Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous SFF: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Emily Z. It’s the end of the month and time to check in and pack up Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy, or as I like to say to myself (very loudly) “HSFF!” After all I read and learned leading up to this month I can now confidently state that I am a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction & Fantasy

by Emily Z. For those of you keeping score at home, this is our 10th Beyond Bestsellers month. If you’re just joining us, check out the Original Post explaining how to play along. We still love seeing your own personal lists of recommendations and encourage you to sign up so you can get notifications about this […]

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Self Help(less)

By Emily Z. Are you ready to revolutionize your new year’s resolution? Deep-dive into a personal epoch of self-help, self-control, and self-confidence? Me neither. It’s dark outside, it’s cold, and maybe, like me, you’re having regrets about downing so many deviled eggs like they were Jello shots (or vice versa) over the holiday(s). It’s time […]

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Biblio Files on Bibliophiles

By Kaley C. Arguably one of the best things about working in a library is constantly being surrounded by books. And I mean it less in a SWAT team way and more like Belle when she realized it was the best plus side to hanging out in a mansion with this guy way. Besides all […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Getting Past the First Volume

By Kaley C ​My appreciation of graphic novels is well documented. Graphic novels can be one full arc complete with character history, world-building, and plot design. In addition to having fully developed plots and characters, they are often broken down into volumes. I’m always on the hunt for a solid series to start reading. It’s rare, but every so often I’ll […]

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Television Spies and Spooks

by Michelle C. There is something incredibly fun and romantic about the notion of spies (although I imagine the reality is a lot less exciting). Unlike with a James Bond film, in television there is so much that can be developed with the spy thriller. Some of my favorite spy shows use humor and absurdity to […]

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Space Farce: Humorous Fiction Set Among the Stars

by Emily Z. What is it about outer space and its inhabitants that drives some to take it so seriously (or “Sirius-ly”)? The inherent lack of oxygen? The suffocating silence of its infinite expanse? That Ridley Scott film? That other Ridley Scott film? Space can be a happy place. Or, at the very least, there is enough room […]

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Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

by Michelle C. Wedding season is starting. A great way to learn the dos and don’ts of wedding etiquette is to watch the horrific, but hilarious, outcomes of the wedding gone wrong in movies. Some of my favorite tropes in the wedding genre are the bride and switch, childhood marriage promise, crazy in-laws, and the bridesmaid’s […]

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Supernatural Fun: the Lighter Side of the Dark Side

by Emily Z. Supernatural is a stretchy sort of sub-genre. Does it absolutely have to have zombies and ghosts? Is it actually just horror? Does it need smoldering vampires on top of ghosts to avoid being horror? Isn’t it just urban fantasy then? What if it takes place in the past or an alternate reality? […]

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Reflections

by Stacey For the last 3 years I have had the pleasure of serving on the Reader’s Services Team. As my rotation comes to an end, and I reflect on my time with you, I also am left thinking of those titles I reflect upon most often. These books are not necessarily my favorites, but books where a particular […]

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