Rave Reviewed: January 2020

This month Rave Reviews returned after a brief hiatus. Rave Reviews has long been one of my favourite programs because I love talking about books! There’s something so lovely about sharing books we’ve loved and discussing what we love in books, what sticks with us, and what we look for. I always find the conversations leave me feeling inspired and am constantly jotting down notes of books I need to check out for myself!

As much as I love sharing my book choices I love hearing those of others and hearing which of my recommendations particularly resonated and which ones were duds. It’s amazing how the same book can inspire different responses in different readers or even the same reader at a different time. If you’re considering attending Rave Reviews, please don’t be shy and feel free to share your own recommendations!

Here are my selections for the month of January:

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

A prickly woman blooms.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

The octopus is a metaphor.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Straddal

This family saga made me thirsty for beer.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

A 22-year-old maid spends a languorous day enjoying rare privacy given to her on Mothering Sunday (an event I was unfamiliar with before this delightful little novel.)

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

My favourite children’s author’s first foray into adult fiction.

The small Backs of Children by  Lidia Yuknavitch

More feeling than plot. Highly experimental. Quite disturbing. Content warnings abound.

Our next session of Rave Reviews meets on Wednesday, February 12th at 2:30pm at the Riverside Branch of the Windsor Public Library at 6305 Wyandotte St East.

All are welcome and registration is not required. If you have any questions please call or email Kate at 519-255-6770 x. 6620 or kreynolds@windsorpubliclibrary.

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