What Should I Read Next?

[Article by: Morgan Simon]

At Friends of the Library, we have one mission: to spread the word to the Wells Branch community about our local library and its fantastic programming and resources! One of the best ways we know how to do this is to simply share what wonderful books we’re reading (and encourage you to head to the library to check them out!).

Enter: What Should I Read Next?  This ongoing feature will share reading recommendations from librarians, Friends of the Library board members, and the Wells Branch community.

“In Battle Royal by Lucy Parker, two bakers go head-to-head for a lucrative wedding contract, while simultaneously having to work together judging a baking competition. They don’t exactly get along…yet. This book was so cute, so sweet (pun intended) and I finished it in a day and a half because I could not put it down.”

Lauren, Wells Branch Community Library Outreach & Marketing Assistant Manager

“One of my very favorite recent reads with my children was A Nest for Celeste by Henri Cole. Set in the South in the 1800’s, this beautiful novel centers around Celeste, a mouse that finds her home in the pocket of teenage Jacob (assistant to John James Audobon). My 6.5 and 4 year old adored this book and it prompted many wonderful conversations about home, adventure, ethics, and nature. It is a great seasonal book for spring and pairs wonderfully with The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies. “

Morgan Simon, Friends of the Library Vice President

“I’ve recently been reading the Flavia de Luce novels by Alan Bradley on my Kindle. Our library offers the whole series (as eBooks on Overdrive) about this exceedingly precocious English 11-year-old with a particular interest in chemistry  —  the chemistry of poisons. The first of the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, won acclaim from the mystery-writing community. They are a lot of fun, as murdery mysteries go.”

David Meade, Friends of the Library Treasurer

“From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout is an epic high fantasy about a sheltered princess who falls in love with her bodyguard. Bodyguard has more than a few secrets but that’s what makes it fun. It’s also got vampires, werewolves and monsters. I recommend it to anyone who likes romance and fantasy, perfect for Sarah J. Maas fans “

Kaitlyn, Wells Branch Community Library Youth Services Assistant Manager

“I just finished Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling for my science fiction/fantasy book group, which did not disappoint. Set in 2031 after severe climate and political upheaval, it follows storm chasers in devastated West Texas who are modeling a possible F6 tornado phenomenon. It kept my interest all the way through, even with technical details and was thought provoking with what is happening today.”

Nancy Loomis, Friends of the Library Secretary

About Doug Schwartz

Not only is Doug an active member of the Wells Branch Friends of the Library group, he is also a local author of whimsical fiction. You can learn more about him at checkeredscissors.com. While he is not making up stuff, he makes up other stuff, like designing tabletop games or preparing delicious meals for his family. Introduce yourself to him at the next neighborhood event.

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