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The Tournament of Books 2017

Every year, I get excited to fill out my brackets in March. However, more than basketball, I get excited about my book brackets! Last year, I highlighted some of my favorite books from past Tournament of Books, but this year I wanted to talk about some of my favorites from this year's contest. I haven't read them all yet - yes, librarians have to wait for holds, too, but here are some of my favorites of the ones I have read!  

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #3: Read a book about books

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Things Fall Apart

Historical...ish Fiction

A little bit of history with a dash of magic and monsters

What can be called historical fiction? The lines are somewhat blurry and open to interpretation. How long ago do the events in the book have to take place?

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison

One and Done Fantasy Novels

Fantasy novels generally come as part of a larger series.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mars Attacks!

Mars, the red planet, named for the Roman god of war, has often captivated and inspired literature, as wide and varying as space western, scientific survival story, classic science fiction, philosophical novel, and popular dystopia. Here are what I consider essential Martian tales.

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ICEBERGS -- Adult Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. 

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Future of the Past

Books about the future, written in the past

Recently I was reading the book The Wonderful Future That Never Was and I started to think about books that were written about the future.

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Who Needs Sleep When You Can Read?

Page-turners to keep you burning the midnight oil

Whether you're stuck in a book rut or just want to test the limits of how little sleep a person can survive on, reach for these books to keep you glued to every page and furiously reading until dawn. Library power user tip for the books everyone's reading at the same time: if there's too many holds on the physical book, try getting the ebook, eaudiobook, or audiobook instead. Ebooks are automatically returned when they're due, so the hold queue usually moves along faster. 

11/22/63 by Stephen King

What if Kennedy Hadn't Been Assassinated?

...and Other Presidential Alternate Histories

With Hulu’s new miniseries, 11.22.63, premiering this month, viewers have a chance to see a JJ Abrams-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel about a man who travels back in

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