It’s the start of a new year and we’re saying hello to three new reading challenges.
Each challenge asks that you read 12 books over the course of the year (36 books if you choose to complete all three challenges). We have paper challenge slips in the library’s lobby and the adult category-based reading challenge is also available for participation on Beanstack.
Click on the reading challenge to open a printable version.
Participants who join this category-based reading challenge on Beanstack, log their reading, and complete the challenge by the end of December will be entered into a drawing to win a prize.
In the Everyone Has Read it Except Me! challenge, choose one book each month, choosing from the five choices, to make your own reading challenge.
Our new Young Adult challenge asks you to choose one book each month from the choices given.
As an avid reader, I think it is safe to say that I think about books 24/7. One of those books was The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee. The cover of the book kept appearing in my mind and I knew that I had to read it.
The Downstairs Girl is a young adult historical fiction that takes place during the women’s suffragist movement in Atlanta, Georgia. The story focuses on seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan who becomes a lady’s maid for the daughter in the Payne household after being fired from her old job as a hat maker. As she does her duties as a lady’s maid, she becomes the new advice columnist for the newspaper under the pseudonym of Miss Sweetie. However, she was not expecting her advice to become the talk of the town when she challenges society’s rules about race and gender. While Jo faces her professional challenges, she has personal challenges of her own that sets her on the path of finding the identity of her parents who abandoned her long ago. Jo faces trouble when her search for her parents put her in danger when she faces the notorious criminal of Atlanta. Jo faces the decision to stand up for what’s right or will she have to back down?
I enjoyed reading Stacey Lee’s book. She did a wonderful job portraying a strong female character who is smart and witty. I appreciated how Miss Sweetie’s advice was placed at the beginning of different chapters throughout the book. Each piece of advice written tied in with the storyline of the chapters. If you like reading historical fiction with a strong character, I would highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading her other books especially her soon-to-be-released book of spring 2021: Luck of the Titanic.
Other books by Stacey Lee
The Secret of a Heart Note
Under a Painted Sky
Outrun the Moon
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Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Book review by Kendra, Lead Circulation Librarian and Young Adult Consultant.
Kate Turner has moved back home to the little town of Blexford, England, where she finds contentment in her designing career and baking for the local Pear Tree cafe. But her life begins to change drastically when her best friend convinces her to sign up for a holiday dating event: twelves dates with twelve different men to help her find love for the holidays. But as the drama and hilarity of the dates begin, Kate realizes that she might find love much closer to home.
Light-hearted and humorous, The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss was the perfect romantic-comedy to curl up with this holiday season. Unlike many Christmas books, it shied away from overly-dramatic angst and sentimentalism while still remaining heartfelt and sincere at its core. Is it predictable? Yes, but in the best way. The reader immediately guesses who Kate will end her story with, but the fun of the book is watching how it all comes about.
For anyone looking for an entertaining book to read this season, look no further than The Twelve Dates of Christmas. It is sure to make you laugh and smile all the way through.
Review by Jackie, Circulation Librarian