Asker Anonymous Asks:
I recently read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and like them both. I liked the main characters and was rooting for them. There wasn't alot of tension. I am looking for something else to read that feels happy.
lawrencepubliclibrary lawrencepubliclibrary Said:

Hi! I loved Fangirl! You should definitely check out Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff. It’s got the requisite nerdiness in the form of role-playing gamers. There are plenty of quirky pop culture references. These teens are smart and self-aware. The plot revolves a will-they-or-won’t-they get together romance, but it’s thoughtful, too. Other books I’d suggest include: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, Love and Other Foreign Words by McCahan, and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder byJulie Halpern. 

If you’re looking for an adult novel about nerdy romance, like The Rosie Project, you might enjoy Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman. 

Hope you enjoy some of these! 

- Molly, LPL

Asker corkandcake Asks:
I'm a former English major who hasn't been able to get really excited about literature since I studied it in school (I've read mostly nonfiction since then). That said, in the past couple years, I've loved Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. To throw you all for a loop, one of my favorite works ever is probably Evelina by Fanny Burney. What should I read? Thank you!
lawrencepubliclibrary lawrencepubliclibrary Said:

Hello! While there’s nothing wrong with reading nonfiction (I’m currently reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty and it’s fascinating and funny and kind of delightfully morbid), I’m sure there’s some fiction you can get excited about.

If you liked Super Sad True Love Story, you might enjoy enjoy A Visit from the Goon Squad  by Jennifer Egan. It’s got a hint of the dystopian future and a side of punk rock and is written in that post-modern style and has a melancholy feel. Dave Eggers’ The Circle is another thought, though that one has been kind of polarizing. A newer release that might be of interest is The Bees by Laline Paul. It follows a worker bee who challenges her queen, and the crazy idea actually works. It’s a unique spin on the dystopian trend. 

Both The Art of Fielding and Super Sad True Love Story have a strong sense of place, so you might enjoy Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, in which setting plays an important role. If you want another books where baseball provides the frame for examining how events can change people’s lives, perhaps try A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. 

Evelina is throwing me for a loop — I’m not familiar with it, but descriptions say it’s a humorous, satirical coming-of-age story. While the setting is modern day rather than historic and it isn’t epistolary, my personal favorite coming-of-age satire is The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Greg Galloway. 

I hope one of these sounds interesting. If I struck out with all these, feel free to let me know and I’m happy to try again! 

Molly, LPL

We love books! And we also love helping other people find books they love.

It’s Friday, and if you’re looking to check out a new book for the weekend, we can help you with that. In our ASK BOX, tell us the names of the last couple books you loved or what genre/style/format you’re looking for, and we’ll suggest some others you might like. If you can include a reason or two about why you liked the book, we’ll be better able to direct you to other books like it. 

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I love seeing “Like, Try, Why” graphics with books I’ve never heard of before! Definitely keep this one handy for summer. 

These are amazing! 

Okay but can we try it with gay young adult novels and books?

The answer is…YES! This post has gotten a lot of circulation around tumblr, but it’s just a sampling of the readers’ advisory flowcharts that I’ve made. For LGBTQ young adult novels by genre, see here. Our ask box is always open if you’re looking for help finding a good book! 


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

For more creepy stories and creative storytelling…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for a perfectly formed and utterly chilling story of family secrets. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness for the story a boy who is visited by a monster every night told in words and haunting illustrations.

In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters for another book that uses unsettling photos to tell a historical ghost story. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly for a very dark fairy tale.

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks YA Flow Chart!

Like thrillers? Contemporary? Romance? Graphic Novels? Humor? We’ve got recommendations for you!

For anyone who may be unable to read the graphic or just wants easy links of the books, here’s a transcription.

Looking for a diverse YA book? Just follow the arrows to what you love for a perfect read!

Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Action or Psychological Thriller?
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Panic by Sharon M. Draper
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Girl Stolen by April Henry

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill

Adventure & Vicarious Travels?
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Graphic Novels?
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
Trickster: Native American Tales by Matt Dembicki

Dystopian & Science Fiction?
Proxy by Alex London
Control by Lydia Kang
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz

Thank you Corinne!

Whether you love Ellen Hopkins for the gritty subject matters or the sparse free verse, There’s a book on this list for you.


This is so cool!  Lemony Snicket has just released a choose-your-own adventure mystery on YouTube — called, of course, You Choose the Mystery. Intro video above, first installment here. I know how I’m wasting the rest of my day …

— Petra


Typewritten Portraits – artist Álvaro Franca has developed “a methodology for creating grayscale images with the letters in a typewriter” to make portraits of six of his favorite authors. Complement with this fascinating visual history of typewriter art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers. 

(via Quipsologies)

This is so cool.