Read your way into the New Year

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? Why not make one to regularly visit the Barriere Public Library and enjoy the wonderful myriad of books they have to offer?

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? Why not make one to regularly visit the Barriere Public Library and enjoy the wonderful myriad of books they have to offer?

Here are a few seasonal titles to get you started:

Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke – When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber – This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner’s son. For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

A Christmas Odyssey by Anne Perry – Ten days before Christmas, as an icy wind cuts through London, wealthy James Wentworth feels not joy but grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured into a deadly world of drugs and wild passion. Wentworth’s only hope, he believes, is his old friend Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to search for the prodigal son. Rathbone knows nothing of the sensation-obsessed underworld where Lucien now dwells, but he acquires two unexpected new companions who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk’s medical clinic, and Crow, a mysterious slum doctor who turns no one away, however undeserving.

There are also some great new stories in for the younger crowd.

Bedtime in the Forest by Kazuo Iwamura – Mick, Mack and Molly, the three popular squirrel children, are back in action – but not when they should be.  This time, there are up and out in the middle of the night.  After all, the owl children are wide-awake and playing.  So why can’t squirrel children be playing too?

The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green – Someone is chasing Rabbit.  it’s a fox in the dark!  Rabbit runs home and escapes without a scratch, when… rat-a-tat-tat.  There’s a knock at his door and then another.  Duck, Mouse and Lamb all want to come in.  They’ve all run from a fox in the dark.  Rabbit reluctantly lets them inside and everyone squishes into his ben, when… rat-a-tat-tat.  Uh-oh.  Now, who can that be?

Hugless Douglas by David Melling – “I need a hug!” says Douglas.  Douglas is a big, brown, lovable bear, who wakes up one morning in need of a hug.  He sets off to find one, but none of them seem quite right.  Poor Hugless Douglas.  Won’t anyone give him a hug?