Thursday, March 12, 2020

Story ARC's - Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

     Paul Tremblay's writing is propelling, it's a heightened ride from beginning to end. For me, it's a challenge to continually read his books as they plunder into my deepest fears, in this case, a viral infection spreading from animal to human. They are all too real, and the small community in which this story takes place could be the one you or I live in, this could happen to you (or me). Do not look at the length of time it took me to read this (10 days) and determine it could not have been good, look at the time it took me to read this and know that every third chapter or so, I HAD to put it down because my anxiety was so heightened by the events therein that I was constantly on the verge of panic. It's that good, Tremblay is that good.

     If you've never read him and this book hasn't released yet (July 7, 2020) add it to your TBR and pick up his book Cabin at the End of the World. Another amazing apocalyptic read about a home invasion. Terrifying.

ARC provided by William Morrow. This is an honest review.

Book reviewed by Melissa Adamson - Library Staff 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

February OCFPL Book Club

     Do you remember your first time picking up a romance novel? The thrill and joy of picking up that novel and discovering something new. Wanting to read all the stories that ends with a Happily Ever After. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams brought back that feeling of discovering a romance novel.
     This book was a slight miss with our readers during this past meeting of OCFPL Book Club. Some readers enjoyed it, others did not. We truly did enjoy the fact that it was a group of men, aiding a friend in winning back his wife. What greater resource for this endeavor than romance novel. It was ridiculous and over the top. Yet, we did love the grand romantic gestures of love and devotion. Some of us did not enjoy the main character but enjoyed the side characters more. Not a true home run this time around.
       While this book was not a total win, I still suggest to pick up this book and give it a shot. You do not know what book you may enjoy if you don't give it a chance. All in all we gave this book 3 hearts out of 5. ♥♥♥      
     Join us next month on Tuesday, March 25th at 6 PM as we meet next to discuss I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. We welcome all to read the book and drop in for the discussion. Hope to see you there. 

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.