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Tell The Machine Goodnight

Katie Williams
4
Rated by
Jed D.
Monday, Sep 16, 2019

What if a machine could tell you how to be happy? What if your results could be manipulated? What if you had to do something illegal, immoral, or unethical to achieve happiness? These are a few of the questions posed in the speculative fiction novel Tell the Machine Goodnight, by Katie Williams. Set in 2035, our protagonist Pearl works for a Facebook or Google-like tech organization, Apricity, whose name means "the warmth of the sun during winter". Businesses include Apricty readings as a benefit.

Four torn pieces of paper in the colors of yellow, green, red, and gray, taped together with the title in large black letters over the top

Only Child

Navin, Rhiannon
5
Rated by
Lisa H
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin, is narrated through the voice of Zach, a first grade boy who hides in a closet with his teacher and classmates while a lone gunman begins shooting people in his elementary school. In the aftermath of the shooting, once 19 people are pronounced dead, we are taken through a captivating emotional journey, hearing not only Zach’s thoughts, but those overheard conversation

A princess and a dragon drinking cider and reading a book together

Dealing With Dragons

Wrede, Patricia
5
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

"Well I'm not a proper princess then!" Cimorene snapped. "I make cherries jubilee and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs-- or at least I would if anyone would let me. So there!”

I have slowly been making my way through a long list of fantasy fiction books I have wanted to read or reread. Dealing with Dragons is one of those re-read upbeat books; possibly it was “the” book that honestly got me hooked on reading.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum is a scary, eye-opening, informative book that outlines the world’s use of plastics (which is in almost everything - including our clothing), the impact plastics are having on the environment, and suggestions to reduce the amount of plastic we use each day.

Black cover with white lettering and vines growing under the words

The Family Upstairs

Lisa Jewel
4
Rated by
Lisa H
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel is a well-written thriller that not only contains a mystery but is also loaded with lots of family drama.

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Where'd You Go Bernadette

Maria Semple
5
Rated by
Tiffany R
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019

The movie adaptation of Where'd You Go Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett, has finally hit theaters (see Trailer), but all good bibliophiles know that the book is almost always better than the movie, and in the case of Where'd You Go Bernadette, the novel is absolutely fabulous and not to be missed. The titular character, Bernadette Fox wears many hats. She's a wife, mother, famed former architect, and for many mothers at the local school, the obnoxious bane of their existence.

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Mighty Moe

Rachel Swaby
4
Monday, Aug 26, 2019

Mighty Moe is a story that highlights the true essence of women's empowerment: incredible achievements and minimal recognition for said achievements. This is the story of a female named Maureen who, in the face of misogyny, ignorance, and conflict, achieved a record-breaking marathon time. The most compelling aspect of the book was that it is a true story. This book promotes empowerment and perseverance in the face of challenges. I was not disappointed with the book for any reason.

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The Beholder

Anna Bright
4
Monday, Aug 26, 2019

This book details a young girl's journey that every teenager goes on at some point- one of family responsibilities and new friends and loves, all mixed with self discovery and coming out of a childhood persona. Bright writes in a way that completely encapsulates the reader in her world, leaving them surprised and disappointed when it comes to an end. I liked this cover because the imagery of the carved and gilded ship is indicative of the adventure Selah goes on, and the somewhat tarnished appearance shows that her world isn't perfect, and being royalty doesn't mean everything is easy. The...

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Romance Revival

5
Rated by
Kari E.
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

August is Read-a-Romance month. Do yourself a favor and check out what the genre has to offer and what it has been up to lately. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019

Hello and welcome to our look at some new releases at the Johnson County Library! Each month we look at five fiction titles making their debut that we think you should know about. You might not find these books on the bestseller lists, but that's okay, as we love putting the spotlight on books you might not have heard about. Give one - or more - of these titles a chance to make it in your hold list. We hope you find something new!

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