#WorthReading: Flights of Fantasy

According to an article “Why are Adults Reading YA books” on http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/ a little more than half of the reading audience are adult readers. In fact, “A 2012 survey found that 55% of YA readers are adults. In fact, the largest (and growing!) segment in the market for YA literature are adults aged between 30 and 44 years (which accounts for 28% of all sales).” In just the last 10 years of working in the public library, I’ve noticed a significant increase on amount of new YA books that have been added to…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Return to Yourself by Escaping

Reading for me is, above all, an escape. Not necessarily from this reality, though. I prefer to visit other universes or realms but even a slight change in scenery (a different continent, a different decade) will do just fine.  The following books have stayed in my mind for years. They make me reexamine the art of world-building, both in writing and the kind that unfolds inside thoughts. The world looks different each time I read.  Watership Down by Richard Adams The Premise: After Fiver has a vision of his neighborhood in flames, he…continue reading →

#WorthReading: Tour de France

Photo courtesy of Pixabay From July 6-28, 2019, cyclists will compete in the rigorous Tour de France.  This year’s route covers 3,351 kilometers or 2082 miles, starting in Brussels, Belgium and finishing, as always, in Paris France.  While cycling as a professional sport is not as popular in the United States as it is in Europe, many Americans do enjoy watching the Tour.   JTCC Libraries has some #worthreading titles about the Tour de France and the sport of cycling.   Tour de France 100 by Peter Cossins Midlothian GV1049.2.T68 C67 2013   Tour…continue reading →

#WorthReading – Mysteries

Summer keeps marching on and the hot evenings are a great time to delve into a great book. Here are some more #worthreading titles from JTCC Libraries. For true crime lovers: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara What is it: A thorough account of the decades-long search for the serial rapist & murderer dubbed the Golden State Killer Why you should read it: Author Michelle McNamara creates a readable, engrossing book out of a horrific spree of terror by intertwining the…continue reading →

#WorthReading – Kid Books Everyone Can Love

I never cease to be amazed at the amount of quality content that’s out there for children to read these days. It seems like the amount of material has tripled – maybe even quadrupled – since I myself was a kid. And the topics that these books tackle... it’s quite amazing. Don’t get me wrong – we've still got our Nancy Drew and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but hidden amongst those huge names are some gems that touch on important topics. Plus, they are still incredibly readable. These three books are just…continue reading →