Staff Picks

Wondering what we read?

Here are some staff picks…

 

April 2020

Persimmon Tree

 

“The Persimmon Tree is a love story set in Indonesia during WWII that kept me turning the pages. Nick and Anna endure so many hardships and are separated for many years, and yet because of their true love for each other, they are destined to be together. Despite the hefty size of this book I finished it in just a few days!” – Rebecca

 

 

 

 

Secondhand spirits

 

“Secondhand Spirits is the first in the Witchcraft Series by Juliet Blackwell. I’ve come to love these cozy mysteries and the main character Lily, a witch from Texas who has never fit in but has formed a found family in San Francisco. The stories are lighter and are great to listen to (on Overdrive) while I do housework. They are filled with magic, mystery, a little romance, and strong female characters with sass.”       – Elesha

 

 

Tarzan

 

“Tarzan of the Apes is the first of 24 adventure books that Burroughs wrote about a man who was raised by apes in the African jungle. I found this novel to be totally engrossing, and much more entertaining and in depth than any of the movies or spin-offs. What I loved most was this novel’s ability to target different genres throughout. It has romance, adventure, drama, horror, and history all wrapped up in a short novel written by a man with an imagination as wild as the character he created.” – Hannah

 

Quand les femmes

 

“Au commencement du vingtième siècle au Québec les femmes sont encore sans statut social et sans droit de vote. Deux d’entre elles tentent d’améliorer leurs sors au risque de provoquer bien des drames. Au fil de leurs destins croisés se trouvent beaucoup d’intrigues. Ce roman est émouvant et captivant. La fin est vraiment surprenante!”     – Carmen

 

 

Just Watch Me

“Just Watch Me is a heist novel recommended to me by a co-worker. I found that Lindsay, once again, had me rooting for the protagonist bad guy just like he did in the Dexter series.

Riley is a Robin Hood of sorts with myriad skills that include parkour, awesome disguises, acting, and oh yes, murder. If this caper is going to be a success he’s going to have to pull out all the stops!

His two main female characters are interesting and add depth and flavour to this story Lindsay’s cooked up.  The detective is so quiet you forget about him at times but he is an intelligent and likable soul too.

This isn’t my usual thrilling page-turner but I enjoyed this story and would be happy to recommend it to others. I also think it would make a great movie.” – Alison

 

 

Secrets we Kept

“The Secrets We Kept is about a young woman who becomes involved with the CIA’s plan to get copies of Dr Zhivago into the Soviet Union where it had been banned because of its portrayal of life under Communism. The author weaves her spy saga along with Boris Pasternak (author of Dr Zhivago) and his real-life lover Olga,the model for Lara his character in his book.

I always knew of the book and movie Dr Zhivago being one of the best romance stories set in Russia. The Secrets We Kept has opened up the history book about a poet and writers passion to share many truths of his homeland and to get the famous Dr Zhivago published. I give it a 4 star recommendation.” – Shelley

 

 

Orphan's Tale

 

 

“The Orphan’s Tale is a gripping tale of the best, and worse, sides of humans set against the building insanity of the Holocaust.” – Sharren

December 2019

 

The Snow Child

 

 

“Set in the Alaskan wilderness, this is a tale of love, loss, and how fragile our understanding of reality is. A great story!” – Sharren Reil

Available in both branches (FIC IVE)

 

 

 

 

No relation

“Moving away from my usual genre of historical fiction, I gave No Relation a chance and I’m glad I did! Fallis is a comedic genius, with the plot of this novel being something only he could create. The novel follows Earnest Hemmingway (no relation and spelled differently) as he navigates a life where he shares a namesake with the famous author. Full of humour, awkward moments, and even a touch of romance, Terry Fallis has captured my interest.” – Hannah Wight

Available in Haileybury (FIC FAL)

 

 

Cuckoo's calling

“The descriptions and attention to detail bring modern day London to life in these detective novels featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike. In the first novel, Cuckoo’s Calling, we are introduced to this gruff character and as his personality develops in the books so does an understanding of his outlook on life. These books have been made into a miniseries, Strike, which is highly rated on IMDB. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling and it was fun to see the differences and similarities in her writing styles between the Harry Potter series and this series.” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in New Liskeard (LP GAL) and Haileybury (FIC GAL)

