September Reading Resolutions…Read A Literary Classic

It’s Back to School season, and no matter how long ago you graduated, this time of year beckons us to settle into a new routine, and create new habits.

Since Reading Resolutions is all about our reading habits, there’s no better time than September to tackle a literary classic. It might be a book you read in school and loved. It might be one you didn’t like as a student, but want to give another try. It might be a book first published hundreds of years ago– or twenty years ago. It might be a graphic novel, or even a childhood favorite.

You see, literary classics don’t have to be old, boring, or hard to read. They can be suspenseful, or scary. Some are even funny! Here are a few suggestions  from our online literary classics catalog that might surprise you. To place one on hold, give the title a click. Find more great reads by browsing the catalog, or come into the library and check out the new Reading Resolutions display in the Adult Services Department. Old favorite, or new discovery…the choice is yours.

Jurassic Park (1991) by Michael Crichton – What happens when an entrepreneur decides to create the world’s most astonishing theme park, full of genetically-cloned dinosaurs? If you’ve seen the movie, you already know things go horribly wrong. The novel packs all the action and thrills of the film, but is also full of fascinating scientific detail that make a Michael Crichton novel like no other.  The New York Times calls it “full of suspense.” Jurassic Park is a classic by a one-of-a-kind author at the top of his game.

 

 

The Dark Knight Returns (1986) by Frank Miller- Time Magazine calls The Dark Knight Returns one of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of All Time, in a reboot of one of the greatest comic book heroes ever created. Ten years after the Dark Knight’s retirement, Gotham City has gone to rot.  Mysterious millionaire Bruce Wayne must resurrect his crime-fighting alter ego Batman against a new generation of criminals. He’s joined by a new Robin, a young girl named Carrie Kelley, who is every bit the equal of her predecessor.

 

Ramona the Pest (1968) by Beverly Cleary- A childhood classic, this is the story of kindergartner Ramona Quimby, who is determined to make her mark. When her efforts to be the best kindergartner EVER backfire, she’ll do anything to salvage the school year.  Joined by her sister Beezus, her best friend/worst enemy Henry Huggins, her long-suffering parents, and a green-haired doll named Chevrolet, Ramona’s laugh out loud adventures make this a book a timeless favorite.

 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994) by John Berendt- A classic read for true-crime fans, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is more than the story of a murder; it’s a depiction of one of America’s most unique cities, Savannah, Georgia. The sprawling cast includes society ladies, drag queens, gigolos, debutantes, and a voodoo priestess, all offering their perspective on a mystery that gripped the city for a decade.

 

Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch- From true crime, to fictional, this dark, creepy novel was inspired by legendary serial killer Ed Gein and became Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous film. Motel manager Norman Bates lives with his mother in an old house behind the Bates Motel. Too bad Mother has been dead for twenty years. When a beautiful, and desperate young woman checks into the Bates Motel, Norman’s tempted. Good thing Mother, and her butcher knife, are there to protect him.

 

 

Don’t forget to update your Reading Resolutions page in Beanstack by highlighting this month’s activity badge, to be entered into our end of the month drawing for a $10 gift card. Need help? Give us a call!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Reading Resolutions…The Great Outdoors

Whether its an epic excursion on the high seas, a journey to the deep woods, mountain tops or the land down under, reading can take you on an unforgettable adventure!

Though summer is winding down, you can still enjoy a wild reading getaway, with our August Reading Resolution challenge, The Great Outdoors.

In addition to real-life stories of wilderness exploration and survival, Westerns, and classics such as James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, or Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, you can choose romantic beach reads, horror, thrillers, science fiction, and literary fiction titles. Non-fiction books are a great choice too; including those addressing climate change, marine biology, botany, and other topics related to the natural world.

Here are a few suggested titles:

Literary Fiction

News of the World by Paulette Jiles – In the aftermath of the Civil War, an itinerant news reader is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her relatives in San Antonio. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous.  Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

 

 

 

 

Relationship Fiction

Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe- In the summer of 1974, Charleston socialite Olivia “Lovey” Rutledge takes refuge from social pressures, and her philandering husband at her family’s rustic beach cottage. There, she pursues her passion for studying loggerhead sea turtles, earning her the nickname, Turtle Lady. When biologist Russell Bennett visits to research the loggerheads, their shared interest and knowledge brings them together, and blossoms into love, forcing Lovie to an agonizing decision.

