New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

BOOK REPORT

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to read first. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant new releases available here at the library.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

“Codename Villanelle” by Luke Jennings

The new BBC show “Killing Eve” is based on this book, “Codename Villannelle.” Combining cutthroat mystery and sprinkles of dark humor, Jennings pits two opposing women in various European locales with international implications. Assassin Oxana Vorontsova, who was once a linguistics student at the University of Perm, is employed by someone she knows only as Konstantin, who works for a secret international organization called the Twelve, a dozen men who decide which evildoers who threaten the stability of the world should die. Three years earlier, Konstantin rescued Oxana from the Dobryanka women’s remand center in the Ural Mountains, where she was serving time for murdering three gangsters. After a year of intensive training, Oxana now goes by the code name Villanelle. After carrying out several assigned killings, she guns down Russian political theorist Viktor Kedrin in London, which brings her to the attention of former British MI5 agent Eve Polastri, who was in charge of protecting Kedrin. Eve slowly begins putting together the pieces of the Villanelle puzzle. The wide-open ending points to more to come in the struggle between these two resourceful antagonists. You will eagerly await the sequel. You can find this book in the Adult New Fiction section.

Off the clock: feel less busy while getting more done by Laura Vanderkam

Did you know that hundreds of years ago, peasants took more vacation time than we presently do? Why do we keep ourselves so busy? Better yet, why do we do things that are not always necessary and subsequently keep us busy? Our time is short, especially when you look at each of your days and weeks. Vanderkam, who I have written about before, reveals the seven counterintuitive principles the most time-free people have adopted. She teaches mindset shifts to help you feel calm on the busiest days and tools to help you get more done without feeling overwhelmed. You’ll meet people such as an elementary school principal who figured out how to spend more time mentoring teachers, and less time supervising the cafeteria; an executive who builds lots of meeting-free space into his calendar, despite managing teams across multiple continents; a CEO who does focused work in a Waffle House early in the morning, so he can keep an open door and a relaxed mindset all day; and an artist who overcame a creative block, and reached new heights of productivity, by being more gentle with herself, rather than more demanding. Vanderkam is an advocate for tracking your time by writing down what you do each day and then reflecting on your time spent. This book will be useful if you want to take your career, your relationships, and your personal happiness to the next level. You can find this book in the New Adult Nonfiction section.

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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