 

 

 

Crow Winter

 

“Crow Winter tells the story of Hazel, who is searching for her path in life after university while dealing with the loss of her father. She starts to have strange dreams of the Algonquin demigod Nanabush who claims he can help her. This book is full of mysterious and magical characters who will leave you thinking about the book even once you finish. I definitely recommend!” – Julia Turner

Available in New Liskeard (FIC MCB)

 

 

 

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“Wallflower: A person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded to a party.
This was a fantastic read whether you’re a wallflower or not. It’s a coming of age story that can help you realize that you are not alone and others share the same feelings as you. This novel is written in the style of a journal and has many thought provoking quotes.” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard (YA CHB)

 

 

 

The Games House

“I enjoyed the uniqueness of this book and wish there were more stories set in this world. It took a bit to get used to the writing style but once I did I had a hard time putting it down.

There are three stories where games are played on a larger scale, nations fall and rise at their whim. The stories move along at a good pace and weave together for the final game.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard (SF NOR)

 

 

 

 

Station Eleven

 

“Station Eleven, while technically a post-apocalyptic novel, offers the reader so much more. The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region, both during and after a flu pandemic that wipes out 99% of the world’s population. Her beautiful prose and storytelling will even captivate those who tend to avoid the genre. Bonus, the author is Canadian!” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard (FIC MAN)

 

 

 

 

Weight of Blood

 

“Outstanding debut from a perspective of multiple narrators, primarily mother and daughter 17 years apart. I understand why author Laura McHugh won two awards for this book: 2015 International Thriller and Silver Falchoin for best first novel.” – Shelley Antila

Available in New Liskeard (FIC MIC)

 

 

 

 

Bar Harbor Retirement Home

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I found that novelty of it very clever and entertaining.

The entire cast of characters are lovable and for the most part quirky.

This was truly a gem of a read for me!” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (LP DEF)

 

 

 

 

Unplanned

“This is the dramatic, true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader’s eye-opening journey across the lifeline. What did she see in that clinic to cause her to take such drastic action, to quit Planned Parenthood to join the Coalition for Life? Abby reveals her full story. Controversial? Yes! However, Abby’s story is also a love story told in a revealing yet not graphic way, as some would have you believe. Unplanned is a must-read! For or against!” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskeard (BIO JOH)

 

 

 

 

September 2019

 

the gown“This book by Canadian Author Jennifer Robson is perfect for anyone who is fascinated by the royal family! Filled with intrigue, heartache, and secrets from the past, this postwar novel kept me absorbed right to the end. Each of the three main characters are written with care, and reading Ann’s chapters (my favourite character) felt like talking to a friend.

The novel is elegant in its simplicity which is why I would recommend it to all who love reading historical fiction!”          – Hannah Wight

Available in New Liskeard (LP ROB)

 

 

Into_Thin_Air

 

“This amazing non-fiction gives you a glimpse at what real adventure looks like and the sacrifices that might have to be made to experience it. Jon Krakauer writes about his personal experience in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. It is a sad but very interesting book that shows what it is really like to climb Earth’s highest mountain.” – Julia Turner

Available in Haileybury(796.52 KRA)

 

 

 

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“This book is a captivating re-telling of the story of Oz where wicked is good and good is wicked.

The story follows Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, as she tries to complete the task of killing Dorothy.

This was a very enjoyable read and definitely a series I will add to my collection.” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard (YA PAI)

 

 

 

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“This is one of the few books I have kept rereading throughout my life as it is so well written and timeless.

The story of a poor farmer’s rise to wealth in the early twentieth century in rural China, the story is complex and very moving. It is one of my favorite books!” – Sharren Reil

Available in both branches (FIC BUC)

 

 

 

 

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“This book is a continuation of A Time to Kill, a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The movie, by the same name, was just as entertaining.

