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Fast-Paced and Upbeat Novels to Perk Up Your Day

Posted 5 months ago by April S

Posted in eBooks and Audiobooks, Fiction and Graphic Novels, Mysteries and Thrillers and Romance | Tagged with books to read, cozy mysteries, fast-paced, friendship, fun, Humorous Fiction, life changes, Love Stories, Readers' Advisory and upbeat

Recently, I attended a very interesting Readers' Advisory (RA) training session that was led by Becky Spratford, author of the popular blog RA for All. During one of the interactive exercises of this RA course we broke into small groups to share memorable aspects of one of our favorite books. Many of the people were great storytellers, which made me a bit envious. Then later many others surprised me by concentrating on why a certain book was their favorite, how it made them feel and why they remembered it almost 20 years later in some cases. After thinking about the concepts we discussed, I started to think about the books I've read over the years - why I loved them, what was memorable and why they left a lasting impression in my mind.

The RA course covered quite a bit, but there were some really good takeaways. While most people enjoy a decent plot, well-developed characters and good storylines - it's how a book makes a person feel that is often the most memorable aspect of a really good book.

Librarians often struggle with RA (Readers' Advisory) or helping people find "good books" to read. After all, we all have different opinions about what makes a book good. What I never really considered before was this - just let people tell you about their favorite books. Take the time to really listen to the other person. You may be surprised at what you discover.

We hope you enjoy the selections featured in this blog post. However, if you're looking for something different - try our Give 3 Get 3 service. What's "Give 3 Get 3" you ask? Basically, you fill out a form telling us a little about 3 titles you have enjoyed in the past and why (reading, listening or viewing) and our librarians on staff will send you 3 more recommendations based on the information you provide.

Enjoyable Reads

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Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

"Happiness for Humans" by P.Z. Reizin

Working to humanize a sophisticated AI, a London software company employee falls for an equally lonely aspiring writer in Connecticut before discovering that their match has been arranged by her AI charge, a situation that is further complicated by a hostile adversary.

"Campaign Widows" by Aimee Agresti

Thrust into Washington, D.C.'s most influential circle when her fiancâe runs for office, Cady Davenport finds an unlikely group of friends in the spouses of other political candidates who have been left behind for the election trail.

Also available in eBook and eAudiobook.

Campaign widows : a novel / Aimee Agresti
An unsuitable match / Joanna Trollope

"An Unsuitable Match" by Joanna Trollope

A second marriage between two people who are head-over-heels in love with each other is tested by the challenges of their blended family, from a daughter who resolves to protect her mother from harm and young twins who need constant attention to two grown children who need extra love and support through difficult times.

"Mr. Gandy's Grand Tour" by Alan Titchmarsh

Timothy Gandy has kept his lifetime's ambition secret for forty years. Now, suddenly (if tragically) released from the hen-pecked tedium of his ordinary existence, he is unexpectedly free to realize his dreams. He will embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, following in the footsteps of the aristocrats of the eighteenth century. He anticipates high art, culture and pleasant weather. He never expected to encounter new friendships - and possibly even love - along the way. It seems that Mr Gandy has embarked on the journey of a lifetime.

Mr Gandy's grand tour / Alan Titchmarsh
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris

"Sleep Like a Baby" by Charlaine Harris

Stricken with flu while Robin is on a business trip, Roe accepts the help of an in-home nurse who goes missing on a stormy night at the same time a body is found outside the house. This book is part of a series: Aurora Teagarden mysteries, book 10.

Also available in Large Print, Audiobook and eBook.

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