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Wild West Fall Picks: What We’re Reading, Listening to & Watching

Aug 18, 2020

This past summer has been quite unlike the many we have seen before. With the pandemic, changes to schooling, working, social isolation, and distancing it has been a learning experience for all of us in navigating this new normal.  One of our favorite methods of relaxation (even more so than usual!)  is to lose ourselves in a good book. The ability to journey within, learn new things, and to escape into another world has been extra incredible (and all from the safety of our homes!)

We would love to share with our community some of what we have really enjoyed over these past few months.  There has been so many great reads—ones that keep you up all night desperately trying to figure out the twist to family stories that have you laughing (and crying) at the same time. 

Have you read any of these? Is there anything that you have read that you would like to share? Please let us know!

Wild West Fall Picks: What We’re Reading, Listening to & Watching
by charmaine_library

#quarantine reads #fiction #non-fiction #hoopla #audiobooks #music #Hazeldean #Beaverbrook #we recommend #fall reading

  • Catherine House

    Catherine House

    A Novel

    By Thomas, Elisabeth
    Liberal arts study, complete with 3 years of isolation from the outside world, famous graduates, secrets and... plasm? What does that mean for Ines? What secrets lie in the (rejuvenation?) tower.
  • The Truth Hurts

    The Truth Hurts

    A Novel

    By Reid, Rebecca
    Poppy has her secrets (don't we all?!) and when her new handsome beau Drew (who also rescued her from a precarious situation) suggests only one rule for their rel'ship (don't talk about the past) she happily agrees. But what secrets is he hiding? A roller coaster of a story, that will have the reader guessing what secrets both Poppy and Drew are keeping from each other, and the costs of lying by omission.....
  • Broken People

    Broken People

    A Novel

    By Lansky, Sam
    When Sam hears about a shaman who can "fix everything wrong with you in three days" he is intrigued. Can all that ails him really be fixed in that time, and do what therapy couldn't? An authentic portrayal of addiction, and relationships, that is captivating, and will keep the reader engrossed to see if Sam gets his happy ending...or not.
  • The Last Flight

    The Last Flight

    A Novel

    By Clark, Julie
    Claire has been planning to leave her husband for a while, but he has deep pockets, and reach, and she is terrified. When an opportunity arises an the airport to switch places with a mysterious stranger Eva, it is one she can't refuse. But when Eva's plane goes down, matters become more complicated... Just what secrets is Eva hiding? And can Claire stay hidden in Eva's life and keep up this charade? A fast paced thriller that will keep you reading all night..... and it is worth all the missed sleep!
  • Big Little Lies

    Big Little Lies

    By Moriarty, Liane
    Small kids, small problems? A bully incident happened in a kindergarten orientation in a beautiful Australian coastal town, it unfolds a complex story of couple's relationship, parenting, domestic violence and female friendship, and I found it particular relevant in this pandemic time. A fun book to listen though, many quips on parenting and schooling, it took me a little while to figure out why the pleasantry among parents on new school start day is something like "how's your new year?". Great narrator, love her voicing the story! I highly recommended to watch its HBO series first, for a better chance to appreciate both the book and the show, not the opposite.
  • Big Little Lies
    A overall great show, if you've read the book you may agree with me the cast director would win an award on its own right. I'm waiting for the second season, want to see more, a long wait list though.
  • The Reckoning

    The Reckoning

    By Grisham, John
    John Grisham wrote this daunting story based on a story he heard long ago from his days as elected intuition official, in Deep South. It gives me a glimpse how White and Black got along merely 60 years ago. Great narrator, that smooth Southern accent!
  • Good Habits, Bad Habits

    Good Habits, Bad Habits

    The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick

    By Wood, Wendy
    Just like the author wished, I took away her tip for establishing a good habit: friction free, which means not to depend on your will power but to create an environment with less distraction to your goal, do it, repeat it until it becomes part of you.
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

    By Rovelli, Carlo
    A great introduction to various topics in physics without background in this field, the author explains scientific subjects in a passionate and poetic manner, sharing his insight on humanity, time and space
  • The Shape of Family

    The Shape of Family

    A Novel

    By Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
    I like reading her books, she is a good storyteller. She tells story of families, their connection to the society that they live in. In this one, she starts with a picture-perfect family; how one tragedy could shatter that picture, and how they can survive and move on as an individual. Also, not loose the feeling of family…you may not be together, but you could always love and respect each other.

Wild West Fall Picks Children's Edition: What We’re Reading, Listening to & Watching
by charmaine_library

#quarantine reads #fiction #non-fiction #hoopla #audiobooks #music #Hazeldean #Beaverbrook #we recommend #children's

  • I Love You, Fred
    A story with beautiful illustrations about a lovable dog named Fred and his curious spirit! Complete with repeating verses for children to say along with you "I sit, I stay, I don't run away.." this is a engaging story for all family members to enjoy.
  • Rocking in My School Shoes
    Pete the cat is ready for his first day of school! And he's singing his song....
  • Horse Meets Dog

    Horse Meets Dog

    By Kalan, Elliott
    Is horse just a super large dog 'with funny paws?' Or is dog just a 'tiny baby horse.' A hilarious story of mistaken identity sure to make one laugh.
  • Ways to Make Sunshine
    Ryan tries really hard to see the best in people (even her brother) but sometimes she feels that her parents don't quite understand her but she always finds her way, with sunshine! This series has been compared to Ramona Quimby, featuring a black girl and her family.
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    By MacLachlan, Patricia
    The first book in a series of children's books about a father and his two children who welcome Sarah into their lives. Through patience and tenderness, Sarah becomes an integral part of their lives. This book was made into a Hallmark movie.
  • Empathy Is My Superpower!

    Empathy Is My Superpower!

    A Story About Showing You Care

    By Smith, Bryan
    great book for children to teach about empathy and kindness with examples that they can relate to. The author writes a series of books about life skills such as self-acceptance and sportsmanship.
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker
    I finished this delightful book in a single sitting. Gorgeous illustrations, fantastic dresses and a message about being true to yourself.
  • Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen
    Bernice Buttman is by no means a model citizen, but she tries. She ends up living with her aunt and several quirky nuns in an abbey. One of the characters speaks only in children's book quotes, which makes for a fun “what book was that?” activity.
  • Who Wet My Pants?
    Reuben has a problem, and he is determined to find the culprit. A laugh out loud silly story sure to please!

Les selections d'automne du Wild West : Ce que nous avons lu, écoutons et regardons
by charmaine_library

#nous recommendons #les lectures #les documentaires #Hazeldean #Beaverbrook