In this book, Sycamore Row, John Grisham brings us back to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial. A trial that exposes old racial tensions and forces Ford County to confront its tortured history.” – Carmen Peddie

Available in both branches (FIC GRI)

 

 

 

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“This book was so sweet and fun that I read it in three days. I’m not a country music fan, but I am a sucker for a story about musicians.

It was a light-hearted read that had me swooning and cheering for the characters. The story follows Annie with her beautiful voice and tragic past and Clay as he struggles with fame.

I recommend this book if you’re looking for a lighter romantic read.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard (AUD HAH)

 

 

 

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“This debut novel is completely mesmerizing. The poetic prose and rich storytelling brings you to this North Carolina marsh. A must read for anyone who loves Southern literature!” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard (LP OWE) and Haileybury(FIC OWE)

 

 

 

 

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“The mystical salt marsh setting provided a stunning back drop for book #1 in this series.

Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist at the university of Norfolk. Her character is quite interesting and very likable.

I’m hooked on Elly Griffiths!” – Shelley Antila

Available in New Liskeard (FIC GRI)

 

 

 

 

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“I had to try it! Three people writing a novel together. How does that work? Will I notice different writing styles or will it be seamless?

I thought this story would be one of those ‘girl meets boy, girl hates boy, but you know they’ll live happily ever after in the end’ kind of books, but it’s NOT!

There really is so much going on in this novel that having three authors was probably a good idea. Personal trauma, loss, dysfunctional families, coming of age, friendship, love and more.

It is sure to pull on your heart strings, I know it did mine!  Enjoy.” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (YA LIP)

 

 


 

June 2019

Digital Minimalism.jpg“How much screen time is too much? How does one disengage from social media when it is such an integral part of our lives? Cal Newport gives a step- by-step process in this book, starting with a one-month social media detox. I liked this book because, although I would like to monitor my social media use, I do not want to totally disengage. In a non-judgemental way, Newport suggests using social media with intention to avoid overuse, and to really examine the impact of screen time in order to minimize its intrusion on quality time. I found his thoughts on solitude very interesting and enjoyed the tone and easy logic he used to express himself.” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in Haileybury. (303.483 NEW)

 

 

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“This was a fun and heart-warming read. Though it’s about a time-travelling agent who becomes stranded in the past and makes a life there, only to be rescued 15 years later, it’s truly a story about family and how far parents will go to help their children. The story is fast-paced with vivid characters and will make a wonderful summer read.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard. (SF CHE)

 

 

 

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“For those who enjoy a murder mystery that is smart, fresh, full of twists and turns, yet not gory, this young adult novel would be a great choice!

I was engrossed through-out!!” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard. (YA WER)

 

 

 

 

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“Jane Harper makes the atmosphere so thick you can feel and taste the red clay dust. Folklore surrounds the mysterious drover with an already dark intense narrative. The ending reveals how far a person will go to preserve a life worth living in a place once loathed and loved.” – Shelley Antila

Available in Haileybury (FIC HAR) or New Liskeard (AUD HAR).

 

 

 

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“This book was assigned as a project for my English class, little did I know what an interesting read it would be. Using the themes of totalitarianism, propaganda, and identity, Orwell created a dystopian world that will leave you wondering about the present.” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC ORW)

 

 

 

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“An incredible tale of a famous Canadian manhunt. The RCMP hunt for a mad trapper in the Yukon wilds using dog teams, native trackers, and a plane flown by Wop May.” – Sharren Riel

Available in New Liskeard. (364.1 KAT)

 

 

 

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“This book focuses around a cat, dog, and three kittens. The author teaches lessons about love, loss, betrayal, and redemption through the charming characters. It is a delightful but suspenseful read that will put you through a roller-coaster of emotions.” – Julia Turner

Available in both branches. (J APP)

 

 

 

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“To Kill a Mockingbird is a rare find. It is simple yet profound! It is sad yet happy and funny. It’s about conscience – how it is instilled in two children by their father, Atticus, and how it impacts others in their small, sleepy Alabama town. It is a lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of the author’s classic novel.” – Carmen Peddie

Available in both branches. (FIC LEE)

 

 


