Thursday, January 23, 2020

January OCFPL Book Club

Welcome back everyone! 

     This year we kicked off book club with Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television hos, who is widely known for being on the Daily Show on Comedy Central. This is his story of his time growing up in South Africa during and after the apartheid era. 
     We enjoyed the stories of him being mischievous, clever but overall naughtiness as a child. His challenging nature and the way he narrates the story to intertwine the deeper issues with funny outtakes, shows how much he has overcome. You can definitely see the comic being form and molded as he was growing up. One thing that the members found fascinating was his ability and talent for learning languages. Using it as a tool for survival, to trick people, getting out of trouble, and overall to make connections with those who under normal circumstances would not have connected with due to him being a Colored person (one who is half black and half white)  in South Africa. 
     Overall, we enjoyed this book and definitely recommend others to read it. There is talks that this book would be adapted for film, something we all agree we will be on the look out to watch. 
     Join us next month on Tuesday, February 18th  at 6pm as we meet next to discuss The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. We welcome all to read the book and drop in for the discussion. Hope to see you there. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

OCFPL Book Club- May Pick

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Turning back the clock and resetting time to when dinosaurs once ruled the earth. To witness such a marvel would be considered a moment of pure genius and a great scientific discovery. Should scientists take such power into their hands? Jurassic Park is a wonderful work of science fiction that not only captures the imagination of dinosaurs walking among us once again but the frightening idea of everything wrong that could happen. Dealing with dinosaurs, experiments gone wrong, and an over sense of feeling doom when things are not going right are some of the most exhilarating parts of the book.

Also you will love to hate and can't help but agree with an always right and explaining everything mathematician.  

We enjoyed the book and talked about how it differed from the movie. We loved and hated some characters. Overall, we enjoyed the book and some of us went to pick up the second book to continue the story. 

Check out a copy here and jump into a prehistoric world.

See you in September! Our book choice is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  We will meet September 4th in RM N111 at 6pm.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

OCFPL Book Club- April Pick

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

This month we read Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel, our only non-fiction book pick, is an emotional and eye opening narrative about the soldiers sent to war and the challenges they, and their families, face when returning to the home front. Everyone featured in the book has been touched by the wounds of war, whether physical or mental, and how they manage life when everything has changed by death or survival in war. These are the personal storied that follow members of a battalion the months and years after their last deployment and their journey through the bureaucracy of getting the help they need.  

We had a lively discussion about the book, we had a veteran share his view and personal experiences, shared stories about our own families who served, and how we felt about this book and the issues it addressed. 

Check out a copy here and learn more about our soldiers.    

May’s book choice is Jurassic Park : a novel  by Michael Crichton. We will meet on May 15th in RM N111 at 6pm.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

OCFPL Book Club- March Pick

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

     If you had a moment to save a life, would you? Two women, different backgrounds, secrets of their own,  and yet are bound together by a bond of survival. This is an incredible story of friendship, loss, and bravery. Set during World War II, the story follows the lives of two strong women, Noa and Astrid, as they make their way on a traveling circus. Author Pam Jenoff transports readers along for the ride. With her rich writing style and strong characterization, readers will quickly become emotionally invested in the story that unfolds, and the final outcome of our protagonists. We enjoyed the story, felt for the characters, and knew that this story will stay with us for a long time. 

Be prepared with a box of tissues. Check it out here and embark on the journey.   

April’s book choice is Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel. We will meet on April 17th in 
RM N111 at 6pm.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

OCFPL Book Club- February Pick

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

     What makes a book magical? Is it the story or the characters? Is it the way the author can enchant us with their writing? This month we read A Discovery of Witches, the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy. It was a great read and the book captivated us. Some of us liked how Harkness developed her characters and showed their growth and changes throughout the books. We enjoyed the bond between Diana and Matthew as scholars and lovers, but also uniting as a witch and a vampire. We also appreciated the connection the author drew between alchemy and the sciences, and how close they have ties in the supernatural, especially with magic. It was an adventure to see how everyone was looking for the same thing but were on different paths. Some parts did stretch out a bit but it did not take away the overall excitement and enthusiasm for the book. 

We enjoyed this book and cannot wait to continue the series. Check it out here and enjoy an enchantment of sorts.  

