5 Star Fridays · movie or tv

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them-The Movie

Calling lovers of all things Harry Potter. Although our beloved hero and his friends don’t make an appearance in this highly-anticipated movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them explores aspects of the Wizarding World that were unknown to the Muggle (non-magic) population until now. We join Newt Scamander on his travels to collect and learn… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them-The Movie

5 Star Fridays · Fiction

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes is a book like no other. In a page-turning, all-consuming, can’t-put-it-down novel , Sabaa Tahir creates a world that seamlessly blends together a swoon-worthy love story, a dystopian society, and even throws in a bit of the supernatural. What starts out as two storylines-one of Elias, a recently graduated martial,… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes

5 Star Fridays · Reader's Advisory

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.” ― Ann Patchett, Bel Canto My Five Star Friday recommendation, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, is strikingly relevant despite its publication date of 2001.  An unapologetic opera lover, Patchett cocoons her diverse characters in the universality… Continue reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

5 Star Fridays · o'fallon public library · Reader's Advisory

The Eagles are Back, and Other Books for Eagle Watching

With the start of eagle watching season along the Mississippi River, my Five Star Friday recommendation includes a variety of books about our beloved national emblem.  From picture books to bird watching field guides, we have something for everyone who wants to learn more about these incredible creatures. OK, I admit it, I’ve become one… Continue reading The Eagles are Back, and Other Books for Eagle Watching

5 Star Fridays · Fiction · Reader's Advisory

Still Life, by Louise Penny

If you haven’t yet read a mystery by Louise Penny, my Five Star Friday recommendation is to start at the beginning with Still Life. Her current NY Times bestseller, A Great Reckoning is the twelfth book in the series. Publisher Summary:  As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come… Continue reading Still Life, by Louise Penny