March 2019

The WIfe“My aunt and I share similar reading tastes and often talk about books we read. Recently my aunt recommended a few books she thought I would enjoy. One title was The Wife. She didn’t tell me the author so when I came to work I checked out The Wife by Alafair Burke.
As I am reading, I think to myself, this does not seem like a book my aunt would read. However, the book grabbed me. Burke, a former prosecutor, manages to keep you on your toes by slowly revealing surprise after surprise.
The antagonist, Angela, meets Jason while catering a party. To her surprise, their romance becomes serious and they marry. The marriage gives Angela an opportunity to move forward from her tragic past. When Jason becomes a best selling author the spotlight she has avoided is inevitably placed on her.
Accusations from other women of sexual harassment force Angela to chose between her husband and the safety of herself and her son. The book is timely, thought provoking and well written. I will certainly read more by this writer.
P.S. The book that I was supposed to read was The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. When I manage to find a copy, I will see if I enjoy it as much!” – Sue Culhane

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC BUR)

 

 

Educated

 

“Educated is the story of a woman who ultimately rejects her family’s narrow survivalist values and beliefs as her pursuit for education and knowledge leads her to have a very different perspective on the world than the one with which she was raised. This is an interesting and insightful read about family dynamics and the need to make one’s own path in the world.” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in Haileybury. (BIO WES)

 

 

Vicious

 

“I love V.E. Schwab because she never disappoints in giving us broken anti-heroes, deep characters, and a rich story. This dark story is about two friends who gain extra-ordinary powers and quickly turn into nemesis. It’s like a superhero story, but neither Victor nor Eli want to be heroes-but one must when the other starts killing other extra-ordinaries.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC SCH)

 

 

The Dreamers

 

“A small college town in California is struck by an illness in which its victims fall into a deep sleep and are unable to wake up. This seemingly post-apocalyptic novel has both a captivating plot and beautiful prose. I could not put it down!” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC WAL)

 

 

 

maximum ride

 

“James Patterson’s book The Angel Experiment is packed full of action and mysteries. The book revolves around six kids with no families or homes who are on the run from the people who held them captive and engineered them to fly. Now that they are free, they want to know who did this to them and why.” – Julia Turner

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (YA PAT)

 

 

 

Take one

“Take One is for those who love movies, film-making, actors, actresses and those who are intrigued with the movie-making industry. It is also for the young and old who have a passion to change the world!
In the midst of the questions and cameras, of well-laid plans unravelling and millions of dollars on the line, is it possible for filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before? Could they change the world before the world changes them – or is the risk too great for everyone?” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC KIN)

 

 

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“If you’re looking for something interesting, I definitely recommend Red Queen. This book introduces a whole new world where people are divided by the colour of their blood. If you read this story, get ready for all the amazing characters, the supernatural powers, and the unexpected plot twists!!” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard. (YA AVE)

 

 

Last Wish of Sasha Cade

 

“This young adult story is like a teen version of P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern to some extent.
I found this novel to be a very enjoyable read despite it being about grief and loss at its core.
There is also mystery, adventure, a touch of humour and romance along with some great characters for you to get to know. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard. (YA YOU)

 

 

Chalk Man

 

“The Chalk Man is a gripping psychological thriller. Another impressive debut with a touch of humour along with a healthy dose of sinister creepiness. I’m looking forward to reading C.J.’s 2019 novel The Hiding Place.” – Shelley  Antila

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC TUD or AUD TUD)

 


 

December 2018

 

to all the boys

“This YA book is a complete delight. The main character, Lara Jean, is so endearing. She may prefer the romance stories in her novels to real-life romance, but when her secret love letters are accidentally sent to her crushes, everything changes. This book, along with the Netflix movie based on it, is completely heartwarming.” – Emily  Smith

Available in New Liskeard. (YA HAN)

 

 

Unwind

 

“Unwind is a dystopian thriller that revolves around three teens who are to be ‘unwound’ or body harvested—a process the government uses as an alternative to abortion and unwanted teens. The book is about the teens’ attempts to survive and will keep any reader on the edge of their seat!”     – Julia Turner

Available in New Liskeard. (YA SHU)

 

 

 

What Light“The book was a cute, easy read. Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon.  Every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas.

