Worthwhile Reads

“Exiles” Book Review

Jane Harper’s Exiles is a slow paced mystery novel with terrific descriptions of both scenery and characters. The setting is…

“The Light Pirate” Book Review

I don’t usually read fiction novels about the devastating effects of climate-change, but Lily Brooks-Dalton’s The Light Pirate is a…

“The Villa” Book Review

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins is kind of a ‘story within a story’ – it’s a gothic thriller with women…

The Blackout Book Club

The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green is a historical fiction novel set in 1942 during WWII. The characters…

“We Are the Light” Book Review

Welcome to the Watseka Public Library book blog for 2023, written by Velanne. I’ll be posting about books I’ve read…

Best Worthwhile Reads of 2022

I can’t believe it’s already time for the “Best Books of the Year” for 2022. I’m only featuring books that…

“The Lindbergh Nanny” Review

The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks is a well-researched historical fiction novel about the kidnapping of little Charlie Lindbergh in…

“Fairy Tale” Review

I will admit that I had never read a Stephen King novel – I don’t like horror stories . .…

“Killing the Legends” Review

If you’ve been looking for an interesting non-fiction book to read, Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity by…

“Beartown” Review

I am a lover of all of Fredrik Backman’s novels – even though his books have very different topics and…

“Mad Honey” Review

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan is a captivating novel that touches on SO MANY different topics…

“Who is Maud Dixon?” Review

As I was waiting anxiously for our NEW October books to arrive, Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews was…

“The Lost Ticket” Review

If you’re looking for an uplifting story, The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson might be just what you need!! I…

“Other Birds” Review

I can’t stop thinking about Sarah Addison Allen’s new novel, Other Birds. Her writing is so wonderful – making me…

“Fox Creek” Review

If you haven’t checked out a book by William Kent Krueger, I highly recommend his novels. I couldn’t wait to…

“Pie” Review

My “Worthwhile Read” this week is one that Watseka Public Library is promoting in conjunction with the Unit 9 Schools.…

“The Lies I Tell” Review

The Lies I Tell is a well-written mystery with a ‘cat and mouse game’ throughout. Revenge and justice are a…

“The It Girl” Review

I’ve read several of Ruth Ware’s books, and thought they were ‘just ok,’ but I think The IT Girl is…

“The Measure” Review

The Measure by Nikki Erlick is a terrific novel filled with wonderful characters that are appealing and very diverse. Each…

“The Club” Review

The Club by Ellery Lloyd is a mystery that kept my interest well, even though I didn’t really “like” any…

“Something Wilder” Review

For a great beach or vacation read, check out Something Wilder by Christina Lauren!! This book is a combination of…

“The Foundling” Review

The Foundling by Ann Leary is a historical fiction novel that explores the use of eugenics in the United States…

“The Lioness” Review

The Lioness is Chris Bohjalian’s terrific new book set in the African Serengeti region in the 1960’s. (It has already…

“The Diamond Eye” Review

I was so intrigued by The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn that I could barely tear myself away from reading…

“The Good Left Undone” Review

I adore reading books by Adriana Trigiani and she does not disappoint with her new historical fiction novel, The Good…

“The Paris Apartment” Review

I have read other books by Lucy Foley, and couldn’t wait to read The Paris Apartment. This novel didn’t disappoint…

“I Must Betray You” Review

I ask everyone to please read the historical fiction novel, I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys!! In the climate…

“The Horsewoman” Review

James Patterson and Mike Lupica (award winning sports writer) teamed up for the novel, The Horsewoman. I don’t know much…

“The Magnolia Palace” Review

The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis is a wonderful historical fiction novel for readers who love the worlds of collectible…

“The Appeal” Review

I’ve got another debut novel for this week – The Appeal by Janice Hallett. The style of this book is…

“The Maid” Review

The Maid by Nita Prose is a murder mystery told in an unusual way – kind of light hearted and…

