Recommended Reads From The Wood Buffalo Regional Library

Curious what your community has been reading lately? While the uncertainty of the global pandemic has certainly prompted many changes in routines and habits, it hasn’t kept readers from the library!

Wood Buffalo Regional Library has adapted to the ever-changing needs of our patrons during different phases of the pandemic, offering options such as online resources and programming, contactless pickup of materials, and physically distanced in-person browsing.

We’ve run the numbers and found some of the most popular titles that have been added to our physical collections since the beginning of 2020. Maybe you’ll find a book or three to add to your to-be-read list!

Adult Biography – Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey

“This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.”

Adult Fiction – The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

A pleasant surprise, a book about a library is #1 for Adult Fiction!

Between life and death there is a library. When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

Adult Non-Fiction – The Power of Habit

By Charles Duhigg

A New York Times Bestseller and instant classic illuminating how we can change our lives by changing our habits. Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step “loop” all habits form in our brains–cue, routine, reward–we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives.

First Nation, Metis and Inuit – We are Water Protectors

By Carole Lindstrom

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

Graphic Novels – Demon Slayer Volume 1

By Koyoharu Gotouge

Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!

In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Large Print – Daisy Jones & the Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

L.A. in the late sixties. Sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, the sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll Daisy loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

Paperback Adult – The Truth About Melody Browne

By Lisa Jewell

Melody is an independent London mother who has no memory before her 9th birthday. However, after a fateful session with a hypnotist she finds her memories flooding back and begins to piece together the mysteries of her past…

Young Adult – The Shadows Between Us

By Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” A scheming tale of charm, deception, and cunning, fans are describing this one as “a Slytherin romance”.

Eighteen-year-old Alessandra Stathos, the second daughter of a minor nobleman, makes a plan to seduce, marry, and kill the king, then rule the world, and only love can stop her.

Junior Biography – Meet Terry Fox

By Elizabeth McLeod

The legendary story of how Terry Fox came to run the Marathon of Hope is chronicled: –his love of sports as a child and teenager; his devastating bone cancer diagnosis; the hospital stay that inspired him to do something to raise awareness about this disease; the poignant moment he dipped his artificial leg in the waters of St. John’s, Newfoundland; and the heartbreaking moment he ended his run. This was also the moment his truly inspiring legacy began.

Junior Board Book – Snuggle Up, Pups!

By Tex Huntley

Even heroes like Chase, Marshall, Skye, and the rest of Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol need to get ready for bed. Parents and children can read along with this full-color hardcover storybook as the pups and their friends bathe, brush their teeth, and read bedtime stories.

Junior Fiction – The Last Straw

By Jeff Kinney

Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father’s attempts to change Greg’s wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.

Junior Graphic Novels – Sisters

By Raina Telgemeier

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along.

Junior Non-Fiction – The Great Book of Dinosaurs

By Federica Magrin and Anna Lang

Chomp on this must-have guide for any aspiring dinosaur keeper! It’s filled with details about T-Rexes, triceratops, and other famous dinosaurs. Discover what each one looks like, what they eat, and how to take care of a baby dinosaur…if you were lucky enough to be able to own one!

Junior Picture-Books – 5-Minute Girl Power Stories

By Disney

Join your favorite Disney and Pixar girls as they embark on new adventures. Ride the waves with Lilo, play hide-and-seek with Moana, catch bad guys with Judy Hopps, and much more! Each story in this collection is ideal for reading aloud in just five minutes–a perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or any time!

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