Blind Date with a Book is Back!

blind date with a book2Last year we introduced the “Blind Date with a Book” display at the library and it was a big hit so, of course, we have brought it back. The books this year again have all gotten an “A” rating on the blue slip we put in the back of the book. Most of this year’s dates are from 2014-2015 with some returns from last year.

The books are being covered so you won’t be judging the book by its cover and labeled with a brief description of what kind of “date” you might expect. Inside each book is a pink review slip. When you have read the book, fill out the slip and put it in our Blind Date Review box for a chance to win a prize.

Of course, you don’t have to finish a book you take — you can walk out on the date by just returning it to the library. We’ll be able to tell whether you’ve already read the book when you check it out if you have charge history on your account. This way you won’t get stuck with an old date.

Best Books of the Year 2016

The “best books of the year” lists have again been published. The winner by a long shot is Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead. It is a very long book so allow yourself plenty of time to read it.

I have made a booklist of the titles that have been put on at least 5 lists for fiction and 3 lists for nonfiction. Tell us what you think.

We will again be having our Book Pot Luck on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, this year on Feb. 4, at 11:30 am. Participants will be recommending their favorite books to each other.

dark-matterMy personal favorites this year were Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, a sort-of science fiction book, but really a character-driven thriller and a book I read in pre-publication format and will be on my book discussion list next year, Will Schwalbe’s Books for Living.

The other favorites I had — at least as I rated them on Goodreads — can be divided into a few categories.

Books we read for book discussion: The Story Hour by Thirty Umrigar, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, The Muralist by B. Shapiro, Best Boy by Eli Gottleib, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

Fantasy Books (my personal favorite genre): Mistborn : A Secret History and War of Kings, both by Brandon Sanderson; the Harry Potters I reread this year; The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett.

Classics: Night by Elie Wiesel and Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

And others: The Couple Next Door (the next Gone Girl) by Shari Lapena; Shrill by Lindy West; Carla Buckley books Deepest Secret and The Good Goodbye; John Lewis’s March series; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

And, of course, Louise Penny’s newest Three Pines mystery, The Great Reckoning. As always with this series, start with the first book, Still Life.still-life

I’d love to hear about your favorites for the year and consider joining us for the Book Pot Luck. Contact me by Jan. 20 with your recommendations so I can order copies for people to borrow that day.