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Follow Our Reads - Online Community Reading List

Readers in our community and friends of the Richardson Public Library are invited to participate in this Community Reading List. Readers submit a single book to share with fellow Richardson Readers.

The book is the one which can impact how we think as a community, offering insight in arts, health, wellness, culture, education, infrastructure, ethics, education, government, creativity, innovation, well-being, communication, business and technology or just one to be enjoyed.

(submit your recommendation)


List of Recommendations:


Reader: Lilliana Dole

Title: Water Walker

What idea resonates in this book? This book is no doubt a beautiful instruction manual for any parent having a kid or kids between the ages 3 to 13 years. It gives the reader a complete outline and stop by step plan of how to stop the regular battles with ids to follow through instructions and result in a peaceful, calmer and better household for all family members . Five strategies explained include descriptive praise preparing for success, reflective listening, never ask twice and rewards and consequences. Techniques guarantee kids to cooperate the first time without repetition of instruction and with the positive will of the child himself/herself.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? In the book Eden (the main character) has people that she can trust during her trials such as her brother, friend/boyfriend, and her step-dad. In Richardson there are a lots of people in your neighborhood, community or city that you can lean on and find support in.

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Isabella Dole

Title: The Testing

What idea resonates in this book? In "The Testing", it shows that if you work hard and can achieve lots in life. Sia worked hard to get past the tests. There is trust involved. You need to be around people you can trust with your secrets and everything. There is bravery involved because Cia was brave going through "The Testing". We need to be brave in life to be successful and to be examples to those who aren't as brave.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? In "The Testing" trust, loyalty, bravery, and kindness were involved. Cia had to decide wisely who she trusted and had to be brave and trust her instincts during the Testing. In Richardson, there are people who you can lean on and trust. You can be brave and be an example to others by working hard and serving. You can be kind by working for others and with your words and actions.

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Afsheen Omer

Title: Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

What idea resonates in this book? This book is no doubt a beautiful instruction manual for any parent having a kid or kids between the ages 3 to 13 years. It gives the reader a complete outline and stop by step plan of how to stop the regular battles with ids to follow through instructions and result in a peaceful, calmer and better household for all family members . Five strategies explained include descriptive praise preparing for success, reflective listening, never ask twice and rewards and consequences. Techniques guarantee kids to cooperate the first time without repetition of instruction and with the positive will of the child himself/herself.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? This is a book for parents with children between ages 3-13, and Richardson is a community full of families having kids of all ages including toddlers and teens and all in between.  I think it can be a fabulous guide for both mothers and fathers for having a happy household here both parents and kids feel a sense of closeness, security and freedom of speech without disturbing the peace of the household and getting things done in the best and most pleasant possible manner. A happy household results in a happy and constructive community.

Classification: Non-Fiction 


Reader: Jennifer Vilches

Title: Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

What idea resonates in this book? Lots of historical information about Roman times without being dull - a real page turner.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Not so sure except my Richardson friends have enjoyed the recommendation!

Classification: Non-Fiction 


Reader: Ann Headlee

Title: Voice in the Wind

What idea resonates in this book? Lots of historical information about Roman times without being dull - a real page turner.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Not so sure except my Richardson friends have enjoyed the recommendation!

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Jennifer Westover

Title: Peace Like a River

What idea resonates in this book? The story of family, love, miracles and loyalty.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? This reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, except set in the Dakotas instead of the South. The universal ideals of love and family pertain to everyone.

Classification: Non-Fiction 


Reader: Rhohda Ostromek

Title: Ready Player One

What idea resonates in this book? The virtual world is a wonderful place, with vast amounts of knowledge, entertainment, and social connections at our fingertips. Just don't make it the whole world.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Take a moment to sit and breathe. Go to a park, visit a neighbor, take a walk on a hiking trail. We have a wonderful, "real" world here to enjoy.

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Cynthia Miller

Title: A Great Reckoning

What idea resonates in this book? Gamache is gifted at taking people that others disregard and helping them find their gifts. His trust is usually repaid with people stepping up.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Evil can be anywhere, but good people can make a difference-it requires being willing to see the good in others.

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Chrissie Davenport

Title: Seedfolks

What idea resonates in this book? The book is about the power of community and how people, no matter how different, find "common ground" in an empty lot in Cleveland.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? .Richardson is a diverse city populated with people from a wide range of backgrounds. In Seedfolks, every chapter is narrated by a different person and yet they all find themselves in the garden that begins in an empty lot in Cleveland, From a a young Vietnamese girl, Kim, who plants lima beans in the hopes that her dead father will see how strong she is, to Curtis who plants tomatoes in hopes of wooing a lost love.

Classification: Fiction 


Reader: Julie Flandorfer

Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

What idea resonates in this book? Live our most creative lives and get over the fears that stop us. There are many fears and excuses for not trying something new. How to get out of that rut!

How does this idea relate to Richardson? We all have hidden, untapped creativity to unleash for each of our own well-beings but also to share with the whole community. What you create doesn't have to be earth-shattering or something never doe before. Once we get over that obstacle we all benefit.

Classification:Non-Fiction 


Reader: Becky Campbell

Title: Endurance

What idea resonates in this book? The ideas of teamwork and courage are woven throughout the book.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? These men had a goal - it wasn't easy and there were man obstacles along the way. Through teamwork and mutual encouragement they faced the trials and overcame. That's a message for any city wanting to embrace working together for a positive outcome.

Classification:Non-Fiction 


Reader: Shanna Sims-Bradish

Title: A Man Called OVE

What idea resonates in this book? A charming book from a Swedish author that encourages you look at your neighbors in a new light and possibly find unexpected friendships.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Richardson has great neighborhoods and this book helps illustrate what an impact our community has on our lives.

Classification: Non-Fiction 


Reader: Edmund Deane

Title: March (Door One)

What idea resonates in this book? Having given so much to get to where we are, we cannot regress to the violent level of anger and split our country and our people.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Richardson has many minorities; politics and the upcoming presidential election continues to split our country, with loss of respect for all our institutions, governance, law and justice. The story of "March" needs to be heard and felt again.

Classification: Non-Fiction


Reader: Janet Vance

Title: Ordinary Grace

What idea resonates in this book? The fact that the main characters find redemption living ordinary life.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? We're all in this together.

Classification: Fiction


Reader: Mary Murphy

Title: The Girl on the Train

What idea resonates in this book? We never really know what's going on in someone's life, and not everyone is what we make them out to be.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Although neighbors "know" one another, they never really know what's going on behind closed doors. This novel shows that everyone has their own problems and our assumptions aren't always right. Plus, it's just a great read.

Classification: Fiction


Reader: Laurie Garvie

What idea resonates in this book? A captivating mystery, brilliantly told, which is still a thrilling read more than 150 years after it was written. The vivid characterizations and suspenseful plot are brilliantly crafted and influenced countless mystery writers in the generations to follow.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? A classic novel is one of the great treasures in life!

Classification: Fiction

Reader: Jean Felsted

Title: What the Dog Saw

What idea resonates in this book? Take a second look - or a third or fourth or tenth to almost anything.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? Relates to "everywhere". 

Classification: Fiction

Reader: Rebecca Noah Poynter

Title: Makers (The New Industrial Revolution)

What idea resonates in this book? Anybody can create or innovate a small product, part, prototype or invention. This innovation advancement can make us modern Ben Franklins.

How does this idea relate to Richardson? If you have a library card you can “check out” the 3D printer and test your invention or idea. It is very exciting to know the new industrial revolution is happening at the Richardson Public Library. 

Classification: Non-Fiction 

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