We Read It, We Watched It, We Loved It..

Ms. Amy’s Pick:

Quick and Easy Mug Cakes by Jennifer Lee (Middle Grade Title)

“Sweet Beer Cake”? “Lemon Dream Cake”? and our favorite “Honey Swirl Cake”? Yum! With the longer nights and holidays fast approaching, this book provides an easy way to make quick (literally, 5 minutes total) and yummy recipes with the kids, while still helping them learn the chemistry and math that is baking.”

Available in paperback format
Ms. Katie’s Pick:

Heist Society by Ally Carter (Young Adult Title)

“Sooooo much fun!”

Available in e-book and hardcover formats
Ms. Cheryl’s Pick:

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman(Adult Title)

“Fredrik Backman has done it again! I read his latest,”Anxious People” in one sitting. During the pandemic I’ve been struggling with reading, but this book captivated me by his fine writing style and fast-paced story line.”

Available in e-book, e- audio, large type, and hardcover formats
Ms. Sam’s Pick:

Weird Massachusetts : your travel guide to the Bay State’s local legends and best kept secrets by Jeff Belanger(Adult Title)

“A fascinating book for those who enjoy the cryptic and weird things in life. This book makes me nostalgic as I always read it at my aunt’s and wonder at my state’s weird, scary, and cryptic background.”

Available in hardcover format
Ms. Patricia’s Pick:

A Better Man by Louise Penny

“The 15th book in the Three Pines Series by Louise Penny, “A Better Man”, continues following the spirited characters we have come to love nestled in a  quiet remote village outside the city of Quebec Canada. Knowing that there is yet a 16th book available, is the happy ending.”

Available in e-book, e-audio,and hardcover formats
Ms. Denise’s Pick:
Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips by America’s Test Kitchen (Adult Title)

“Delicious recipes. Includes ways to use leftover ingredients before they spoil.”

Available in hardcover format
Ms. Amy’s Pick:
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls (Kids’ Podcast)

“The Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls podcasts are not only extremely interesting and no longer than 25 minutes, they are inspirational for us all! I especially liked the ones about Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall.”
Ms. Katie’s Pick:
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Middle Grade Title)

“Wow, does this author know how to tell a story. My heart just broke and then…well, I’ll let you read it.”

Available in e-book and hardcover formats
Ms. Cheryl’s Pick:
Foolproof Fish by America’s Test Kitchen (Adult Title)

“Do you love eating seafood? I’m crazy for it, eating some sort of fish dish every weekend. “Foolproof Fish” by America’s Test Kitchen is filled with simple recipes. I’ve had the best tuna of my life using their recipe for grilled tuna steaks with vinaigrette. Paella is another favorite. Dive into fish and shellfish cookery with confidence.”

Available in hardcover format
Ms. Linda’s Pick:
Books by Bill Bryson (Adult Titles)

“Everything written by Bill Bryson is very readable. He has covered a wide range of subjects with smarts and humor.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Sam’s Pick:
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (Young Adult Title)

“When I first picked upthis book, I wished the protagonist was female–but then I couldn’t put it down!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise’s Pick: Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Adult Title)

“Early onset Alzheimer’s from the patient’s perspective.”

Available in e-book, large print, regular print, and DVD formats

Ms. Amy’s Pick:

Eager by Ben Goldfarb (Adult Non-fiction Title)

“There’s a very good reason why beavers are a keystone species. Read to find out why these amazing rodents are instrumental to the health of our world.” Available in hardcover format

Ms. Katie’s Pick: Six Minutes Podcast (Kids’ Podcast)

“I’ve only just started this podcast, but what an adventure! All told to you in 6 minute bites. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Ms. Cheryl’s Pick: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Adult Title)

“Brit Bennett presents a timely book on racial identity and bigotry in “The Vanishing Half” Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Linda’s Pick: Songcatcher (DVD)

“Songcatcher is a wonderful movie with a great cast and interesting characters. Since the plot involves a musicologist searching for old folk songs in the hills of Appalachia, the soundtrack is amazing.”

Available in DVD format

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Ms. Fiona’s Pick: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Beautifully written–will leave you wanting more!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats.

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Ms. Denise’s Pick: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

“A must read adventure filled with non-stop action in a virtual gaming world.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, hardcover, and DVD CD audiobook formats.

Ms. Amy’s Pick:
The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault (Young Adult Title)

“This book is a page turner! I enjoyed the many twists and turns this tale takes. It kept me guessing until the very end.”

