What We’re Reading

Your library staff did a lot of reading over Spring Break! We’ve thrown together some of our favorites for you.

Ms. Pausch just finished…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Ms. Pausch says, “After reading (and loving) Eleanor and Park, I decided to read Fangirl. It’s a fun read with witty dialogue, Harry Potter-esque fanfic writing, and a protagonist I quickly felt drawn to.”

Ms. Neal just finished…

Locke & Key, Volume #1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

Ms. Neal says, “I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but the idea of a house with doors that can go anywhere really sucked me in–and to find it was also a murder mystery about a family trying to keep it together in a haunted house made the book impossible to put down.” Continue reading