Years ago, Caleb made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and is determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe redemption.

The story is a wonderful winter read!” – Melissa Campsall

Available in New Liskeard. (YA ASH)

 

 

The Silent Gift

 

“It has suspense, mystery, and is written by Michael Landon’s son. Michael Landon Jr. carries on his father’s tradition for family-friendly fare as in the Little House on the Prairie television series. Michael Jr. has also written the very successful Love Comes Softly DVD movie series, which the library owns.” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC LAN)

 

 

 

Servants of Fate

 

“Three novellas-in-one about the sons of Father Time. These sweet romances made me laugh and swoon. Every New Year’s Eve, the Fates choose a mortal sacrifice that the sons have to kill. Each novella follows a different son as he tries not to fall in love with the mortal he’s supposed to take.”             – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC SPA)

 

 

 

A-Spark-of-Light“I usually like Jodi Picoult novels because she is not afraid to take difficult topics and present both sides of the issue. Sometimes I even end up empathising with the “side” that logically I would argue against. This was true for me in her newest book, A Spark of Light, which tackles the topic of abortion in the United States. Picoult deals with this emotional and political issue within the framework of a long and terrible day, during which, though I did not necessarily empathise or agree with the antagonist, I could comprehend the thought processes that brought him to the actions he undertakes. The story grabbed my attention and made it difficult to put this book down!” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC PIC)

 

 

The Ruins

 

“Scott Smith creates an insidious, horrific “other” in the Mexican Myan ruins. It’s eerie, terrifying, and unputdownable.” – Shelley Antila

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC SMI)

 

 

 

 

Death by Echo

 

“This book had a little bit of everything…espionage, mystery, romance, action and I found the settings to be intriguing as they included Campbell River, B.C. where my brother used to live.  A fast paced easy read that I found very enjoyable.” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (LP LOW) and Haileybury (FIC LOW).

 

 

 

Short for Chameleon

 

“Short for Chameleon is a fast-paced, funny story about a father and son who run a rent-a-relative business. This is the perfect book to read in one sitting or over a period of time. Between the natural flow of the story and the quirky lovable characters, you’re bound to fall in love with this book.”              – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard. (YA GRA)

 

 


 

 

September 2018

What Alice Forgot

“Alice wakes up one day after an injury and does not remember the last 10 years of her life. Alice, her sister Elizabeth, and her “grandmother” Frannie tell the story from their points of view along with the personal events happening in their lives. Elizabeth does not remember her three children, why her marriage is falling apart, and why she is a completely a different person than she was at 29. Great book!” – Melissa Campsall

Available in Haileybury and New Liskeard. (FIC MOR)

 

 

 

Woman in Cabin 10

 

“Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! This psychological thriller keeps you in a constant state of suspense as you unravel the truth behind what happened, or at least what you think happened. It will have you on the edge all the way to the last chapter.” – Angelica Bradley

Available in Haileybury. (FIC WAR)

 

 

 

The Dry

 

“A small Australian town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page turning debut mystery by award winning author Jane Harper.” – Shelley Antila

Available in Haileybury (FIC HAR) or audiobook in New Liskeard (AUD HAR).

 

 

 

 

Shatter Me

 

“Shatter me was an exciting read. It had many captivating characters that are easily loveable. Along with the amazing plot, this story came with a unique writing style that had the ability to make you feel as if you are in the mind of the protagonist.” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (YA MAF)

 

 

 

One of us is Lying

“This young adult novel was recommended to me by a fellow staff member.

I didn’t quite figure this mystery out until near the very end. If you enjoy a contemporary who-dun-it that mixes in some teen angst and issues, this would be a good choice for you. I enjoyed this read.

