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

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It’s that time of year when we take stock of our reading goals to see how we did and begin to think of what goal we should set for next year. Did you make your goal? It’s been a challenging year and for many, it was hard to find the bandwidth to concentrate on reading, so don’t be too hard on yourself – just keep on readin’!



MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE
BY LORI GOTTLIEB

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We all need help sometimes. Even professional therapists need places and people with whom they feel safe. Lori Gottlieb takes us behind the veil, into the world of psychotherapists. It’s no surprise – they’re just like the rest of us. Her vignettes encourage each of us to play a role in someone else’s healing journey.

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THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB
BY RICHARD OSMAN

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery-filled morsel between holiday bites? Using their retirement village’s Jigsaw Room, four septuagenarians meet weekly to discuss long-cold murder cases. Things heat up when a local mobster, turned legit developer, gets offed in his own home. Come for the intrigue, stay for the wine.

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FURIA
BY YAMILE SAIED MENDEZ

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A debut coming-of-age story about chasing dreams that shatters gender stereotypes. Camila is a soccer star on the field but her family’s and societal expectations force her to hide that part of her life. Despite her brother being a professional soccer player, Camila must fight the notion that females don’t belong on the soccer field. This is the perfect novel for soccer fans and anyone needing the inspiration to go after their dreams.

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DISPLACEMENT
BY KIKU HUGHES

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A historical graphic novel about the World War II-era that weaves between fiction and nonfiction elements. Kiku does not feel connected to her Japanese heritage. She finds herself suddenly sent back in time and learns about her grandmother’s time in a Japanese-American internment camp. This is a fantastic graphic novel that provides insight into an often overlooked event in history.

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THE CAT I NEVER NAMED: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, WAR, AND SURVIVAL
BY AMRA SABIC-EL-RAYESS WITH LAURA L. SULLIVAN

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It was 1992, and Amra was an average Bosnian teen dreaming of a bright future. Then, almost seemingly without warning, the breakout of war threatens everything she has ever known. At just the moment when everything seems lost, however, a stray cat enters Amra’s life, sparking a chain of events that bring luck, joy, and hope for a better future.

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LIGHTFALL: THE GIRL & THE GALDURIAN
BY TIM PROBERT

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Bea is the granddaughter of the Pig Wizard, the best potion-maker in all the land.  When her grandfather goes missing, Bea enlists the help of a mysterious, yet extremely friendly, creature named Cad to help find the Pig Wizard. Full of thrilling adventure and wondrous landscapes, Lightfall is the first volume in what seems to be an instant-classic series in the making.

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