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Lexington Reads & Recommends

Cary Library is excited to announce a new community reading project, called Lexington Reads & Recommends! Expanding our former program in which everyone read the same book, we have redesigned this to incorporate more of YOU!

Lexington Reads & Recommends asks Lexington residents and people who work in Lexington to share what they are reading, watching, and listening to, with a few words about why they would recommend these items to friends, co-workers, partners, students, and so on. Over the next couple of months, on the pages of The Colonial Times Magazine and online at the Cary Library website, you’ll be able to follow what your neighbors, town officials, Lexington merchants, local clergy, educators, artists, and musicians are enjoying.

We invite you to share the books, movies, music, podcasts and other items you are enjoying. Just fill out our Lexington Reads & Recommends form. Include the information you see in the recommendations on these pages. We’d love to include a photo of you, too, if you’re willing to share one. Any questions, email

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy these recommendations!

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Name: Michelle Kelleher
Role: Senior Services Coordinator
Title: The Giver of Stars
Author: JoJo Moyes

Review: This book took me back in time to the Depression era in Kentucky where five women became part of a group that ultimately delivered books on horseback. The horseback library really existed way back in the 1930's-1940's in Kentucky. The characters are so genuine. Ultimately for me it became evident how much you can depend on true friendships. Read this book, you will not be disappointed!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Name: Youngseo Yi
Role: Library Leadership Council
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo

Review: This book follows a group of six teenagers from all walks of life in a thrilling heist and a mystery surrounding a powerful, yet destructive drug. For a fantasy novel, it has rich character development, a compelling and mysterious world, and enough action to make you keep reading until the end. I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s so good!!

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Name: Nadia
Role: Library Leadership Council
Title: Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas

Review: In this book, the main character, Kacey, had recently moved into her father’s house after spending most of her life with her mother. Then, one of her new friends goes missing after a party, and suddenly, Kacey’s new life is turned around. It’s a very interesting book that kept me hooked until the end, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a YA mystery/thriller book.

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1942 by Winston Groom

Name: Ashley Rooney
Role: Publicity Chair of Lexington Remembers WW II, Garden Club President
Title: 1942
Author: Winston Groom

Review: In school, the teachers always raced through WWII, focusing on the European theater. Winston Groom tells a good story, in fast-moving, readable prose. He portrays the Bataan Death March and the fall of British Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaya to the Japanese Army and the rise of the American offensive, This book certainly held my attention.

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Name: Joanne Borstell
Role: resident
Title: The Other Einstein
Author: Marie Benedict

Review: Historical fiction about Albert Einstein and his first wife. Loved it. Learned a lot about the science community at that time. Interesting read.

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The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Name: Olivia Nesrin Kalay
Role: Head of Turkish American Library Group
Title: The Moment of Lift
Author: Melinda Gates

Review: I have started reading the book for a book club. She brought lots of issues up about how to empower women and how societies could be lifted up by giving women empowerment. It’s eye opening to see what conditions people live in and all of us can contribute to make a positive change in the world no matter how small it is. Just feel the empathy and take some actions starting from your close circle.

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Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes

Name: Roger
Role: resident
Title: Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas
Author: Jonathan W. Stokes

Review: This book describes a crazy adventure. I really liked all the plot twists and thrillers--almost nonstop action! I liked that every few chapters, they arrive in a new setting where new challenges await. It's a good book for kids who like adventures and learning about ancient civilizations. 

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Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer

Name: Lupin Y.
Role: resident
Title: Artemis Fowl Series
Author: Eion Colfer

Review: I recommend the series “Artemis Fowl” for people who like fantasy and science fiction. Artemis Fowl is a really good read. In addition to the tons of actions, Artemis has such a unique personality that makes the book so enjoyable and fun. You will definitely love the imagination behind this fantastic series.

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Name: Shinny Y.
Role: resident
Title: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Review: I like Esperanza Rising because it’s about the social life about a girl, Esperanza (which means Hope in Spanish), and her life when she moved from Mexico to USA during war. I like that there are a lot of surprising turns in the book. You never know what’s coming next. I recommend this book to historical fiction readers. 

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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

Name: Jean 
Role: Reference Librarian
Title: A Journal of the Plague Year
Author: Daniel Defoe

Review: Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague Year as an autobiography, but actually based the book on his uncle's memories of living in London in 1664 during the last of the Great Plagues. It’s an interesting comparison to our own pandemic. A Journal of the Plague Year is one of the “Always Available” reads on Overdrive, and is also available on Hoopla.

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Name: Ethie Slate
Role: President, Friends of Cary Library
Title: The Show Must Go On
Creator: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Review: Every Friday at 2pm on YouTube, Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a free full stage production of one of his musicals or concert celebrations. They are available for 48 hours any time between the hours of Friday 2pm through Sunday 2pm. Previous productions included “Phantom from Opera” from the Royal Albert Hall in London, “Love Never Dies” from a theater in Australia. 

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Name: Bianca 
Role: Library Leadership Council
Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell

Review: Simon Snow is the Chosen One, the most powerful mage in the world who together with his friends and his archenemy, the vampire Baz, must try to destroy the evil Insidious Humdrum. This book is like Harry Potter, only YA, more diverse, and LGBTQ. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a satisfying read that has fantasy, adventure, and a bit of romance! 

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