Your Holiday Reading Lists, With or Without a Kindle

Here is the latest book list from the regional libraries' Book Clubs, plus links to free books for your eBook device.

Are you expecting a Kindle for Christmas?  If you are, or if you are simply looking for a good book to read while you take some time off, Patch is here to help. Check out our library links to download the best eBooks in the region.

If you will be reading books the good, old fashioned way, the list of the regional libraries' Book Club selections will give you some new ideas for brain food and entertainment.

Most library book clubs are finished for the month of December, but if you have the week off and are looking for a good book to relax with during the downtime, we have you covered!  

The towns that are noted to be reading a particular book will have the most copies of that book, and with a single library card from any Connecticut library, you hold the borrowing power of all or most of the libraries listed below. 

Click the titles below to read a synopsis of each book.  To view the list of each library's collection of audio and eBooks, click the link below the book title.

Click here to view the Connecticut State Library collection:

The Bethel Library: An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard

Bethel's downloadable audio and eBook selections

Brookfield Library: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Downloading audio and eBooks

Danbury Public Library: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. 

Danbury boasts 1,300 eBook titles

Middlebury Library : A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Wishin' and hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb

Audio and ebook

Oxford Library: The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss 

Downloadable audio and eBooks

Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Download eBooks and audio


Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 

Audio and eBooks

Newtown Library: I know This to be True by Wally Lamb

Downloadable audio books 

Southbury Library: "The Uncommon Reader" by Alan Bennett


Computer and eBooks

Woodbury: Bloomsbury Recalled by Quentin Bell and Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

eBooks and Audio books

MyGoodPeople December 28, 2011 at 02:06 AM
The Entangling by Ainslie Stewart is a very good book. It is her first book set in present day and 18th century Nova Scotia. I look forward to reading further works.
Jaimie Cura December 28, 2011 at 03:17 AM
I'm reading "Duty and Desire," written by a friend of mine and former Southbury resident, Anju Gattani. I just finished reading "Time After Time," by Constance Day O'Flannery - a historical romance that was a light, fun read. I haven't read any of the books you guys mentioned, but did look them up online and they look very interesting. I'm always looking for new poetry too, so if you guys like any poets or anthologies, let me know!
Carrie Marie December 29, 2011 at 03:03 PM
I love the poems of Mary Oliver. Also Gary Snyder has wonderful poems. Billy Collins, Rumi, Pablo Neurada are also great. 'The Enlightened Heart' is a fine anthology of sacred poetry and Garrison Keillor's first book of 'Good Poems' has some gems. Good luck. Do you know any good poetry web sites?
Jaimie Cura December 29, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Hi Maria - I'll definitely have to check those poets out. I love Mary Oliver too. I don't know of any poetry websites offhand, but if I discover some, I'll definitely let you know here. :)
Jaimie Cura January 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Maria, here's an article I thought you'd enjoy, on the peaceful power of poetry. The author mentions Mary Oliver and in the comments section, readers share poetry anthologies and poets they like. I thought it might help you discover some new poets. http://www.npr.org/2011/12/26/143853118/a-poem-a-day-portable-peaceful-and-perfect


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