My Current Author Crush

When I find a new author I enjoy, it feels something like starting a new romance. I will often become infatuated and go on a jag, reading their books almost exclusively until: a) I have read everything they’ve ever written or b) I get excited about something/someone new. I am currently on a Mary Robinette…
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Akata Witch isn’t the “Nigerian Harry Potter.” Here’s why.

I am so excited about Nnedi Okorafor's visit to Lawrence this November! I'm a bit behind the times discovering the amazingness that is Ms. Okorafor. To catch up, I'm reading her critically-acclaimed work, beginning with Akata Witch, the first book of her beloved Akata series, which fans often refer to as "The Nigerian Harry Potter" according to a…
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Offbeat Fantasy

Fantasy, like a lot of other genres, has a lot of tropes, plot devices, and character archetypes that at times make it predictable. Even with new worlds, strange creatures, and magic systems we have yet to comprehend, the genre has its limitations. Therefore, I’m always on the hunt for something a little off the beaten…
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Family Read-a-likes!

Hello, Lawrence Library Lovers! I have a problem, and I'm wondering if anyone else can relate. I come from a very bookish family and when I was younger, I was constantly being told I couldn't read the vampire/action/romance books my parents read, because they were a little "mature" for me. Now that I am an…
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Rompy Reads

  Spring has sprung, and when I get joyously happy about the weather, I generally want to grab a fun read that’s perfect for sun-lounging. Here are three books – in three different genres – that are ideal for a sunlit afternoon filled with rompy adventure and funtimes. Now when I describe these books as rompy…
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Author Spotlight: Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier primarily writes adult fantasy, though she has also published two young adult fantasy series. Her work often combines fantasy with historical fiction, folklore, romance, and mystery in her most recent series. A New Zealander by birth, Marillier now lives in Western Australia, where, when she isn’t writing, she likes to spend her free…
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