What Should I Read Next?
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

#12 in our new feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.

Mr. Rochester

Just finished Mr. Rochester, a novel by Sarah Shoemaker. It’s the story of, yes, that Mr. Rochester and his life before Jane Eyre comes to be the governess and the madness that happens! A fascinating story of life in the early 1800’s in England and Jamaica.

On his eighth birthday, Edward Rochester is banished from his beloved Thornfield Hall to learn his place in life. His journey eventually takes him to Jamaica where, as a young man, he becomes entangled with an enticing heiress and makes a choice that will haunt him. It is only when he finally returns home and encounters one stubborn, plain, young governess, that Edward can see any chance of redemption – and love.

Now I have to read Jane Eyre again…and I’ll be able to do that as an e-book with our new e-book service, OneClickdigital, starting this July 1.

What Should I Read Next?
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

#8 in our new regular feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.

I have to admit it I am a little late to the Liane Moriarty Fan Club. Yes, I see that her books go out over and over again, and that a new novel will spark a long wait list, but being someone who is never part of a crowd I just didn’t read her books… until now.

My guess is that it took me a day and a half to read Big Little Lies. And I loved it. The book takes place in Australia and I can hear the accents in the writing. Starts out slow and just keeps building, this book is a great fun read.

There’s a terrible riot at Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night that leaves one parent dead. And now there’s a sneaking suspicion that the death, first a seemingly tragic accident, could actually be murder. All of which gives top-spot New York Times best-selling author Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret) a chance to visit issues of parenting, divorce, and shattered families in shuttered suburbia.

The three copies in the catalog have gone out over 125 times and I can see why. I guess I am now a member of the club, part of the crowd! And I am glad I joined!

What Should I Read Next?
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

#6 in our new regular feature that offers up staff-selected recommendations for your consideration.

Victoria by Daisy GoodwinLet’s see…do you like Historical Fiction? England? Royalty? Masterpiece Theater? Fun Reads?

If you only choose one from that list then you will like Victoria: A novel of a young queen by Daisy Goodwin. Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which Ms. Goodwin started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, the book brings the young nineteenth-century monarch who would go on to reign for 63 years richly to life.

The television version of this book will start on PBS January 15, but reading the book is a walk back in to history for me. And a perfect warm read on these cold days.