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction

 Atlas of a Lost World: Travels In Ice Age America by Craig Childs- A vivid travelogue through pre-history, that traces the arrival of the first people in North America at least twenty thousand years ago, and describes the artifacts that tell of their lives and fates. Atlas of a Lost World chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans’ chances for survival. A blend of science and personal narrative reveals how much has changed since the time of mammoth hunters, and how little. Across unexplored landscapes yet to be peopled, readers will see the Ice Age, and their own age, in a whole new light

 

 

 

To help you find more books, we’ve created a special online catalog.  Our monthly Reading Resolution display in the Adult Services section has plenty of suggested reads as well. For even more outdoorsy books, be be sure to check out the Hot Days/Cool Reads display near the Reference Desk. Don’t forget to to track your Reading Resolution reads in Beanstack, so you’re eligible for our monthly prize drawing, and for our large drawing at the end of the Reading Resolution Challenge. Not sure how? Give the Adult Services department a call.

Find this badge in your Beanstack account.  Enter the title of the Great Outdoors book you read to change it to color, and be entered in our prize drawings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Reading Resolutions…#OWNVOICES

July’s Reading Resolutions theme is more than a trending hashtag. #OWNVOICES is a broad description for stories of marginalized people, told by authors from those same groups. It’s not only about celebrating diversity in our communities, and our reading choices,  it’s also a way to gain new perspectives and appreciation for those who have been traditionally under-represented.

Our #OWNVOICES online catalog includes fiction and non-fiction written by authors of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, and those with disabilities. The books cut across genre, and include everything from contemporary rom-coms, to hilarious memoirs, science fiction, thrillers, and more. Read on for genre-based suggestions:

If you love romance, try You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria. After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez returns to New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy. A casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez, who is worried about his career after his last telenovela character was killed off. A disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had, so Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. Rehearsal leads to kissing, kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. Will the media spotlight on Jasmine destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret?

Horror fans won’t want to miss Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic.  After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Noemí is an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

A gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood is the sinister setting for Alyssa Cole’s best-selling thriller, When No One Is Watching. Sydney Green’s  beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block–her neighbor Theo. But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. When does coincidence become conspiracy? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other–or themselves–long enough to find out before they, too, disappear?

Groundbreaking science fiction author Octavia Butler’s  work has proven to be chillingly accurate, and her dystopian “Parable” books depict climate change, political extremism, domestic terrorism and more. In The Parable of the Sower, (1993) in 2025, Lauren Olamina and her family live behind the walls of their defended enclave, where Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of others try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. When fire destroys their compound, Lauren is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

Comedian Jessi Klein’s memoir You’ll Grow Out of It offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories–a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her “transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man, ” attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called “ma’am” and “miss” (“Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds”).

Want more suggestions? Stop by the display in the Adult Services department, or ask a staff member for help. And don’t forget to  count your Reading Resolutions books toward Summer Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Reading Resolutions…Read a Romance novel or Love story

Summer lovin’… brides and grooms… the moon in June makes you swoon… if there’s a better month than June to fall in love with a romantic read, we don’t know what it is! That’s why the June Reading Resolutions challenge is to read a romance novel or love story.

If you’re new to romance fiction, you might not be aware that there is a difference between Romance novels and love stories, but the proof is in the book’s ending.

Romance novels end with the couple together, enjoying their Happily Ever After (or in the case of teens, Happy For Now). Well-known Romance authors include Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Palmer, and Debbie Macomber, as well as newcomers such as Farrah Rochon, Helen Hoang, Alyssa Cole and Casey McQuiston.

Find this badge in your Beanstack account. Enter the title of the Romance book you read to change it to color

Love stories… well, just like Erich Segal’s famous 1970 novel “Love Story,” the endings may be bittersweet or even tragic.  Authors known for tearjerker love stories include JoJo Moyes, Jill Santopolo, Nicholas Sparks and John Green. (Danielle Steel and Rainbow Rowell write both HEAs and bittersweet endings). Classics such as Wuthering Heights, and Romeo and Juliet are both considered love stories.

Even if the ending isn’t in doubt, romance fiction offers readers a whirlwind emotional ride, unforgettable characters, and books that cover a variety of settings and subgenres, including contemporary, historical, suspense, fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and inspirational. Some are G-rated, others have more explicit content, so if you’re unsure, an Adult Services staff member can help steer you in the right direction.

We’ve set up a Reading Resolutions online catalog to help your browse from home, and a special display in the Adult Services department, to help you find a book you’ll fall in love with.

Already a Romance fan? Consider joining AAPLD’s Happily Ever After book club, for fans of Romance novels, women’s fiction and chick lit. The group meets the third Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. June’s read is the futuristic romantic suspense novel Naked In Death, by J.D. Robb, the first book in the long-running bestselling “In Death” series. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Reading Resolutions…Read a Romance novel or Love story

Summer lovin’… brides and grooms… the moon in June makes you swoon… if there’s a better month than June to fall in love with a romantic read, we don’t know what it is! That’s why the June Reading Resolutions challenge is to read a romance novel or love story.

