Staff and Friends Picks

Having trouble deciding what to read next? Why not scroll through some of our staff and friends' picks! 


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

Scythe is an action-packed trilogy that explores the heavy topic of how does a society control the population in a world where people can live forever? Scythe follows two high schoolers who are forcibly apprenticed by a Scythe, a government sanctioned killer tasked with keeping the population at a manageable level. These two kids will have to attempt to stay true to themselves in the tug-of-war between their new profession and their morality.


Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 1 By Gege Akutami (Created by) Cover Image
By Gege Akutami (Created by)
ISBN: 9781974710027
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 3rd, 2019

Yuji Itadori as a fairly normal high schooler who spends his time with his friends in the occult club. After a series of crazy events, Itadori learns that the spirits he’s been interested in as a joke are actually real and want to kill his friends. Teaming up with a young sorcerer who came looking for a powerful cursed object, Itadori learns that to fight curses, he’ll need to take the cursed object’s power for himself.


Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

Sixteen-year-old Bree is given a once in a life-time opportunity at a residential program for exceptional high school students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, her first night on campus is interrupted by a demon attacking students. While seeking answers about her mother's death and the demon attacks, Bree uncovers a secret society on campus known as the "Legendborn." The Legendborn are descendants of Arthur's Round Table and the sworn protectors of humanity. 

Legendborn is a wild ride that perfectly blends together Southern culture, Arthurian Legends, and Black Girl Magic. It is a perfect read for someone looking to dive into a good fantasy book.


Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Nora Stephens is not the heroine of a romance novel. She is always the blonde, city-loving woman who is left behind when the leading man moves to the country to live out his Hallmark movie fantasy. Or at least that's what she believes until she and her publishing industry rival, Charlie Lestra, happen to meet up in the small town of Sunshine Falls, North Caroline. 

A perfect beach read book about books, romance, and learning to accept yourself.


My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982137649
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 29th, 2022

Stephen Graham Jones latest masterpiece is a brilliant blend of meta horror and speculative fiction.  In this tale, liminal protagonist Jade Daniels escapes the cruelty of real world abuse and bullying through an unorthodox coping mechanism: Horror Movies. When blood starts to actually pour in her local community, Jade alone can correctly predict the outcome of the plot.  Jones once again brings the grim face of realism to a fantastical account of revenge and triumph.  READ THIS BOOK!


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

Clocks measure the ever present imaginary force of time.  Time is the invented substance that assures us of our individual demise.  Still yet, somewhere in the gray area, we pass our thoughts and go on for millennia.  This happens through books, and librarians, the ever present stewards of the stories.  

Cloud Cuckoo Land presents three stories: Past, Present, and Future.  Anthony Doerr masterfully interconnects worlds along the common human themes of the heart, the story, and the Earth.