Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently!
I’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.
The Queen’s Assassin, Melissa de la Cruz (YSF DEL)
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice.
Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman (first book Scythe) (YSF SHU)
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (FIC JAC)
A deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the dramatic struggle that ensues when an unexpected visitor interrupts their unusual way of life.
The Selection, Kiera Cass (YSF CAS)
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
Reflection, Elizabeth Lim (YFIC LIM)
When Shang is grievously harmed by a blow meant for her, Mulan, still disguised as Ping, travels to the Underworld with Shang’s lion guardian to bring him back.
The Last Magician, Lisa Maxwell (YSF MAX)
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic–the Mageus–live in the shadows, hiding who they are from the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power–and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order–and the Brink–before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
The Witches, Roald Dahl (JFIC DAH)
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (305.896 BALDWIN JAMES)
A plea and a warning to citizens to examine the actual state of America after a century of emancipation.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (FIC LEE)
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout’s carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.
Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (YFIC ROW)
Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, two seasonal best friends organize ultimate Halloween plans to celebrate their last working year together.
The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (YFIC TUR)
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Hello guys, gals, and other pals! Today I wanted to compile a list of scary books for brave people to read this Halloween!
The Twisted Book Of Shadows- Many Authors
Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process, none of the editors had any idea who the authors were, nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore and hellish futures.
Pet Sematary- Stephen King
When a little boy’s pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetery, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins.
Beautiful Darkness- Fabien Vehlmann
A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic. Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous as petty rivalries and factions form.
The Exorcist- William Peter Blatty
I mean… you know… scary.
Imaginary Friend- Stephen Chbosky
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.
Anyone who reads knows stories have real power. Today I’ll be talking about that, and the science behind it!
First of all, humans interact with the world through stories. We are a compilation of the stories we most identify with. If you think you are smart, you are telling yourself a story about being smart. Our self-perception and the way we interact with others is all based on the stories we tell ourselves.
This is so important because if we have an incomplete story about a group of people, we may be led to conclusions that simply aren’t true. If we read more, we can understand things from differing perspectives rather than just one.
Secondly, stories help us learn. When we hear stories, we learn in more dimensions. Trying to learn through bullet points is like looking at the world in black and white. We see the information, and put it in our brains. Learning through stories is color! Not only do we get the facts, we get the experience tied with it, which can give a whole new meaning. Human brains work in a cause and effect way. Stories are told the same way we experience life, which makes them invaluable.
On top of all of that, stories activate parts of our brain as if we were actually participating in the story! When study participants read a sentence about a boy kicking a soccer ball, their motor cortex lit up. We take emotions from stories as well, and can share them! That’s why when you watch a movie where a character dies, you feel sad. The director told the story in such a way that you identified with it, even though it’s not about you.
When someone tells you a story, they are inviting you into their mind. You get to see their perspective, their feelings, and their thoughts. You can see yourself in their shoes, even just for a bit.
Hello ladies, gentlemen, and other assorted fellows!
Reston Regional Library is doing a book bingo this month, and it’s super fun! All you have to do is read a row of three books (up, down, or diagonal), and email firstname.lastname@example.org your completed board!
Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote! Read one or two essays or the whole book of Women Making History: the 19th amendment created by the United States National Park Service. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online or call your local library branch to have them help you! Please read at least one of the essays in the book so you can share and discuss the journey women took to get the right to vote and how important voting is today. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registrants one day before the event. To use Zoom you will need a computer or smart phone and an internet connection, or join by telephone. Log in to the meeting up to 15 minutes before the start time. Ages 12-18. R. Registration is required.
Download a bingo card and read along. Get three books in a row and we’ll enter you into a drawing for prize! Submit your completed bingo to email@example.com Ages 12-18. Continue reading though October with this activity!
Missing trick or treat? Have a great costume, but can’t show it off? Come to our virtual Halloween party! We’ll play Halloween jeopardy, admire each other’s costumes, and maybe tell a spooky story or two.
A league for young gamers to get together via Zoom and play games like DOTA 2, Fortnite, OverWatch and League of Legends. A biweekly get together where we discuss gaming, safe practices, and league ev…
In old-timey France, witches are the vermin of the street. Men trained to kill them are all over the place, with blue jackets, and the title of Chasseurs. Reid Diggory is one of them, and he has sworn his life to exterminating the witches of France. What he doesn’t know is that he is married to one. Lou is a Dame Blanche, a white witch, and her mother is the most powerful one of them all, which is why Lou is running from her. When Lou is caught stealing a magical ring, she is forced to marry Reid or face the punishment.
Of course, as a hidden witch and a witch hunter, they barely tolerate each other in the beginning. That is until they start to warm up to each other with the help of a Chasseur in training, Ansel. With Lou’s mother on the loose and the Archbishop of the Chasseurs hiding a secret, they are constantly in danger. Can they protect each other, or will Lou be lost forever? In this slow-burning enemies to lovers story, you will discover that perhaps differences aren’t such a bad thing. In the end, they may be the very thing that keeps you alive. Shelby Mahurin’s debut novel is full of everything you could ask for from a fantasy book: romance, magic, and hope. Serpent & Dove will force you to reevaluate your point of view and look at the world differently.