August is the Month to Read Romance

The Geography of You and Me book cover.Did you know that August is National Romance Awareness Month? While the origins of NRAM are unclear, if you like romance novels any excuse is good enough to read one! Whether you enjoy classic love stories, thrilling romances, or stories about unlikely matches, the library has something for everyone.

Here are a few suggestions from the JMRL catalog that came out this earlier this year:

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – Stuck in an elevator during a blackout in New York City, Lucy and Owen manage to escape and spend the rest of the blackout bonding on the darkened streets, a night they remember with longing when their respective lives separate them. Continue reading

Dogs in Fiction

The Art of Racing in the Rain book coverWe’re headed for the “dog days” of summer now that August has begun, but speaking of dogs, there are many that have inspired heart-felt, adventurous or even terrifying stories that have become classics over time. Dogs play a huge role in the lives of many humans and naturally have become a big part of our literature as well.

Here are a few books from the JMRL catalog that star these furry, domesticated creatures:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – A dog decides that when he dies and returns to earth as a man, he will model his behavior after his beloved owner, a race car driver. Continue reading

Best Graphic Novels for 2014

Will & Whit book coverDo you miss reading books with pictures as a kid? Well, graphic novels are much like picture books for teens, or even adults.

If you’ve never checked out a graphic novel before and are looking for a good place to start, the following books are from the list of 2014 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association and are available at through the JMRL catalog:

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge – Wilhelmina “Will” Huxstep – a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy – crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark, which she is forced to confront when a hurricane blows through her town at the end of a summer. Continue reading