December Staff Picks: "Snow? Already?"

by Christine on 2021-12-06 09:45:00

I know I wasn't the only one who woke up Sunday morning, saw the weather forecast, and went, "No! I'm not ready for winter yet!" But the snow came anyway, and we all made do with what Mother Nature handed us. The real question is, are you ready for winter to begin in earnest?

Well, you know how the song goes:

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since you've no place to go
Read a book, read a book, read a book!

Or something like that?

Get a jump on these titles now, or save some of that energy for our forthcoming Winter Reading Program in 2022! More details on that soon. For now, here’s what our staff recommend for December. Click the links to request your own copy!


The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling (2021)

This is a page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. (For readers age 8 and up.)


If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen (2005)

This is about a little boy describing the car he would build. It would be able to travel on land, in the air, and under water. It would also have all kinds of awesome features inside. This little book is sure to fuel any young inventor with big plans and grand imaginations. The library also just added a copy in the Juvenile Spanish section — Si Yo Disenara un Auto is the title.


Far From Normal by Becky Wallace (2020)

This fun and refreshing young adult novel is about the everyday struggles of a 16-year-old trying to figure out the difference between the signs of romance and pure kindness from a client she is interning for.


She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen (2021)

Scottie is still not over her toxic girlfriend breaking up with her. Irene is her #1 enemy that she suddenly has leverage over when Irene backs into her car at school. Scottie's plan: If Irene pretends to date her (therefore making Scottie's ex jealous), Scottie will pay to fix the car herself. Actually falling in love with each other, though, is not part of the plan... until it happens.


Educated by Tara Westover (2018)

This book has been quite popular for a while, so I guess I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t read it yet, you should! I am in charge of a book club for a group of 25-year-olds, and this was my first selection for them because so far, I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love this book — it’s easy to follow and easy to discuss, plus you want to discuss it.

Educated is a memoir full of shocking true stories about Westover seeking to expand her world and get a formal education, held back by her survivalist Mormon fundamentalist family that is riddled with abuse, rules, and harmful beliefs. Westover’s journey is difficult and sad, but also really interesting and inspiring. Read it alone or check out a book club kit to read it with your friends as the winter weather takes over.


Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo, illustrated by Juan Cavia (2021)

The illustration in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning. This is the type of book that highlights the artistry of comics and gives that adultness to graphic novels. The story follows a famous pianist who is dying of cancer. Julian is a recluse, a hermit, but one day a young journalist comes to interview him and his fantastical story unfolds. His life is filled with heartbreak, angst, and magic... think the "Crocodile Rock" scene from the movie Rocketman starring Taron Egerton. If you have never read a graphic novel, give this one a try; it will make you a fan.


The Ivies by Alexa Donne (2021)

Chilton Preparatory School meets Mean Girls, if Rory Gilmore and Cady Heron had also gone to school with Nancy Drew, in this dark academia YA thriller about students who will stop at nothing to achieve their higher education dreams.


Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman (2020)

This beautifully written novel traces a centuries-old curse to its source, unveiling the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Best lines: "Drink chamomile tea to calm the spirit. Feed a cold and starve a fever. Read as many books as you can. Always choose courage. Never watch another woman burn. Know that love is the only answer."