The 2020 Hugo Awards were officially announced last week. 17 Hugo Awards are distributed (plus some extras) but one of my favorite categories is the Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic. Here are the 6 shortlisted titles for this year’s award.Continue reading “WINNERS: the Best Graphic Novel or Comic Hugo Award”
The summer run of books are frequently called “beach reads,” but hammocks are really where it’s at. You don’t have to leave your backyard to enjoy a hammock; it’s typically shaded; and you never get sand in weird places. From real life secrets to a snarky send up of #girlboss wellness culture to a rom-com in a book, here are 6 titles perfect for reading while stretched out in a hammock with a cold drink in reach on a lazy summer day.
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre WardContinue reading “6 Books Made to be Read in a Hammock”
It’s easy to keep your pulse on what’s popular here in the US. But have you ever wondered what the folks across the pond are reading? Here’s a peek at 4 of this week’s best selling books in Britain.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Beloved in Britain for his heartwarming illustrations, this collection of Mackesy’s ink drawings is full of hope and inspiration for an uncertain world.Continue reading “Popular This Week … in the UK”
Sick of spaceships? Toured pseudo-medieval Europe too often? Try these 6 science fiction & fantasy stories from black authors. You’ll find yourself anywhere from a magical version of modern Nigeria to a post-apocalyptic Brazil. With expansive worlds and fresh perspectives, these books can freshen up any sci-fi or fantasy reader’s bookshelf.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
If N.K. Jemisin’s deluge of accolades and unprecedented three consecutive Hugos aren’t enough to persuade you to pick up The Fifth Season, perhaps a violent world of regular nigh-apocalyptic cataclysms and a earth-shattering mage on a far-ranging quest of vengeance to save her kidnapped daughter will entice you.Continue reading “6 Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors to Read this Summer”
For patrons looking for information on race, justice, and activism, we’ve collected a variety of resources that we hope will be useful. Below are resources for discussions and reflection at any age – children, teens, adults, or self-directed learning.
Books for Children
- A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
- Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
- Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
- Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham
- The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
- Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Teaching Your Child about Black History from PBS
Known for expressing her wit and social commentary through her characters, Jane Austen is a staple of classrooms and beloved by many. But for readers new to Austen, the language can feel challenging and lots of sneaky jokes get lost along the way. (Consider: a character preaching about the importance of frugality while renting the carriage equivalent of an Audi.) Modern retellings can reframe those jokes in a way that doesn’t require extensive knowledge of 1800s British customs, or offer a fresh take for those who know Austen’s works well. For longtime Austen fans and newcomers alike, here are 6 adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels.
The Austen Project brings Jane Austen into the present day. Eligible imagines Elizabeth as a writer for a magazine and Jane as a yoga instructor in New York. After their father has a health scare, the daughters return to their childhood city of Cincinnati to find the home in disrepair and a mother determined to marry off Jane before her 40th birthday.
In Emma, the titular character returns home from university to start her career in interior design. While she plans to get her business off the ground, she uses her free time to offer guidance to those she deems less wise in the ways of the world than she is – and she includes nearly everyone in Highbury in that tally.
Two other adaptations in the series, Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid and Sense and Sensibility have been released as well.
Sometimes Overdrive’s holds list can get long, but these 3 series – a mystery, a romance, and a thriller – have plenty of copies of Book One available for checkout right now.
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs becomes a maid in 1910, at just 13 years old. When her employer discovers her keen mind, she is instead entered into an apprenticeship with a friend of the family. When her former employer’s son signs over his entire fortune to a suspicious, reclusive “retreat” for WWI veterans, Maisie has a chance to repay her old debt to her patron, but doing so means confronting her own ghosts from the Great War. (always available in audio)Continue reading “3 More Series You Can Start Reading Right Now”
Want to get started with a new book while you’re stuck at home but not sure where to start? Try one of these series with (currently) no wait time.Continue reading “3 Series You Can Start Reading Right Now”
A flood of highly anticipated new titles are sweeping through the book world in March. In fact, it’s such a busy time for new books, we had to break our post down into two parts.
All these titles are available through our digital lending service, Overdrive. Need help getting started? Instructions are here.
The Mirror and the Light – Mantel – March 10 (||||)
Wow, No Thank You – Samaantha Irby – March 31 (||)
The City We Became by N.K. JemisinContinue reading “Books to Watch for in March, Part 2”
Looking for a fresh voice to brighten up your winter reading list? Check out these 8 titles for stories of addiction, greed, magic, family, and an amazing debut from Nigeria.Continue reading “8 Standout Books from January & February”