Bookish Thoughts: Novels to Become Immersed In

Sometimes we all need that perfect book.  The kind that we can immerse ourselves into, experience the lives of characters, and forget about our own problems for just a little while.  Sometimes the novels are light and funny, the stereotypical “feel good novel,” and sometimes they just offer the necessary solace we need to escape.  I recently read was Always Something There to Remind Me by Beth Harbison.  It’s the first novel I read in a while that I was able to fully immerse myself in. In Always Something There to Remind Me, Erin met the love her life in a high school romance that didn’t last very long.  Now, many years later, she’s a single mother dating a man she loves, but isn’t in love with to the same extent.  After a chance encounter with her high school boyfriend, the feelings she once had return, causing her to question not only love but if true love exists. What about you?  What’s a book that you have read recently that you were able to fully immerse yourself in and escape?  As with our previous Bookish Thoughts posts, here is what a sampling of Livingston Public Library staff members have to say: Katie, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions: Riley Sager’s Home Before Dark Gina, Youth Services: I listened to The Testaments by Margaret Atwood; the narrators really brought the story to life! As far as kids books go, I’m also still talking up the middle grade book that we recently discussed in the X-treme Readers Book Club, The Lost Scroll of the Physician by Alisha Sevigny. Everyone that I’ve suggested it to has loved it and book two of the series is scheduled to come out this fall! Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions: Lately I’ve been escaping into Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams, Steve Horton & Michael Allred’s fantastic new graphic novel about the life of David Bowie. Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions: Among my recent reads, one which I found engrossing whenever I picked it up, is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano; the story of a 12 year old boy who must learn to go on after being the sole survivor in a plane crash and losing his family. It is a harrowing yet touching story filled with grief, dry humor, great characters, and shows there is hope despite tragedy and loss. -Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian