This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and January’s is spring green for a fresh start. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it 🙂 ) on the cover!
If you like historical fiction:
Annette Hess’s The German House (2018)*
In early 1960s Germany, World War II is but a distant memory for Eva Bruhns–she was a small child when it ended. She is focused on starting her own life with her wealthy boyfriend in a rebuilt Frankfurt, but her perspective starts to change when she is hired to work as a translator for the upcoming Auschwitz war crime trials.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Kate Quinn, Kate Atkinson, and Anthony Doerr.
*Ebook also available on Libby.
If you love romance:
Abby Jimenez’s The Friend Zone (2019)**
Kristen is immediately taken with Josh as soon as she meets him. He’s the best man for the wedding she is planning for her best friend. However, she also is determined to keep him at a distance, especially when she finds out that he wants a big family since she is facing her own quiet battle with infertility. Complications ensue.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Christina Lauren and Katherine Center.
**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
If you want children’s literature:
Jason Reynolds’ Sunny (2018)
Sunny is the third book in Jason Reynolds’ Track series, though they can be read as standalones. Each book focuses on a different member of a track team. Sunny is a talented runner but actually hates running. He’s also struggling with a difficult home life–he feels like his father blames him for his mother’s death in childbirth. One day, he just stops running in the middle of the race, which sends his coach scrambling to find a track event that would appeal to a kid who doesn’t want to run and would rather dance.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Angie Thomas, Coe Booth, Elizabeth Acevedo, Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Paul Curtis, and S.E. Hinton.
If you prefer nonfiction:
Chris Earley’s Feed the Birds: Attract and Identify 196 Common North American Birds (2018)
It’s not too early in the year to start thinking about and preparing for birdwatching. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about birdfeeding, from building feeders to selecting feed to identifying birds, and profiles of the best way to attract all the major North American bird species are included.
Recommended for anyone interested in birdwatching or birdfeeding, from the novice to expert.
Judith Martin’s Minding Miss Manners: In an Era of Fake Etiquette (2020)
When you think of etiquette experts, Emily Post or Amy Vanderbilt may come to mind, but for my money, Judith Manners, aka Miss Manners, was always the most entertaining purveyor of advice. Her manners are infallible–as you’d expect from someone called Miss Manners–but she also possesses a sly, arch sense of humor that livens up the proceedings as she offers advice on manners in the modern world.
Recommended for anyone who’s interested in practical, modern advice about etiquette.
If you enjoy audiobooks:
Christina Baker Kline’s The Exiles (2020)***
Based on a reader suggestion from last year, I’m trying to incorporate more audiobooks into the blog. The cover is more blue than green, but the story is about people making a fresh start in less than ideal circumstances, specifically 19th century women sent to the Australian penal colonies. Evangeline is a former governess who’s been fired, imprisoned, and deported for pregnancy, and she soon befriends Hazel, a midwife who’s been sentenced for theft, and Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of an Aboriginal chief.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Emma Donoghue, Lisa Wingate, Jojo Moyes, and Kristin Hannah.
***Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
P.S. Thanks so much to all of you who participated in our Miracle on Spring Street Christmas Challenge! We started out with a goal to watch 1,000 movies as a community for $5,000 but within a couple of weeks we had already met the goal, so we had another Secret Santa donor step in to promise an additional $5,000 if we reached 2,000 movies. Well, we ended up meeting that goal and much more, with a total of 4,615 movies and $10,000. 🙂
What books with spring green covers are you reading? What’s your favorite book about a fresh start? What are you reading for January? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our fancy new online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.