"This Naked Mind" by Annie Grace
There is so much more to reality beyond just what we believe. Our conclusions, assumptions, experiences and observations aren’t what we know. They are what we have interpreted to be real. Apply this perspective to addiction, alcohol, you name it, and this book you can help you find true, raw, happiness. But you have to be ready to look.
— Bailey Bevan, board member, Valley Community Library
"Gideon the Ninth" by Tamsyn Muir
Here lie bones — bones all the way down. Down into the twisted minds that warp these bleached remnants with naught more than willpower and prowess. Down into a massive seaside mansion brimming with science, secrets, and — you guessed it — bones! What hides within ancient basements, behind locked doors (and tombs!), or among the twisted thoughts of prodigious necromancers? Bones! When Harrowhark and her witty yet unwitting cavalier, Gideon, are called upon to venture out into the depths of space to gather on a faraway planet, they couldn't even begin to imagine what they're in for. Punishment? Trickery? No: it's just more bones — bones all the way down. Interest piqued? I thought so; you can't go wrong with bones.
— Angelina Estadt, page, Valley Community Library
"Bingo Love" by Tee Franklin
"Bingo Love" is such a sweet love story, it’s like eating candy! I loved how beautiful the book was and how complete the story felt, but once I finished it I wanted to read more. I wasn’t ready for the book to be over, just like you’re never ready for the last bite of candy to be gone.
— Fawn Contreras, youth services clerk, Valley Community Library
"Love From A to Z" by S.K. Ali
This book was such a beautiful and powerful read. The author created such wonderful characters that the reader can’t help but connect with. Zayneb is struggling with Islamophobia at school and Adam is having a hard time accepting his recent medical diagnosis, but the two are still able to bond over their journaling and their faith. Most of this book was set in Doha, Qatar, which was someplace I had never heard of, but really enjoyed finding out more it. I am so happy I read this book because I learned so much about Islamic culture, not only from the content in this book, but because it inspired me to learn more after I was done.
— Kristen Wallo, adult programming librarian, Valley Community Library
"Dear Edward" by Ann Napolitano
I normally read books that are recommended, or by a favorite author. “Dear Edward” caught my attention while browsing in the library, because my own dear Edward is my husband. It is the story of a sole survivor, twelve-year-old Edward, of a plane crash. It alternates between before and after the crash and we learn the stories of Edward’s family and the other passengers. Of course there is grief and trauma, but also healing and the importance of human connection. The story is suspenseful and powerful as Edward heals with the help of many others. It is a story of friendship and resiliency.
— Terry Golecki, board vice president, Valley Community Library