Dawn by Octavia Butler

This book is one of the most unusual works of literature that I have ever read. There are multiple layers to unpack, while reading. It explores not only what it would be like to be involved in an alien “abduction” …

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Excited About Kanopy?

I have known about Kanopy for awhile, as a video streaming service, and I am actually SO EXCITED that we are now to our patrons it at the library!

If you have used Hoopla before, this is a similar model …

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Harry Potter at Home

Have you been wishing to escape away into a magical fantasy land lately? I know have.

J.K. Rowling has launched a movement called Harry Potter at Home, making the series far more accessible to everyone as we navigate …

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Realm of Dragons by Morgan Rice

Do you like mediaeval-esque kingdoms, sorcerers, dragons, and a varied assortment of intriguing characters?  Morgan Rice’s Realm of Dragons is the first installment in a series that is likely to become a sprawling fantasy epic. The book drops in on …

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett is an eerie look into a fictional cult-like society where young women are thought to gain a wicked magic when they reach womanhood.

When a girl turns 16, the entirety of her future …

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe, by Madeline Miller is unlike any book I’ve ever read.

As mortals, grasping the feeling of the languid drudgery of living on and on for thousands of years seems inconceivable. Nevertheless, somehow, Miller gives us a taste of …

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Muse: Simulation Theory

As a longtime Muse fan, I have high expectations for each new release. The thing that stands out about this band is their originality in sound and unique subject matter. While some of their songs can be the typical cliché …

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Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld begins a new series based in the same universe as his most popular work: The Uglies series. Where Uglies begins in a seemingly idyllic setting, Impostors takes place after the wool has been removed from the …

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sarah Henning’s debut novel, Sea Witch, is different from most fairy tale inspired young adult novels. It’s a unique telling of an origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid.…

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Grow Something Different to Eat by Matthew Biggs

Are you interested in changing up your garden, but are not sure where to start? Grow something Different illustrates how to grow fun and unique fruits and vegetables without fear. This is not your typical grocery store produce. The book …

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation is truly singular science fiction novel that uses description and perspective to make the reader feel as bewildered and fascinated with the landscape as does its first person narrator. The setting is that of an inexplicably altered piece of …

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Robert Plant: Carry Fire

Robert Plant continually manages to change up the sound of his music without compromising quality. While he may not have the vocal range he once did, it does not detract from this album.

Longtime fans of Plant will not be …

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Seed Exchange

For over 12,000 years, humans have been farming.

Today we have access to thousands of varieties of useful, life sustaining plants that exist only because farmers and gardeners have grown them, saved the seeds, and grown them again. Our favorite …

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The Soul of an Octopus

Naturalist Sy Montgomery chronicles science’s growing recognition of the unique intelligence of the Giant Pacific Octopus.

When kept in captivity, the octopus needs to be kept occupied through puzzles and other complex entertainment. If they become bored, they will stop

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Taking place in a futuristic Beijing, sixteen-year-old cyborg Cinder supports her lazy step-family by working as a mechanic at the town marketplace. Cinder finds herself in unusual circumstances when the prince of New Beijing comes to her market stand, desperately

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What If?

Is there enough energy to move the entire current human population off-planet?

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is an insightful and intelligent book that takes the question “What if?” to an …

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Dorothy Must Die

I didn’t know what was Good or Wicked anymore. All I knew was what was right.

Dorothy Must Die is a dark fantasy written by Danielle Paige, derived from the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, by …

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Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

The young adult novel, Man Made Boy tells a tale of trolls and nymphs, robots and dragons, living throughout the United States, and having to hide from the non-magical public. The story looks from the point of view of 17-year-old …

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