Hello to all cardholders and everyone in the OPL community. I am the CEO of the Ottawa Public Library and, as you can imagine, I love to read!
Here are some of my favorites from over the years that I’d like to share with you!
My all-time favorite is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I even have the special Green Gables Edition from a visit to Anne’s house in PEI; both the book and my travel memories are treasures to me.
Tami Hoag is my favorite one of my favorite mystery writers. I have recently enjoyed the series with the detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard: A Thin Dark Line and The Boy.
Other mystery writers I love are Harlen Coben, notably The Boy from the Woods and Linwood Barclay, especially The Accident.
I love reading novels set in and about South Carolina, a beautiful place I`ve been able to visit, specifically Charleston and Isle of Palm. I was introduced to several authors that wrote about the area: Pat Conroy’s South of Broad is one of my favorites – such a great book. Dorothea Benton Frank wrote many books situated in South Carolina with a lot of humour in them. She also blends in information to educate her readers, for example about sea turtles, in one and honey bees, in another. I loved the last book I read by her called Queen Bee. In fact it was her last book as she passed away in 2019, something I found out when reading Elin Hilderbrand’s 2020 novel Troubles in Paradise.
Of course, I am not the only one who read and loved Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
A new author I discovered in our eBook collection is Kelly Rimmer when I read The Truths I Never Told You. That was a very good book and I`ll look out for more from her.
Some historical fiction titles I’ve been enjoying include Gill Paul’s Jackie and Maria – about Jacqueline Kennedy and Maria Callas. She has written fiction based on other famous women as well, such as Princess Diana and Wallis Simpson.
I love to cook and bought the new Ina Garten Cookbook, Modern Comfort Food. I actually read the entire cookbook and loved the piece on “staying engaged” (p. 101). My parents are elderly and I really appreciated the piece about loneliness in elderly people, and the importance of staying engaged and having people over to dinner – COVID aside of course.
Meantime, as we weather another province-wide lockdown let’s cosy up to a book over the holidays, and escape to other places and other lives!