We're teaming up with the Omaha Public Library to help readers find new books — or at least books new to them. Every other week in this space, library patrons will tell us what they've been reading lately, and why we might want to read it too.
This week's Take a Page patron is Janet Luedtke from the Elkhorn Library, 2100 Reading Plaza. Luedtke, 58, lives in the Elkhorn area and visits her local library branch often because she appreciates the rich community history of that location. She works as a financial assistant for Bethany Lutheran Church and keeps things going at home. She also volunteers as a member of the board for the Friends of Omaha Public Library and the Elkhorn Library Foundation.
Luedtke typically reads historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers because she likes the stories behind the event and feels that it gives her a different perspective. “I have always loved the library,” Luedtke said. “I grew up in Council Bluffs and regularly visited the library with my mother and sister. I especially loved the summer reading program and continued that activity with my son.”
Luedtke's recommended reads:
1. “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford
This book explores a young woman's sense of 'grit,' and her loyalties to friends and her integrity as she rises to success.
2. “Suspect” by Robert Crais
This book was recommended to me by a friend. Part of the story is told from the marine dog's perspective and it's a great story about a marine/police dog, its handler and their struggles with post traumatic stress syndrome.
3. “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
This is the ultimate work of historical fiction! It's an enduring story about surviving change and overcoming obstacles. There is strong character development.
4. “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson
Three siblings and various fantastic creatures experience adventure, peril and fearsome toothy cows in the search for lost jewels. I heard the author speak on how he wrote this first in the Wingfeather Saga of four books and it was inspiring to hear how authors create.
5. Anything by Janet Evanovich
Evanovich writes mysteries solved by a zany female bounty hunter and her equally zany friends and family. It's pure enjoyment and always makes me laugh!