Shannon’s Season’s Readings

By Shannon Kazmierczak

So, have you been binging on Hallmark movies until your teeth ache because of the saccharin sweetness they provide you? Yep, me too — and I’m loving almost every minute of it.  (No, it’s okay, they aren’t everyone’s jam. If they’re not yours, you can skip this post today).

Having a break in December from my book club also offers me the opportunity to turn this yearning for as much Christmas corn into reading all of the festive holiday books I can get my hands on. 

Some of the books are typical, turned-into-Hallmark-movie type of plots, and others have a little bit more of an edge to them. But if they have “holiday” or “Christmas” in the title or if they even mention snow, I’m there!

These are some of my tried and true favorites from over the years:

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci


A train ride to the true meaning of Christmas for a curmudgeonly reporter.

Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle


A dead Santa, a hot cup of joe, and Christmas in the Big Apple. How cozy!

Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber


Mix-ups and mistletoe for a sweet holiday romance.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo


A serial killer who leaves a sinister snowman as his calling card.

Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin


Scotland in a town built just for Christmas and a reunited romance. This one will melt the snow for sure.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris


If you only read the memoir about his time as a Macy’s elf, it’s worth it.

Great Teen Reads for October

By Allison Riggs

It’s officially my favorite time of year. Halloween is just around the corner, the weather is chillier, pumpkin spice everything is readily available, and football is back. However, the very best part of fall is that it’s also that time of year when mood readers like myself tend to be drawn to certain genres, ones I love giving reading suggestions for.

Readers’ advisory questions are my jam. I love a good challenge of trying to find someone’s next favorite read. As a Teen Librarian, it also helps that I enjoy reading young adult novels. Therefore, I wanted to help other librarians that may not be as familiar with young adult titles by making additional readers’ advisory tools they can use when needed. To jump-start my first of several readers’ advisory posts, I have organized some young adult titles by different popular horror themed categories/readalike suggestions, and I’ve also included some appeal terms to give you a basic idea of what each book entails.

Whether you have patrons looking for zombies, thrills, or gore this fall season, I have a suggestion for them! I hope this list will help you during your next patron interaction, inspire a display, or make you add books to your own TBR pile. Happy reading and recommending!

For fans of the movie Happy Death Day

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (slasher horror, small town murder, page turner, some romance)

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (dystopian, gruesome, suspenseful, fast-paced)

Books with Zombies

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (own voices, historical fiction, emotionally intense)

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (action-packed, world-building, apocalypse)

For fans of the Netflix show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (magic, revenge, small town, mystery, romance)

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (black magic, mystery, LGBTQIA)

Books that Will Keep You Up at Night

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (character-driven, creepy, multiple POVs, LGBTQIA)

The Merciless by Danielle Vega (exorcism, gruesome, graphic horror)

Those Looking for Some Short Stories

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (graphic novel, very creepy)

Monster Girls and Slasher Boys by various authors (gruesome, classic horror)

Thrills and Chills

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (creepy, thought-provoking, unreliable narrator)

Contagion by Erin Bowman (action-packed, pandemic, multiple POVs, science fiction)