So many books, so little time

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Connie with our vast book club collection.

Whether you read one book a week, a month or even a year, time is precious and we don’t want to spend it reading a book that we don’t enjoy or that doesn’t qualify as “good” in your … book.

So when we’re asked to recommend a good book, the Book Club Collection is a great place to start.

This collection is located in the Lower Level at Cook and on display shelves at Aspen.  Our collection is always expanding with what I call “word of mouth” titles.  My ears always perk up when I hear conversations about the great book that family, friends or strangers are reading.  Often, those are the books that go straight to our Book Club Collection.

And these books are NOT FOR BOOK CLUBS ONLY.

Our collection includes historical, humorous, multicultural, adventure and coming of age fiction.  We feature mysteries, classics, biographies, memoirs and award winners.  There is plenty to choose from and these are the books that your family, friends and strangers on trains and treadmills are reading and talking about.

So next time you want a good book to read and talk about, check out one of these titles in our book club collection:


THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin PowersA novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.  Soon to be in theaters starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

THE LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan: The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

THE HEALING by Jonathan O’Dell:  Plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada.

THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY by Margot Livesey: A resourceful orphan makes her way in an uncaring world and not only endures but also triumphs.

DRIFTLESS by DAVID RHODES: After 20 years of drifting, July Montgomery has finally found peace in the small town of Words, Wisconsin amid the secrets and daily struggles of the townspeople.

Connie Regan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Connie Regan has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for over 26 years. She loves mysteries with complex characters and plots and when she’s not reading she’s riding her bike, swimming or watching the Blackhawks.