Library Notes: Happy Holidays Include Reading
Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24, 2022
By Laurie Lyd
Rowan Public Library
At their best, holidays and related vacations are filled with unforgettable, life-renewing moments. For me, the extra time to read adds to those happy moments — whether I’m reading a cookbook, a nonfiction title, or a novel. I’ve been reading mysteries lately and checked out a bunch of new titles from the Rowan Public Library that are just waiting to be read!
Jennifer McMahon’s latest mystery, “Children on the Hill,” offers a non-linear narrative structure that keeps readers engaged and guessing until the end. McMahon’s works often hint at and/or include supernatural elements, and this novel does the same. While I can’t say more about the role of the supernatural in the story without an appropriate #spoiler tag, I’m someone who loves “The X-Files” and I’m enjoying the way McMahon is developing this latest tale of mystery and intrigue.
“The It Girl” by Ruth Ware is another recent release, and while I’m only a few chapters in, I’m already trying to guess who really killed April. (#NotASSpoiler — That detail is shared from the very beginning on the book cover!) Ware has written five previous mysteries, each with their own distinct flavor, and the world of “The It Girl” is another well-drawn narrative world.
“Christmas Mourning” by North Carolina author Margaret Maron is also on my to-read pile. This mystery promises a seasonal tale of holiday celebrations marked by a tragic accident that turns out to be a devastating murder. Intrigue ensues as a fictional Colleton County sheriff’s deputy and his wife work to uncover the killer(s) in their rural community.
While I’ve checked out hard copies of the aforementioned titles, since I almost always prefer to hold a book in my hands, I also have a digital queue of e-books and e-audiobooks to make sure I can read or listen whenever it’s most convenient for me. (Pro tip: Reading or listening to digital titles while waiting in long lines can make dealing with crowded spaces much easier!) Aside from the huge convenience of accessing digital items on the go, another benefit is that they are automatically returned at the end of the rental period.
Digital titles can be accessed through the Libby app, which is available in every app store and can be downloaded for free to your smart device. To check titles from Libby, you just need your RPL card number and four-digit PIN. If you have forgotten any number, visit your nearest RPL branch and the staff will prepare it for you to read. While the library is closed from December 23rd to 27th, all branches will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, December 28th. For more information about RPL, go to www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.
Laurie Lyda is the Manager of Library Services at the Rowan Public Library.