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 →


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 – Haunted Places

Notes from the fall 2020 edition of Read This Next. Watch this and past episodes on the TBPL Facebook page or YouTube channel. Visit our online catalogue to place holds on these titles. Not sure how to place holds? Visit this Guide for details. Haunted House Classics The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson:... Continue Reading →

Readers’ Advisory – Thrillers

In need of a fast-paced novel, full of twist and turns, thrills and spills? Try one of these on-the-edge-of-your-seat page turners. *(CL) means that these titles are also available through Cloud Library, but if you prefer the hard copy version, they're all available for loan, unless otherwise indicated. Simply place a hold on any items... Continue Reading →

Interview with Bob Mayer

Bob Mayer is the grandfather of two future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines, a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret and the feeder of Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published and sold over 5 million, including the #1 series Time Patrol, The Green Berets, Area 51,... Continue Reading →

Riverdale Readalikes

If you love the juicy secrets, killer twists, and intense relationships in the community of Riverdale, pick up one of these suspenseful YA books featuring small towns with dark and deadly secrets. Click on the book title to place your TBPL hold! Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu: When eleven-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue... Continue Reading →

Small Casts, Big Suspense

Focusing on just a few characters, these YA thrillers and mysteries are packed with subterfuge, subtle clues, and lots of tension. Click on the book title to place your TBPL holds! The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab: Former best friends Ariel and Sera must work together to survive when terrorists attack Ariel’s birthday, intent... Continue Reading →

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