Your Neighbors Recommend...December 2021

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.

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A Page Marked for Murder

by Lauren Elliott

"Quick read, not heavy mystery, just fun to follow this series and the twists and turns in the plot."

How to Stop Time

by Matt Haig

[SPOILER ALERT] "I wanted to like this book and thought sometimes I did and then it would bug me. He was a whiny character. And I hated the guy who was the overseer. He couldn't find his daughter for 400 years? Then he did and it ended. The only thing I did enjoy was him being a history teacher."


by Marie Lu

"Marie Lu’s sequel to Warcross doesn’t disappoint. The entire story makes you question what you would do in a world where obtaining total power seems to trump all. The layer of a virtual world being the space through which the real action takes place gives dimension and interest to a story that leaves you questioning what really is good and what is evil. The character relationships add to the progress of the story and the back stories of how characters got to their current place make it hard to hate even the most 'dark side' character."

Every Last Fear

by Alex Finlay

"This was a good book. It went back and forth between characters but took a little bit to pull you all the way in."

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

"I give it three stars because it took me awhile to get into. I started this book 3 different times and stopped before finishing it. 4th time was the charm. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. It just was confusing exactly what they had to discover and I kept having to reread what the villain was plotting to do. The end was wonderful! It finally came together and the main characters realization how they can achieve their goal was a great feel good moment! Love Love Constance now! Cannot wait to read the next one…hope it doesn’t take 4 attempts."

A Murder for the Books

by Victoria Gilbert

"This was a pretty good entry into the Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series. This first book in the series sets up the character of Librarian Amy Webber, who lives with her great-aunt, and also introduces her handsome neighbor Richard Muir who is a dance teacher and choreographer. Although I found the beginning a little hard to follow due to the vast number of characters being introduced rather quickly, including complex family histories, it settled into a typical cozy mystery involving a library, a great circle of friends, and a love interest for the main character. The main mystery has to do with a murder that took place in 1925 and involves family members of both Amy and Richard and eventually the whole town. A great light read with a clever mystery and solution you may not see coming. I look forward to the rest in the series."

Downsizing the Family Home

by Marni Jameson

"Extremely helpful guide to downsizing the family home. Jameson breaks the process down into manageable phases and approaches the topic with a thoughtful and heartwarming perspective."

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

"This story of a Russian Count who is sentenced to house arrest in a Moscow hotel, follows his life over 30 years. It was slightly difficult for me to get into the story at first, but once I got to know the main character, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it."

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

by Neil White

"I really enjoyed reading this book and have already recommended it to others. The writer exposes us to a topic that I had no idea about. He experienced it first hand and sheds light on the topic in a way that tells the history while still giving a personal touch to the story. Great read."

Whereabouts: A Novel

by Jhumpa Lahiri

"For me, this is not quite a novel in the sense that there isn't a plot with a major problem to solve. This is a set of journal entries that enable the reader to know a little bit about the narrator. On another website the author's use of language/written word was described as melodious. I agree with this description. This book is easy to read and a somewhat pleasant way to pass the time."

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