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Murderous Monologs, Dying Suns, and a Library Deluge | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are getting cozy with  tales of murder and with children’s literature. SLJ's Shelley Diaz and Chelsey Philpot are both reading Bennett Madison's September Girls (HarperCollins) and I’m listening to an audiobook full of crunchy, creaky words: armiger, chiliarch, cacogen, exultant, optimate, destrier, undine. If you see me murmuring to myself on the subway, it’s Gene Wolfe’s words, not a sign of my deteriorating sanity. (I promise.)

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Murderous Inspiration and Not So Guilty Pleasures | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading lots of smart, fun books. We’ve got political zombie YA, especially smart sci fi, and the nonfiction inspiration for legendary Hannibal Lecter. In this edition of What We’re Reading, Meredith also makes a particularly brave admission vis-à-vis her progress on a scholarly book about librarianship. What books are you—very slowly—reading?

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Heaven, Hell, and Growing Up | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading books that harken back to childhood, whether picking up a much loved favorite or a new book about growing up. Stephanie has reported a lot of laughing on the subway with her villainous book, and I’m reading about about future heavens and hells. Meredith, meanwhile, is still reading The Atlas of New Librarianship.

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Poetry Goes (Sort of) Viral, Undying Love for Nick Carraway, and an Unlikely Roadtrip | What We’re Reading

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staffers are reading some books very much of the moment: the follow-up to Elizabeth Wein’s multiple-award winner, Code Name Verity; Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the basis of Baz Luhrmann’s fizzy film. Other staff reads are stuck in the past, or someplace in the middle.

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