Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WooReads Book Reviews: Tear Jerkers

Grab a tissue folks. These books will bring tears to your eyes.

White Oleander

By Janet Fitch

A bestseller, but mostly sad. A young girl whose mom goes to prison, and she goes to foster care. She braves it out and manages OK, but your heart aches for her.

~Karen S.

Hey Kiddo

By Jarrett Krosoczka

This is a great book. Highly recommended. The story made me cry and I loved the pictures of Worcester. His grandparents reminded me of my parents and their contemporaries so much.

~Patricia A.

Maybe In Another Life

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Stepped out of my reading comfort zone by reading this (contemporary romance novel). Highly recommend; got teary eyed at the end. Really made me thankful for all that I've accomplished, have and the people I've met in life. I sometimes wonder "what if," but have to remember that the steps I've taken brought me to where I am today. I'm right where I'm suppose to be.

~Mary T.

Lily And The Octopus

By Steven Rowley

** spoiler alert ** The ending of this book had me crying and there were some tender parts in the book, but I became annoyed with the overuse of the octopus symbol, particularly during the battle scene. Ok! I get it ! This was your epic tale and the octopus was your white whale, but, as my mother would have said, "Enough already!!"

~Jeri G.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WooReads: Book Reviews That Will Keep You Guessing

Take a break from the work week and check out these mystery/thriller reviews! Don't forget to log your books on WooReads and help us read 5,000 books as a community before the end of May 2019!



By Joe Ide

I’ve been dabbling in reading crime and mystery fiction this year and I read the first IQ novel after reading a positive review for the most recent volume in the NYTimes. I figured I’d start at number 1 and work my way up to the third. The first one was a quick, easy read, but this one was a little too grim for me, and the ending seems a little rushed. I’m in for the third installment though since the through-line of IQ’s sad love life seems to be ready for a turnaround based on something that happens in the final pages. I need something good to happen for this guy!

~Gail H.

The Drop

By Dennis Lehane

A one night reading experience-cover to cover, this book is engaging, captivating and intriguing. The characters are located at a South Boston bar where shenanigans prevail. -🙌 Dennis Lehane at his best

~Agnes W.

Pretty Girls

By Karen Slaughter

Loved this book, could not put it down. A girl is missing in a small town. A now woman wonders if it had anything to do with her sister missing 20 years. A thriller, I will be looking for other books by K. Slaughter.

~Karen S.

In A Dark, Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware

Really good build up, propelled the action and tension forward really well, but by the end the "who done what" was pretty obvious, making it painfully frustrating waiting for characters to catch up.

~Heather W.

Stay Hidden

By Paul Doiron

A faced-paced (taking place over just a few days) murder mystery set on an island off the coast of Maine populated by believable hard-scrabble residents and temporary visitors to the island - including the game warden detective in this on-going series, Mike Bowditch. The book evokes well its November coastal setting. The author's strongest work yet.

~William C.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

WooReads: Nonfiction Book Reviews

WooReaders! We have reached 15% of our goal. Help us read 5,000 books before the end of May 2019. Go to our WooReads site and log your books today. Here are some intriguing reviews for nonfiction books that will inspire you to pick a book up today. 

The Library Book

By Susan Orlean

A far ranging social history of the Los Angeles central library. Orleans introduces us to the colorful characters and controversies surrounding the founding and growth of the library and does some sleuthing to try to determine the cause of a mammoth fire that destroyed a large part of the library’s collection. A library-lover’s dream book
~Gail H.

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

By Roxane Gay

An anthology, so definitely some bits stronger than others, but overall, worth the read. It took me forever to get through it because there's only so much one could take in a single sitting, but lots of material to make one think (and make one sad, and angry, and....)
~Heather W.

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

By Michael Arceneaux

Laugh out loud funny, honest, and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing your fears, dreams, and hopes!
~Adrienne H.

Friday, November 2, 2018

WooReads: Books in a Nutshell

As of this blog post we have read 528 books. Thank you to all of the WooReaders who have logged their books for September and October. Keep logging!

Looking for some recommendations? Check out the book reviews below and on WooReads (on WooReads, select the drop down menu in the right hand corner where your name is and click "Reviews" then click the "Peer Written Reviews" tab). And always check our Booklists and Staff Picks page!

Also, if you have registered for WooReads, don't forget to pick up your lanyard from your favorite branch.

The Rules of Magic

By Alice Hoffman

😄 I decided to read this book because it should have came before Practical Magic. It allowed me to get an insight of the characters beforehand. Awesome read!!!!!!

~Valdajean J.

Look Behind You

By Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Enjoyable book, fast paced action. Couldn’t read it fast enough. Good twist at the end. My only disappointment was would have like a little more of why.

~Karen S.

My Name is Lucy Barton

By Elizabeth Strout

The woman in a hospital bed reflects on the relationships that have formed her character.

~William C.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Read the daily edition of Telegram & Gazette Online

No time to visit the library to browse the daily edition of the T&G? We've got you covered! WPL cardholders can now access for FREE, the daily Telegram & Gazette in full color which includes all news articles, classifieds, weather reports, puzzles and more! Access is available same day as print edition.

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