If you’re new to romance fiction, you might not be aware that there is a difference between Romance novels and love stories, but the proof is in the book’s ending.

Romance novels end with the couple together, enjoying their Happily Ever After (or in the case of teens, Happy For Now). Well-known Romance authors include Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Palmer, and Debbie Macomber, as well as newcomers such as Farrah Rochon, Helen Hoang, Alyssa Cole and Casey McQuiston.

Find this badge in your Beanstack account. Enter the title of the Romance book you read to change it to color

Love stories… well, just like Erich Segal’s famous 1970 novel “Love Story,” the endings may be bittersweet or even tragic.  Authors known for tearjerker love stories include JoJo Moyes, Jill Santopolo, Nicholas Sparks and John Green. (Danielle Steel and Rainbow Rowell write both HEAs and bittersweet endings). Classics such as Wuthering Heights, and Romeo and Juliet are both considered love stories.

Even if the ending isn’t in doubt, romance fiction offers readers a whirlwind emotional ride, unforgettable characters, and books that cover a variety of settings and subgenres, including contemporary, historical, suspense, fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and inspirational. Some are G-rated, others have more explicit content, so if you’re unsure, an Adult Services staff member can help steer you in the right direction.

We’ve set up a Reading Resolutions online catalog to help your browse from home, and a special display in the Adult Services department, to help you find a book you’ll fall in love with.

Already a Romance fan? Consider joining AAPLD’s Happily Ever After book club, for fans of Romance novels, women’s fiction and chick lit. The group meets the third Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. May’s read is the futuristic romantic suspense novel Naked In Death, by J.D. Robb, the first book in the long-running bestselling “In Death” series. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Reading Resolutions…Read a Young Adult book

Graduation season is almost here, so May is a great month to reflect on transitions; from middle school to high school, and from high school into the world beyond—whether that’s college, a job or another sort of adventure.

It’s also a great month to pick up a Young Adult fiction or non-fiction title.

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Adults, whose coming of age years may be decades in the past, especially those who don’t have teens of their own, may not realize how enjoyable these books can be. But since the goal of Reading Resolutions is to encourage readers to try new and unfamiliar genres, here are a few reasons to give YA a try, courtesy of YA author Janae Marks:

The books are entertaining! Since teens have so many distractions, including the ability to stream a hit movie or TV series straight from their phone, YA books need to grab and hold their attention. In addition to being page-turners, the stories also offer well-developed and relatable characters, compelling plots and vivid world building, which can make a reader feel like they’re living the story, right along with the characters.

They tackle complex themes. Like novels written for adults, YA fiction deals with serious themes, such as substance abuse, sexuality, racism, mental health, suicide, and violence at home, school and on the streets. At the same time, the serious topics are usually balanced by an uplifting, rather than cynical, tone. While the stories and endings aren’t always happy, readers can walk away feeling hopeful.

They’re often “clean” reads. Though there’s frequently a romantic element in YA fiction, books written for teens generally don’t have on-page sex scenes, or excessive swearing. While individual authors may include edgier content, it’s likely to be less explicit than what you’d find in adult genres. In addition, friendships and family ties are as likely as first love, to be at the emotional heart of a YA novel.

Want to know more? Check out Janae’s post here, or visit our online YA catalog to reserve your May Young Adult selection.

Already a YA fan? Consider joining AAPLD’s Forever Young book club, for adult fans of Young Adult literature. The group meets virtually, the second Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. May’s read is Kent State, by Deborah Wiles. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Reading Resolutions…Let’s Get Graphic!

This month’s Reading Resolutions challenge is to read a graphic novel or Manga. While our library has an excellent collection in our Young Adult/Teen area, these books might be less familiar to adult readers.

If you’re wondering what a graphic novel is, the simple answer is that it’s a story told through illustrations. While most people are familiar with comic books, and graphic novels are often referred to as comics, the label is deceptive.  Graphic novels can cover all genres of literature, (including non-fiction!) and aren’t limited to traditional comic book/super hero fare. Graphic novels can also include serialized works, and even illustrated versions of popular novels.

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Manga are Japanese graphic novels and are read from right to left. Manga have a distinctive artistic style and are most often serialized into multi-volume stories.

We’ve created a special collection of graphic novels, which you can browse here , and we’ve also highlighted a few selections by genre. We’re sure you’ll find a great read, but if you’d like a recommendation, be sure to give us a call.