“For the Wolf” Review

I am not usually a reader of Fantasy genre books, but I absolutely loved For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten!…

“The Boys” Review

If memoirs or biographies are your interest, or if you loved the tv shows –  “Andy Griffith,” “Happy Days” or…

“The Shadow Box” Review

If you’re looking for a good page-turner for your New Year, check out The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice. This…

Best Books of the Year 2021

It’s time for the “Best Books of the Year” featuring books that have been on our Worthwhile Reads blog this…

“Silverview” Review

Silverview by John Le Carre is on many of the “best of the year” lists, so I really wanted to…

“The Family” Review

I don’t usually read stories about the Italian Mafia, but I was drawn to the cover art on this novel…

“Cloud Cuckoo Land” Review

I just finished Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and I had to sit and let the power of his words…

“Once Upon a Wardrobe” Review

I spent a magical, enjoyable day reading Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan. The story is beautiful and the…

“Apples Never Fall” Review

I have been waiting for Liane Moriarty’s Apples Never Fall to hit the shelves for months, and it did not…

“West With Giraffes” Review

I love to visit the zoo and I especially love giraffes, with their beautiful eyes and gentle nature. West With…

“Rock Paper Scissors” Review

Are you looking for a creepy, unsettling thriller to curl up with on a cool, Fall evening? Check out Rock…

“The Exiles” Review

Be prepared for a heartbreaking novel if you decide to read The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline. It is a…

“The Reading List” Review

If you love books and you love libraries, please check out The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. This book…

“Once There Were Wolves” Review

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy is a novel of survival – full of love, fear, violence, tenderness and…

“Moon Lake” Review

I tried reading a new author (for me) this week and was not disappointed. Moon Lake by Joe R. Lansdale…

“The Rose Code” Review

Do you like WWII novels, English settings, great characters, romance and lots of mystery? Then The Rose Code, by Kate…

“Such a Quiet Place” Review

I picked up Megan Miranda’s new thriller/mystery, Such A Quiet Place and was so glad I made that choice! (I’ve…

“Sooley” Review

I enjoy college basketball, so it’s not surprising that I liked John Grisham’s new novel, Sooley. This book gives a…

“The Maidens” Review

If you like dark, suspenseful novels and English settings with Greek mythology woven into the plot, then you will love…

“One Two Three” Review

I grabbed One Two Three by Laurie Frankel on my way out of the library, wanting a good book for…

“Hail Mary” Review

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is a terrific novel – but it might appeal more to you if you…

“The Kitchen Front” Review

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan is not the typical WWII novel – its focus is on the rationing that…

“The Good Sister” Review

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth was a thoroughly enjoyable read – it had short chapters and moved along quickly.…

“Beach Read” Review

Since I read Beach Read by Emily Henry over a rainy, dreary 2 days in May, it wasn’t an actual…

“Out of the Easy” Review

I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a book about New Orleans in the 1950’s – especially with its focus on…

“The Queen’s Gambit” Review

The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis is actually a novel from 1983, rekindled in popularity by the same-named Netflix series…

“The Mountains Wild’ Review

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor is a police investigation type of novel which takes place in and around…

“Raft of Stars” Review

I remember how my boys loved Gary Paulsen novels about adventures in the outdoors when they were in middle school/junior…

“The Four Winds” Review

I love most of Kristin Hannah’s books, and her new novel, The Four Winds is now one of my favorites!…

“The Paris Library” Review

If you love books and libraries – you need to read The Paris Library, a new historical fiction novel by…

“Greenlights” Review

Greenlights is the best-selling memoir written by Matthew McConaughey – but don’t let the word “memoir” fool you into thinking…

“The Quintland Sisters” Review

My mother and grandmother often talked about the Dionne quintuplets – 5 little girls who were born in 1934 during…

“Grateful American” Review

I wanted to read Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise because he and his wife…

“Ready Player Two” Review

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline is the first Science Fiction novel I have read for this blog. I really…

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