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Midland Public Library Top Choices 2022

2022 is coming to a close and we have some fun suggestions for the end of the year!

Mel loved Dial ‘A’ for Aunties and its sequel, Four Aunties and a Wedding, by Jesse Q. Sutanto.  These two books are an absolutely hilarious glimpse into the lives of five women who are connected by the bonds of family, business, and accidental body counts.

In 2022, Jenn really enjoyed The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol. A beautifully written, atmospheric, and intricately plotted novel about familial love, deception and lost chances. Pendziwol’s descriptions of Porphyry Island and life at the lighthouse perfectly capture the Great Lakes vibe, which makes it a perfect read for those close to Georgian Bay!

Faith had lots of fun with Less (winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize) and Less is Lost (2022), written by Andrew Sean Greer. The books follow Arthur Less, a struggling novelist, on his travels as he tries to make his way in a world that’s both harsh and joyful – with lots of humour, always landing on his feet, and finding true love.

What else did people love in 2022? Six of the top ten most borrowed books for kids were from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Where the Crawdads Sing, Five Little Indians, The Rose Code, and books by John Grisham and Louise Penny continued to be popular in 2022, even after being published in previous years. Newer books like Katherena Vermette’s The Strangers (a follow-up to The Break), and The Maid, by Nita Prose, also made the top ten list for adults.

For movies, families loved Luca, Abominable, and the classic Matilda, along with series titles like PAW Patrol, Thomas and Friends, Barbie, and Peppa Pig. Adults were thrilled by The Matrix: Resurrections, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and F9: The Fast Saga. They also loved the TV series we have on DVD, including The Gilded Age and Agatha Raisin.

In 2023, make sure you visit the Library to find your next favourite!


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