By Carol Ann Robb, PPL Reference Librarian

“Anticipation… is keepin’ me waitin’…”

I rather doubt Carly Simon had books in mind when she wrote her hit song but I can’t help but think of it as I wait for a whole slew of books coming out in the next few weeks. The crop of Spring releases looks to be very fruitful this year. I am most excited about the latest installments in two series–“Citizen K-9” by David Rosenfelt and “Sunlit Weapon” by Jacqueline Winspear”—since they are among my favorite authors. Patience is not my forte so I’m having a difficult time waiting for those books.

Which puts me in the difficult position of finding something to read while waiting for the titles that I really want to read. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern—I want to pick up a book but most pale in comparison to the ones I know will be coming out in a couple of weeks. However, one title that did meet my expectations was John Grisham’s “Judge’s List,” which got high marks from my sister and brother-in-law, and it got me through last week’s snow day (I finished it long before the piles of snow melted).

But my next read, “Starry Starry Night” by Marcia Willett has been disappointing. Not that it’s horrible but neither does it stand up to her other novels. Next up will either be “Elephant of Belfast” by S. Kirk Walsh (set during WW II so it’s right up my alley) or re-reading Fredrik Backman’s “Anxious People” for the book discussion this month (I loved it the first time around; hope it holds up).

And before I know it, I’ll get my hands on those books I’m anticipating and well, then I’ll be singing “these are the good old days.”

(Apologies to those of you of a certain age who will no doubt be suffering from an Anticipation earworm all weekend!)