Friday, October 7, 2016

Get into a Long Term Relationship (with a Book)

Fall Break (October 10-11) -- two glorious days without classes -- is just around the corner, leaving you ample time to sleep in, study, pick up another shift at work, or relax with some pleasure reading. Going the pleasure reading route? (And as librarians and inveterate readers, we hope you do.) Interested in starting a series and need suggestions? Look no further than the list below. We've highlighted the first volumes of some of our most popular series from the Nook and Popular collections:

Diana Gabaldon combines fact and fantasy in the Outlander series, an eight-books-and-counting historical romance that travels between the Scottish Highlands of the WWII and the 18th century. Start reading with Outlander and continue on through Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

George R. R. Martin plays havoc with standard high fantasy tropes in the currently five book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Begin with A Game of Thrones and continue through A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. Don't get attached to anyone -- they'll be dead by the next novel.

Vampires cross over from the mythical world to the mundane in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris, which were the inspiration for HBO's True Blood series. Read the first eleven novels, beginning with Dead Until Dark and continue through Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead As A Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, and Dead Reckoning.

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series gained a fourth book in 2015 with the U.S. publication of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Millennium follows Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker with a photographic memory, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist, as they solve increasingly horrifying crimes in Sweden. Begin with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and continue through The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, and The Girl in the Spider's Web.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, a trilogy by Ransom Riggs that was recently adapted to film. Begin with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and continue through Hollow City and Library of Souls.

Fairy tales get a futuristic spin in the five-book Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, where Cinderella is a cyborg, Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf a street fighter, and Rapunzel an imprisoned shell. Begin with Cinder and continue through Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and the prequel to the series, Fairest.

In the thirteen volumes of Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, power over death falls into the hands of high school student Light Yagami in the form of a supernatural notebook, and the responsibility for stopping him falls onto the shoulders of the detective, L. And in the first seven volumes of Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino, Yuki Cross serves the guardian of the vampires in an elite boarding school -- but the peace between humans and vampire may not be what it seems.

So drop by the library and pick up something fun to read. Veg a little -- you've worked hard this semester, and you've earned it.