Staff Picks: Fun Fall Reads
Falling leaves and books just seem to go together somehow don’t they? The staff of the Bealeton library certainly thinks so, and in this staff picks we share some of our favorite fall themed reads. Whether your ideal autumn day consists of curling up with a great book or getting inspired to head outside and take advantage of the beautiful weather, you’re sure to find something here to pique your interest.
Getting Ready for Winter by Steven Bradley
I picked up “Getting Ready for Winter” by Steven Bradley for our fall read staff pick. This book has a great layout, with clear and concise instructions for various fall tasks and projects. I learned some really interesting and helpful information about improving soil and grass, pruning and seed propagation. The building projects included a compost bin, a cold frame and a rose arch. There were wonderful illustrations to accompany each task and project. I recommend this book for anyone who would like to make improvements on their yard at the end of the harvest or to prepare in advance for the next year’s adventures in yardwork or gardening. Enjoy!
~ Mary Sue, Bealeton branch library
The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
I can’t pronounce her name, but I love to read her books! Yrsa Sigurdardottir is an Icelandic mystery writer with a flair for the dark and supernatural. She’s been compared to Stieg Larsson and I can see the resemblance. I do find her to be a bit easier to read, and not quite as graphic as Larsson.
“The Day Is Dark” begins at a mining research station in remote Western Greenland where a woman goes missing. No trace of her is found and all but two members of the research team return home to Iceland for a break and then refuse to return. When communication with the station is lost, Thora Gudmundsdottir, an Icelandic lawyer, is hired to join a team investigating the site to determine if mining can continue or if circumstances dictate abandoning the site and paying out a large insurance settlement. A collection of former employees, a doctor, a bank representative, a search and rescue specialist and Thora’s own abrasive secretary make up the rest of the group.
Thora and the crew arrive to find vehicles and communications equipment damaged, the two remaining employees missing, the local villagers unwilling to talk, bones in desk drawers and a dead body in the walk-in freezer. At least it’s not another boring divorce case or real estate settlement! As Thora digs deeper into the history of the place, she discovers that the natives consider the area cursed and forbidden. But are the disappearances the work of malevolent spirits or a result of a toxic and isolated work environment? Yrsa Sigurdardottir will keep you guessing until the end!
~ Jen B., Bealeton branch library
Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is put a meal in the crockpot and then spend the day enjoying the crisp fall weather. While the old standbys are great, I like to change it up every now and then. I’ve found some great recipes in “Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen, 30 Slow Cookers, 200 Amazing Recipes” and “Slow Cooker Revolution. Volume 2: The Easy Prep Edition.” With recipes like, Spicy Smoky Joes and Tex-Mex Meatloaf, you are sure to end your day with a hearty dinner. They even include great dessert recipes! So go out and enjoy this beautiful fall and know that dinner will be waiting for you when you get home.
~ Erin, Bealeton branch library
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
For our fall staff read pick, I chose “Places No One Knows,” a YA novel, not so much because the story is centered around fall-related things, but because it is related to fall in the way of a seasonal analogy. The main character, Waverly, is in a maddeningly transitional young adult phase of her life, attempting to figure out weirdly vivid dreams that end in waking up to leaves plastered on her bare feet, a new friend-turned-confidant (as well as potential love interest?), and her place in the building blocks of her own life. She is unsure how to handle it all until the convincing façade she’s nursed for most of her school-bound youth begins to crack, and the people she’s held close in her social orbit see her as she really is. Whether they like it or not is Waverly’s biggest worry.
~ Victoria, Bealeton branch library