Hello? Is this thing on? **taps microphone** Hello? Testing, 1.2.3. testing…. Okay, well, I’m going to pretend that everybody is on their way to the library or Overdrive or a bookstore to look for some of our recommendations. Or maybe y’all are writing up some recommendations of your own. That would be fabulous. Either way, have a great day!

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

 

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

20 percent down, 80 percent to go. I’ve tried reading this before and faded out quickly; this time I’m finding the book far more engaging.

~Hannah

 

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.

I was pleasantly surprised to realize that this book is far more than a summary of Tim’s many podcast interviews; instead, it’s more like notes from those podcasts on the habits, tricks, and routines that one could take from those interviewees and try for oneself. Like all of Tim’s books except his first, this one is large; like all of them, it is much more of a reference work than a book to read straight through. I am looking forward to learning from it.

~Hannah

The Sun is Also a Star  by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate, not destiny, or dreams that will never come true. She’s definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him.

Daniel is the good son, the good student, living up to his parents’ high expectations. Never the poet or the dreamer. But when he sees her, he forgets about all that. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of them.

This touching love story is beautifully written and is one of my new favorites. I could not put it down!

It is a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award finalist, and a 2017 Michael L. Printz honor book. It is also in development for the big screen.

~Danene

A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (DVD)

Wonderful, yet very disturbing, film about the vivisection of the Arab world by the WWI conquering powers, among them Great Brittan, France, and the US, et. al. T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, did all he could to help make the conquering forces hold to the long-standing agreements and promises made with and to those Arab peoples to have self-determination of their own lands and not be cut up and usurped by foreign powers.

~Ron

Product Details Avatar (DVD)

This movie is about going to a planet of science and exploration. It also had good story line about treating people and the planet with respect. The graphics of the movie are awesome and out of this world. I remember seeing this movie when it was out (in theaters) and it set my imagination on fire.

~Emma

 The Shannara Chronicles (TV Series)

This show is about an ancient tree that is dying. Then there is a quest to go to “Safe Haven” to try to find the cure for the tree. Also the most unlikely of people cross paths to band together to safe the human (and unhuman) race. This TV series reminds me of little bit of “Lord of the Rings”, “Eragon” type of storytelling. I watched the first episode and have been hooked ever since.

~Emma

New Earth by Ben Bova

Several scientist/astronauts are sent on an 80 year mission to a planet that seems as habitable as Earth. They travel in ‘cold sleep’ and when they wake upon arrival they discover that the expected backup missions were never launched. Earth was mostly overcome by repeated, massive flooding.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

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