Every year AudioFile Sync offers free YA audiobooks. From now until the end of July, we can download two new audiobooks every week! Their selections are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary reads, and a variety of genres. I’m especially excited about They Went Left by Monica Hesse (available from May 6-May 12) about a Holocaust survivor searching for her younger brother in a German displaced persons camp.
To get started, visit the Audiobook Sync website and enter your email into the registration form. From there, you’ll get instructions on how to access the audiobooks through the Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You can also sign up for email or text reminders, so you get a notice every week when new titles are available.
The first week’s titles, Come On In by Adi Alsaid, and Illegal by Francisco X. Stork, are available to download through Wednesday, May 5th. On Thursday, May 6th, two new titles will become available. All the titles are only available for a week, but they will remain in your Sora app once you’ve downloaded them.
Early Bird Book Club will return in May on a new day of the week! Our next book club will be on Thursday, May 20th at 8:30am. We will be reading the cozy mystery, Books Can be Deceiving by Jen McKinlay. Let us know if you would like to read with us and we’ll get you a copy.
If you have a book club of your own, we are happy to help your members get their next read. Book club kits with multiple copies of a selected title and a discussion guide are also available to check out thanks to Marshall-Lyon County Library and Plum Creek.
Here are some favorite selections from all of our book clubs and stories featuring book clubs.
Favorite Book Club Reads
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Moo by Sharon Creech
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Books Featuring Book Clubs
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Murder at Spirit Falls by Barbara Deese
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
One of my favorite things about the Winter Reading Program is doing the bingo card. It gets me to try genres and formats I normally don’t read, which is always a fun way to start my reading year. We’ll be offering suggestions for the Winter Reading Program Bingo categories for the next few weeks and today we start with some of our new mysteries!
Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black
Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
The Searcher by Tana French
Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh
The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg
Today’s First Chapter Friday selection is Tome Raider, written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Nelson Evergreen. To hear the rest of this thrilling tale and more entries in the Library of Doom series, visit Ebooks Minnesota or the Plum Creek Library catalog.
Today’s First Chapter Friday read is The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. It’s a fun middle grade mystery about new friends, family history, and secret treasures. This book is available from the in print, as an ebook, and as an e-audiobook.