Books (and More) We Loved in 2022 Part 4!

Mariah’s turn!

BRELAND Cross Country

SUCH a good album! Track 8 made me cry, track 3 made me dance in my car 🙂

Michael Franti Follow Your Heart and Work Hard & Be Nice

This is my go-to happy music! Having a great day? Put these albums on to celebrate! Having a terrible day? Put these albums on to get a pick-me-up! Also recommended is going to see Michael Franti in concert – it is a nonstop dance party, and when it’s over everyone is full of peace and love – he is so inspiring as a human trying to make the world a kinder place!

Follow Your Heart

Work Hard & Be Nice

Leonard (My Life as a Cat) by Carlie Sorosiak

On their 300th birthday an alien species (a collective made of pure energy) is permitted to travel to earth and assume an earthly form to learn the ways of the planet and gather information so as to better understand their neighbors. This particular alien had been looking forward to being a human for years, but while practicing jokes on their interstellar journey the alien veers off course and into the body of a house cat. Adventures ensue, lessons are learned, lives are changed. I LOVED this book – I laughed through most of it, except when I was crying. This book has been out since the moment it landed on our shelves, and is adored by every kid I have talked to. Do you want a book that is fun and makes you laugh but also gives you all the feelings about the preciousness of life? This is the book!

Alone by Megan Freeman

Maddie had only meant to have a secret sleepover with her besties, but when her plan backfires she finds herself left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated overnight. There’s no people, no cell service and soon the power goes out – will Maddie be able to survive on her own? I literally couldn’t read this book fast enough – I ended up skim reading just because I couldn’t stand the suspense!

Station 11

What is the value of art, and is it only valuable if you share it with others? Why do we do what we do? If your world was about to end, what would you regret? This show blew my mind. I wasn’t really in the mood for a dark, pandemic-themed show, but I’m so glad I gave this a chance! Ultimately hopeful and uplifting, Station 11 puts a lens on our humanity, and on our courage and fear, and how we navigate both.

Awake and Aligned: How to Navigate the Human Experience as a Spiritual Being by Nova Wightman

I finished this book, then read it again, then recommended it to all my new-agey friends! Now, instead of waking up and going “uuuuughghhhghhghghhghghg” I (attempt) to wake up grateful! (or at least, I go “uuughghghhg….oh wait! Yay, I’m awake!”)

Dale’s Picks!

Mazebook by Jeff Lemire
Undertow: Blood Forest (Fun fact: Adult Services Librarian, Emma J. Gibbon, was on the writing team behind this podcast!)
The Head Season 1