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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Twice upon a Time...

Young Adult Fantasy Series

As the colder months approach, you'll want plenty of good books to keep you busy indoors. Why not dive into a new series? And, while you're at it, why not try some fantasy to escape the doldrums of the dark reality of winter? Below, find the books that kick off seven great young adult fantasy series. Some series are complete while others are still in the works, so take your pick and, like a drifting snowflake, get carried away by these immersive stories of the fantastic.

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2018 World Fantasy Awards

Award Winners

This month, the annual World Fantasy Convention was in Baltimore, M.D. The convention is a gathering of professionals, collectors and others in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature.

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Quick Fiction Listens for Your Commute

I have a confession to make--I love audio books, and I especially love the convenience and flexibility of downloading audiobooks to my phone via Overdrive and listening to them on the go--however, (you knew that was coming, right?) I often find it difficult to finish audiobooks before the end of the 3 week checkout period--A Game of Thrones, which clocks in at a cool 34 hours, I’m looking at you.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Witch, Please

YA Novels about Witches to Enchant You

As you prepare for the Halloween season, you might get a hankering for some witchy young adult treats. Give one of these a try, from novels that revisit the Salem Witch Trials to stories relying on new world building and books that reinvent old favorites.

Cover of Flinch.

A Bloody Good Time

Graphic novels featuring ghosts, goblins and other ghouls.

If I had my way, Halloween would be a 6-month affair. I especially love all things spooky. Horror as a genre has generated some of my favorite pieces of media out there, including movies, television, video games, books and especially comics.The following are some of the excellent, horrific graphic novels I've found on our shelves. Make sure you have a blanket, a light and your door locked tight. These pieces won't let you go to sleep too easily afterward. A final aside for you too: all of the following volumes are absolutely, 100% recommended for adults.

The Barrow will send what it may

Odd Libraries

Libraries can be interesting places. I know, because I work in one. Thankfully, however, they usually aren't as odd as the ones listed below. I've always enjoyed the idea of libraries that have interesting little things tucked away, such as the archive at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, where the Ark of the Covenant is sent to disappear. Here are some of the more interesting libraries I've read about in fiction.

Stranger Tides

Take to the Seas!

Nautical Novels & Nonfiction

They say that the sea is a cruel mistress, harsh and fickle. But she is also alluring, holding a beautiful, spellbinding power over many of us that can define entire lives, communities and even empires. Whether you like to keep a respectful distance from the shore or dive headfirst under the waves, it’s hard to deny the power of a good sea song. Below are a few titles that capture the mystery, danger, and grandeur of the ocean, from heart-wrenching to historical, fact to fantasy.  

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Book Recommendations for Fans of Quirky Recent TV

Many would argue that there’s never been a better variety of storytelling available on TV. With a wider variety of platforms, shows can flourish without having to appeal to absolutely everyone. And it can be great, as a fan, to discover that someone else loves a show that’s more of a niche than a giant watercooler hit.  So, as a reader who also loves good TV, here are some quirky recommendations based on my favorite recent, or in some cases recently cancelled, TV shows.

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The Apocalypse!

Zombie style

Zombie horror is a sub-genre that has always piqued my interest. It is an ending to one way of life and an introduction to another for the survivors.  It shows us what it takes to try and survive in an unfamiliar world. Here are some Zombie apocalypse thrillers that are sure to make you wonder if you are cut out to survive one.  Year One by Nora Roberts 

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Add a Little Magic

Novels with a pinch (and sometimes a cup) of magic

Much like the rich tradition of magical realism across the Caribbean and the Americas, the literary use of magic of all forms in everyday settings is alive and well across the world.

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