What We’re Reading- Spring 2021

Are you looking for your next great read? Look no further than this list of what APL staff are currently reading and listening to. From nonfiction to science fiction, we’ve got you covered!

Amy is currently reading a poetry anthology called How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope and she is enjoying it so much she returned the library copy and bought one for herself!

More and more people are turning to poetry as an antidote to divisiveness, negativity, anxiety, and the frenetic pace of life. How to Love the World captures the beauty, pleasure, and connection readers hunger for and invites them to use poetry as part of their daily gratitude practice and to uncover the simple gifts of abundance and joy to be found everywhere.

Elise just finished a sci-fi novella, Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor.

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From here on in she would be known as Sankofa. Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. She walks-alone, except for her fox companion, searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers. But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?

Meghan is currently listening to The Cousins, a YA mystery/thriller, by Karen McManus on audiobook.

After receiving an invitation to spend the summer with their estranged grandmother, the Story cousins arrive at her house only to discover that she is not there, and the longer they stay on the island, the more they realize their mysterious family history has some deadly secrets.

Cheryl is currently reading an action-packed thriller called The Power Couple by Alex Berenson.

Embarking on a European family vacation to revitalize their marriage, two government employees find the limits of their bond tested when their daughter goes missing from a Barcelona club.

Kerry recently finished Concrete Rose, the highly anticipated companion novel to the YA contemporary novel The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. Life’s not perfect, but Mav’s got everything under control. Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

Krystal is reading The Girl With No Names by Serena Burdick.

The Girls with No Names pulls readers into the gilded age of New York City in the 1910s, when suffragettes marched in the street, unions fought for better work conditions—and girls were confined to the House of Mercy for daring to break the rules.

Stephanie is currently reading the acclaimed fantasy novel The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune.

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside.

Darcie is reading Nomadland, a thought-provoking work of nonfiction, by Jessica Bruder.

Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive, but have not given up hope.

Heidi Cauley is reading Eternal by Lisa Scottoline, the best selling author’s first work of historical fiction.

An aspiring writer, an athlete from a professional cyclist family and a mathematics prodigy find their bond tested by a love triangle and the spread of anti-Semitism and fascism in 1937 Italy. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a tale of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and war–all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. This moving novel will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers.

Elise LaForge is the Reader Services Librarian at APL and she is here to help you live your best reading life! If you’d like a custom reading recommendation you can reach her at elaforge@sailsinc.org.