On Inspiration and Margaret Atwood

By Kristi S. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I have a vivid memory of finishing the last page of The Handmaid’s Tale and taking that deep breath that comes when you set down a book and you know it will stay with you forever. The next morning, I showed up at the […]

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Prose Bowl 2019: Round 3

by Lois H. Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2019! At the beginning of March, we started with 60 of the best books from the past year. After two weeks of voting, we narrowed our competitors down to the top title of each genre. Now it’s time for a genre showdown! For some, this may be […]

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If You Liked The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight) Trilogy

by Denise D. So, did you recently finish The Winter of the Witch and thus the entire Winternight Trilogy? Or are you still in the hold line? Are you looking for another historical fantasy featuring a strong, somewhat rebellious, young woman with otherworldly abilities who won’t settle for the oppression of magic? All set in a beautifully […]

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When the Cone of Silence is Breached

by Marina M. I identify as an ambivert. For clarification, that’s somebody that resides in the middle ground of the extrovert and introvert trait spectrum. At work I’ll put on my extrovert hat. I’ll get out there and be a paragon of personality, a skilled and shrewd searcher, a readers’ advisory advocate. At least in […]

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Wrapping Up Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism

by Kristi S. Well, the magic is gone and life is boring again. That may be a touch dramatic, but it is the end of November, which means it’s time to close the book on Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism. I’ve had so much fun reading around the world in this theme. I’ve never focused my […]

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If You Liked the Night Circus…

By Kaley C. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to read The Night Circus. A very eager colleague of mine with similar reading tastes was insistent that I’d love it, and they were right! It’s not a straightforwardly fantasy novel, but pretty darn close and would be a great suggestion for those looking […]

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The Fantastic Tween Comic Scene

by Emily Z. The holidays are upon us now. For some of us, that means: Winter Break Long trips to other peoples’ houses Even longer periods of waiting for some elaborate meal to be prepared Holiday parties where everyone is somehow between 5 and 50 years older than you (or at least 5 years younger […]

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LibraryReads List November 2018

by Lindsey A. Well! October flew by. This publishing season has given us a cornucopia of treasures. I’ve been reading nonstop. Maybe that’s why the month seemed so short! LibraryReads features some exciting titles in their latest list of librarian-picked books releasing this month. Not only do we get new installments to popular series (Chief […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Magical Realism

By Kristi S. October is over, the magic of the holiday season is upon us, and we are just beginning the magic of a new Beyond Bestsellers theme. If my pointed clues weren’t enough for you to guess, this month’s theme is Magical Realism! If you need a reminder of what Beyond Bestsellers is all […]

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Casting Call: Strong Female Leads

By Kaley C. I’ve subconsciously found myself drawn to books with a female-centric story lately or just those focused around a heroine navigating tricky situations. I think it’s possibly the excitement leading up to Geek Girl Con, something I’ve attended for years now and have grown to really love. Our own Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services, […]

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