Did you know you can borrow digital books in the form of e-books or audiobooks from your library?
Chances are your library uses either the Libby app, or Hoopla. My library uses Hoopla and while the selection varies at times, I thought it'd be worth highlighting some of the good things I've found there recently. Definitely check out what your library offers beyond it's physical space. You might be surprised!
Here are 12 great reads on Hoopla right now that I highly recommend, and 3 that I'm looking forward to:
1-3. The Lady Sherlock series, by Sherry Thomas - My current favorite series to listen to, this is a retelling of a gender flipped Sherlock Holmes. Clever, sharp, well written and funny, this series is great if you're looking for something new, you like mysteries, and great characters.
4. Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear - A great historical mystery series with a narrator with an excellent voice. I feel like the series got better after book 1 but the background set up in the first book is important for things to come. Maisie is a great character and her sidekicks are fun and complex also. It's not too deep or tough, or too immersed in the historical fiction tone to put me off. The mysteries she has to solve are compelling too. Great easy listening.
5. The Agatha Raisin series, by M. C. Beaton - A great cozy mystery series perfect for listening to in the winter while doing a puzzle in your jammies. Not that I'm speaking for experience or anything (I totally am). The first one is called The Quiche of Death and our main character is one of my favorite sassy ladies to spend time with.
6. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrick Backman - One of the best in the "grumpy old man at the edge of self-imposed despair has an adventure that softens his heart and makes you cry" sub-category of fiction. Great on audio because then you learn how to pronounce the names.
7. The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang - A relatively new release contemporary romance!
8. El Deafo, by Cece Bell - A wonderful graphic novel about Cece Bell's own experience as a child with a hearing impairment. It's educational, touching, and really well done. Highly recommend parents, kids, and all humans read this sometime.
9. Lumberjanes vol. 1, by Noelle Stevenson - A great comic series about a group of kids at summer camp and the maybe magical adventures they get themselves into. Lots of these are available on Hoopla and they're fun for youth and grownups.
10. Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series, by Dana Simpson - One of my daughter's favorite graphic novel/comic series, this is about a young girl and her unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Together they encounter the issues in Phoebe's daily life, and it's a little smidge like Calvin and Hobbes but updated for today's issues and with more unicorns. 9 books in the series could keep your kiddos going for a good part of the summer!
11. Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis - This is a good kick in the pants if that's what you need. I don't think it's for everyone, and it's not without it's problematic parts, but if you're in the right mindset, you might find something really valuable here. I read this last year and there were many passages that helped me clarify some things and motivate me to get some things done.
12. The Book of Delights, by Ross Gay - I've talked about this book a lot since reading it, but this is a great way to get a taste if you're on the fence about getting your own copy (TBH that's what I use the library for a lot - figuring out if a book is worth buying or not). I loved this one, and it will make you think and look at things differently.
On My List
13. Captain Marvel vol. 1, by Kelly Deconnick - comic - I have loved the Ms. Marvel comics and really enjoyed the Captain Marvel movie, so it's about time I read some of the comics about our hero Carol Danvers. I've read lots of comics through the library and it's lots of fun!
14. Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes, by Jessica Pan - e-book - Yes, I'm totally into this for the title and the cover (it's cake). As an introvert myself, the idea of having a year of yes is scary to me, but sounds entertaining to read about when it's happening to someone else.
15. Small Fry, by Lisa Brennan-Jobs - audiobook - A relatively new release from the daughter of Steve Jobs. You probably have heard of this one, but I'm interested to see what it's like.
Any buried treasures of your library that you've enjoyed?
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