What Are My Co-Workers Reading (and why are they trying to avoid me?)

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Who better to provide you with your next great read than one of your colleagues? That is what I innocently thought, not expecting that my query of “Hey, what are you reading right now?” would result in a skinny-eyed look followed by a very wary ”whyyy?” Not sure what they thought I was going to do with this information. Publish it online? Hah.

So once they are coerced into providing a title…really people: stop trying to think up some onerous academic tome to tell me you really enjoyed, when actually you are reading book #4 of the 50 Shades series. I am not here to judge; just share! Oh, maybe that’s the problem. Never mind, I’m sharing anyway.

LN is getting into the spirit of the season with Our First Christmas by Lisa Jackson. She says it’s a fun, light read.

NM is enjoying Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella. This one is another winner in the popular series. Yes, Becky is a nutcase.

AO is reading The Shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brain by Nicholas Carr. This one is not what you might think it’s about by reading the title. It is an amazing insight into how our brains are adapting in a new age.

WParoundCB is reading Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson. An older one, but a great, humorous favourite as Bryson dons backpack to recreate the trip he took in his twenties.

CR is also reading a travel tale. Around the World in 50 Years: my adventure to every country on earth by Albert Podell. Apparently this guy actually did go everywhere!!

Now onto something a tad darker…CMB is reading We Believe the Children: a moral panic in the 80’s by Richard Beck. This is one scary book. In the 1980’s daycare workers all across the United States were being arrested and sentenced to prison terms for horrifying child abuse, bordering on satanic ritual. The real crime: none of it was true. Based on a true account of allegations of child abuse in daycare facilities in the United States.

SM was amazed to find that the sequel After You by Jojo Moyes is as good as its predecessor Me Before You. The characters are so very likable, and nice to see them again.

9780316246620_p0_v6_s192x300MA says “I loved Ancillary Justice (series) by Ann Leckie and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Both Sci Fi, because why would you read anything about the life you’re already living in?”

Then we have the staff member who is reading 4 books at one time. I know there are more of you out there. VM just happened to be the only one to ‘fess up.

Demon Road by Derek Landy. Amber discovered that she is actually a demon (the kind with black horns and red skin) after biting a guy’s finger off, and her parents are overjoyed because that means she is ripe and ready to be killed and eaten so they can power up.

51bos7fhq2l-_sx328_bo1204203200_Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong. Everyone is after Zoey when her estranged father leaves her everything, including a mysterious vault that can only be opened by scanning Zoey’s head. Oh, and there is cat named Stench Machine. (I think I have a Labrador that could be renamed…)

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. Kids of all world leaders are now kept in the same school as collaterals, and if one of their parents declares war on another country, their kid gets it. Nice.

Hotels of North America by Rick Moody. Get to know Reginald Morse through his hotel reviews at rateyourlodging.com

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch intriqued RA because it was rather like Oliver Twist with a Sci Fi flavor. Lots of canals, waterways and an intriguing main character!

IJ loved Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Who doesn’t love books and bookstores? This one is definitely not a standard cozy. If you are willing to try a book that is combo mystery, adventure and geekish computer fun, I say grab this one!

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So you can see that we came up with a mix of fictional fun and thought-provoking non-fiction topics. I love my library and all those people who come to work with me every day. Why wouldn’t I trust them to pick my next read? I’ve trusted them to introduce me to vegetarian dishes, fruit-flavoured tea and probably the best peanut brittle ever.  I say read on comrades!
I will follow.

Irene J, Port Moody Public Library

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