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Winter Reading Bingo: Read a Mystery

One of my favorite things about the Winter Reading Program is doing the bingo card. It gets me to try genres and formats I normally don’t read, which is always a fun way to start my reading year. We’ll be offering suggestions for the Winter Reading Program Bingo categories for the next few weeks and today we start with some of our new mysteries!

  • Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
  • For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black
  • Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  • The Searcher by Tana French
  • Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh
  • The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell
  • All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
  • Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker
  • Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg


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Books with Amazing Grandparents

Yesterday was Grandparents Day (and my grandma’s 91st birthday!), so here are some books for all ages featuring fantastic grandparents.


  • Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • The Purple Coat by Amy Hest, illustrated by Amy Schwartz
  • Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Middle Grade

  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • Chirp by Kate Messner
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Young Adult

  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fielder
  • I Love So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan


  • Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann
  • Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
  • The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner


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Romance Awareness Month

August is Romance Awareness Month and we couldn’t let it pass by without highlighting some of the amazing romance reads available at the library!

  • Contemporary
    • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
    • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
    • Beach Read by Emily Henry
    • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
    • Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
  • Historical
    • The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
    • The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
    • Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
    • A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger
    • A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley
  • Inspirational
    • Like a Love Song by Camille Eide
    • A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller
    • Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky
    • Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt
    • Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
  • Rom Coms
    • Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
    • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
    • You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
    • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
    • Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
  • Supernatural
    • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
    • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
    • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
    • The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle
    • Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts
  • Young Adult
    • Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
    • This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callendar
    • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
    • There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
    • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Treat Yourself to an Ice Cream Read

Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day! Don’t worry if you missed the occasion, it’s never too late to treat yourself. Here are some reads where ice cream factors into the plot or with sweet treats on the cover.

  • Full Scoop by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes
  • Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Welch
  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

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Guess the Children’s Book Author: Minnesota Edition

MN Kid Lit

There are so many good children’s book authors out there and we’re lucky to have a bunch that live in Minnesota! We’ve created a quiz with some fun facts to help you learn more about these great Minnesota authors. If you need help figuring out the questions, we’ve included links to all of the authors’ websites below. We’ll have the answers and more fun facts about another group of children’s book authors for you next week!

Kate DiCamillo’s novel Because of Winn-Dixie is our state’s first One Book One Minnesota read. You can read it for free, through the end of May on the Biblioboard app on your tablet or mobile device or on a computer at And while you’re on Biblioboard, check out some of the other wonderful titles on there that are always available for free.

Author Websites