Rave Reviewed!

Yesterday we had a lot of fun with our monthly Rave Reviews program at the Central library. Jodie and I each brought in a pile of wonderful books and we had a lively discussion.

In case you weren’t able to make it out to the program, I’ll be blogging our book picks every month. This month we discussed 11 books in addition to getting feedback on some of last months’ picks. Those who’d read Our Souls at Night had issues with some of the character’s decisions (I strongly agree, but that’s all I’ll say to avoid spoilers!) and those who’d read The Marble Collector were torn between loving it and not being able to put it down and struggling to get into it. Read them yourselves and tell us what you this!

For February we brought in a variety of titles.

Jodie picked:

 The Art of Crash Landing, a debut novel by Melissa DeCarlo

“We’re all more than the worst thing we’ve done.”

Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos

“Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you’re still searching for.”

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Hate the character, not the book!

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Alice’s friends in Wonderland versus real-life Victorian England is a match made in Bizarro-land.  Very clever read.

The Piano Makerby Kurt Palka

Double Jeopardy and a double life in small-town 1930’s Nova Scotia.

Blue by Danielle Steel

(Romance + Adversity = True love) is the typical formula of Steel’s novels, but this one does not compute using this formula.

Kate’s Picks:

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

It’s Bill Bryson reminiscing about his childhood. Be prepared for a heavy helping of nostalgia, Americana…and scatological humour. I am reminded that Bryson was once a twelve-year-old boy.

Pretty Ugly by a debut novel by Kirker Butler

Exactly the book you’d expect if a writer from Family Guy wrote a satirical novel about child beauty pageants. Truly.

Sedition by Katherine Grant

Five young women + one piano teacher – one chaperone = a truly scandalous piece of historical fiction.

Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Kline

Sad but beautiful. This best selling novel truly lives up to the hype and the author achieves the rare feat of telling two stories that are equally compelling.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

A haunting retelling of Snow White with some surprising twists; any further reviews or discussion of the book should come with a spoiler alert.

October by Richard B. Wright

The opposite of a guilty pleasure. This beautiful book will make you think and make you sad. A beautiful little book.

Please feel free to join us in person for the next Rave Reviews session or just let us know about the books we’ve listed.


Rave Reviews runs at 2:30pm on the first Monday of the month at the Central Library. Registration is not required but feel free to call 519-255-6770 x. 4434 for more information and ask to speak with either Kate or Jodie.

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Miss Kate is a Public Service Librarian and has been with the Windsor Public Library since 2010. She's passionate about music, children's programming, book clubs, literacy, reference services, blogging, and libraries in general!

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