Personalized Reading Lists: Behind the Scenes

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Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Code Name Verity Painter of Silence Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Over 150 people have used our Personalized Reading List service since we launched in December and we've received a lot of positive feedback. If you've wondered what to expect from a personalized reading list, here's your chance to peek behind the scenes! These recommendations come directly from lists our librarians have made for customers based on their reading preferences.

"Because you liked the intergenerational family connections in Robinson’s Gilead, you may enjoy The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz. Spanning the entire 20th century, Díaz follows a family through a curse that’s passed from generation to generation. Really interesting characters, and though there are tragic aspects to the story, it is not a depressing read."

"Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, is absolutely gripping from the beginning and presents you with some really surprising (but utterly believable) plot twists. It’s told from two different points of view--two young women who work for the British military during WWII. The audio version is really good as well."

"Larry Correia's Hard Magic begins in the 1920s in an alternate history where humans have evolved supernatural talents. A battle between good and evil is being waged. Imagine a steampunk, alternate history version of X-Men, only the mutants are called Actives and they are fighting the Axis of Evil instead of Magneto."

"A title shortlisted for the Orange Prize and worth your time is Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding. A compelling story of survival in communist Romania made more difficult in that the protagonist can only communicate through drawings."

"The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem - On the surface, this gets chalked up as a coming-of-age story set in 70s Brooklyn. Full of vivid imagery and characters, Lethem plays with comic book motifs as well as questions of race, urban environments, and friendship. I like some of Lethem's other works, but this is my favorite."

"How about another hysterical read/listen? Have you come across Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened? Laugh out loud funny. This woman is not afraid to hash out her most embarrassing moments to make you giggle."

"Have you read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov? It is unlike anything I have ever read and, like A Confederacy of Dunces, people either love it or hate it. Bulgakov was a heavily censored writer and his novel was published 20+ years after his death. If you haven't read the book and are game, read it cold...no reviews, nothing."

Are you ready to give it a try? Fill out our online request form today to receive your own personalized reading list!

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