Library Moments: Looking forward to in 2017

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

Looking forward to books to read in the future and anticipating the pleasure of opening that first page just never gets boring to us library folks. You can do a google search for “new books 2017”, check out Goodreads for recommendations, browse through our website catalogue, ask our staff – it’s pretty easy to find new and exciting material if you just look. Today Nancy Therrien and I will each talk about a title that we expect to enjoy this year.

Nancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: One book that I am looking forward to reading in 2017 is His Bloody Project: documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet. It was just published in October 2016 and made the 2016 Man Booker Prize short list. (The winner was The Sellout by Paul Beatty).

I initially came across His Bloody Project when looking for a true crime title to gift a friend. His Bloody Project is not true crime though with all its “documents” it reads like one. Rather it is a fictional depiction of the true story of Roderick Macrae, a 17 year old who brutally murdered three people in a Scottish farming community in 1869. It is obvious from the start that Roderick is guilty; the question is why did he do it?

What is unique about this psychological thriller is that instead of reading the story purely from Roderick’s point of view, we are given a series of found documents such as his confession and trial transcripts in order to piece the clues together. This book will appeal to people interested in Scottish historical fiction and legal thrillers.

His Bloody Project is available as an ebook through OverDrive and the Haliburton County Public Library has ordered a physical copy as well.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: I love books on organizational methods. The last one that I was enthusiastic about was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I now fold all of my clothes the Kondo way and have converted family and friends as well – even my husband admitted that his clothes drawers are much more organized because of it. Peter Walsh, another favorite of mine, has a new book coming out in February titled Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life. He also has a foreword in professional organizer Cas Aarssen’s debut book Real Life Organizing, which comes out in April. The summary for Real Life Organizing reads:

Cas walks you through the steps you need to create a beautiful, organized and almost self-cleaning home. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to be an organized person to live like an organized person. Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to have a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort to maintain it.

Inside the book it states that we will learn how to: create a household management binder; create an in/out system; organize paperwork based on your unique style; organize your holidays with a gift closet and many more ideas. I am looking forward to both Let It Go and Real Life Organizing.

While the books Nancy and I have chosen may not be on your to-read list for 2017, I hope this Library Moments inspires you to research upcoming titles to check out at your library! Thanks for listening to Library Moments here on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

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