On March 2nd, we celebrate reading awareness with Read Across America.
March 2nd was selected since it is the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Here at the Central Penn Library, we will not be donning our Cat in the Hat hats, nor will we be serving Green Eggs and Ham, but we will be celebrating our love for books all month long. We are hoping that you will come by the library and take out a book and escape from your studies for a mini-vacation. On the display shelf on your right as you enter the library, we have books for your escape reading. The librarians can help you find more in our stacks. If you know that there is no way you can take time from your studies between now and the end of the term, ask us about borrowing items over the term break.
Here is a list of books that are great for an escape!
Hawkins, Paula The girl on the train [ 823.92 HAW]
A psychological thriller that has been made into a movie. Rachel observes something shocking on her routine train ride. She goes to the police and gets very much involved with the case.
Moriarty, Liane Big little lies [ 823.92 MOR big ]
Recently released as a movie. A murder… a tragic accident… or just parents behaving badly? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads of their lives. A good read!
Young, William The Shack [ 813.62 YOU]
Another book that has just been made into a movie being released this month. Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend
Ackerman, Diane The zookeeper’s wife : a war story [ 940.531 ACK]
Yet another book that has been made into a movie that is being released this month. Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.
Patterson, James 15th Affair [813.542 PAT]
On the New York Times Best Seller list from 2016 is this thriller. It is the newest book in the Women’s Murder Club series. No, the women involved in the club do not murder but solve murders. Our library has 10 books in the series. Really good escape reading.
Whitehead, Colson The Underground Railroad [ 813.54 WHIT ]
Appearing on the New York Times Bestseller list for 28 weeks is this fictional account of a Cora, a slave from Georgia. She embarks on a harrowing flight aided by the Underground Railroad as she heads north state by state, seeking true freedom.
Moore, Christopher Lamb : the Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal [ 813.542 MOO]
Presents a humorous imagining of Jesus Christ’s life, told by his longtime friend, Biff, taking a fresh look at his relationship with Mary Magdalene, the roles of the disciples, his crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
Sparks, Nicholas Safe haven [813.54 SPAR]
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards– and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven”
Green, John Looking for Alaska [813.6 GRE]
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Adams, Douglas Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [823.9 ADA]
Join Douglas Adams’s hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You’ll never read funnier science fiction.
Evanovich, Janet Stephanie Plum series [813.54 EVAN]
Our library has 16 of these wildly entertaining books about Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. You will be laughing out loud reading these.
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate Mama’s Boy [813.6 BIL]
When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him. This is a drama filled novel.
Chernow, Ron Alexander Hamilton [ 973.4 CHE]
A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. I will admit that this is not light reading but it is on my “want to read” list