What We're Reading in August, 2019

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Friday, Aug 30, 2019

If you’ve missed out on what our staff have been reading, watching, or listening to, our Staff Picks Blog is a great place to catch up, and be sure to check in the catalog for the lists our staff have made – these lists consist of topics and genres linked together by a specific theme, so when you’re done with one book and you want to jump into something similar, we’ve got you covered.

August is “Read a Romance Month,” and our staff are great sources for romances that range from the sweet to the fog-your-eyeglasses kind. Hebah likes romances consisting of fake relationships that blossom into real ones, and assembled a list of some of her favorites in this list.) Also, she played around with NoveList, which is a fiction database that recommends books by similar themes and genres, free to use with your library card. She wrote about her experiences searching for her favorite romance tropes – and found several more awesome titles to put on her To Be Read pile, and how you can use it, too.

Kari had taken a break from reading romance novels, but recently got back into the game and discovered a flurry of titles that reenergized her love for the genre. Read her story and be sure to try some out if you think that romance novels only consist of roguish dukes and ripped bodices. (Although there ARE some of those, too.)

Switching gears, Lisa loves psychological thrillers and wrote about the newest dark and twisty novel from author Lisa Jewell. If you like thrillers – and not just of the psychological kind – Stefanie made a list of under-the-radar picks that have come out in the past few years.

If you’ve seen trailers for the new Cate Blanchett movie "Where’d You Go, Bernadette?" Tiffany has a review of the novel by Maria Semple to get you warmed up - because when the film does come out, everyone will be clamoring for a spot on the hold list, whereas you will have already read it.

Caitlin knows that immigrants get the job done and made a list of movies featuring the immigrant and refugee experience in Hollywood films. She’s been quite busy this month, as she also created a list of garden books – novels, biographies, and non-fiction featuring gardens, perfect as we approach fall, as many of us will have to say goodbye to our own gardens and backyards as the weather turns colder.

Matt gave us a great look at the New Western genre – if all you know about Westerns is old movies and Louis L’Amour novels, it’s absolutely time to take another look. If you’re into looking ahead, make sure to check out Gregg’s monthly review of fiction titles that will be coming your way. (We like to be the one in our book group who knows about the next WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING before everyone else does.)

Thanks, everyone! If you're ever looking for a great book to read - or several great books to read, for that matter - be sure to ask your friendly neighborhood Johnson County Library staff member for advice.

Gregg W.

Written by Gregg W.

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