July 2020 Virtual Book Discussion: If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now

On July 28 at 7:00 pm, please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group on Zoom as we discuss If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now, by Christopher Ingraham. Continuing our summer theme of armchair travel, this is the true story of a data reporter who wrote about the least desirable place to live in the lower 48 states, based on scenery and climate. Residents of Red Lake County in northwest Minnesota objected to the article, invited the reporter to visit, and he unexpectedly moved there with his young family. My earlier review is here. Register for the book discussion here. Copies of the book are available on Hoopla and from Media on Demand (our Libby/Overdrive collection). More copies will be available at the library soon.


Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café

Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café by Jodi Thomas

I picked this book because of the gorgeous cover. In reading the novel, I enjoyed a pleasant visit to a small Texas town with plenty of secrets, a possible ghost, and not quite enough descriptions of breakfast at the café. Sam Cassidy gets an unexpected request to be interim pastor in Honey Creek. Sam, while a seminary graduate, is a pilot and firefighter, but is drawn to Honey Creek for a personal reason. Mayor Piper Jane is late to welcome Sam and give him a tour of the town because she’s distracted by another newcomer, Colby McBride. Colby is undercover, investigating the disappearance of a man whose car was found in a nearby river. Two seniors graduating from the local high school are also drawn together; hardworking Pecos and sweet, popular Kerrie. In this contemporary novel, appealing characters, some humor, and a little romance make for a heartwarming story. More Honey Creek stories are planned.


A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful mystery, a sequel to The Right Sort of Man. Widowed Gwen Bainbridge and former intelligence operative Iris Sparks run The Right Sort Marriage Bureau, where their diverse talents make them successful matchmakers in post World War II London. When Gwen’s cousin asks for help in vetting a suitor for Princess Elizabeth, the adventures begin. Wonderfully witty dialogue, appealingly complex characters, and lots of action scenes put this mystery on my list of sure bets for summer reading. A July 28 publication date is planned.


Peace Talks

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Eagerly awaited by the legion of fans of Chicago wizard Harry Dresden, this 16th book in the series is definitely worth the wait. While there is another cliffhanger ending, there is also a welcome surprise: Book 17, Battle Ground, is to be published on September 29. Karrin Murphy, no longer with the Chicago Police Department is Harry’s closest friend, recovering from serious injuries. There are some wonderful scenes featuring magical illusions, and many characters from earlier books return as there are peace talks in Chicago. Not much is peaceful for Harry, as the wizards might kick him off the White Council, faerie Queen Mab wants Harry to do a couple of favors for vampire Lara, and Harry’s half-brother is in prison after an assassination attempt. In addition, Harry has other family members and friends to worry about, but there are some very funny scenes to balance the danger. If you’re new to this exciting Chicago set fantasy series, start with Storm Front, and you’ll have plenty of books to binge read. Peace Talks is scheduled for publication on July 14.


June 2020 Virtual Book Discussion: Meet Me in Monaco

Our next virtual book discussion is on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:00 pm., using Zoom. We will be talking about the novel Meet Me in Monaco, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. This book continues our theme of armchair travel for summer reading. Sophie Duval is a parfumier in Cannes, France. She helps Grace Kelly, in town for the Cannes Film Festival, avoid British photographer Jim Henderson. The trio continue to cross paths leading up to Grace’s wedding to Prince Rainier in Monaco.  Please register here. The book is available to download at Hoopla and from our Libby/Overdrive collection, Media on Demand.

Other virtual programs this month include librarian chats on Zoom. Comfort Reads with Brenda and Katie will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and What We’re Reading with several librarians is at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22. Please join us online! More information is at woodridgelibrary.org

Happy summer reading!



New Books! Available Now with Curbside Pickup

Since you can’t browse the bookstacks at the library right now, I took some pictures with my phone this morning. Lots of new titles and books you may have missed this spring are available now for Woodridge library cardholders. Just place a hold, call us at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk at 630-487-2577 or email us at askus@woodridgelibrary.org. We are always happy to suggest titles you might enjoy. Happy reading! Brenda

Here are some new cookbooks:

New mysteries include titles by Jeffery Deaver, Alexander McCall Smith, Sara Paretsky, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, and Deanna Raybourn

New Fiction, with titles by Anne Enright, Lori Foster,Carol Goodman, Heather Gudenkauf, Quan Barry, Stephen King and many more.