Reading Recommendations

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Grab and Go Bags

Whether you are limiting your trips out, looking for books on a certain topic or are just wanting to try something new, try our Grab and Go service. 

Fill out the Grab and Go request form and let us know what type of books you are looking for. Then, our staff will put together a bag and contact you when it's ready to be picked up.  

Bags can be picked up from Main or St. Paul Branch during operating hours.

Children's bags will contain ten items and adult bags will have five items.

Call the library at 519-756-2220 ext. 2 if you would like to reserve a bag over the phone.

Staff Favourites

Our staff watched, read and listened so much in 2020. From classic novels to modern television blockbusters, these lists contain more than just latest releases and show the depth of our collection. 

Caitlin's Picks 
This list has manga, a popular television series and a book on serial killer Bruce McArthur

Watchmen (TV series) (DVD) ​- Set in a alternate future where superheroes are treated as outlaws. It doesn't matter if you haven't seen the 2009 movie - watch this show now! 

You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (Book, Book on CD, cloudLibrary eBook and Audiobook) - A funny yet poignant take on her strange journey from tomboy to womanhood and beyond.

Black Clover by Yūki Tabata (Manga) - Likeable characters, fast paced story, unique art style. Shonen manga at it's best!


Upgrade (DVD) - This visual stunning sci-fi thriller will leave you thinking about the ending for days. 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel) - This beautifully drawn graphic novel, written by Toronto-born Mariko Tamaki perfectly captures what it's like to love someone who's bad for you. 

Waiting for Spring (Manga) - Friendship, love, and basketball. This is the most wholesome manga you'll ever read. 

Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto's Queer Community by Justin Ling (Book, Overdrive eBook) -

The title says it all, but this is not your typical true crime novel. Ling does the victims justice by telling their truths, and leaving the gritty details to the police reports. 

Eleanor and Park (Overdrive Audio book and eBook, Book on CD, Book) - Forget Romeo and Juliet, Eleanor and Park is the greatest love story ever told. Highly recommend the audio book! 

Spirited Away (Anime DVD) ​- Praised as one of the best animation films of all time, it's no surprise it's also the only anime movie ever to win an Oscar. 

Westworld (DVD) - This binge worthy, star studded HBO series will keep you guessing season after glorious season. 

 Tom's Picks - A wide range of books that cover the history of wrestling to humanity's relationship with the heavens.

Fossil Men (Book)

Warlords, politics and personality conflicts combine in the search for humanity's ancestors.


The Human Cosmos (Book)

From cave paintings to Einstein. A thoughtful history of humanity's relationship with the heavens.


We Promised You a Great Main Event (Print Book)

Watcha gonna do when a well written history of professional wrestling runs wild on you?!


The Oppenheimer Alternative (Print Book)

A gripping alternate history. The scientists who created the atomic bomb must work together to save the Earth from cosmic catastrophe.


The Fight For History (Book)

Fascinating study of how World War 2 has been remembered and reshaped over 75 years by Canadian society.


The EC Archives: The Haunt of Fear (Hoopla Comic Book)

Gruesome, gory and very entertaining collection of infamous horror comics from the 1950s.


I Am C-3PO (Book and Audiobook)

The man inside the golden suit tells his Star Wars story. Will appeal to both Jedi and Sith.


The Unidentified (Book)

Monsters and aliens and Atlantis, oh my! An examination of some of the most persistent unexplained phenomena.


The Living Dead (Book)

Brains! An epic account of the zombie apocalypse by the director of Night of the Living Dead. 


Elvis in Vegas (Book)

Thank you. Thank you very much. How the King transformed Las Vegas entertainment from Rat Pack nightclubs to megawatt extravaganzas. 

 Laura's Picks - a soundtrack to a musical, a book on baking cakes and the biography of a rock star. Pop culture is well represented in this list!

