Winter reading suggestions from your local librarians
Summer reading may be perfect for kids, but for many adults the cold months are the ideal time to tackle a classic or get caught up in a best seller. Here are your local librarians’ suggestions for a good read after a day on the slopes or a sleepy afternoon at home.
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil
by Nancy Atherton
Suggested by Glenwood Springs Youth Services Librarian Rachel Churchill
Lorie Shepard, a loving wife and mother of twins, is always getting herself into trouble.
After being asked to evaluate a rare book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall in the Northumberland moors of England, she soon finds herself in a tale of doomed love, hidden treasure and, of course, a ghost.
The Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
Suggested by Rifle Branch Manager Janine Abby Rose
The December read for the Friends of the Rifle Branch Library Book Club. Seventeen-year-old Molly is in yet another foster home and either she completes her court ordered community service or she will be sent to juvenile hall.
She is partnered up with Vivian, an aging woman who needs help sorting through the old attic trunks and boxes she has not touched in years.
As the two open box after box, Vivian begins to tell Molly the stories of her life. This unlikely pair become friends as they realize they have more in common that they would have ever thought possible.
by Pierce Brown
Suggested by Carbondale Branch Manager Mollie Roache
A fast paced, character compelling read, it goes beyond popular Young Adult dystopian novels such as “Divergent” and “Hunger Games” to offer a complex and riveting view of human nature, leadership and competition.
The story is about Darrow, a lower cast Red, who infiltrates the glittering world of Golds to compete in their academy and work toward his revenge.
The best thing is that “Morning Star,” book three in the trilogy, comes out this February.
Girl Waits with Gun
by Amy Stewart
Suggested by New Castle Branch Manager Di Herald
Constance Kopp and her two sisters are returning to their farm when an automobile broadsides their wagon, causing extensive damage.
It is 1914, and the driver who hit them is the owner of a dyeworks, a powerful man who runs with a gang of ruffians.
When Constance tries to get him to pay for the damage, the Kopp sisters become the targets of vicious harassment. After she is accosted on the street by a young woman she ran into in the dyeworks, she embarks on a quest to find out what happened to the driver’s illegitimate baby who went missing during a deadly strike by the silk workers.
by Andy Weir
Suggested by Silt Branch Manager Dan Mickelson
If you think it’s cold outside around here, imagine yourself left behind on the planet Mars, which has an average outside temperature around -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s what happens to astronaut Mark Watney after a violent dust storm injures him, causing his fellow team members to abandon him and the planet in “The Martian” by Andy Weir.
In addition to facing the hostile environment, Mark is all alone and his food supply is dwindling.
In this novel, Mark shows the human will to fight for survival even if the chances are slim to make it.
Life After God
by Douglas Coupland
Suggested by Parachute Branch Manager Sara Francis
Douglas Coupland is an artist with a post-modern pulse who always feels like he is writing just for you and about you.
His novels share a thread of characters who are at once approachable and distant. On cloudy winter days, I opt for a ’90s flashback with this series of vignettes about love, loss and road trippin’, which read like a modern day Tumblr page.
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