Skip to content

BWG Library Picks of the Week

Next week is Ontario Public Library Week, and BWG Library is inviting you to take part in a new challenge
Stock image

October 18 – 24, 2020 is Ontario Public Library Week. To celebrate, BWGPL is launching a new Beanstack challenge – Fall into Reading. 2020 has brought new challenges and stressors to us all and reading is a proven way to help reduce stress levels. Sign up for this six week challenge at and use the Beanstack app to track your reading. If you log 22 hours of reading (just 30 minutes a day!) by November 30, you will receive a free book from the Library.

For Ontario Public Library week, this week’s picks are titles recently read by the Library’s programming team. 

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In Mexican Gothic, Noemí Taboada is a young and wealthy socialite, who receives a concerning letter from her newly-married cousin, Catalina. Catalina has written asking for help. She sees ghosts and believes that her husband, Virgil Doyle, is poisoning her. Noemí heads up to the mountainside mansion where the Doyles reside and finds herself faced with the secrets hidden in this inhospitable place and among this strange family. Chosen by Sarah.

Mr. Scruff by Simon James

Everyone knows that owners and their dogs belong together in a unique way. Polly belongs to Molly, Eric belongs to Derek, Berry belongs to Terry. But poor Mr. Scruff, alone in the rescue shelter, doesn’t belong to anyone. Then a boy named Jim walks in, and they seem to get along. Jim and Mr. Scruff don’t look anything alike, and their names certainly don’t rhyme, but they may end up belonging to each other just the same. From author-illustrator Simon James comes a warm, winning story about friendship and finding a home. Recommended by Andrea.

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

Master the use of just four elements—Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food—and anything you cook will be delicious. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time. Selected by Michelle.

Wow, no thank you: essays by Samantha Irby

This book offers a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays from Samantha Irby, beloved author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life These essays cover aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America in Irby’s self-deprecating raunchy unmistakable voice. Picked by Wendy.