Feel Good, Easy Reads AKA Gentle Reads

by Jocelyn Looking for a book where sex, violence, and excessive profanity is left off the page? Look no further, we’ve got a category for you. It’s called Gentle Reads. These novels tend to be described with terms like “heart-warming,” “wholesome” or “hopeful,” and are entertaining stories full of encouragement and warmth. Often humorous, they […]

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Families, Separated — New Takes

by Denise Lately, I’ve hit the jackpot. Every book I’ve opened has lured me in from the first page. Reads too good not to share. The problem? Spanning genres, audiences, and themes, these good reads don’t easily fit into one category. However, with a little pondering, I realized they all touch upon a common theme: […]

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Scandalous Ladies

by Lindsey “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich I was inspired this month (which happens to be Women’s History Month) by Jason Porath’s phenomenal compendium of fascinating females, Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics. He adapted his book from his popular website, Rejected Princesses: Women Too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat […]

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Awards Round-up: January 2017

by KP Welcome to the January Awards Round-up! Each month we gather together the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. A new year marks a new award season, and January offered a robust number of ceremonies honoring titles in the entertainment and publishing world. Some of the month’s biggest winners included:            […]

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Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina Reading for the weather I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas […]

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LibraryReads List February 2017

by Marina February is a month of contradictions. On one hand we have the hearts and chocolates associated with Valentine’s Day. On the other hand, it’s also Black History Month, which contains a lot of struggle and obstacles to overcome (along with pride and courage). And on the last hand (wait, how many hands do I […]

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LibraryReads List January 2017

by Marina Welcome to 2017! A new year, a new list of highly anticipated books! With the libraries closed today and tomorrow you have gobs of time to peruse these upcoming titles and place holds to your heart’s content. Oh, and in case you were wondering, here are the LibraryReads favorite of favorites for 2016. And (spoiler alert–ha ha, […]

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Awards Round-up: December 2016

by Jocelyn Welcome to the December Awards Round-up! We are covering two different awards this month. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize The “First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and […]

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Celebrations

by Marina Celebrate Good Times. And Maybe Bad? As I’m composing this blog post my birthday is still a few weeks away. However, by the time you’re reading this it will already have happened. That, plus the holidays that pack the last few months of the year, got me thinking about celebrations. I’ve written about […]

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16 in ’16: Read a New Book

by Jocelyn Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final challenge in the Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16 contest. For the next three weeks, we challenge you to read…a book published in 2016 (also known as a “New” book). With about 300,000 books published in the United States every year, that gives you A LOT of […]

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