Book Reviews

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RPL’s “Best of the Best” of 2018

Posted about 4 days ago by Natalie Draper
2018, what a great year for books! What year isn’t, really, but some years feel special. This year my personal list of favorites was 31 titles long. While I work […]
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So many new books, so little time

Posted about 2 months ago by Natalie Draper
The trouble with being a busy sort of person in a profession where one finds oneself surrounded at all times by books is the endlessly frustrating reality of never having […]
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Summer Reads to Give You the Chills (Teen Edition)

Posted about 5 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
I don’t know about you, but in the summer I typically like to read some good beach reads.  This year, however, I just haven’t been feeling it. So I decided […]
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Mental Health Books for Teens

Posted about 7 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan, I will admit, is a hefty book.  It is long and it is deep but it captivated me from page […]
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Social Justice Books for Teens

Posted about 7 months ago by Jennifer Deuell
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I recently read the book Dear Martin by Nic Stone and was captivated by its powerful portrayal of a young black teen’s experiences with racism and police brutality in the […]
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Staff Picks: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Posted about 7 months ago by Natalie Draper
It’s finally May (May the 4th be with you!) so if you’re like us, you’re already picking out your summer books for parks, beach, and plane reading. Aren’t you? Well, […]
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A different kind of haunting

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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Two of the best books I’ve read this year will haunt me for a long time: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann “History, is a merciless judge.” This […]
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Reading to meet new and interesting trees

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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It occurred to me recently that I should be keeping track of the trees I encounter, often before leaving the first page, while reading a novel. A strong visual and […]
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Literary Travels: Minneapolis and points north

Posted about 1 year ago by Natalie Draper
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Virginia is hot as blazes in July so why not take a literal, or at least literary, journey to a cooler place? You don’t have to leave to get the […]
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A Book Worth Finishing

Posted about 1 year ago by Jonah Butler
Not long ago Goodread put out an infographic about finishing books. In their survey they discovered that somewhere around 38% of people who read will finish a book no matter […]
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