Hamilton soundtrack (CD/Hoopla)

How many of us had tickets to this theatrical sensation that we weren’t able to use in 2020? Thank goodness for the amazing soundtrack to keep my theatre-loving soul happy.


New Kid (Book/Libby/cloudLibrary/Hoopla AND Book Club in a Bag)

This amazing graphic novel is perfect for any age with so many great lessons to be learned.


Outlander (Book/cloudLibrary)

OK, so I’m 30 years late to the Outlander sensation, but wow, there’s a reason why this story has stuck with so many readers throughout the past 30 years.


Mad Men Seasons 1-7 (DVD)

By far one of my most favourite TV dramas ever!! Don Draper is a (fictional) marketing God. Watch it!


Acid for the Children by Flea (Book/Libby)

As a teenager in the 90’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a big part of my life soundtrack. This fantastic memoir by Flea, is honest and vulnerable. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, give this one a listen. Flea is a phenomenal narrator.


Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure (book/Libby)

I confess, I love the Bachelor! Yes, it’s completely unrealistic, but I just get sucked into this crazy dating world. Give this book a read (or listen) for some interesting insider revelations.


The One And Only Ivan (Book, eBook, Audiobook CD AND Book Club in a Bag)

This heart-warming story is a timeless story and the perfect book to share as a read aloud with your family.


Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection (Book)

So many wonderful recipes to try. My favourite was the “Pumpkin Snacking Cake” found on page 218. Enjoy!


Teen Beach Movie/Teen Beach 2 (DVD/Hoopla)

Disney’s 21st century re-visit of the popular 1960’s Beach film genre is just good fun! Watch the movies from the Library, and then look for the soundtracks on Hoopla.


#imomsohard (Book, Ebook, Audiobook)

If you follow these 2 hilarious Mamas on SM, you must check out their book. If you like audio, have a listen to their fantastic narration of the audiobook too!

 Rebecca's Picks - There are a couple of classic books on this list and two of the best movies of the last couple of years. 

Jojo Rabbit - (DVD)

As funny as it is poignant, this film explores World War Two from the perspective of a naive boy in Hitler Youth. 


Marriage Story - (DVD)

Explore the bittersweet end of a marriage in this critically acclaimed film with strong performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. 


The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls - (book/audiobook/large print/audiobook CD AND Book Club in a Bag)

An inspiring memoir about family dysfunction and overcoming adversity. ​


A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough - (book/audiobook)

Attenborough breaks down our biggest environmental issues and the ways we can overcome them - an important read!


I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - (Book)

A feel-good story that will make you believe in the power of kindness. 


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell- (book, eBook, audiobook, book on CD)

A retro first-love story between two misfit teenagers - an award winning audiobook!


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer - (audiobook/book)

An absorbing, sympathetic look into Christopher McCandless' bizarre death in the Alaskan wilderness. 


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - (book)

A beloved modern fantasy classic - perfect if you're looking for an escape!


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - (book)

Thought-provoking and beautiful - there's a reason they told you to read this one in high school! 


Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - book/audiobook (Libby) 

McCourt recounts the story of his impoverished Irish upbringing with honesty and wit in this Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. 

 James' Picks - A wide range of options, including a documentary on famous Canadian logos, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a UK based magazine that celebrates the simple things.

Endure (Book)
From explorer Shackleton to marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, this book explores how humans can push their bodies to extreme limits.


Game of Thrones – Seasons 1-8 (DVD)
A great show to binge during lockdown. “Winter is coming…”


How Children Succeed (Print book)
Paul Tough’s book provides insight into how grit and determination play an important role in a child’s success.


Stuber (DVD)
This action-comedy DVD provided an opportunity to forget about all the craziness going on in the world.


Simple Things (PressReader- Magazine)

This UK-based magazine focuses on the simple things in life and has great recipes and activities to help you unwind.


The Nickel Boys (Libby - Audiobook, book, eBook)

This 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner paints a piercing picture of a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.


