal planning (finally!) and enjoying a wide-range of comfort carbs, watching more movies and TV shows  than I have in a long while, staying connected to physically distant family and friends, and finishing a half-done needlepoint canvas before I pick up a new project (to finish!)…. I’m guessing this list will sound pretty familiar to people, right?

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Your Library Staff At Home… Staff Highlight

Krista

Administration

What was your favorite book you read in the last year and why?

Dear Edward - ebook

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.  It’s about a young man finding his place in the world after he becomes the sole survivor of a plane crash. It’s heartbreaking and uplifting and honest.

What book are you looking forward to reading next?

The Red Lotus - ebook

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

What are you currently watching?

Re-watching some of my favorite movies like Notting Hill, Julie and Julia, and A Good Year. I just finished Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu and Better Call Saul on Netflix. Currently watching a clever tv series called Community on Netflix.

What are you listening to…music, podcasts?

Listening to classical music in the morning with my coffee. Podcasts: I’m keeping it light and staying away from true crime… Every Little Thing, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Young House Love Has a Podcast

What are you doing to occupy your time during these uncertain times?

I’m walking a lot.  Playing Words with Friends (for the first time) with my daughters who live out of state.  Watching videos of my granddaughter. Cooking and baking more than I care to, only because I like to eat. I’m organizing old photos, cleaning out closets, and recently polished every single antique brass door knob in our house. My husband and I love to hike, and have been exploring all of the Metroparks.

The Cleveland Metroparks – CBS Cleveland

 

Your Library Staff At Home…A Gritty Cop Tale

Long Bright River - ebook

 I went outside of my comfort zone by choosing to read Long Bright River by Liz Moore.  While my reading list can appear eclectic at times, mystery/thrillers tend to fall to the very bottom of my list. However, due to good press – an instant New York Times Bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club pick,  and wanting to expand my reading horizons, I chose to dive in.  Almost instantly I realized that this book is a convergence of almost everything I like to read.  Along with being a gritty cop tale, this book is a family saga, with complex female characters, twists and turns that you never see coming, and equally heartfelt and suspenseful.

Meet Mickey Fitzpatrick, a thirty something patrol officer in the Philadelphia Police Department.  Mickey’s younger sister, Kacey, is an addict who supports her habit through prostitution in the rough & drug ridden Philly neighborhood of Kensington.  Recently, there has been a spree of murders in the Kensington area, and Kacey has gone missing.  A desperate Mickey must use everything she has learned about addiction and the drug trade in Kensington to find her sister.

The story alternates between present day mystery and the story of the sisters childhood in an equally rough and dysfunctional environment.  The reader is set on a roller coaster ride of gripping suspense to heart-wrenching family turmoil.  In the end the reader will have experienced a story of mystery, suspense, addiction, and the family ties that persist in aiding the characters come to their fate.