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Staff Picks: Books

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

I was just on MelCat, minding my own business, when a message caught my eye. It flashed across the banner on the homepage, and it said "No Flying, No Tights". When I clicked on it, a site full of librarians' recommendations for anime, manga, graphic novels, and other non-superhero related materials opened up. SWEET!

http://noflyingnotights.com/ 

I am always hunting for new titles in these categories. I read about Tokyo Ghoul, and placed a hold through MelCat for the first volume of the manga series. Manga are Japanese comic books. They read from right to left. This supernatural title features flesh-eating ghouls trying to blend into human society to avoid ghoul investigators and stay safe among their own often violent, territorial peers. People know about ghouls; their existence isn't a secret, so they have even more reason to protect their true identities. The main character, Ken Kaneki, unwillingly becomes a part of this dark underground world, and it changes his life forever. Since reading the first volume, I've already received and began reading the second one, and requested the third. The series was made into an anime show, but I can't vouch for it. However, I do highly recommend the manga to teen and adult horror fans. Enjoy!


Telephone by Mac Barnett

Whenever Mac Barnett comes out with a new picture book, it's best to put it on hold and look forward to it! His new book, Telephone, does not disappoint. With beautiful illustrations by Jen Corace, we see the story of birds on a wire trying to tell Peter to "fly home for dinner". But as usually happens in the game of telephone, the message gets re-interpreted many times in ways that will have the kids laughing. In the end, the owl knows best and Peter does indeed fly home for dinner. I can't wait to read this one with KPS First Graders when they come visit this school year!

 


LibraryReads

There is a new display in the rotunda at the Central Library that we hope will become a regular fixture, helping you discover new books and find what to read next. 

LibraryReads is a project that a few librarians came up with around this time last year. They knew that librarians all over the country received books to read and review before they were published so they decided to ask these librarians to submit one title they loved that would be published in the upcoming month. They tallied up the votes and started displaying on their website, “the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.” 

The display will include the books that have appeared on these lists since September 2013. Use the two most recent lists that we have posted at the display to put holds on new, interesting titles that may not have even been published yet.

I find there to be an interesting mix in the books that end up on these lists: mystery, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, literary fiction and nonfiction.

We hope this will become a regular stop on your trips to the library and that you will find books that you love just like librarians across the country.