SPONSORED: “Great Reads” is a regular roundup of books that the Orange County Public Library System thinks you should peruse that month.

School bells are ringing all over Orange County! Whether the students in your household are young ones just starting out or at the graduate level, Orange County Library System has the resources you need from reference librarians to study rooms to printers for that book report. This time of year tingles with possibilities and the library staff has selected some ‘back to school’ books to inspire you.

By Tara Westover

An acclaimed memoir depicting the power of perseverance and determination. Tara Westover grew up in a survivalist family in secluded Idaho. Desperately wanting a formal education, she teaches herself and eventually earns a PhD from Cambridge University. Although difficult to read at times due to her hard upbringing, readers will find this memoir inspiring.

“Go See the Principal: True Tales from the school trenches.”
By Gerry Brooks

YouTube personality and elementary school principal brings a humorous insight into the realities of the classroom. From parent complaints to temper tantrums to lesson plans going wrong, Gerry Brooks covers the good and the bad. While intended to provide advice to educators, general readers will find this title interesting and eye-opening.


Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass”
by Mariko Tamaki & Steve Pugh

Starting a new school year can be a challenge for anyone… especially when you live in Gotham City! Fifteen-year-old Harleen Quinzel has just moved to the big city, and already there is trouble: her newly adopted family and friends are being run out of their homes by giant corporations. With the help of new best friend Ivy and a mysterious acquaintance code-named Joker, Harley makes the choice to right
the corruption she sees all around her. This exciting new take on a fan-favorite character cannot be missed!

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive”
by Marc Brackett

Now, perhaps more so than ever before, children have a lot to deal with in their daily lives. But how do we help them get the confidence they need to thrive in today’s ever-changing emotional landscape? Luckily, author Marc Brackett has all the answers that parents, teachers, and other caregivers need. With decades of research behind it, Permission to Feel is a monumental work that finally offers readers clear and concise methods for helping children succeed in an increasingly difficult world.

Prep-Ahead Breakfasts and Lunches: 75 No-Fuss Recipes to Save You Time and Money”
by Alea Milham

Class is in session and there’s tons to do and very little time to spare. This handy book offers breakfast and lunch options to save time, money, and alleviate that dratted decision-making fatigue. Milham provides staple recipes like sandwiches, breads, and soups, but it’s the one-bowl wonders and make-ahead desserts that’ll make you go back for seconds.

“Ayesha at Last: A Novel”
by Uzma Jalaluddin

If you love Austen’s Elizabeth and Darcy, you’ll find plenty to adore in Jalaluddin’s romantic comedy. Fresh out of college, Ayesha Shamsi is now a substitute teacher by profession, poet by calling. She juggles her new job, family obligations, debt, and expectations to marry, with aplomb – until she meets Khalid Mirza. Ultra-traditional Khalid is stodgy and bit judgy and reluctantly smitten – with Ayesha. Throw in their interfering yet well-meaning families for a timeless romance.

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