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How Do I Love Books? Let Me Count the Ways!

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William Shakespeare, as a hipster, ponders books

I love words, and because I love words, I love books. In fact, I love books just as much as I hate math, and I hate math very much.

My checkbook knows this, and would actually be better off taking care of itself. Even calculators don’t help, mostly because calculators are only as good as their operators.

I love books so much, though, that when I was in school, the prizes for winning ‘math contests’ in class were books, and by golly, I was going to learn those multiplication tables and long division and story problems any way that I could, just to be able to pick out a book.

I cherished those books; loved the feel of the cover and the way that they took me to a totally different place and time. Some things never change; I still hate math, but books and I have forged a forever bond; we’re BFF’s.

So, let me introduce you to some of my BFF’s…read on for a ‘starter package’ of new books at your local branch of JCPL!

The year is 1835; a young woman, inexperienced in the ways of the world and with children, has been hired as governess to two young, orphaned children. Clementine, an orphan herself, feels pity for the little ones who are now left in the care of their uncle, Zachariah Fleet. Zachariah has made Clementine believe that his interests lie in the care of the children, but underlying the doting uncle’s interests is a deceitful man who has sought out Clementine’s help out of greed; greed which brings troubles that neither Zachariah nor Clementine bargained for in ‘Different Tides’ by Janet Woods.

Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate are working together again when questions arise surrounding the death of a convicted rapist, killed by an oncoming train. The death, for all intents and purposes, appears to be a suicide, but when the bodies of two more rapists surface the following night, all bets are off. What makes the case harder for the law to unravel is the fact that the general public is rooting for whoever has taken it upon themselves to exact justice on the unfortunate victims in ‘Five Minutes Alone,’ book number 4 in the Theodore Tate series by Paul Cleave.

Living her dream on the Upper West Side of high society New York after learning she is the sole heir of her father’s billion dollar fortune, Savannah Morgan can’t let go of the questions surrounding her father’s fatal accident. Her siblings, Caroline and Ned, are both caught up in their own personal dramas, leaving Savannah to put the pieces of the puzzle together on her own. Someone, however, does not want the mystery of her father’s untimely demise solved, and when her investigation takes her to Washington, D.C., Savannah uncovers secrets, which lead to trouble and, ultimately danger in ‘Independently Wealthy,’ the sequel to ‘New Money’ by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal.

Tracy Coughlin, a young mother who is struggling to find peace and solace after her husband’s service in the Iraq War led to his death, inexplicably holds her father in law responsible for her loss. Coming to grips with the death of his son has been tough for Lee Coughlin as well. Lee, a quiet man also grieving the loss of Tracy’s husband and his own son, just can’t bring himself to talk about his feelings with Tracy or anyone else, for that matter. When escaped convicts capture and hold

Tracy, Lee and Tracy’s young son captive, the three of them must pool their resources and find a way to support one another through the ordeal if they want to survive in ‘The Reckoning’ by James Patrick Hunt.

Words; I love them so much that I periodically check to see which new ones have been added to the dictionary. So if you’re ‘euthymic’ (in a neutral mood), it is with ‘humbility’ (state of being humble) that I bring you this ‘rainborical’ (all colors of the rainbow) list of ‘awescool’ (awesome and cool) titles, so that you can ‘nostalgiate’ (remember the past), and hopefully not have to ‘withstain’ (deal with an absence successfully) from ‘lasterday’s’ (day before today) lack of GOOD READS, procaffinating (postponing something after drinking coffee) from making a much needed visit to your friends at the Jasper County Public Library!