Staff Picks

Check out our latest staff (and community) picks below! We’ll be reviewing the latest books we’ve read, audiobooks we’ve listened to, and movies/tv shows we’ve watched!

Curious about the identifiers at the end of the the reviews? They are:

BPL: Brimfield Public Library staff
FOBPL: Member of the Friends of the Brimfield Public Library
Mystery Buff BC: Member of the Mystery Buff Book Club
Page Turners BC: Member of the Page Turners Book Club
Trustee: Trustee of the Brimfield Public Library


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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

One of my quarantine books was Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I had gotten it through a Blind Date With a Book program from another library, taken in by the vague promise of a semi-haunted gothic manor in the countryside. Imagine my surprise when I unwrapped it to find Wuthering… Continue reading

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Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams

This is book one of six in the Book Retreat Mystery series. Jane Steward, a widow with 6 yr old twin boys, runs Storyton Resort. Storyton is a resort that caters to people who love to read. It is situated in the hills of Virginia. Jane runs the resort with… Continue reading

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

A while back, I was browsing through the stacks of a bookstore, looking for a good new comic to read. I love, love, love graphic novels and was hoping to find something new, and I soon found myself looking through the kids’ section, waiting for something to catch my eye.… Continue reading

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

This book had me from the first page and I didn’t put it down till I reached the last. No matter what your beliefs about afterlife, this is an incredible story of humanity, love and loss. You’ll find yourself wanting more from each character that you meet. The gruff main… Continue reading

One Summer by Nora Roberts

This book is a sweet bit of fluff. Wanderlust is mixed with a reluctant but blooming romance between 2 gifted photographers given the assignment of traveling the United States to take photographs of what inspires them. On the road, in only the company of one another, these 2 artistic but… Continue reading

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Jumanji Movie Marathon

Our JUMANJI MARATHON JUMANJI We first enjoyed Robin Williams and crew in the original Jumanji DVD Rated PG. Robin Williams played Alan, Bonnie Hunt was Sarah, and Kirsten Dunst & Bradley Pierce were the unwitting children when all of them were swept into the game. The story is of a… Continue reading

Watership Down by Richard Adams

I decided that this was the time to introduce my kids to Watership Down via audiobook. The kids started their journey with the rabbits on Monday. It’s a hit. We all listen to it during breakfast before the kids zip off to homework and chores. This trustee gives it two… Continue reading

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

In this book, the first of a trilogy, we follow Kelsea Raleigh, a young princess, as she comes out of hiding in order to claim her throne. This might sound like a typical fantasy story featuring a spunky young princess, but it’s deeper (and darker) than you might expect. While… Continue reading

Hellstrom’s Hive by Frank Herbert

A mad entomolgist’s efforts to create a utopian society filled with members bred to sacrifice themselves for the survival of the collective hive has become the world’s greatest threat. The outside world becomes more and more suspicious over Dr. Hellstrom’s unusual farm and scientific studies, labeled as Project 40. When… Continue reading

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

In the book, the author explores parenting, gender issues, unconditional love, and family all in one well-written book that I couldn’t put down! When three-year-old Claude asks to wear a dress and refers to being a girl when he grows up, parents Rosie and Penn realize they are in a… Continue reading

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