Shelf Life

My bookish bucket list

Lawrence Public Library Staff

I’m fascinated by the concept of bucket lists. Few things fascinate me more than hearing what other people consider to be must-have life experiences, mostly because the range of “must-have” encompasses so much. I have a general life bucket list (see the Northern Lights; go sky-diving; walk the Camino De ...

3 favorite books I'm dying to read again

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Okay, so “dying” is quite an exaggeration, but sometimes hyperbolic language is necessary when you’re really really excited to crack open one of your favorites. Lately, more and more, I have been inspired to revisit some old friends of mine, rather than discovering new books. There is something ultimately comforting ...

YA Backlist: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Whatever happened to steampunk? According to some sources, this subgenre of science fiction that incorporates industrial steam-powered machinery from the 19th century in alternative histories was “over” in 2010. Others might say last year. In this YA Backlist post, I’m taking a look back at Scott Westerfeld's young adult contribution ...

Don't forget the Bootleg Series

Lawrence Public Library Staff

There’s no dearth of Bob Dylan’s music. Last year the septuagenarian, Nobel laureate, singing-songwriting extraordinaire released yet another LP. That brings him to a total of 37 studio albums, 58 singles, 11 live “albums” — some of which, such as the 32-disc "The 1966 Live Recordings," defy any conventional definition ...

Is a book a sandwich? "Super Extra Grande" edition

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Just over 100 miles separate the United States and Cuba. Yet, as history would have it, the two nations have carried on a messy and surprisingly limited relationship. Setting aside the geopolitics of the real world — for now — leaves us with a sadly restrained amount of cultural cross-pollination. ...

A Court of Thorns and Roses: An Ending Done Right

Lawrence Public Library Staff

There is nothing more satisfying for me as a reader then reaching the end of a book that has a fist-pumping ending. A book where every single character gets an ending that resonates with their trajectory. There aren’t any outstanding “what the heck just happened?” questions floating around in your ...

Reading Water, Hearing Trees

Lawrence Public Library Staff

It’s Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday! In honor of the man who’s mostly famous for sitting by a pond, here’s a look at a few recent books that might be of interest – whether or not you choose to go to the woods, build a cabin, and live deliberately. Some ...

Our new friend Libby

Lawrence Public Library Staff

It’s no secret how much I love Hoopla. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about it at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the bar, the laundromat … pretty much anywhere.) It’s just so easy to use, and I’m a bit of a ...

Into the woods: a different take on beach reads

Lawrence Public Library Staff

When I was growing up, “going on vacation” was synonymous with “going to the beach.” Every summer, my parents loaded me and my brothers in our beat-up Ford Aerostar — books and Barbies in tow for yours truly — and trekked seven hours straight south from our house in Alabama ...

Summer soundtracks

Lawrence Public Library Staff

Ah, summer. Grown-up summer has a lot going against it. The days of three month summer vacation are long gone, and the electricity bill is higher than ever. The humidity leaves your shirt sticking to your back the moment you step outside, and getting into your car will cook you ...

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