The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Historical Fiction , Women's Fiction / April 14, 2018

Recently I noticed a librarian had propped up The Miniaturist on her desk, it sat with a little sign that said, “Ask me about his book.” When I did, she smiled and said that it was a great read and that I should add it to my TBR list, and then be sure to read it as soon as possible. Of course my TBR list is long, so it took me awhile to get to it, but I have to say it was fascinating. The story begins with Nella, an eighteen year old new bride, traveling to her husband’s home. She comes from a family with a good name, but has few prospects, so she has agreed to marry Johannes, a wealthy merchant from Amsterdam. Seems simple? Right? Not at all. Enter Marin, Johannes unmarried sister, Otto and Cornelia, the two servants, and a wedding present — a miniature version of her new home. As a reader I felt for Nella, this young woman thrust unknowing into this strange situation. Nella hopes to be a wife to Johannes, hopes for babies, and hopes for happy laughter. Soon she realizes there will be none. We, as readers, uncover secrets as if we are Nella, and they are some big ones. I applaud the librarian who…

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
Non-Fiction / April 8, 2018

Some titles just say “read me,” so I do. Dear Fahrenheit 451, a non-fiction book by Annie Spence, is one librarian’s collection of thoughts on books from Frog and Toad Storybook Treasure (love me some Frog and Toad) to The Hobbit (never read it), The Crucible (endured it in my 9th grade literature class) to the Harlequin Romance Novel section (no judgment from me, I’ve read them.) Written in short letter form, it is funny, sharp, and entertaining to read her thought process on whether she will keep a copy of a certain book or send it to the book sale or discard pile. How long will this title last in my library? We have 6 copies on paper, 3 of those are large print, and one digital copy. Thankfully our SSP branch owns one of these copies, they keep everything.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, by Sue Halpern
Audio Book , Women's Fiction / April 5, 2018

I admit it, I couldn’t resist. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library just had to be read, or rather listened to, as I downloaded the audio cd to help me get through some miles on my treadmill. Cute and simple on the surface, only to reveal deeper issues as the story progresses, it is the story of Sunny, a teenage girl who is doing community service at the local library where she meets Kit, a quiet librarian who just wants to be left alone. Add in a few other eccentric characters and the listener is transported into a very believable small town that is inhabited by a cast of layered characters that reflect some complex, emotional issues. Readers of a “A Man Called Ove” or “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” will like this too.