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Reading, A Couple at a Time

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December 9, 2020

It’s probably not surprising that the staff at the Marathon County Public Library really enjoy putting together reading lists! We love getting reading suggestions from others, and we especially love making lists for our patrons.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of books our staff enjoyed reading and discussing with their partners and, in some cases, with their kids. The list was inspired by a recent episode of the podcast Practical(ly) Zero Waste, when the host and her husband shared that one of their favorite creative lockdown activities has been reading the same book. We thought that was a sweet and fun thing to do, and asked our staff to send us their ideas of books they’ve read and discussed with others in their household during 2020.

For Couples:

  • Educated by Tara Westover and No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, submitted by Mary Jo N.: “My husband and I listen to audio books together at night around the fire pit when we are camping, while working out, on a road trip, or separately while we each drive back and forth to work, and then we discuss them later.” (The above links are for audiobook versions of those stories, but both and others on this list are also available in print and electronically.)
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins and The Troop by Nick Cutter, submitted by Olivia C.: “Our tastes tend to be very dark,” Olivia said. She added that The Troop is “highly recommended if you have a strong stomach” and Cutter’s book is “so good!”
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, submitted by Dana C.: “Recently we finished The Water Keeper in one weekend! We couldn't put it down. My husband was hooked by the first chapter where something explodes!”
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy, submitted by Laura L.: “I'm doing this with my husband and our two (teenage) boys.Our preferred reading selections are a little dark, though! We're currently reading The Road—I checked out one of the library's book discussion kits for the family."

For Families:

  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, submitted by Elizabeth L.: “I enjoyed listening to How to Train your Dragon more than I would have liked reading it because David Tennant is the narrator!”
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, submitted by Julie G.: “When my kids were younger, my husband read the All Creatures Great and Small series by Yorkshire veterinarian James Herriot. I still love the stories of the unique people of ‘the dales’ and their animals.”
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath, submitted by Laura L.: "We've also read The Secret Garden and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the past. All great reads for any age.”

If you have your own ideas for good books couples or families should read together, post them in the comments!



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