Staff Faves

Discover what we love to read and watch. Ask us for suggestions on what you should read or watch next. We review books on our Current Picks blog and movies and music on our Shows 'n Tunes blog. We also create lists on popular book and movie topics. Why? Because we have a passion for making recommendations for you. 

 

catherinetCatherine T.

Fantasy, Classics, Romance, Historical Fiction, Comedy
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emilyEmily A.

Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Microhistories, Animation, Current Films, Video Games
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heatherHeather F.J.

Audiobooks, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Junior, Memoir, Nonfiction

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jacksJack S.

Graphic Novels, Games, Video Games, Junior, Teen

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Jennifer A.Jennifer A.

Novels, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Historical, Romantic Comedy, Sports

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JimmyJimmy D.

Novels, Short Stories, Graphic Novels, Memoir

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joepJoan M.

Fiction, True Story, Historical Fiction, Mystery

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joepJoe P.

Adventure, Teen, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Nonfiction

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marypMary P.

Novels, Historical, Mystery, Women's Fiction, Comedy & Foreign Films

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marysMary S.

Novels, Mystery, Suspense, Animals, Audiobooks, Memoir, Drama

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monicadMonica D.

Junior, Audiobooks, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Gothic Horror

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nataliewilliamsNatalie W.

Audiobooks, Contemporary, Fantasy, Feminist, Religious, Memoir, Teen

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shirleyjShirley J.

Mystery, Romance, Memoirs, Animals, Classic Films, Suspense

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tonylTony L.

Sci Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction

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Recent Reviews

25 September 2020 • A Patch of Blue
Shows ‘n Tunes: Movie, Music, and Game Reviews

In A Patch of Blue (1965) Selena D'Arcy (Elizabeth Hartman) is poor, uneducated, and blind. She spends her days in a park stringing and selling beaded jewelry. One day she meets a young office worker (Sidney Poitier) who befriends her and opens up her world by showing her the outside world. Selena doesn't know he is black. Unfortunately, her racist mother (Shelley Winters) sees them together and forbids Selena to ever see him again. Selena defies her mother and continues the friendship despite the violence she endures.

This black and white drama is a story of friendship and compassion and love. Shelley Winters won a supporting actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a hateful ignorant mother. Sidney Poitier's understated performance is what makes A Patch of Blue a classic.


24 September 2020 • Lily and the Octopus
Current Picks: Book Reviews

Growing up in a house that always had a dachshund made me pick up this book. Little did I know that it would affect me the way it did.

The beauty of this book is in reading it. I went in knowing nothing about it, and was happy I didn't. It is a story about Teddy and Lily, his dachshund, and the "octopus" attached to Lily's head. The bond between Lily and Ted will resonate long after you finish. I highly suggest having tissue nearby.

I loved this unique, quirky, charming, and yes, heartbreaking story of a beloved dog. Steven Rowley's Lily and the Octopus (2016) was magical from beginning to end.

Listen to the book on Overdrive today.


22 September 2020 • Mrs. Doubtfire
Shows ‘n Tunes: Movie, Music, and Game Reviews

This fantastic movie masterpiece has great comedy that will make you fall down laughing and heartfelt drama that will pull on your heartstrings. All those things are guaranteed since the mix of comedy and drama is portrayed by the wonderful actress, Sally Field, and the late great funnyman legend, Robin Williams. I highly recommend Mrs. Doubtfire (1993, rated PG-13) for teens and adults of all ages if you want a good laugh or a good tug on the heartstrings.


21 September 2020 • The Roommate
Current Picks: Book Reviews

If you loved The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, pick up The Roommate (2020) by debut author Rosie Danan.This steamy romantic comedy will give you all the feels for the charming couple.

Respectable socialite Clara has always followed the rules and avoided scandal...until her longtime crush invites her to move cross-country. She impulsively heads to LA, and is blindsided by the news that he's sublet his room. Enter Josh, who is her opposite in every way—and, surprise, an adult film star. Together, they start a business to combat the negative realities of the adult entertainment industry and to empower women and their partners.

Clara and Josh grow together personally and professionally in this entertaining escape. For more fun reads, check out our recently updated list of Romantic Comedies.


18 September 2020 • Patchwork
Shows ‘n Tunes: Movie, Music, and Game Reviews

Spending time at home is the new normal but being bored does not have to be. Try one of our many board games such as Patchwork (2018). It is a two-player game where players compete for swatches or pieces to complete their quilt. Players try to cover the most space on their game boards with Tetris style pieces while collecting buttons. The player who has the most buttons and most covered space in the end wins.

The two things I like best about this game is that it only takes 20 minutes to play and that it is designed for two players. If you already enjoy buttons, also try Love Letteranother game designed with two players in mind.