This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and December’s is hot chocolate brown. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!
If you love fantasy:
L. E. Modesitt Jr.’s Imager (2009)
The first in a series, this book follows Rhennthyl. He’s a talented artist who wants nothing more than to become a master artisan. However, his own personal ambitions have to take a back seat to reality when it’s discovered he’s an imager. That means he can visualize something and make it real. This revelation means he’s removed from society to be with other imagers, and everything Rhenn thinks he knows about his world is turned upside down.
Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Robin Hobb.
If you want classics:
Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1993)
There are few better ways to spend a cozy (or not so cozy) winter evening than in the company of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Holmes was so popular back in the day that, even when his author got tired of him and tried to kill him off, public demand for more Holmes brought him back. The resulting later Holmes stories are in this collection.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Rex Stout, Dorothy Sayers, and Laurie R. King.
If you enjoy thrillers:
Mitch Silver’s The Bookworm (2018)
This thriller take place in two different time periods–World War II and the modern day. It’s up to a historian, former chess champion, and, yes, bookworm named Lara Klimt to connect the dots between secret missions undertaken during the Second World War and a morbid discovery in 2017 London.
Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Jason Matthews, Joel C. Rosenberg, and Daniel Silva.
If you prefer nonfiction:
J.W. Ripley’s Thirsty Traveler: Road Recipes (2003)
Part travelogue and part cookbook, Thirsty Traveler includes an assortment of recipes from around the world that incorporate beer, wine, and liquors. It’s a sampler of international drinks and foods, spanning the globe from the US to Latin America to the Caribbean to Europe.
Recommended for those who enjoy cookbooks that combine food with travel.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.