Available in e-book. From other libraries available in regular print, book on CD.
Ms. Katie’s Pick:
The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniezwski (Young Adult Title)

“We’ve all been there. Those cringey moments you’d like to take back– the times you wish you could have a do over…The Dirt Diary depicts them so well in all their embarrassing glory.”
Available in e-book
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Ms. Cheryl’s Pick:
Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an can Family by Robert Kolker (Adult Title)

“Schizophrenia strikes over three and a half million young adults in this country, resulting in heartache for the sufferers and their loved ones. Meet the Galvin family: half of their tribe of twelve is diagnosed with this malady. The story is intriguing and gripping. Mental illness has a profound and lasting impact on families.”
Available in e-book, e-audio, and from other libraries regluar and large print.

Ms. Linda’s Pick:
Books by Elin Hilderbrand (Adult Titles)

“It wouldn’t be summer without a book by Elin Hilderbrand. She is well known as the’queen of the beach reads.’ “

Available in regular and large print, e-book and e-audio, audio-CD and PlayAway formats.

Ms. Fiona’s Pick:
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Adult Title)
“An incredibly well-written and amazing book.”

Available in e-book, e-audio. From other libraries regular print.

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Ms. Denise’s Pick:
Lark Rise To Candleford (DVD)

“A heartwarming trip into the past.”
Ms. Amy’s Pick:
Pickle Podcast (Kids’ Podcast)

“This podcast had me laughing and learning at the same time! I like the hosts’ interplay with each other and appreciate how they included kids from other places and experts on their topics into their shows! A great podcast!”
Ms. Katie’s Pick:
by Jonathan Auxier (Middle Grade Title) Available in e-book and hardcover.
“An imaginative adventureat its best!”
Ms. Cheryl’s Pick:
Manderley Forever by Tatiana De Rosnay (Adult Title)
Available: Spencer in hardcover. Other libraries in regular print, book on CD, and PlayAway.

“Tatiana De Rosnay created a biography that reads like fictionin “Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier”. Du Maurier’s feisty, independent spirit shines through.I loved it almost as much as the classic, “Rebecca”.
Ms. Linda’s Pick:
John Sandford Novels (Adult Titles)
Available in e-book and hardcover, Audio book.

“If you enjoy police procedurals you may like books by John Sandford. His prose is crisp and his characters are interesting.He even includes some humor.His books are very popular.”
Ms. Fiona’s Pick:
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
By Rick Riordan (Middle Grade Title)
Available in e-book, audio,and hardcover.

“Full of excitement and humor!”
Ms. Denise’s Pick:
by Diana Gabaldon (Adult Title)
Available in e-book, Book on CD and DVD.

“This captivating Scottish history, time travel book is addictive. Read the first 3 chapters to get to know all the characters and you’ll be hooked!”  
Ms. Amy’s Pick:
The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin(Middle Grade Title)
Available in e-book and regular print.

“This is one of the best books I have ever read. I especially liked the science facts and the likable main character. As a matter of fact, I wish I could hop into the book and be her new best friend.”
Ms. Katie’s Pick:
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle
by Leslie Connor (Middle Grade Title)
Available in e-book, e-audio and regular print .

“This book made me feel…everything! What a roller coaster of emotions…one minute I was happy, the next sad, and several times very angry.What a fantastic read!”
Ms. Cheryl’s Pick:
by Glennon Doyle(Adult Title)
Available in e-book, audio and regular print formats

“A timely book about bravery, survival and love.”
Ms. Linda’s Pick:
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee(Young Adult Title)
Available in e-book, e-audio, regular print and graphic novel.

“My favorite book ever.”
Ms. Patricia’s Pick:
The Institute by Stephen King (Adult Title)
Available in e-book, e-audio, book on CD, large print and regular print.

“A good, spooky read.”
Ms. Denise’s Pick:
Becoming by Michelle Obama(Adult Title)
Available in e-book, audio, regular and large print.

“Her story is inspiring and surprising.”

Check out the following book list that was started from the program, “Let’s Talk Books with Denise” on 4/29/20

Books Owned by the Richard Sugden Library, Spencer

A white man dyes his skin brown in the late 1950’s and passes himself off as an African American in the Deep South.  This is a story that will remain with me for a long time.

Black Like Me by John Griffin  E-Audio    Print (Regular & Audio CD Book) 

This unforgettable story happening during WWII is about ordinary people determined to resist evil, and sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiverini  E-book &E-Audio      Print (Regular and Large print)  

Mom dies and Dad abandons Theo, a 13 year old boy.  He moves to an upper class neighborhood. The story is about friendship, understanding and love, and art.  Enthralling read. 

The Goldfinch  By Donna Dartt   E-book & E-audio    Print (Regular & Large print) 

This inspiring and mesmerizing story about her not-so-privileged childhood, her struggle to balance work and motherhood, and her life as the First Lady. Her writing feels intimate and warm. It is a story of a woman of character and strength.

