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Check out the staff's May reading recommendations

Willard staff has enjoyed some great reads and audio books this month. Check them out:


Ghost (Track series Book 1) by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult)
(Track series Book 2) by Jason Reynolds

As someone who has run track for 11 years, I was pleasantly surprised to find this series about track. Reynolds captures the heart of track and field and the life lessons learned from being on a team. In these books, you'll find characters from various backgrounds and what running means to them. For Ghost, it's running away from a past that haunts him and running in to a future where he is proud to be who he is. For Patina, it's running to let go of all the things she's bottled up inside.

These books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook through Overdrive.

Keep an eye out for

The Having: The Secret Art of Feeling and Growing Rich by Suh Yoon Lee

The Korean financial guru advises billionaires (and us normal folks, too) on controlling the emotions we experience when making a purchase. When you make a big purchase, if you're like me, you break out into a sweat and question "do I really need this?" followed by guilt from spending so much. Lee addresses these feelings in her book and how to overcome them. You may find this book on the Main Floor.

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys by Mai Michaels

This self-help guide urges you to live your best life as creatively as possible. Even if it means breaking away from the boring social norms of donkey life and branching out on your own unique path to unicorn hood. You may find this read on the Main Floor.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Two women, mother and daughter, are entangled in a slew of violence and lies 30 years in the making. There are various twists and turns as the truth comes to light. This book is available in print and audio. The movie will be coming to Netflix soon.

Storm Cursed (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs

If you're a fan of vampires, fairies, and werewolves, this is your next great read. Best-selling urban fantasy author, Patricia Briggs writes her 11th book in the Mercy Thompson series. The books center around Thompson, your average Volkswagen mechanic, who just so happens to be a Native American skinwalker. She wants nothing to do with the world of fairies, werewolves, and vampires until a snowball effect of events force her into the underground life that she'd ignored for so long.

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Ramee (Children's)

Described as The Hate U Give for younger children, Ramee's book explores a lot of the themes in The Hate U Give but centers them on middle-schooler Shayla, who is "allergic to trouble" and trying to find where she fits in an increasingly divided world. The recommended reading group is older elementary school children. 

Jade is currently reading "Storm Cursed" by Patricia Briggs.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021