Column: Book Business

     Early nights and a full moon has made for an interesting week. Not only that, but it is a short week which makes things feel more rushed. I love the daylight in the early morning because it just gets my day going. I can add more distance to my morning walks, decide or predict what I need to wear, and feel like the day has truly started on the right track.

     Consequently, after working all day, and let me tell you this week we have WORKED, we all rush home to our evening chores, dinner, laundry, preparing for the next day and such. More than once this week, I’ve gotten all of this done and sat down with a sigh thinking, “it should be about time to get settled for the night,” only to look at the clock and realize it’s 7:15. 


     Then the real struggle of how to stay awake until bedtime begins. I’ve knitted and colored. (Don’t knock the adult coloring books. I’m late to the game, but they are not only super addictive, but more relaxing than I would have ever thought.) I’ve worked on my NaNoWriMo challenge. Last night I straightened my closet, cleaned out my purse, and organized my desk…and it was still just 8:30. 


     When you don’t know what else to do, what does any responsible librarian do? Why, I’m glad you asked! Read! I finally settled in with a book I’ve basically been challenged to read by a friend. She got halfway through, grew extremely angry, and refused to finish reading it. 


     So, I’m going to read and see what I think. If any of you are curious, it’s “Mad Honey” by Jodi Picoult. I’ve only read a couple of her titles and I’m still on the fence about being considered a fan. Whether I finish it remains to be seen, but I will be sure to let you know! We have it in the library, so if you are interested, come get it!


     If you are looking for a fun read, try Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. We’re up to number twenty-nine with “Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty Nine.” The first couple of dozen had number titles, “One for the Money,” “To the Nines,” and such. After nearly 30 books, number names begin to lose focus, but Stephanie is still struggling to find herself after returning home. 


     Set in Trenton, New Jersey, the neighborhood has that Jersey flair, but I guarantee you, we all know people like Connie and Vinny. There has not been a single book where I didn’t laugh out loud. “Going Rogue” is no different when Connie is abducted, Grandma Bella of the “evil eye” ends up on a ride-along, and a comic-con convention is attended by Stephanie and Lula. There was never a dull moment!


     Just so Mary Cate would hush about it, I read “The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins. I am not a fan of stabby books or what most would call psychological thrillers. The characters don’t always die, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do them in by the time it’s over! At any rate, I loved “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte and wasn’t interested in a retelling. 


     However, I did enjoy this title. I knew where it was going, but I can say it was still  somewhat satisfying. I see why so many of our patrons enjoyed the title. I’m not a huge Hawkins fan as I read “Reckless Girls” before this one. I do see the appeal and while I won’t be waiting for her next title, I know to whom to recommend her books. Reading outside our comfort zone takes some effort and even patience, but it can be very rewarding too. 


     Needless to say, between the time change and full-moon credited craziness, we have had a wild week. Our Lego kiddos and Wees were a delight and if you need to know what a turkey says, check out our video posted on social media.


     Erica has our Season of Spice bagged and ready to go. For November, it is curry. This is a pretty new-to-me seasoning, but I braved the shrimp curry recipe years ago and my house approves. It has a taste like nothing else, but I can easily see why the Indian culture considers it to be an essential ingredient of comfort food. Until next time, keep reading, stay safe, and come see us!