General Fiction

The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard – In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.

Blankets by Craig Thompson – Loosely based on the author’s life, chronicling his journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger – It’s February 12, 1947 and the cráeme de la cráeme of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, is our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins when she is picked by Dior himself to be his model.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle – Victor is mourning the death of his brother, and Nora is coping with the illness she knows will eventually kill her. Readers looking for a tragic romance with moral ambiguities, even those unfamiliar with the DC universe, will appreciate this backstory of one of Gotham’s most notorious criminals.

 

Autobiography and Non- Fiction

March by John Lewis – A  first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – Author and cartoonist Bechdel tells of her childhood with a closeted gay father, who ran a funeral parlor. The book is the basis for a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

Persepolis: the story of a childhood by Marjane Satrapi –The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.

The Beast of Chicago by Rick Geary – The true-crime tale of early 20th century serial killer Herman Mudgett, better known as H.H. Holmes, who was the inspiration for the book The Devil In White City.

 

Novel to Graphic Novel Adaptations

The Giver by Lois Lowry – Now in graphic novel format, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic story of a young boy discovering the dark secrets behind his seemingly ideal world is accompanied by renowned artist P.Craig Russell’s beautifully haunting illustrations.

Octavia Butler’s Kindred by Damian Duffy – Dana is a 1970s black woman repeatedly and involuntarily whisked back in time to a nineteenth-century plantation, where she becomes embroiled in the lives of the people enslaved there, risking everything by educating their children, even as she forms an uneasy and dangerous relationship with her own white ancestor.

Anne Frank’s Diary by Ari Folman – Authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation, this volume beautifully brings to life the inhabitants of the Secret Annex. Although this account has not been adapted verbatim, owing to length, Folman and Polonsky effectively convey the material, and the visuals capture the heartbreak of families in prolonged hiding.

 

 

 

 

 

March Reading Resolutions…Twice Told Tales

When it comes to books that have been made into movies, do you prefer to read the book before you see the movie, or after?

Everyone has an option on the topic (book first fan, here!) but whatever your preference, you’ll love March’s Reading Resolutions theme, which invites you to read a book that’s been made into a movie, a TV series or even rewritten as another book.

While you’re probably familiar with popular adaptations such as Jurassic Park, It, or The Lord of the Rings, why not give one of these books a try for your March read?  Take home the movie to watch before or after, and tell us which you enjoyed most!

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – In 1950s small-town North Carolina, a popular boy falls for the local preacher’s daughter, who hides a devastating secret. The 2002 film stars Shane West and This Is Us’s Mandy Moore.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen– The story of the Dashwood sisters, one ruled by common sense, the other who lives according to her passions, and the men who love them. The 1995 film stars Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.

 

 

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer– A biologist and her team investigate a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to stop the spread of an alien lifeform which threatens the planet. Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac star in the 2018 film adaptation.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. The 2019 film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and musician, Common.

 

 

From Here To Eternity by James Jones – In 1941 Hawaii, Army Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion boxer. But when he refuses to join the base’s boxing team, he gets “the treatment” that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he risks his career to have an affair with the commanding officer’s wife. The classic 1953 film stars Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – One of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. When former Olympic runner turned U.S. Air Forces lieutenant Louis Zamperini’s plane crashes in the Pacific, he draws upon his courage and ingenuity to survive alone on a small raft in open water, and later in a Japanese POW camp. Angelina Jolie directed the acclaimed 2015 film

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Check out more from our special Reading Resolutions Twice Told Tales collection here

 

 

Your February Reading Resolution…And The Winner Is…

February is awards month. It’s time for the Golden Globes, and the Oscars, and also a great month to read  an award-winning book!

In the book world, major awards don’t correspond neatly to one month, but AAPLD’s print and digital collections include winners of all the major literary and genre fiction awards, from 2020 through many previous years.

To help you decide which award winner you might enjoy for your February Reading Resolutions read, here is a list of the book awards represented in our collection and a little about each one:

National Book Award – Presented by the National Book Foundation, whose mission is to “celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.” National Book Award winners in our collection include: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, There, There by Tommy Orange and Leave The World Behind by Ruuman Alam.

Man Booker Prize – One of the two Booker prizes for literature, the Man Booker Prize considers a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Man Booker Prize winners and finalists in our collection include This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangeremba, and The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.

National Book Critics Circle – Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. NBCC winners/finalists in our collection include Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Kirkus Prize – The awards in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature are given annually by Kirkus Reviews, and each award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, making the Kirkus Prize among the most lucrative in the world. Kirkus winners/finalists in our collection include Luster by Raven Leilani, Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham, Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera and the Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante.