Train to Busan (Hoopla Streamed Movie)

The 2016 Zombie classic by Korean director Sang-Ho Yeon (the sequel is also available, but it isn't nearly as good).


Something Wicked This Way Comes (Libby - Audiobook)

This classic from Ray Bradbury provided a welcome feeling of comfort and familiarity during the lockdown.  


Calico Joe (Book/Large Print Book/Audiobook CD)

This short story captures the magical side of baseball as much as it does a relationship between a father and son.


Night Boat to Tangier (Book)

A fictional reflection on the complicated relationship between two older Irish drug smugglers.

 Liana's Picks - An oral history of 9/11, a middle-grade novel reminiscent of Roald Dahl and a heartwarming Swedish film make this list.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (print book/eBook/ audiobook)

Klune creates a whimsical world that speaks to the heart and offers comfort during these anxious times. Anyone that picks up this book will find something to love.


The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett (print book/eBook, audiobook)

A powerful family saga about identity, race, relationships and the overall impact of our choices.


I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Ian Reid (Book/audiobook)

Tense, original and introspective. This story will have you guessing on the edge of your seat until the final page.


The Only Plane in the Sky: an Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (book/cloudLibrary audiobook and eBook)

A riveting and heartbreaking story about stories - first hand accounts from the people who experienced the horrifying events of 9/11. Audio recommended.


A Man Called Ove (film Hoopla)

A heartwarming Swedish film based on Fredrik Bachman’s novel about a curmudgeonly old man.


The Beast and the Bethany (print book/audiobook)

In order to live beyond his 511 years, our spry Ebenezor Tweezer must feed his live-in monster a delicious child. Dark humour and snark make this a devilishly entertaining middle grade novel reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.


All Boys Aren’t Blue (print book/audiobook/eBook)

Prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson’s series of personal essays that explore his childhood, adolescence and college years as a queer Black man. 


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You (book/audiobook)

Jason Reynolds makes it easy to understand the issues surrounding race and why Black lives matter in his YA version of Ibram X. Kendi’s, Stamped from the Beginning. A highly accessible book that is here, now and too important to ignore.


Greenwood (print book/eBook/audiobook)

This is a book that will leave you feeling a great loss, as all masterpieces do, because you will immediately miss its characters. However, you’ll feel grateful that the Greenwood’s family album and the text that bound them together was shared with you.


UNSUB (print book, eBook)

A twisted, intricately plotted and smart thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac killer. This will terrify you.

Online Catalogue

Our online catalogue allows you to search by keyword, author name and more. Plus, you can filter all of your searches for age group, genre and more. 

Our catalogue also has pages showing new titles that have just been added to our collection and both award-winning and bestseller lists

You can also log in to your library account and request items through our online catalogue. Plus, you can also save books onto your personal digital "read later" shelf. 

Emailed Book Lists

Get reading recommendations delivered straight to your email
These lists are linked directly to our online catalogue, which makes it easy to reserve books. Plus, there are several genres to choose from, which means you can tailor which emails you receive. 

Personalized Reading Recommendations from Staff

Get personalized reading recommendations from Brantford Public Library staff. Just use this online form and we'll get back to you with books that are suited to your tastes and preferences.  


Our Novelist service provides reading recommendations based on genre, authors and more. Plus, it is linked to our online catalogue, which means you can request copies of books you want to read. 

There is also a Novelist service that provides recommendations  for kids and teens.

Our Staff!

We provide thousands of reading recommendations to customers each year. Visit our Main or St. Paul Branch and ask staff what they are reading or tell them about the kind of books you enjoy. We're happy to provide recommendations! Just think of it like a real-life GoodReads.

Adult Recommendations

Get recommendations for adults in our regular YouTube reading recommendations videos. These videos feature short reviews submitted by our staff and customers.

Submit a review of  a book you've read. It may be used in a future episode.

Kid's Recommendations

A monthly podcast where library staff provide reading recommendations for kids and tweens.