March 30, 2016

When good people check out books they’ve already read….

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Reading Log advice by Lisa Cutter

It happens a lot. You open the book at home, about four pages in… it hits you… I’ve already read this book! Some patrons avoid this by writing a small cryptic figure in the margin of the last page, some carry reading notebooks, and some patrons have beautiful ledgers of all they’ve read for years!

Alas, if you have a Peterborough Town Library card, you no longer need to carry around a notebook to record your reading history. Now you can maintain a list of your reading history using your library account.  When you sign into your on-line library account by going to and clicking on My Account, then scroll down and click on “Your Reading History,” You will see a list of your reading history for the past year.

Of course, if you would rather not maintain this type of information, you can click on “Your Privacy” and change the setting to “Never”:

Note, the reading history is maintained for just one year.  So if you want to maintain a list for all time, you’ll need to print out your list at the end of the year.




What’s more, I can make a list in my online account of all the future titles I hope to read. Simply click Your Lists and then create New List.








So, if you’re like me and keep telling yourself I want to read this or that, you can simply find it in our catalog and add it to your list, then refer back to it when you visit the library.  It will help you particularly if you are short on time when you visit the library or like to challenge yourself to read more.


Some of the patrons who come to the library tell me of the personal challenges they set for themselves when it comes to their reading.  Some want to read a book per week.  Others say they will read a book every other week or once a month.  If you’re interested in taking on a personal challenge such as this, you might want to check out GoodReads,, which simply asks for you to enter your reading goal and then helps you to keep track of your progress.

Last year I had hoped to obtain the magic number of 52, a book per week.  I made it to 46.  I’m working on that coveted 52 again this year and have already read some amazing books:  Here are a few titles I have recently read and wholeheartedly recommend:

godGod’s kingdom

By Frank Howard Mosher

Earnest and innocent, a bright high school student, Jim grows curious about the unspoken ‘trouble in the family’ that haunts his father, a small-town newspaper editor, and his grandfather, a raconteur who keeps the Kinnesons’ secrets to himself. Layer by layer, tale by tale, sorting out fact from deliberately obscured legend, Jim explores the Kinnesons’ long relationship with others in the Kingdom, culminating in a discovery that forever changes his life and place in that world.




The Japanese lover : a novel

By Isabel Allende

From internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende comes an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from present-day San Francisco to Poland and the United States during WWII. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family’s Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. Following Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart when Ichimei and his family – like thousands of Japanese Americans – are declared enemies by the US government and relocated to internment camps. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years. ”


The secret chord : a novel

By Geraldine Brooks

Traces the arc of King David’s journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.




My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry : a novel

By Fredrik Backman

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales”–


So impress yourself and your friends track your reading and challenge yourself.  You will probably be amazed to see just how much you read in a year’s time.  Or, simply use it as a tool so as not to waste precious time re-reading something you already read.  As always, if you need help getting started ask any of our wonderful library staff to help you.


Happy reading! – Lisa Cutter

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