Pulitzer Prize – Established in 1907 by publisher Joseph Pultizer to recognize excellent in literature and journalism. Pulitzer prize winners and finalists in our collection include The Nickel Boys by Colin Whitehead, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner.

Women’s Prize For Fiction – one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes, and annually awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom. Winners and Finalists in our collection include Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Domincana by Angie Cruz, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, and Weather by Jill Offill.

Hugo Award– Selected by popular vote of the World Science Fiction Society to recognize excellence in writing, art and publishing. Since 2009, the Hugos have also recognized Science Fiction and Fantasy graphic novels. Winners and finalists in our collection include Monstress (volumes 1-3) by Marjorie M. Liu, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (Hugo for Best Graphic Story), A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Edgar Award– Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America and named for Edgar Allen Poe, the Edgar recognizes excellence in the mystery, thriller and true crime genres. Edgar winners and finalists in our collection include The Devil In White City by Erik Larson, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole, and Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel.

RITA Award – Selected by the members of the Romance Writers of America, this award recognizes excellence in multiple genres of romance fiction. In 2021, the RITA will be replaced by the Vivian, to better reflect the diversity of romance readers and authors. RITA award winners in our collection include Lady In Waiting by Marie Tremayne, A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen, How to Keep A Secret by Sarah Morgan, My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins.

Stonewall Award – Awarded by the American Library Association’s LGBTQ roundtable to recognize excellence in fiction and non-fiction related to the LGBTQ experience. Winners in our collection include Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis, The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

YALSA Notable Book Lists– Fiction titles that exemplify quality literature with appeal to young adults, awarded by the American Library Association, and nominated by readers, librarians and publishers. Winners in our collection include Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker, The Cruel Prince by Ashley Herring Blake

Nebula Award– Recognizes the best works of science fiction and fantasy, selected by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Winners in our collection include The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agatha Award – A relatively new award devoted to the cozy mystery genre and named for author Agatha Christy. Agatha Winners in our collection include Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron, Glass Houses by Louis Penny.

Christy Award – Awarded by Christian publishers to recognize excellence within several genres of Christian fiction. Books in our collection include No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, Life After by Katie Ganshert, The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley

 

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Want to see more of our Award Winning books? Click here to watch the latest edition of the Adult Services New Release Round-Up, and here to access the Reading Resolutions February online catalog.

Once you’ve read your selection, go to the 2021 Reading Resolutions Challenge in Beanstack, select the February Activity Badge (shown above), answer the question. When your badge changes from gray to color, you’re entered in our monthly drawing.

Yes, we know that February is the shortest month, so if you can’t finish your book by the end of the month, no problem. Once a badge is active, it remains active all year. While you’ll miss the monthly drawing, you’ll still earn the badge, which counts toward the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.

Your January Reading Resolution…Famous and Infamous

The 2021 Reading Resolutions Challenge kicks off with the theme “Famous and Infamous,” which invites you to read a biography, autobiography or memoir.

What’s the difference? According to Oxford Languages/Google, a biography is an account of someone’s life written by someone else. An autobiography is an account of someone’s life written by that person. A memoir is similar to an autobiography, in that it’s also an account written by the person who lived it, but a memoir tends to focus on a theme or experience, and how it shaped the person’s life going forward.

Regardless of which you choose, these books can satisfy your craving for larger-than-life characters who celebrate amazing triumphs, or suffer spectacular downfalls. They can deliver page-turning reads that are both entertaining and educational, and like the Challenge title suggests, you can read about heroic, admirable people, the talented but deeply flawed, or the notoriously corrupt and criminal. Famous or Infamous? The choice is up to you.

Find the “Famous and Infamous” activity badge in Beanstack. Read a book, answer a question to turn it into color.

Whether your interests run toward Classic Hollywood, Amazing Athletes, Rock Stars, Memoirs, Supreme Court, Royalty, or Presidents, you’re sure to discover a great story.  Click here to explore our online collection of biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, and place your item on hold. Or give the Adult Services department a call, and we’ll be happy to pull available materials and place them at the Main Library drive-up.

Want to see a few of our newest biographies, autobiographies and memoirs? Click here to watch our Adult Services New Release Round-Up.

Once you’ve read your selection, go to the 2021 Reading Resolutions Challenge in Beanstack, select the January Activity Badge (shown above), answer the question. When your badge changes from gray to color, you’re entered in our monthly drawing.

Can’t finish your book by the end of January? No problem. Once a badge is active, it remains active all year. So while you’ll miss January’s drawing, you’ll still earn the Famous and Infamous badge, which counts toward the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.