Archive for October, 2019

The Crown Readalikes

Yes, I know that today’s Halloween – that’s why I made it easy on myself and decided to post about something other than witches, ghosts, or Superman. 🙂

This month, the 3rd season of The Crown premieres on Netflix, with new actors in the roles we’ve come to know and love. If you haven’t started watching, check out the first 2 seasons and get them binged before Nov 17. And, if you have, you’ll definitely want to get back into the groove with one of these titles before you binge season 3.

Happy Halloween! (and Happy Binging!)

Readers Dozen: October 2019

The Readers Dozen year is drawing to a close… just three more months! We realize it’s almost the end of October, but if you’ve been putting off reading because the month is a little longer (or because you haven’t found the right book), let us help.

The challenge this month is to read a retelling of another story. Whether it’s a fairy tale, a Greek myth, or a change in point-of-view, it just has to continue (or change) the original story a little. Here’s a list to get you started:



AIDAN, Pamela – An Assembly Such as This – Pride and Prejudice

ALLEN, Nancy Campbell – My Fair Gentleman – My Fair Lady/Pygmalion

ATWOOD, Margaret – Hag-Seed – The Tempest

ATWOOD, Margaret – The Penelopiad – The Odyssey

BAKER, Jo – Longbourn – Pride and Prejudice

BARKER, Pat – The Silence of the Girls – The Iliad

BLACKWELL, Elizabeth – While Beauty Slept – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

BROOKS, Geraldine – March – Little Women

CHEVALIER, Tracy – The New Boy – Othello

CLINCH, Jon – Finn – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

FAYE, Lyndsay – Jane Steele – Jane Eyre

FORSYTH, Kate – Bitter Greens – Rapunzel fairy tale

FORTIER, Anne – Juliet – Romeo and Juliet

FRAME, Ronald – Havisham – Great Expectations

GARDNER, John – Grendel – Beowulf

HART, Lenore – Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

HAUSER, Emily – For the Winner – Jason and Argonauts myth

HEADLEY, Maria Dahvana – The Mere Wife – Beowulf

JACOBSON, Howard – Shylock Is My Name – The Merchant of Venice

JALALUDDIN, Uzma – Ayesha at Last – Pride and Prejudice

JENSEN, Lisa – Alias Hook – Peter Pan

JOHNSON, Daisy – Everything Under – Oedipus

JORDAN, Hillary – When She Woke – The Scarlet Letter

KAMAL, Soniah – Unmarriageable – Pride and Prejudice

LE GUIN, Ursula – Lavinia – The Aeneid

LEVINE, Daniel – HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

LEWIS, C.S. – Till We Have Faces – Cupid & Psyche myth

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Mirror, Mirror – Snow White fairy tale

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Wicked – The Wizard of Oz

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Hiddensee – The Nutcracker

MAKARYK, Mark – Nottingham – Robin Hood myth

MALERMAN, Josh – Unbury Carol – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

MALOUF, David – RansomThe Iliad

MILLER, Madeline – The Song of Achilles – The Iliad

MILLER, Madeline – Circe – Circe myth

MILLER, Sarah – Caroline – The Little House on the Prairie

MOORE,Christopher – Fool – King Lear

MURPHY, Louise – The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Hansel and Gretel fairy tale

NASLUND, Sara Jeter – Ahab’s Wife – Moby Dick

NESBO, Jo – Macbeth – Macbeth

NOVIK, Naomi – Uprooted – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

OYEYEMI, Helen – Boy, Snow, Bird – Snow White fairy tale

PHILLIPS, Carly – The Lost Child  – Wuthering Heights

RENAULT, Mary – The King Must Die – Theseus, Minotaur myth

RHYS, Jean – Wide Sargasso SeaJane Eyre

RUSHDIE, Salman – Quichotte – Don Quixote

SEGAL, Francesca – The Innocents – The Age of Innocence

SELF, Will – DorianThe Picture of Dorian Gray

SHAMSIE, Kamila – Home Fire – Antigone myth

SHAYKH, Hanan – One Thousand One NightsA Thousand and One Nights

SHIELDS, Sharma – The Cassandra – Cassandra myth

SITTENFELD, Curtis – EligiblePride and Prejudice

SMILEY, Jane – A Thousand AcresKing Lear

SONNEBORN, Julia – By the BookPersuasion

TELLER, Danielle – All the Ever Afters – Cinderella fairy tale

TODD, Anna – The Spring Girls – Little Women

TYLER, Anne – Vinegar Girl – The Taming of the Shrew

WINTERSON, Jeanette – The Gap of Time – The Winter’s Tale

WROBLEWSKI, David – The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – Hamlet

ZELTSERMAN, Dave – Monster – Frankenstein

Take Ten: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you don’t already know (and, that is you haven’t noticed the pink ribbons adorning all sorts of stuff this month), October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are you may know one of the 1 in 8 women who develop breast cancer during her lifetime, or the 1 in 1000 men who are also at risk. You can see more statistics like these, or learn more, at the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. And, pick up one of these books at the Library:


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brene Brown

A Breast Cancer Alphabet – Madhulika Sikka

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs

Cancer Vixen: A True Story – Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Everybody’s Got Something – Robin Roberts

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options – and Remain Optimistic – in and Age of Information Overload – Elisa Port, MD

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer – Nancy G. Brinker

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America – Kate Pickert

Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens – Marisa C. Weiss, MD