Top Ten Most Popular Fiction Books on BARD in December 2021

A set of books with headphonesHere are the most popular fiction books downloaded from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) last month:

The Whistler: a novel by John Grisham  DB86026

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman  DB100981

Birthright by Nora Roberts  DB55869

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin  DB100040

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman  DBC16046

All the Light We Cannot See: a novel by Anthony Doerr  DB79182

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty  DB92901

The Affair: a Reacher novel by Lee Child  DB73922

Comfort & Joy: a novel by Kristin Hannah  DBC16784

Black Hills by Nora Roberts  DB69690

What were your top books of 2021?

Stack of three booksAs 2021 comes to a close, we thought it would be fun to look back on the top books from the year.  But how do you decide what the top books are?  We did a bit of research, pulling together a list of titles that were found on multiple “Top Books of 2021” lists and that are found on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).  This list is not comprehensive by any means, but definitely interesting.
Wishing everyone a happy New Year!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry  DB103191

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah DB102287

The Last Thing he Told Me by Laura Dave  DB103326

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir  DB103718

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney  DB104825

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  DB102764

The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich  DB105076

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles  DB105197

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart  DB105496

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen  DB105192

Second Place by Rachel Cusk  DB103349

Empire of Pain: the secret history of the Sackler Dynasty DB102965

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead  DB104914

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead  DB103266

A Little Devil in America: notes in praise of black performance  DB103276

Matrix by Laruen Groff  DB104843

Book Reviews from Deena

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesCheck out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena!

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger   DB96864
It is 1932, and three boys leave Lincoln Indian School in Minnesota when circumstances become unbearable.  Before leaving the area, they rescue their friend, Emmy, who was recently orphaned from the evil heads of the school, the Brickmans.  The foursome head down the river in a canoe.  Each boy is searching for something. Albert, the oldest is ever the protector, trying to keep everyone safe and together.  Mose, who cannot speak and is the only Native American of the bunch, is searching for who he is and where he came from.  Odie who is almost 13, is looking for a home. As they journey down the river they face danger, as they are pursued by the Brickmans.  They meet a cast of unique characters some helpful and some not so helpful.  Follow their adventures as they move towards the Mississippi River and finally find what they are looking for.

Five Days at Memorial: life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital by Sheri Fink  DB77656
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana. Memorial Hospital prepared for the worst, but the area remained dry until water from other flooded areas was released.  As the water rose, systems failed and generators lost power.  Memorial was left in the dark, and the building became unbearably hot.  The staff worked tirelessly to keep critically ill patients cool and comfortable.  As days passed, conditions worsened.  The staff was able to evacuate many patients.  Despite calls to the hospital owners, the national guard and the coast guard, patients remained waiting evacuation and several who were evacuated were left on a corner or just off the interstate with no food, water and no way of getting anywhere. The elevators in the building were not working and patients needed to be carried to a spot to be flown out.  After Katrina, an investigation was started and a doctor and two nurses were accused of giving a number of patient’s fatal doses of medication.  This chronicles all that took place after the storm and the ensuing charges against the three women.  Many are to blame for this disaster, the city of New Orleans, the owners of the hospital and the CEO’s of the hospital. The lack of disaster preparedness is appalling.

I am the Central Park Jogger: a story of hope and possibility by Trisha Meili  DB56125 , LT6959
In 1989, Trisha Meili went for a run in Central Park at night.  She was assaulted and beaten.  She was in a coma for nearly two weeks. Trisha explains due to a traumatic brain injury she had to relearn everything. Through therapy she had to relearn to walk, to do simple math, and other things, so she could return to her job as an investment banker. She kept her identity a secret for 14 years, because of extensive publicity and she was reluctant to tell anyone she was the Central Park jogger.  She came to believe in spiritual healing and how prayer can make a difference in the recovery process.  If you like survival stories this book is for you.

Top Ten Most Popular Nonfiction Books on BARD in October

A set of books with headphonesHere are the most popular nonfiction books downloaded from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) last month:

Rage by Boy Woodward DB100633

Murder of Innocence by James Patterson, Max DiLallo and  Andrew Bourelle DB101365

Thunder Dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory DB73300

Murder Beyond the Grave by James Patterson DB100126

Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety: 100 simple practices to find peace right now by Michael Smith DB97954

The Splendid and the Vile: a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson DB100054

Coffin Corner Boys: one bomber, ten men, and their harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France by Carole Engle Avriett and George W. Starks DB100154

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey DB101312

Caste: the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson DB100088

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward DB91876

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena!

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page.

The Crush by Sandra Brown  DB55058
Oren asks his old, friend, Wick to join him in a search for a killer of a doctor at the hospital.  Their number one suspect is Dr. Rennie Newton.  Dr. Newton served on a jury recently that acquitted Rick Lozada of murder.  Lozada is convinced Dr. Newton is interested in him and he tries to woo her.  The lives of all the characters become tangled when a second murder follows.  This is romantic suspense at its best.

Have You Seen Luis Velez?  DB96316
On the way out of his apartment to go to school, Raymond hears someone call “Have you seen Luis Velez?” and he sees an elderly woman.  When Raymond returns he sees the same woman, and as he visits with her he learns she is blind.  She explains she is looking for Luis Velez, who used to come by weekly and help her with her shopping and banking.  She has been unable to contact him.  Raymond volunteers to help Millie by taking her to the bank and going grocery shopping with her.  As Raymond and Millie become friends, Raymond decides to try to help find Luis Velez for Millie.   As their friendship deepens Raymond’s life begins to change along with his relationship with his family. This is a heartwarming story about kindness and stepping in to help.

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham  DB102496
Jake Brigance returns with a capital murder case. Drew Gamble has shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend, who was a policeman, after he physically assaulted his mother.  Drew is only sixteen years old but looks a lot younger.  Jake becomes a pariah in Clanton, Mississippi and his income dries up as the town turns against him for taking the case. Jake masterly defends Drew and becomes involved with his family.  This is the third book in the Jake Brigance series.

Most Popular Non Fiction Books Downloaded From BARD in July

Here are the most popular nonfiction books downloaded from BARD last month:

Mindfulness meditations for anxiety: 100 simple practices to find peace right now (DB97954)  by Michael Smith

Forward together: an inside look at guide dog training (DB100008)  by Christie Bane

Nomadland: surviving America in the twenty-first century (DB86971)  by Jessica Bruder and Karen White

Greenlights (DB101312)  by Matthew McConaughey

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood (DB86608)  by Trevor Noah

A promised land (DB100966)  by Barack Obama

Caste: the origins of our discontents (DB100088)  by Isabel Wilkerson

All my patients have tales: favorite stories from a vet’s practice (DB68717by Jeff Wells, D.V.M.

The splendid and the vile: a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz (DB100054)  by Erik Larson

Killing Crazy Horse: the merciless Indian wars in America (DB100515)  by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard