Another year is winding down, so what better time to share some of our favourites from 2019? Here’s Part One of a list of great books, movies and music, brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Winnipeg Public Library Youth Advisory Councils and staff.
You owe me a murder by Eileen Cook
17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.
But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humour, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies. Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.
Why the Ramones matter by Donna Gaines
Why the Ramones Matter compellingly makes the case that the Ramones gave us everything; they saved rock and roll, modeled DIY ethics, and addressed our deepest collective traumas, from the personal to the historical.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured their ranks compels the remaining to take one final stand in the grand conclusion to twenty-two films.
Ill Communication by Beastie Boys – a bit of a throwback here, but let’s be honest, good music is timeless!
Lizzo – particularly tracks Juice, Truth Hurts, Water Me, and Good As Hell, which make great additions to any “Feel Good” playlist.
We’re just getting started, so be sure to come back next week to see if your favourite of 2019 made our list!