Trying to figure out what to read next?

Susan Hill Gelé, assistant director for public relations at the Central Arkansas Library System, highlights a few books that should be on your must-read list:

Fun Reads

"Wilderness" by Lance Weller – In the book, the hero of the book was maimed in the Civil War's "Battle of the Wilderness" 30 years before the setting of the book, telling us of his final journey over the Olympic Mountains. This new author has us look at who we are and how we got there and see that all people have good and bad within them.

"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg – Looks at why we do what we do in life and business, and how it can impact our personal lives and business success. The book highlights things like stopping nail biting, the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous and the success stories of Aloca, Inc. after changing one precept and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Arkansas Authors

"Journey of Oliver K. Woodman" and "Searching for Journey of Oliver K. Woodman" by Darcy Pattison – These picture books, perfect for the kiddos, tell the story of a wooden man who cresses the county to connect a family. Pattison teaches writing the University of Central Arkansas and lives in North Little Rock. 

"City of Names," "The Truth About Celia" and "The Illumination" by Kevin Brockmeier – The "City of Names" tells the tale of a boy who receives a book that lets him transport anywhere in town. "The Truth About Celia" examines the impact a missing child has on the rest of her family. "The Illumination" imagines a world where pain is revealed as light, and a notebook passed between characters shows the power of words in caring for each other. Kevin lives in Little Rock and has been published in the New Yorker.


"Learn Bridge in a Weekend" by Jonathan Davis – An estimated 100 million people in 50 countries around the world play bridge. This guide covers the basics, bidding, trumping, scoring, tactics and techniques.

See where the books are at a CALS branch by searching its catalog here.