Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Just Like You

February 4, 2021

Nick Hornby’s latest novel, Just Like You, involves 22 year-old Joseph and 42 year-old Lucy. Recently separated from her alcoholic husband, Lucy is raising her two sons while working as English Department head at a nearby school. Joseph cobbles together various part-time jobs and still lives at home. When they meet at the butcher shop where Joseph works, Lucy asks him if he would babysit her boys. Chemistry and attraction is on both sides and they soon begin an affair. The obvious age difference complication is amplified because Joseph is African-American and Lucy is white. This is not just a book about a younger man and an older woman. While the clich├ęs are not ignored, Hornby goes deeper to help the reader understand the true bond between them and how this can possibly be a deep relationship. I listened to the audio edition which I recommend.

Award winners 2021

January 28, 2021

The children’s book awards were announced this past Monday. The 2021 Newbery Award book is ‘When You Trap a Tiger’ by Tae Keller with five books winning honor awards.

The Caldecott winner for best picture book is We are Water Protectors. For a list of all the 2021 award winning books CLICK HERE!

Tonight You’re Dead

January 25, 2021

Written by Vivica Sten, this title is part of the Sandhamm Murder series, translated from the original test in Swedish. When two detectives begin to investigate an apparent suicide of a college student, they find much more to the story. After additional murders occur, they uncover a link between all the victims that dates back to an old case from 30 years ago.

Mock Newbery Awards

January 14, 2021

Later in January the 2021 Newbery Awards will be announced for the best children’s books of the past year. One way to stay updated on the best reviewed titles is to peruse the mock Newbery lists for your what-to-read-next book. Anderson’s Bookshop in Illinois is a reputable source of recommended children’s books. This year’s list of 25 books has some recognizable and new authors. Even if the winner is not on their list you’re sure to find a great read.


January 11, 2021

The Washington Public Library in Missouri has developed a children’s program titled “Dial-a-story,” where parents can listen to a pre-recorded book by dialing an automated number. choosing it from a list of monthly titles. There is no limit to the number of times a patron can call, and the number is live 24/7. Their goal is to satisfy children who want to hear a particular story many times. Four librarians have recorded stories to date. Sounds like a neat plan. The cost was $700 to set up, the article gave the impression that it was a one time fee.

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