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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Beyond Bestsellers: Manga & Manhwa

by Kimberly P.  In honor of Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels, I’ve been devouring my favorite form of graphic novels–manga and manhwa! Manga and manhwa are comics created in Japan and South Korea (respectively) and have a distinct style. Black and white illustrations fill their pages. They reflect every genre from romance to speculative fiction to […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels

By Kaley C. Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the last round of Beyond Bestsellers before our December break. It’s my all time favorite method of reading: graphic novels and comics. I’m so excited to share some of the books I’ve read with you in the past few months. You couldn’t see it, but trust that […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, the Final Chapter

by Kimberly P.  Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite day of the year and (sadly) the last official day of our Beyond Bestsellers: Horror theme. What horror subgenre were you surprised you liked? What book did you read that really got under your skin? I Put A Spell On You . . . I’m a sucker […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, Part Two

by Kimberly P.  Welcome back, my creatures of the night. It’s mid-October and only sixteen days separate us from Halloween. How goes your Beyond Bestsellers: Horror reading challenge? Did you discover a book that wiggled beneath your skin? My fascination with the darker half of life started at a young age. In a Dark, Dark […]

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‘Cause these are thrillers!

By Kaley C. I’ve always had trouble with thrillers, a genre marked by feelings of suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to piece the plots together well before it’s over. This makes me a joy​ to watch movies with. Since it ’tis the season to consume creepy stuff, I’ve started to incorporate paranormal elements to the thriller I read. Are the characters possessed? Are they hunting the […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror

by Kimberly P.   A chill of the grave taints the air. Trees rattle, shuddering off dry leaves that crunch underfoot. An ever-present gloom settles over the horizon, concealing a menace that waits. And hungers. You’ve guessed it, participants, it’s October and we’ve reached our fourth Beyond Bestsellers theme: Horror! Horror fiction explores mankind’s darkest […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Western Lists

by Liz K. With the last rays of September sun setting over the horizon, our Beyond Bestsellers: Westerns month comes to a close. I hope you enjoyed this challenge and were inspired to discover some new favorites. I know I did! If you’re still looking for that new favorite or are just curious about what […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Confessions and Suggestions from a Western Avoider

by Denise D. Confession Library folk like books (not a secret). But most of us have one (or more) genres we read with great reluctance. For years, Westerns were my genre-to-avoid. A library friend once described Westerns as romance for men. That explanation sufficed for me. I don’t really like romance and I’m not a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Westerns

by Liz K. We are officially halfway through the month of September and our month of reading Westerns. I hope you are enjoying exploring this genre as much as I am! Already knowing that I enjoy the Historical/Classic Westerns, I have focused my reading this month on titles that cross over into other genres. Here are […]

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