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Gentle reads

by Jill Warren

Thanks to everyone who attended our book sale in Lakefield last weekend. If you missed it you still have a chance for some great deals on books at the Ennismore book sale which will take place on Saturday, May 24 from 9-1 (rain or shine).

While you’re there, stop by the Thrift Store and take advantage of their big sale!

Due to the rain on the Friday of the long weekend we rescheduled the Bridgenorth book sale which will now take place on Friday, June 30 from 9-5 and June 31 from 9-1. Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!

Gentle reads are “feel-good” books that do not have profanity, explicit sex, or violence. They reflect conventional values and end happily ever after. They tend to be hopeful, are often laced with humour, and give us a comfortable sense of well-being.

You have probably heard of bestselling authors Mitch Albom and Nicholas Sparks. Albom is best known for his reflective non-fiction (Tuesdays with Morrie and The First Phone Call from Heaven), although his fiction and non-fiction both tend to take on the big questions about life.

Sparks is a master of the poignant love story (The Notebook). Great love comes with some loss and his characters often face difficult challenges.

Jennifer Chiaverini writes positive character-centred gentle reads with an emphasis on the undercurrents of small town life and intergenerational struggles. Her Elm Creek Quilters series are wonderfully nostalgic and full of historical detail.

Garrison Keillor’s books are folksy and humourous and gentle. Keillor writes about the ordinary lives of small-town people in tight-knit communities. Try Lake Wobegon Days, Pontoon, or Leaving Home.

Other writers of gentle reads are Sandra Dallas (Fallen Women), Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Joan Medlicott (Come Walk with Me), and Ann B. Ross (Miss Julia’s marvelous makeover).

Take a step away from your hectic life and enjoy a gentle read courtesy of your local Selwyn Public Library!

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