The Highlander’s Haliburton Hot Reads: April 1 – 7, 2013

The following are the top 5 fiction and non-fiction titles as requested this week at the Haliburton County Public Library.


#1. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

#2. Beach Strip by John Lawrence Reynolds                          

#3. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

#4. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

#5. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese


#1. Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill

#2. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis

#3. Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee

#4. The Truth About Style by Stacy London

#5. The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton

Miss Rumphius

Now that spring is finally in the air, you may want to consider some “springy” books to read. On our new website, located at, you will find a section dedicated to seasonal Staff Picks, with a diverse assortment of staff-suggested titles. For instance, if you are looking for a colourful spring book to read with your children or grandchildren, consider the Canadian classic Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, in which our hero Miss Rumphius makes the world a more beautiful place by roaming the land planting lupines. Another great choice for children is Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a fun and interactive read suggested by our children’s programmer. If you enjoy YA literature, try Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, a wonderful story of rebirth and new beginnings told from the perspective of a teenage girl who discovers she is experiencing the same day over and over again. When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman is a coming of age story in which one of the central characters is a pet rabbit named God. This is a great choice for those who enjoy adult literary fiction that is equally cheeky and heart-wrenching. As always, these titles mentioned are available at your library.

* originally printed in The Highlander on April 4, 2013


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