Students Recommend Books to Teachers

(CLICK HERE for our full Summer Borrowing list of reviews, videos, and more.)

In a delightful reversal of the usual order of things, we polled students this month to find out what they think the teachers should read this summer.  They had a great deal to say!  About 1 in 7 students responded with a list.  Among those recommendations, we’ve gathered up copies of all the titles we own, and have made a book display at the front desk.  We took our students’ advice, and placed orders for several of their top choices.

Take a look:

Teachers, here you go!  Let the students assign YOU a book to read for a change.

Happy Summer Borrowing to all.


Fakes, Forgers & Thieves!

Here’s a video book display!  Summer Borrowing begins on Tuesday, May 28th.

One of our other posts links to reviews of several of these books.  Enjoy them!


Those Marks on My Neck…

Have you fallen under the spell of vampire fiction?  If you’ve survived the ordeal of the Twilight series, and want a taste of other options, here’s a list to sink your teeth into:

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
“A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire,  a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.” (from


(image: GoodReads)

 Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness
“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures.” (from

Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice
When Anne Rice authored this novel in the 1970s, she helped establish a whole new generation of vampire enthusiasts.  The story is a particularly creepy, compelling one that begins in modern times, and spans generations.

Click HERE for the film trailer at

The Complete Vampire Chronicles:  The Tale of the Body Thief, by Anne Rice
“Lestat speaks.  Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals.  For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone.  And suddenly all his vampire rationale–everything he has come to believe and feel safe with–is called into question.” (from GoodReads)

Fledgling, by Octavia Butler
“Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s new novel after a seven year break, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire.” (from GoodReads)

I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
“Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth…but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood.” (from GoodReads)


(image: GoodReads)

Angels & Visitations, by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s collection of short stories includes Vampire Sestina.  If you’re a Gaiman fan, this is one to put on your list.

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Ooh, this one is genuinely creepy:  A young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her father’s library, and thus begins her adventurous quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with the darkest powers of evil.
What makes it extra creepy is that Vlad the Impaler was a historical figure, who later became the inspiration for the creation of Count Dracula.

What is the source of our fascination with vampires?  As this assortment of books will demonstrate, there’s a lot of vampire history and fiction worth exploring that was created long before the Twilight series.  Still, it’s rather fun to have our own Northwest incarnation of this ancient tradition of romantic horror.


Graphic Novels

We’ve added a fine new batch of graphic novels/memoirs this year.  Special thanks to Brett and Nance for some great inspiration when planning their Visual Memoir class.  While I’ve linked to print reviews, I thought it’d be more fun to offer video clips for some of these titles:

American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang
Check out the author’s blog and website.

Calling Dr. Laura, by Nichole Georges
Here’s a quick video by the author, who talks about her memoir, and keeping secrets.

The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert et al.
This one’s a boundary crosser:  a bit of history, photography, and a true story of Doctors Without Borders at work in Afghanistan.  Check it out:

Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
Check out a Wall St. Journal interview with Bechdel.  It’s a good one!

The Sign of the Four, by Ian Edginton
A graphic novel adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story in which the great detective and his sidekick Dr. Watson become caught up in a treasure hunt after agreeing to help a woman learn the identity of her secret admirer.

I am always seeking student reviews and input on graphic novels, so stop by or email me with your recommendations!


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