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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

Shannon Hale
5
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Jul 10, 2020

“... If we don't tell strange stories, when something strange happens we won't believe it.”
Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl

Cover of Simone St. James's The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls

Simone St. James
4
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Monday, Jul 6, 2020

One of the best things about working in a library is the regular opportunity to talk about books (and other media) with people. Often, I can provide a recommendation for something else to read or try in those conversations, but it isn’t always a one-way street. Sometimes, patrons put books on my radar that I overlooked, either because the cover or description didn’t grab me, or it’s just outside my usual genre preferences. One of these books was Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls.

Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Anne Tennant, Baroness Glenconner
4
Rated by
Matt I.
Thursday, Jul 2, 2020

British aristocracy has an interesting hold on many people around the world, the closer to the Royal Family and the more intense this interest and scrutiny becomes.

Lady Glenconner served as a maid of honor at the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, and was Extra Lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II's sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, from 1971 until the Princess died in 2002.

Undefeated cover

The Undefeated

Una McCormack
4
Rated by
Anne G
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

In The Undefeated we have a lovely novella with a leisurely pace by Una McCormack. This space opera is an introspective reminiscent view of a sixty-year-old's life. The novella blends science fiction life on other planets, colonialism's rise and fall, and an eerie near-apocalyptic setting.

Monday, Jun 22, 2020

(I discuss the novel, but I have avoided spoilers as best as I can.)

Monday, Jun 15, 2020

Hello and welcome to our look at some new releases in the fiction section at the Johnson County Library! Admittedly, it’s been a while. Normally every month we look at five titles making their debut on the library shelves that we think you absolutely need to know about. However, since the libraries were closed during the pandemic, we had put this list on hold since March, but since we reopened on June 15th, not only are the libraries back, but the list is back as well! Let’s start by catching up with the new releases in June.

Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor
5
Rated by
Anne G
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020

“Lesson one,” Anatov said. “And this is for all of you. Learn how to learn. Read between the lines. Know what to take and what to discard.”
― Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

Books by Karen M. McManus

Books by Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus
5
Rated by
Tiffany R
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mystery fans looking for a new author to binge will want to know the name Karen M. McManus, who hit the New York Times and International Bestseller Lists with her first three published mysteries One of Us is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us is Next. Haven't heard of McManus and wondering why?

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits

James Clear
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Thursday, May 21, 2020

There are a lot of things I start but never finish. I have a lot of good intentions that never really get going. On the flip side, I have some bad habits I have a difficult time breaking myself of. It's easy to feel discouraged and lazy when I can't get myself to follow through and stick with something or to quit something that hinders your life.

Cover art for Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars, featuring a group of women silhouetted against the sky

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal
4
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One of my personal reading goals I set when Covid-19 first started turning things upside down was to read more of the books on my own personal shelves, things I'd bought but not read yet. I wasn't counting on my reading mojo plummeting, and truthfully, as far as timing went, I might have chosen a bit more wisely than to read a book that begins with a cataclysmic event that will likely be a human extinction event in time.

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