Becoming By Michelle Obama    E-book & E-audio         Print (Regular, Large Type, Audio CD)  

Ruth has been an ob/gyn nurse at the same hospital for years. She is black and white supremist don’t want her to touch their baby. This page-turning, thought provoking read will have you thinking about racism and our parts in it. 

 Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult  E-book & E-audio     Print (Regular, Large print, and Audio CD) 

This incredible true story is about a girl with no formal education until 17 years old. She was brought up by a family that planned for the end of the world and abused her. Tara turned her life around and became a scholar in both Cambridge and Oxford.

Educated By Tara Westover   E-book & E-audio      Print (Regular, Large print, and Audio CD).

Easy and surprisingly delicious recipes!

Sheet Pan Suppers By Molly Gilbert   E-book       Print  (Regular) 

This says it all: “To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” —Reese Witherspoon

Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng   E-Book & E-audio     Print (Regular & Audio CD)  

Nice story about people in a small town. Excellent character development.

Quentins By Maeve Binchy  (Her other books are gentle reads too.)    Print (Large print) 

Gentle reads.  Roseamund Pilcher    E-book & E-audio     Print (Regular)

Gentle reads.  Jan Karon Books   E-book & E-audio    Print (Regular print)  

Curley rose from the slums of South Boston in a career extending from the Progressive Era of Teddy Roosevelt to the ascendancy of the Kennedy sons.

The Rascal King: The Life And Times Of James Michael Curley By Jack Beatty   Print (egular print)  

African American psychological fiction

Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston  E-book & E-audio      Print (Regular) 

Two girls are lost.  Did somebody take them, if so who?  Lots of twists and turns that you never see coming!

Weight of Silence By Heather Gudenkauf  Print (Regular print)  

Historical fiction about people from MA settling in the Ohio Valley, written by an  excellent storyteller.

The pioneers : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west By David G. McCullough  Print (Regular print)  

Virtual video game contest with lots of suspense, adventure, and twists and turns.

Ready Player One By Ernest Cline    E-Book & E-audio    Print (Regular & Audio CD)  

What would happen if you had the information of the internet in your head? 

iBoy By Kevin Brooks   Print (Regular) 

Horror. Is the house alive or is the guy crazy?

Burn, Do Not Read By Kevin Flanders (local author)   Print (Regular)  

Excellent book about WWII.

Code talker the first and only memoir by one of the original navajo code talkers of wwii By Chester Nez   E-book     Print (Audio CD)  

Recommended for mature audiences. This series is about stopping terrorist attacks on the United States  

Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn    E-Book & E-audio       Print (Regular & Large print)

Funny, light reading.

Shopacholic Series By Sophie Kinsella  E-Book & E-audio    Print (Regular print, Large print)

“A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won’t let you go.” ―The New York Times Book Review

Bonfire of the Vanities By Tom Wolfe    E-book & E-audio     Pint (Regular print, Large print, Audio CD)

Teen Graphic novel about a dysfunctional family.  Jarrett’s mom is a drug addict and his Grandparents are raising him.

Hey, Kiddo By Jarrett Krosoczka   E-book    Print (Regular print, Audio CD)  

WWII shipwreck, diving treasure hunt

Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II  By Robert Kurson  E-book & E-audio   Print (Regular)  

Emily Post’s etiquette : manners for a new world 

By Peggy Post  E-book  Print (Regular) 

Mount Everest disaster 

Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster By Jon Krakauer   E-book    Print (Regular)  

Anne of Green Gables 

By L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery  Ebook & E-audio   Print (Graphic novel, Audio CD) 

Choose Your Own Adventures The reader chooses what will happen in the story. Depending on what you choose, depends on where you move to in the story. By various authors  E-book   Print (Regular)  

Books Owned by Other Libraries

Scottish historical fiction, filled with adventure and lots more. Read the first 4 chapters and you won’t be able to put this book down!

Outlander (series) By Diana Gabaldon  E-book   Print (including regular print, Audio CD, Playaway)  

Lots of twist and turns, hostage negotiations, deaf people and insight into their world.

A Maiden’s Grave By Jeffery Deaver  Print (Regular, Large type, and Paper-bback)   

Thriller: A girl falls through the earth.  The firemen who come to save her see a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel  E-book & E-audio   Print (Regular print)  

Similar to a Harry Potter adventure, a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world.

Nevermoor: Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend E-Book & E0audio     Print (Regular print, Large print, Audio CD) 

Historical fiction adventure story about the courage of the first Americans to conquer space.

The Right Stuff By Tom Wolfe   E-book     Print (Regular print, Large print)

Actress, alcoholic father and help through therapy

Keeping Secrets By Suzanne Somers    Print (Regular)