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We're always happy to talk about what we're reading or watching, but Read Across America Day on March 2 gives us another excuse! This annual initiative is a huge celebration of reading that takes place throughout the entire country, so grab a book (an audiobook totally counts, too!) and a spot on the couch. We hope you make a little time to read every day!

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With Teeth (2021)

by Kristen Arnett

This is the story of marriage, motherhood and womanhood told through an unflinchingly queer lens with humor, heart and plenty of uncomfortable truths. Kristen Arnett has a gift at writing fully formed, fully flawed characters that resonate and cause readers to think and reflect. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager


Good Neighbors (2021)

by Sarah Langan

I blazed through this book over the weekend - it was impossible to put down. Like so many currently popular domestic thrillers, this one pulls back the façade of the perfect suburban family, and Langan proves fearless in how dark she is willing to go. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager


The Maid (2022)

by Nita Prose

This clever murder mystery features a likable protagonist and intriguing plot. I am finding it to be a real page-turner! — Allison Bies, Fiction Librarian


Doomsday Book (1992)

by Connie Willis

This award-winning time travel novel finds a female college student transported back to the Middle Ages, with all its inherent risks. Set in 2054 but written in 1992, the book is eerie in its timeliness because the characters are trying to contain an airborne viral pandemic. How did Willis know? — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant


Thieves' Dozen (2004)

by Donald E Westlake

For your mid-winter fun reading, try this one. Twelve stories about Donald E. Westlake's most beloved scam artist protagonist, John Dortmunder. It will keep you laughing and scratching your head asking, "How did he do that?" — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


Firekeeper's Daughter (2021)

by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is the winner of the 2022 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults and the 2022 winner of the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. I was intrigued and wanted to see what made it such a standout and was sucked into the story, which is set in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s upper Peninsula, in the Native American Ojibwe community. Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine is biracial, an unenrolled tribal member and the child of a scandal who never quite fits in with either her white mother’s family or her indigenous family. A shocking act of violence in her community shakes her and she is determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on in her town. This is a great thriller/mystery steeped in Native American culture that I really enjoyed. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager


Huda F Are You (2021)

by Huda Fahmy

This fictionalized graphic memoir follows teenager Huda as she struggles to fit in at her new high school while figuring out what her own interests really are. I'm pretty sure this is going to be one of my top favorite graphic novels I read in 2022, and it's only February. It's charming, humorous and relatable. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian


The Hating Game (2022)

by Vertical Entertainment

I watched The Hating Game over the weekend and I really enjoyed it. It was in my queue to watch since it was adapted from the book by Sally Thorne which I read a couple years ago. I am also a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, so the starring of Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery) was an added bonus! — Dina Ragano, AV Librarian