End the Year with Radiant Reads!

by Sno-Isle Libraries

The end of the year is here, and whether you’ve decided to hunker down, keep warm, and enjoy colder weather, or jet off to warmer climes, the holiday season is the perfect time to slow down and immerse yourself in an engaging book. Search for a new favorite at sno-isle.org, ask a librarian at your local library for suggestions, or get started with one of the titles below.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich 

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning. 

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqwšeblu LaPointe 

LaPointe’s intersectional autobiography of lineage, resilience, and, above all, the ability to heal is set against a backdrop of tour vans and the breathtaking beauty of Coast Salish ancestral land. Imbued with the universal spirit of the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest, “Red Paint” is ultimately a story of the ways we learn to heal while fighting for a place to call home. 

Murder and Mamon by Mia P. Manansala 

The joyous grand opening of a laundromat business quickly turns tragic when a body is found spinning around inside one of the machines. With her godmother falling apart from grief and little progress from the Shady Palms Police Department, it’s up to Lila Macapagal to find justice for the deceased.  

Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp by John Medina 

Developmental molecular biologist Medina uses science, stories, and humor to explain how to maintain brain health as we age. Each of the book’s four sections (social/emotional brain, thinking brain, body, and the future) lays out familiar problems with surprising, practical, science-based solutions.  

Storm Watch by C.J. Box 
This thrilling murder mystery is one of almost two dozen books in the popular Joe Pickett series. While tracking a wounded elk during an epic Rocky Mountain spring snowstorm, Joe Pickett makes a startling and gruesome discovery at a remote high-tech facility that sparks a murder investigation obstructed by federal agents, extremists, and the governor.

Want more suggestions?

Stop by a Sno-Isle community library near you, text us at 360-810-5188, or call us at 360-651-7000 for recommendations to keep you reading throughout the winter. You can also join an online book group for camaraderie and lively discussions about various topics, from mystery to historical fiction, science fiction, cooking, and more. Wherever you are and whatever you’re reading, we wish you heartwarming holidays and scintillating stories!