Dark Academia

This week, join Nicole and Laura as they attempt to define dark academia as something other than "vibes." For an actual description, check out this BookRiot article; for a rambling conversation that defines and then quickly contradicts what we just said about dark academia, check out this episode! Listen to the episode on your favourite... Continue Reading →

What We Read on our Summer Vacation

Inspired by the typical back-to-school assignment, join Nicole and Laura as they talk about what they've read this summer! Listen to the episode on your favourite podcast platform by searching for Read This Next or watch on our YouTube channel. Place your TPBL holds for print books through our online catalogue, or search for eBooks through cloudLibrary. For full... Continue Reading →

Staff Review: OCDaniel by Wesley King

I’ve been exposed to children and middle-grade books on a regular basis for many years, but haven’t actually picked many up and read them. I’d heard of Wesley King’s “OCDaniel” for some time now, and finally decided to read it. As a 30-something year old, I can say that this book is fantastic, no matter... Continue Reading →

Agatha Christie Readalikes

Inspired by the recent Kenneth Branaugh adaption of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, we've decided on another mystery episode! Laura's read all the Agatha's; Nicole has read none. Listen to some rambling from Laura about her favs, then get some reading suggestions of other reads that recall Agatha's plot-dense style. For more mystery recs,... Continue Reading →

New and Upcoming Fiction (Feb. 2022)

Click on the title of the book to place a hold! Becoming My Sister - V.C. Andrews Like everyone else in Palm Springs, Gish idolizes her smart, beautiful, kind older sister. Even their parents compare Gish unfavorably to Gloria—threatening to send her to boarding school once the more perfect sister leaves for college. But Gloria... Continue Reading →

New and Upcoming Fiction (Dec. 2021)

Click on the title of the book to place a hold! W.E.B. Griffin: Rogue Asset - Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson The secretary of state has been kidnapped by Islamic extremists and his only hope for survival is a reconstituted Presidential Agent team in this revival of W. E. B. Griffin's 'Presidential Agent' series. __________________________ All I... Continue Reading →

Mysteries

All different kinds of mysteries this week! We've got YA, Agatha-Christie inspired, dark suspenseful thrillers, and more. Two side notes this week: we included The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse as a pick, and it is a well-reviewed title (by some outlets, although Kirkus ends their review with an understated "Oh dear"). As stated in the... Continue Reading →

Closed Circle Mysteries

Laura picked the topic this week, so we're digging into one of her favourite tropes: the locked room mystery. Of course, the first thing we learned was that Laura had been using that term wrong: a locked room mystery technically only applies to mysteries featuring literal locked rooms. She was thinking of symbolic locked rooms... Continue Reading →

Read This Next – Best of 2020 Part 2

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara Nine-year-old Jai lives with his family in the smoggy, polluted slum of an Indian city. Applying the techniques he’s seen on true-crime TV shows and appointing himself the leader, Jai and his friends Pari and Faiz investigate a classmate’s disappearance. The trio encounter indifferent police, street... Continue Reading →

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