February Staff Picks: Love, and Much More

by Christine on 2022-02-01 08:00:00

Happy February, readers of books and blog posts! February is a big month for us here at the library. Our winter reading program is coming to an end on February 18 (it's not too late to join in!), plus we're celebrating Lunar New Year and Black History Month, both of which you can learn more about by visiting our displays on the second floor of the library. It's also the month for Valentine's Day — and Galentine's Day — as well as a bunch of presidents' birthdays and Heart Health Month.

The beginning of a new month also means we, the staff, get to share what we've been reading lately in hopes that you'll pick up our favorites, too. From thrillers to romance, memoir to murder, and everything in between, there's something here to suit a wide range of tastes.

Don't forget to click the title if you're interested in reading it for yourself! The link will take you right to our catalog where you can place a hold or find exactly where it is in the library.

Christine:

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (2021)

Saturday is the world's biggest boy band. Think NSYNC, or One Direction, or insert your generation's biggest boy band here — that's Saturday. But fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when you're boyfriends with a band member and have to keep it a secret from the entire world. Ruben and Zack's pain at not being able to be open about themselves or their relationship is palpable, especially since we get to hear from both their perspectives throughout the book. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful love story with an ultra-satisfying ending.

Amber:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (2017)

This is a fun YA thriller for fans of One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Teenage girl Kacey is new to Broken Falls and as the new girl, she is learning the ins and outs of the food chain at her new school. When Kacey's new friends start to distance themselves from her she cannot help but feel something is wrong, but before she can confront them about it, one of them winds up dead and Kacey is the one being questioned. This book feels like a grittier Pretty Little Liars. I recommend it for teens 16+. In addition, check out Kara Thomas' other titles, The Cheerleader and The Darkest Corners.  You will not regret it.  

Emily:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone:  A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb (2019)

This New York Times best-selling author brings a hilarious, thought-provoking book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist's world. This is not a self-help book. But — hearing others' predicaments may give you the help you didn't know you needed anyway.

Lori:

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapeña (2021)

This is a murder mystery and I enjoyed it so much because I could never really figure out who "did it" until they solved it at the end. So many times, I thought I knew but it really kept me guessing all the way through. 

D’Lacey:

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool by Clara Parkes (2019)

Knitter Clara Parkes wanted to follow the process of the wool directly from the farm and sheep, through the shears, woolen mills and processors, to the small batch hand dyers and the spinners that make the yarn her crafting career requires. So she purchased a 676-POUND bale of wool and chronicled this journey, sharing the stories of those behind each detailed step of the way. This book even visits Wisconsin, via the Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb.  If you are looking for a witty, fast paced and informative non-fiction read regardless of your interest in sheep or fiber arts, Vanishing Fleece can be just that!

Susan:

The Lammas Wild (An Aelf Fen Mystery, Book 10) by Alys Clare (2021)

This book is the last of a series of mystical thrillers that take place in medieval England. Herbal healer Lassair returns to England and uncovers a secret that puts the lives of everyone she knows in grave danger. They are interesting books filled with magical & mystical elements, herbs, and history.

Meghan:

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (2018)

This is a very quick and enjoyable read; someone I lent my copy to even told me it’s the first book he’s actually finished in years! Full of dark humor and strange musings, this book follows a 36-year-old Tokyo woman, Keiko, who is content and considers her life purpose to be simply working in a convenience store until she dies, alone. But as family and society continually pressure her to be more than an old convenience store employee, she must figure out if she should try to be like everyone else or stay where she is comfortable and happy, where she knows how to act and dress and what to say – something she’d never been quite able figure out outside of the store. Keiko is a totally fresh and interesting heroine, and the book’s pace, writing style, and slim size make it easy to fit into your schedule.

Steve:

The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance by Rich Diviney (2021)

This book offers a great perspective on teamwork. It is very helpful for anyone looking to improve the quality of trust and performance across their team — professionally as well as personally. A retired Navy SEAL Commander, Diviney has taught leadership and optimal performance to more than five thousand businesses.