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Ames Free Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29 due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Monday, January 31, for our normal hours (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.).

Your Neighbors Recommend...January 2022

Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog.

If you would like to suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!

A Walk Along the Beach

by Debbie Macomber

"Straight forward Debbie Macomber book. Always know the ending, but enjoy getting there! If you are a fan of Debbie Macomber, it will not be a disappointing read. For newcomers, you might want to explore other titles... if so, go to the Rose Harbor series. Couldn't put them down!"

Nothing to See Here

by Kevin Wilson

"This was a quirky, fun book to read with some laugh out load moments. I enjoyed the narrative and the main character."

The Photographer

by Mary Dixie Carter

"Take one photographer who may or may not be telling the truth about her whole life and mix it with the need for her to fit in with a family she wishes to be a part of and that is the premise of this novel. Her way into their life starts off initially by being the family photographer, but it ultimately turns into more. This novel was a fast read and although the premise was great, it seemed familiar to other books of the same genre. I wanted it to be better than it actually was. It was enjoyable though and unpredictable and would make a great beach read."

Baby Proof

by Emily Giffin

"Good story about a couple who meet, fall in love, and get married while agreeing on one critical point: they will never have children. One half of the couple changes their mind and the book follows their lives after this huge change of heart."

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World

by Admiral William McRaven

"This was a motivational quick read. The book read in a conversational format. I sat down and read the entire book in one sitting. Highly recommend!"

Bravey

by Alexi Pappas

"Part running memoir, part mental health examination, and part life philosophy of being brave. Of trying and persevering; struggling and celebrating. Alexi Pappas is motivating without being preachy and while her outlook is positive, it's not unrealistic and doesn't ignore hardship and pain. I found several things that resonated from a parenting standpoint (even though this isn't a book about parenting); particularly in regards to letting kids try and fail and learn. An inspiring book. Worth reading if you're interested in running, or overcoming a parent's suicide, or cultivating a braver outlook on life."

Fallen

by Linda Castillo

Book #13 in one of my favorite series….this one was great like all the others. If you haven’t read this series you need to. Start at the beginning with Sworn to Silence.

Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer

"I saw this book on the school summer reading list. Though I’m well past my school years, the topic sounded very adult (death in the family, grief) so I figured I’d give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I related to the teenage strife and it brought me back to my high school days. I really felt for the characters. I was happy with the ending and wanted more! A quick, engaging read."

Beach Read

by Emily Henry

"This was a light-hearted and humorous romance book that truly lives up to its name. Emily Henry conjured up such an utterly enjoyable read, I adored the story, the characters, and the setting. The small-town setting of North Bear Shores reminded me of the cottages down the Cape! Not so much an enemies-to-lovers trope but more of a competitors-to-lovers trope where they're both basically pinning for one another. I like how Henry has written in the complexity (dare I say messiness) of January and Gus' relationship between themselves and with others; perfect people/relationships don't exist, and I'm a firm believer that books (even fictional ones!) should reflect that."

Ask Again, Yes

by Mary Beth Keane

"A beautiful book about a childhood love story but also how trauma unknowingly shapes our future and how two families are interwoven after a horrific event."

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