March’s book choice is The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff. We will meet on Mar. 13th in 
RM N111 at 6pm.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

OCFPL Book Club- January Pick

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

We started this year’s OCFPL Book Club with Paulo Coelho’s widely popular book The Alchemist. We enjoyed the story and the journey that took place. It was an adventure traveling with Santiago (The Boy) as he was going through both a spiritual and emotional journey. What started out as a quest to find treasure became the greatest quest of all. The gold and jewels may have been a reward but finding one’s self, destiny and fulfillment was the greatest treasure of them all. We enjoyed reading about the signs and importance they have in the book and share a few traditions, signs, and superstitions that we grew up knowing.

Overall, we enjoyed this book. Check it out here and embark on your own journey.

February’s book choice is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. We will meet on Feb. 20th in RM N111 at 6pm.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Staff Picks Spotlight - Melissa M.


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This fantasy story follows the main character, Vin, who is a young female thief trying to survive on the streets. When she gets saved by an ambitious leader of thieving crew, she gets swept away along with their plans to overthrow the unjust government and comes across something she never expected: people she can truly trust. The characters are realistic and the story shows how people can have hope even after experiencing horrible things. Quite simply, I loved this book.

Shoot Like a Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar

This is a nonfiction account of an Air National Guard’s experiences in three tours of Afghanistan piloting medevac missions. Told in her point of view, this story shows her - at times strenuous - journey to rescue her allies in the middle of a firefight despite being injured. Her story
become a pilot, leading up to a intense mission where she still manages to she kept fighting for women’s rights back home. At times both funny and moving, portrays the struggles many female soldiers face in the military, and shows how this is a story worth reading.

Ambulance Girl by Jane Stern

Jane Stern was a middle aged woman when she decided to become an EMT. She was plagued by depression and anxiety. Overweight and terrified by illness and injury she knew she had to do something for herself to overcome her fears and take charge of her life again/ This is the true story of how she pushed passed all of her fears and insecurities to help people, and in doing so, help herself. The book describes the different patients she helped and those she state. It’s a quick read, and it gives the reader a deep respect for EMTs and lost, and gives insight on how the EMT calls affected her marriage and mental health and all those who have the courage to overcome their fears.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Staff Picks Spotlight - James M.


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

A great fantasy book for all ages. The story is written well and shares the life of a young farm boy who is cast into a world of magic and dragons without much say in it. Losing his family and loved ones while fighting off evil forces with his blade. The choices the main character has to make also makes the reader question what would be the best option, and how it’ll affect the story.

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi 

A heart warming yet intense story of superheros and a sense of rags to riches is within this Japanese comic. The story of a young boy born without powers in a world where everyone is super, makes him lesser for being different. The story  is based off of him wishing to be a great hero. Eventually gaining the abilities to achieve his dream he embarks on a journey of entering a super school to learn how to become the best hero he can be.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

The story is about a young man dealing with his sexuality and the issues of hiding it from the world. A good story for those of the LGBT community, that faces real life struggles people go through. there are breaks in between the story  where it involves the main character and his email exchange with his penpal discussing topics and romance. It’s an interesting format of writing and engaging the reader throughout the story.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Staff Picks Spotlight - Taimi K.


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This Newbery Honor recipient takes place in England during World War II. I enjoyed getting to know Ada, a 10 yr. old Londoner who is born with a club foot, and celebrated with her as she overcame many obstacles throughout this novel. Although technically it is a children's book, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or titles that captures the strength of the human spirit. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, "The War I Finally Won" which will be released this fall. 

This well-researched narrative describes not only the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but also the German Resistance. McCormick also highlights important historical events occurring in Germany during this time period. I learned much about the German opposition to Hitler during this suspenseful read which tells the true story of a courageous hero who is forced to make difficult moral choices. Written for young readers, this book is a great choice for those interested in Germany during World War II or for anyone as an introduction to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

Serafina and the Black Coat by Robert Beatty

Incredibly suspenseful, this mystery thriller takes place in Asheville, NC at the Biltmore Estate. This book is engaging from beginning to end , and I found it very difficult to put it down. Because this novel intertwines elements of fantasy, adventure, history, horror, and mystery this book has a little bit of everything, and I would recommend it for children and adults alike, though not for the faint of heart. I also enjoyed the sequel, "Serafina and the Twisted Staff," and am excited about the third installation to the series which is released this week, "Serfina and the Splintered Heart."