All posts by Laurie C

I'm a public librarian in Massachusetts who loves to give reading suggestions, whether asked-for or not, a specialty known in library jargon as "reader's advisory". I read a lot -- mostly literary, genre, and young adult fiction, but also short stories and memoirs -- and listen to a lot of audiobooks. Newer favorites include Patry Francis, Donna Tartt, Meg Wolitzer, Lev Grossman, Jennifer Egan, Laurie R. King, Lionel Shriver, Carolyn Parkhurst, Penny Vincenzi, Michael Connelly, Alexander McCall Smith, Orson Scott Card, Patrick Rothfuss, Martha Southgate, Jennifer Haigh, Zadie Smith, and Louise Penny. Some older favorites are Lorrie Moore, Anne Tyler, Ian McEwan, Susan Howatch, and Connie Willis.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9-11-17 #IMWAYR

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It’s September 11th and the news has been full of hurricane and earthquake and bombs, so I’m selfishly looking for books and audiobooks this week that will calm anxiety, not add to it. I’m reading Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon for book club on Wednesday. I also plan to finish Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and start The People We Hate at the Wedding this week.

I spent much of the weekend listening to Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, partly because I love the Armand Gamache series and partly because the library audiobook loan was going to expire today and I didn’t want to have to get back in line and wait to find out the ending.

Thirteenth in the series, Glass Houses doesn’t disappoint! While suspenseful, there is definitely something soothing about these books about the village of Three Pines in Quebec – “A place that no one finds unless they are lost,” the author says in  a recorded conversation with the actor who took over the narration of the series (after the death of Ralph Cosham) at the end of the Recorded Books audio.

My audiobook listening this week will be finishing the urban fantasy I set aside to listen to Glass Houses


Moon Over Soho
is the second in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch about a young mixed-race constable in London who becomes part of a top-secret, special police unit after seeing and interviewing a ghost who witnessed the murder currently under investigation. British urban fantasy…it can be gory, and the humor is mostly dark, but ghosts, river gods, vampires, etc. are not real, so it’s non-stressful! (Right?) Also, the audiobooks are narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who’s a pleasure to listen to.

Hope everyone who is struggling today and this week will get through it and come out safely on the other side!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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Aaack! Where Did Summer GO? #IMWAYR

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Are Labor Day resolutions a thing? They should be. I had to look up my blog password again, because it’s been that long since I posted.

Here’s the pile of books I have from the library, at least some of which I’m hoping to get to this week.

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This isn’t counting three other library books I have out – City of Friends by Joanna Trollope, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – all of which I’m at least halfway through on, or my work break-time book, The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers.

For book club next week, I need to read Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon… Any recommendations on other ones from the pile I should try to read first?

I just finished listening to Gabrielle Zevin’s Young Jane Young on audio today. I recommend it! It’s seriously light or lightly serious. Thoughtfully funny, maybe? The main character is a young female intern who gets romantically involved with the married congressman she’s working for. I sometimes enjoy hearing about a juicy scandal in the news or a bit of celebrity gossip, but I always feel a little bad about it, too. It’s so much harder to live things down with the Internet, now, and public scrutiny can be so harsh.

This week I’m going to be listening to two of my favorite crime fiction authors on audio. I just started Glass Houses by Louise Penny (still missing Ralph Cosham, but the new narrator, Robert Bathurst, is very good) and I hope to finish the new Michael Connelly book (with a female lead), The Late Show, narrated by Katherine Moennig, soon, because it’s overdue.

I can’t believe that we’re at the unofficial end of summer already, but I like to keep summer going until the official end on Sept. 21st, so we had frozen strawberry-pineapple-coconut rum drinks from the blender tonight.


Fall weather is good for reading, but I didn’t get enough backyard reading time in this summer, so I hope to fit some more in before it gets too cool.

I should join the Stop Premature Pumpkin Spice movement.

Happy Labor Day Monday!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5-1-17 #IMWAYR

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Happy Monday and Happy May Day! I was #saturdaylibrarian this week, but on my Friday off I read a whole book. It was very short. I read it because I’m trying to…

Well, you can tell by the title, can’t you? Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight is a humorous self-help book that follows the author’s best-selling satire (which I haven’t read) of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I listened to on audio):

According to the author, people can be divided up into three categories, as far as getting their sh*t together goes. Never mind “introvert” or “extrovert”. After reading this book, you will identify as either an Alvin, a Theodore, or a Simon. (For an explanation of these categories, click here.) Unfortunately, despite being a pretty good imitation of a Simon at work, (planning and staying on top of things), I’m probably more of an Alvin when I’m at home. (I married a Simon, though, so, collectively speaking, our sh*t is together.)

I was jealous of everyone who participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this weekend, but it looked like everyone had fun! I did more dancing than reading this weekend, but doing a Dewey’s Readathon is something that would be on my Book Blogger Bucket List if I were more of a Simon and HAD a Book Blogger Bucket List.

On a serious note, I finished reading Disaster Falls, a memoir about a family tragedy by Stephane Gerson, this morning and plan to write a separate post about it.

At work I’m reading The Hate U Give, the best-selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The title comes from Tupac Shakur’s definition of the meaning of “THUG LIFE”: The Hate U Give Little Infants F–ks Everybody. Very good and I may need to bring it home to finish it because it’s getting pretty heavy for lunchtime reading.

This week I also expect to finish reading This Is Not Over by Holly Brown –a Girl on the Train-ish type of psychological thriller – which will be good to recommend to readers who are addicted to these first-person narratives of privileged white women and their self-destructive behavior, but I’m getting impatient to have it be over.

On audio, I’m listening to Long Live the King by Fay Weldon, the second in the Habits of the House trilogy, which I accidentally am listening to out of order (#3, #1, and now #2). This trilogy about English gentry and their servants and relatives who do not inherit would be great to recommend to anyone who is still suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal.

Now I need to hurry or I won’t be early to work today and will fail at one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

Check out the other posts linked up at Book Date for more reading updates, and please tell me something you’re reading this week in the comments!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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