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Five Senior Protagonists for Your Monday

Last week my grandpa went into surgery (luckily nothing too terrible) and is now recuperating in rehab.  Since he's been on my mind lately, I thought it might be interesting to make this week's book sampler about books that feature elderly characters like him. But, these titles don't just "feature" elderly characters--they star them!  Thank you again to our friends at NoveList for providing us with the list of appeals for each book.  If you see something you like here, why not check out their database for some more great suggestions?  As always, you can find them through our website under Research Resources.

Five Books-to-Musicals for Your Monday

My dear readers, I've been listening to a lot of musicals lately, so this week, I wanted to give you a list of five books that have inspired stage productions.  While you're reading these excellent books, why not check out the musicals that they inspired?  As always, thank you to our friends at NoveList for providing a list of appeals for each book.  Looking for another book?  Try using NoveList to help you find your next great read!

Five New Horror Novels for Your Monday

My dear readers:  As I promised you a few weeks ago, this month's recommended book lists will consist entirely of horror and the supernatural.  So, this week, I went through our listings of new books and put together a list of five horror stories that are fresh off the printing press!

Of course, as always, we have turned to our good friends at NoveList to help us find the perfect book for each reader.  Do you prefer gruesome to menacing?  Looking for something compelling and intricately plotted?  Then check out the list of appeals, shown in italics after each book title.  And if you would like to learn more about any of these selections, why not check out NoveList yourselves?  You can access this wonderful database (and many others) through the library's homepage, under Research Resources.

Five Frankensteins for Your Monday

October is upon us, dear readers, so for the entire month, I'll be sending you weekly selections of atmospheric and spooky titles to get everyone into the holiday spirit!  Of course, not everything will be horror.  But, most of these titles will be carefully selected to give you a good shiver.

Five Banned Classics for Your Monday

Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, A Wrinkle in Time

As a librarian, Banned Books Week is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not because I'm happy to see so many excellent books banned, but because I appreciate the hard work that so many have put into keeping good books in the hands of the people.  And it's an important reminder of the dangers of censorship.

A social experiment (although I don't recommend actually doing it, since it would be a real mess to clean up):  Invite your patrons to go through the shelves and remove anything they feel shouldn't have a place in the library.  Or, if you want to be a bit less extreme, have them remove anything they don't agree with (personally, morally, religiously, politically, etc.).  Now, look at your shelves.  What do you have left?

Five Moody Books for Your Monday

As we head into Fall, the dark, dreary, gloomy days are not that far ahead of us.  So, why not take advantage of the changing weather to pick up a couple of atmospheric reads?  Not sure where to start?  Well, we've got you covered!  From suspenseful to creepy, we have a quick selection of five moody books for your Monday!  And to help you choose the perfect title for you, we've turned to our friends at NoveList to get descriptors of tone, pacing, and general mood.

If you'd like to use NoveList to help you find your next favorite book, follow this link.  You'll just need to log in with your library card!

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

I confess, the cover pulled me in on this one.  The title of this book very accurately refers to the protagonist in this story, Susan, a rather prickly 40-something independent woman who finds herself pregnant as a result of a longstanding friends-with-benefits relatio

Other People's houses by Abbi Waxman

Waxman’s new release, following the highly praised The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a stand-alone story but features a few cameo appearances from Lili and her daughters, with Edward, from Garden.  Here we are treated to a small circle of neig

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

cover of Brain on Fire by Susannah CahalanWhen successful reporter Susannah Cahalan starts exhibiting mood swings, anxiety, and paranoia, she becomes convinced that she's probably bipolar. When the seizures start, doctors tell her she's going through alcohol withdrawal (even though she's not a heavy drinker). And when she's finally admitted to the hospital, doctors have no idea what to make of her condition, which has left her swinging to extremes, from highly paranoid and a flight risk, to dulled and almost catatonic.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I hesitated reading this one because so many people said you’ll either love it or hate it.