P.S. I’ve heard rumours it might be made into a t.v. series!” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskead. (YA MCM)

 

 

Love Lifted Me

 

“This amazing story is about a Cambodian genocide survivor and an American biker. Although their lives were worlds apart, they shared a common and desperate need. They found the one and only truly satisfying answer, and then they found each other!” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskeard. (BIO GEI)

 

 

 

 

Kiss Quotient

 

“Stella’s Asperger’s has made her awkward at dating. To help her learn dating etiquette, she hires a male escort. The Kiss Quotient is a sweet and fun read that made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed the characters and heart-warming story.

Note: This book has some spicy scenes.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC HOA)

 

 

 

Erotic Stories

“This East meets West story overturns assumptions we may have of East Indian culture in a sexy and lighthearted way. Nikki, from a traditional Indian family, signs up to teach a creative writing class and inadvertently gets roped into teaching a group of Punjabi widows English literacy. Nikki’s assumptions about the conservative nature of the older women are challenged when she finds that what they really want to write about are their erotic fantasies. A few of the women disagree with Nikki’s teaching methods though, and a dramatic clash of modern vs. traditional Indian culture ensues. The story is fun and a bit steamy!” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in Haileybury. (FIC JAS)

 

 

Book of Essie

 

“An evangelical Christian family has a reality TV show and their seventeen-year-old daughter unexpectedly gets pregnant. The premise alone was enough to hook me, and the remainder of the book did not disappoint. Both wonderfully written and entirely captivating, I could not put this book down! ” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC WEI)

 

 


 

June 2018

 

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“Ever wondered what it would be like to work in one of New York City’s fanciest restaurants? Stephanie Danler paints a raw and beautiful picture of the fine dining world and its illicit lifestyle. Brimming with mouth-watering descriptions, I devoured the entire book.” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard. (FIC DAN)

 

 

Children of Blood and Bone

 

“Magic has been eradicated but two young women are tasked with bringing it back despite a king who will do anything to stop them. This powerful epic fantasy has solid world-building and relatable characters. Told from four points of view, the fast-paced story deals with family, prejudice, and courage.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard. (SF ADE)

 

 

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“I have never really been drawn to historical fiction nor have I ever been too fond of stories written in a diary or journal – like fashion. I’m very pleased that I allowed myself to try something I thought wouldn’t be my cup of tea.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a breath of fresh air. So unlike my usual choices for pleasurable reading. This story takes place at the end of WWII and is a collection of correspondence between a writer and others. I loved everything about this book!”          – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (LP SHA) and Haileybury (FIC SHA).

 

 

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

“A gently entertaining story about starting over, moving on and healing relationships. Told with a wry sense of humour and a bit of mystery, this book tells the story of three
people, a librarian, a homeschooled teenager and a Wall-Street businessman, whose lives have all taken turns they never imagined. The story and characters resonated with me because of the themes and setting of a small town Carnegie library, and because it incorporates light-hearted everyday library moments that made me smile. I was also homeschooled and haven’t seen many novels featuring homeschooled characters—so it was intriguing to see the author’s interpretation of what it might be like.” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in New Liskeard (LP HAL) and Haileybury (FIC HAL).

 

 

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“I’ve often wondered how an innocent boy grows into a hate-filled terrorist. And, if one can truly change. This book is a personal, unprecedented story of the making—and unmaking—of a radical Islamic terrorist. Kamal’s riveting story is definitely a must read!” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskeard. (363 SAL)

 

 

 

Deadline

“In the Mississippi River town of Trippton, Virgil Flowers is helping Johnston find who is behind the dognapping.
While this is happening, the school board has discovered their local reporter stumbled onto evidence that they’ve been embezzling a million dollars a year from the budget. They propose a vote to authorize the killing of the reporter – and there are no votes against it.
Virgil Flowers is a unique character – finding his own way to solve things, and more often than not forgetting his gun in his car when it should be in his pocket. His sense of humor and quick wit will keep you captivated from page to page.”  – Melissa Campsall

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury. (FIC SAN)

 

 


 

 

March 2018

Da Vinci Code

 

“A perfect meshing of modern mystery, intrigue, age-old  traditions and art. It also provoked some serious wanderlust for me!” – Chantal Lachapelle

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury (FIC BRO)

 

 

 

 

A Darker Shade final for Irene

 

