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Library Blog

Need reading recommendations? Check out the blog posts below!

Posts are shared every Wednesday. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed.


  Jazmin writes about nonfiction (self-help), graphic novels, YA fiction, and audiobooks.
  Zoe writes about YA fiction, manga, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
  Kim writes about nonfiction (true crime, disasters, investigative journalism, pop culture, history), thrillers, YA magical realism, science fiction, dystopias, and graphic novels/manga.

Plus! We have guest bloggers from our branches every month to share their latest reads!  


October 5, 2022

Twelve-year-old Esperanza Cordero relocates from an apartment to a neighborhood (the barrio) in Chicago with her parents and three siblings. At first, Esperanza feels shame about her home, but as the barrio raises her, she's taught lessons from hips to self-acceptance. A year in the life of a young girl in a low-income neighborhood, we patiently tag along as Esperanza understands the world around her in prose-poetry vignettes.

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September 28, 2022

I had never read a self-help book all the way through until I read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, M.D. The Four Agreements is an easy read considering the simple language and its length—only 145 pages. There’s a million sources out there that say “Be kind to yourself,” but The Four Agreements stands out because it is practical. It explains why being kind to yourself is simply pragmatic. It also provides a guide on how to be kind to yourself. It aligns with what I had learned about psychology and spirituality from different sources.

Read the full post by Melanie

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September 21, 2022

Growing up with her survivalist family in rural Idaho, Tara Westover didn't have the time--let alone the opportunity-- to wonder what it meant to grow up on an isolated mountainside. She and her seven siblings assisted their temperamental father with his scrapyard business near the family farm. Without the proper protections, Tara and her siblings would treat any serious occupational injuries with medicinal herbs prepared by their mother, who worked as an unlicensed mid-wife. The Westovers avoided public schools and hospitals. 

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September 14, 2022

Book of Night is Holly Black's debut adult novel. Known and loved for her YA novels about the fae, I largely expected Book of Night to be a more mature version of her other work. But I was pleasantly surprised when it went down a much darker road, with not a faerie in sight.  

Book of Night follows Charlie Hall, a renowned thief who's trying to go straight. These days she has a respectable job, a respectable boyfriend, and she's putting as much distance as possible between her and her old life of crime.

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