Tips for Book Lovers: Goodreads

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If you are an avid book reader you probably already have some clever tips or hacks that you use (we’d love to hear about your book hacks in the comment section below!)  We here are the WSPL have our own book hack this week. We’ve recently started using Goodreads.com as a way to connect with our patrons and find out about new books. If you’ve never heard of Goodreads, we’ll give you a quick introduction.

Goodreads is a free website or app for book lovers. The site has several helpful functions. You can keep track of the books you’ve read and will receive book recommendations based on your reading history. You can also link to your friends’ profiles and read their reviews or send each other recommendations. With the Goodreads app on your smartphone or tablet, you are able the scan a book’s cover or bar code to add it to your list of books you’ve read or want to read.  You can even create a yearly reading challenge for yourself. The Community section of Goodreads has a lot to offer with discussion forums, ask the author, trivia, creative writing and more. A book lover could spend hours wandering around this website!

If you are a Goodreads member, check out at WSPL page weekly to see a few of the new books that are hitting our shelves. We love to interact with our patrons on line!

For more information on Goodreads or to open up your own account, click HERE.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Whispering to Horses

Book: Whispering to Horses
Author: Thomas Nye

I was intrigued to read this novella as it was written by a local author about a man who moves into Amish country.  Thomas Nye’s writing is poetic and calls you to sit down and listen.  As Matt, the main character was rediscovering his roots, I too was pulled to recall my own.  A beautiful read which sweetly reminds us to breathe in our surroundings.

I’ll definitely read another by Mr. Nye.

Review by: A.C.

Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A sad song for the hillbilly. Vance shares his hard-knock story of growing up in southern Ohio among people who share and perpetuate an Appalachian culture. His is a story of teen pregnancy, broken families, substance abuse, violence and a perpetual cycle of poverty few have a chance to escape. Vance is one of the few who escapes, making his way to the Marines, the Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

As Vance traces his first thirty years of life  he makes interesting observations about his people, the education system, the church, and our political system. He doesn’t offer easy answers or solutions, because frankly there aren’t any.  He describes his high school as poor, yet notes there were teachers who cared and pushed him to do better. The missing element were examples of those who went on to college or successful careers.

The church he is exposed to tells him science is bad and that he should fear the world, but offers no tangible help, or hope, for his dysfunctional family life. People stand on the literal truth of the Bible, but few actually read the Scriptures.

Vance is self-aware enough to realize his family is different, something which is compounded when he makes his way to Yale. His stories of finding himself in situations with wealthy people are cringe worthy and sadly humorous. If there is one concrete solution Vance suggests it is that we need to find ways to bridge the economic segregation present in our society.

Some have suggested the book explains why poor whites voted for Trump, something it does but perhaps in a roundabout way. His people are quick to realize when they are being looked down upon, and resent being told what to eat, drink, and how to live. Towards the end of the book Vance chides his people, saying they need to move on from blaming Obama or Bush and take responsibility for their own failings. He criticizes “his people” in a way those from inside a culture can, pointing to the poor choices made by those who feel the system is and has been rigged against them. It is indeed a sad song for the hillbilly.

Review by M. M.

Book Review

Starting the week off with another round of book reviews by our young readers.  Enjoy!


Book Title: A big guy took my ball

Author: mo willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read A big guy took my ball by Mo Willems. Piggie found A ball. The wale took the ball because it was his. Gerald and Piggie toked to him. Then they all had fun.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I think this is a great book because Gerald is funny because Gerald was scared of the wale.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: You should read this book because you can learn how to get along.

Review by C.O.


Book Title: The pigeon wants a puppy

Author: Mo Willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read the pigeon wants a puppy by Mo Willems.The pigeon and the puppy are the characters.The pigeon is scared of the puppy.The pigeon does not want a puppy.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like pigeon because he is funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: People should read this book because it is awesome.

Review by O.S.


 

Book Review

A few more young reader reviews.  Enjoy!


Book Title: Scooby-doo stormy night

Author: Robin waserman

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read Scooby-Doo stormy night by Robin Waserman. scooby and Shaggy are in there hous.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like Scooby because he’s funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: I think people who belive in ghost’s shood read it.

Review by P.T.


Book Title: The pigeon finds a hotdog

Author: Mo willms

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems. Pigeon did not share. Duck split in half.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like the pigeon because he was funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: If you like guys who freak out you should read this book.

Review by T.H.


 

Book Review

Another round of reviews coming your way!


Book Title: I am going

Author: Mo Willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read “I am Going” by Mo Willems. Gerald won’t let Piggie go. Piggie stayed at home.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like when Piggie lied that he was going. Piggie was funny because he was tricky when he lied.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: Anybody can read this because it’s funny.

Review by I.L.


Book Title: I will surprise my friend

Author: Mo Willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read I will surprise my friend by Mo Willems. The characters are 2 squirrels a pig and a elephant. The setting is outside. The problem is that elephant thought piggy was getting eaten. The resolution is that they jump up and see each other.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I really like this book because elephant and piggy get super super surprised.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: I think people who like surprises should read this book.

Review by F.M.


 

Book Review

A few more reviews from our young readers.  Enjoy!


Book Title: What was I scared of

Author: Dr seuss

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read what was I scared of by Dr Seuss. The Zax was running from the pans.They keep scaring him in the woods in the town of Grin-Itch and on Roover river. One day the Zax talked to the pants now he is not scared.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I liked this book because the Zax characters talk to each other and they are funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: All first graders should read this book because it is funny.

Review by T.E.


Book Title: I love my new toy

Author: mo willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read I Love My New Toy. One day Elephant broke Piggie’s toy. It got fixed.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I really liked it. It teaches children not to fight. Brothers and sisters should read this book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Review by P.M.


 

Book Review

We are excited to share a few more book reviews this morning from our young readers.


Book Title: Elephants Cannot Dance.

Author: Mo Willems

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read Elephant Cannot Dance By Mo Willems.Elephant name Gerald can’t dance. Piggie tries too help then,the Squirrel admire Gerald danceing. So they fix the problem.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like the Squirrel when they like Gerald danceing. Because they make him happy.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: If you like someone making you happy you should read this book.

Review by G.R.


Book Title: Amelia bedelia chalks one up

Author: Herman parish

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read amelia bedelia and Rose went uotside to play with chalk. Then the chalk washed away. She felt happy because it was sunny and brit.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I dont like when the chalk washed away. I like when Rose drow roses.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: If you like chalk you wood like this book.

Review by A.K.


 

Book Review

Some of our young patrons were so kind as to send us reviews of their latest reads and we are excited to share them!


Book Title: Pig the pug

Author: Aaron Blabey

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read pig the pug by Aaron blabey. There was a dog that did not share his toys. Then he fell out the window when they were inside then he shared his toys with trevor the other dog.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like this book because it is funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Review by C.B.


Book Title: splat the cat good night sleep tight

Author: Rob Scotton

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read splat the cat good night sleep tight by Rob Scotton. Splat was excited to sleep out side. Spike and plank where in side the tent spike gets scared because the mouse climes up his leg. Splat and plank say it is ok so spike comes out.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I do not like spike because he ate all the snacks.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: This book would be a good book for people who like cats.

Review by T.B.