“This story takes you on an adventure across three different Londons with lots of action, magic, and suspense. I love the world-building and characters—especially Kell. I found it hard to put down.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard (SF SCH)

 

 

 

 

 

Giver

“In the future 12-year-old children are given their life roles. Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memories, a mysterious position of honour held by only one person at a time. The training in done by the Giver and includes transferring memories of the past, that others in the community can’t even imagine, in which there was war, hunger, disease, but also colour, weather, and strong emotions. Jonas comes to understand and resent the choices that had to be made to create his world and the terrible secrets behind its perfection.” – Melissa Campsall

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury (J LOW)

 

 

 

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“This story definitely has you experiencing all kinds of emotions. From joy to sadness and everything in between.
Richard Wagamese was (and will always be) a great Canadian treasure – a wonderful storyteller.” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (FIC WAG)

 

 

 

 

Rebecca

 

“Rebecca is a classic gothic novel that has truly stood the test of time. Although set in the early 1900’s, the plot resembles a modern day thriller. The beautiful and haunting story will captivate you until the last page.” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard (FIC DUM)

 

 

 

The Covenant

 

“This story not only describes the Amish way of life but weaves mystery, tension and romance throughout. It kept my interest so much that I read all five books in the series!”            – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskead (FIC LEW)

 

 

 

 

The House

 

“This book is very different. It’s odd but in a good way. The author’s writing style is so unique that it pulls you right into the story. This book has the right amount of everything from romance to suspense, and even humour.” – Olivia Duncan

Available in New Liskeard (YA LAU)

 

 

 

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“I have always been a fan of Ann Cleeves. I first read her Shetland series and then went on to discover Vera Stanhope. Vera is an atypical Detective. She is larger than life, a little crude, very untidy, but very effective in her career. In this book her private life clashes with her professional life and Vera is forced to face some unwanted memories. I believe that any mystery reader will enjoy all books written by this author.” – Sue Culhane

Available in Haileybury (M CLE)

 

 

 


January 2018

 

Those Who Wish Me Dead

 

“This is a very fast paced, action packed thriller with plenty of plot twists. A real roller-coaster ride of a story that I read in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down!!!” – Alison McCorkle

Available in New Liskeard (FIC KOR)

 

 

 

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“What first attracted me to the book were the images. What kept me reading was the simplicity of each recipe. What made me a fan: the soups, especially those with fish or seafood. Yum!” – Chantal Lachapelle

Available in Haileybury (641.82 CAN)

 

 

 

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“Jon Krakauer is an amazing story-teller, and the fact that this book is his own personal recount of the Mount Everest disaster makes it even better! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.” – Emily Smith

Available in New Liskeard and Haileybury (796.52 KRA)

 

 

 

Forget me Not

 

“I love the sassy and fun characters with their magical powers, as well as the heartwarming story. This one made me laugh and broke my heart.” – Elesha Teskey

Available in New Liskeard (FIC SHO)

 

 

 

 

Future of Us

“This book is set in 1996 (when I was a teenager). Two teens find Facebook pages of their future selves. Their actions now change what their futures hold…

“I enjoyed this book because it is a young adult quick read. The storyline is original and I enjoyed the ‘90s references.” – Melissa Campsall

Available in New Liskeard (YA ASH)

 

 

 

The True Queen

 

“I enjoy historical fiction, especially about the middle ages and the era of King Henry VIII. Alison Weir has written several non-fiction books about King Henry VIII and his six wives which allows her to paint a vivid picture of their life drama and what it was like to be married to the king of England.” – Rebecca Hunt

Available in Haileybury (FIC WEI)

 

 

 

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“This story kept my interest throughout the book! Set in the early 1800s in beautiful Ireland, it contains mystery, suspense and a little bit of romance. Gabriel is in pursuit of Alexandria by order of the king.

“Alexandria is in search of her parents who everyone believes to be dead. As they each pursue their mission Gabriel always finds himself one step behind her! The chapters alternate between these main characters and the end of each one always leave you in suspense wanting to read more!” – Carmen Peddie

Available in New Liskead (AF CAR)