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Mile High With A Vampire

Movie vs. Book

Providing books that are similar to current popular movies!

The old conversation over whether movies are better than books feels older than time -- and yes I’m definitely #teambook! So for this list I thought it might be helpful to provide book recommendations based on popular movies that are currently in the theater. I hope that you enjoy this list and find a new book to read during the remainder of your summer holiday!

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The Intimidating Book Club: In Search of Lost Time

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Overview of The Intimidating Book Club Intended for those who have always wanted to read that one classic novel of gargantuan proportions but never did (or didn't finish). This group will read a notoriously lengthy book widely considered a classic, section by section, and meet monthly at 6:30 p.m. ET for a minimum one-hour discussion that may last through 8 p.m. Together, we'll get to the finish line. One word at a time.

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International Booker Prize: A reading discussion group

Please join me and others as we read and discuss novels that have won the Booker International Prize! We will meet virtually every other month at 6:30 PM ET beginning August 9, 2022. Meetings may last one to one and half hours. The first series will focus on winners from 2016-2018. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 The Vegetarian by Han Kang Translated by Deborah Smith

Sea of Tranquility

Road Trip Reads with The Washington Mystics

Make the miles fly by with these great audiobooks that have come out this year!

This summer, as a part of Discover Summer, DC Public Library is hitting the road with the Washington Mystics with some great audiobooks that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. July's theme is Road Trip Reads. We have selected some fabulous audiobooks for adults that have come out this year that will help make the miles fly by. Happy Listening!

Jane and the Year without a Summer cover

Spring Mix Staff Picks

Amateur detectives return for new adventures and mysteries to solve and women rule in these novels and non-fiction books. Below are a few I've read and enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron

Shakespeare Society

Shakespeare Society: The Romances

The Shakespeare Society is a monthly Shakespeare reading and discussion group. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. We intend to read and discuss every single Shakespeare play in series-order, grouped in several series reflecting his tragedies, comedies, problem plays, romances and histories. There is no preferred edition. The West End Neighborhood Library's adult services librarian will facilitate the discussion. The group will continue to meet virtually. Please email for additional details.

The Giver of Stars

Historical Fiction based on Little Known Events 

This is a list of historical fiction that is based on interesting events and people that should be talked about more. These books have both great stories and have a fascinating history in them.  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

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Hair-Raising Historical Horror

Five eerie tales of the past

Historical fiction has gained a momentum of popularity recently, possibly due to the rise of period drama shows on TV and streaming services. Many of these shows focus on interpersonal relationships or the social mores of the time. However, sometimes it can be interesting to read how a protagonist handles a terrifying, supernatural situation without modern conveniences such as cell phones or cars. Here is a list of historical fiction that brings both the past and the supernatural together.

Star Wars day Lego sculptures made by patrons

May The 4th Be With You

Star Wars Day at Parklands-Turner

This past May 4th was cause for celebration, as Parklands-Turner ushered in Star Wars Day! This was undeniably a day to remember for a number of our patrons who enjoy Star Wars. Led by our branch manager Kendra Jordan, patrons competed in a Star Wars-themed Lego building contest, competing for various prizes of treats. Check out some of the unique creations that were thought up!   

The Most Dangerous Duke in London Cover

Historical Enemies to Lovers

Bridgerton Read-A-likes

If you’re a Bridgerton fan, you probably have already devoured the second season. If you need something to tide you over, what better than historical romances featuring enemies (or rivals) who fall in love? Here are a few great stories with this trope.