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Posted about 1 year ago by Amy H

Posted in eBooks and Audiobooks, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Poetry, History and Politics, Movies and Music, Mysteries and Thrillers, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Teen and Pre-Teens and Wellness: Fitness, Health and Spirituality | Tagged with action and adventure, artists, Coming of Age, give 3 get 3, Historical Fiction, inspirational, psychology, read alikes, Readers' Advisory, scientists, staff suggestions and YA Fiction

Feel like there’s nothing interesting to read/watch/listen to lately? The Toledo Lucas County Public Library has offered a Give 3, Get 3 suggestion service to the public since summer of 2015. Using the form on our website, anyone can submit up to three books, movies or musicians they’ve enjoyed reading/watching/listening to and a real, live librarian will suggest three (or more!) other authors/titles, movies/television programs or tunes to try. We love a challenge and if what we initially send doesn't resonate, you can send us additional criteria or preferences to help us refocus our efforts. Connecting readers/listeners/viewers with something they haven’t yet read/heard/seen is what we love doing most. Make our day and ask!

Here’s what is on my radar this week (so new we’re still catching up on ordering multiple formats!):

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson


Likely to be the hit of the season, based on Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, best-selling biographer Isaacson weaves a narrative that shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and a playful imagination.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Print | Audio

In his long-awaited return, the author of best-selling The Fault in Our Stars shares the story of sixteen-year-old Aza. She never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman


Pullman returns to the parallel world of the best-selling His Dark Materials series for a thrilling parallel epic adventure.

Braving the Wilderness: the Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Braving the wilderness : the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone / Brené Brown, PHD, LMSW

Print | eAudio

Popular TED-talker Brown contends that one of the major crises in today's culture is the feeling of being disconnected, which evidences itself in unrealistic people-pleasing standards, and the erosion of civility. She has developed an enthusiastic, practical guide to achieving a healthy sense of interconnectedness within one's culture and community.

The Last Kingdom: Season One

The Last Kingdom (DVD)

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

This is a sleeper hit (based on a wonderful historical fiction series by Bernard Cornwell about England in the time of Alfred the Great) with wonderful characters and beautiful production values – a good match for Vikings and Game of Thrones fans.

Check out the Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell

Aka: Saxon Stories, The Saxon Tales and/or Warrior Chronicles
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
Book 1: The Last Kingdom
eBook | eAudio
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
Book 6: Death of Kings
Print | Audio
eBook | eAudio
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
Book 2: The Pale Horseman
Print | Large Print
eBook | eAudio
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
Book 7: The Pagan Lord
Print | Audio
eBook | eAudio
The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
Book 3: The Lords of the North
Print | Large Print
eBook | eAudio
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
Book 8: The Empty Throne
Print | Large Print | Audio
eBook | eAudio
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
Book 4: Sword Song
PrintLarge Print | Audio
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
Book 9: Warriors of the Storm 
eBook | eAudio
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
Book 5: The Burning Land
Print | Large Print | Audio
The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
Book 10: The Flame Bearer
Print | Large Print | Audio
eBook | eAudio

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