Three staff favorites

Ever wonder what the people who work at the library are reading? The Adult and Teen Services staff at Fountaindale would like to share some of our all-time favorite books with you! Let us know if you’ve read any of these or what your favorite books are, too!

Ilya, Adult and Teen Services Specialist:

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Remains of the Day

About the book: “Stevens, an aging butler dedicated to the dignity of his profession, takes to the road to convince Ms. Bent — a now-married former housekeeper — to resume her duties at Darlington Hall. As Stevens journeys, he reflects on their prior acquaintance; his memories reveal Stevens’ deeply personal desires, and how he has rewritten events to maintain his ideal image of service and discretion.” -NoveList

What Ilya has to say: “I decided to go with The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I selected this book mainly because Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature… Oh, and it just happens to be one of my favorite novels of all time. The Remains of the Day is Ishiguro’s Opus Magnum. This book was the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1989, and it survived the test of time, which is something that cannot be said about most books. Like good wine, it only gets better with age. We’ve all a bit of Stevens in us!”

Emily, Adult and Teen Services Specialist:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre AffairAbout the book: “In a world where one can literally get lost in literature, Thursday Next, a Special Operative in literary detection, tries to stop the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature.” -NoveList

What Emily has to say: “This is a book for book lovers, which is what I am, which is why I love this book. It is a mystery, a comedy, and a fantasy/science fiction book all wrapped up into one — and the best part is is that it takes elements from classic literature and blends them into the world of the book. What would happen if someone rewrote Dickens or if someone kidnapped a famous character straight out of their book? It’s a zany idea, but Fforde makes it work oh so beautifully. This is the first in a series that any lit lover must read.”

Tom, Adult Services Librarian

Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four’s Instruments from Stage to Studio (2nd Revised Edition) by Andy Babiuk

Beatles GearAbout the book: Details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboard the Fab Four used throughout their brief bur revolutionary career, from their earliest days as The Quarry Men to the dissolution of The Beatles in 1970.

What Tom has to say: “This engrossing and fact-filled look at the Beatles as musicians is one of my all-time favorite books. It truly is the ultimate guide to all the musical gear the group used from their earliest days as the Quarry Men to the dissolution of the band in 1970. The author, a Beatles instrument expert, doesn’t miss a detail. The text, combined with abundant illustrations, makes this a very special book, whether you are a musician yourself or simply a fan of the Fab Four. I recommend keeping a copy close by while you’re watching the Ron Howard film, Eight Days a Week: the Touring Years.”

Looking for more? Stop by the library and ask a staff member about their favorite books!



Books to read before they hit the screen in 2018

We all know Hollywood loves a good movie adaptation. And of course, some turn out better than others. In 2018, we will see many more books turned into movies. Here is a list so you can check these out before they hit theaters!

12 Strong: January 19, 2018

Based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers.

The Leisure Seeker: January 19, 2018

Based on Michael Zadoorian’s novel of the same name.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure: January 26, 2018

Based on James Dashner’s novel of the same name, the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy.

Fifty Shades Freed: February 9, 2018 

Based on E.L. James’ novel of the same name, the final book in the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Peter Rabbit: February 9, 2018

Based on Beatrix Potter’s stories about the character of the same name.

Annihilation: February 23, 2018

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name.

The War with Grandpa: February 23, 2018

Based on Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel of the same name.

The War with Grandpa

Red Sparrow: March 2, 2018

Based on Jason Matthews’ novel of the same name.

Death Wish: March 2, 2018

Based on Brian Garfield’s novel of the same name.

A Wrinkle in Time: March 9, 2018

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s novel of the same name.

Love, Simon: March 16, 2018

Based on Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens’ Agenda.

Ready Player One: March 30, 2018

Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: April 19, 2017

Based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s novel of the same name.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?: May 11, 2018

Based on Maria Semple’s novel of the same name.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

The Meg: August 10, 2018

Based on Steve Alten’s book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.


The House With a Clock in Its Walls: September 21, 2018

Based on John Bellairs and Edward Gorey’s graphic novel of the same name.

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Boy Erased: September 28, 2018

Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name.

Boy Erased

First Man: October 12, 2018

Based on James R. Hansen’s nonfiction book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web: August 27, 2015

Based on David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name, the fourth book in the Millennium series.

the girl in the spider's web

And that’s not all! We know there are plenty more movie adaptations coming our way in 2018 that don’t have release dates yet, including adaptations of Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, Lisa Klein’s OpheliaKevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asiansand more!

Got a lot of reading to do now? Give us a call or stop by the 3rd floor reference desk to put a copy on hold!


Stranger Reads: Books to check out if you love “Stranger Things”

It’s almost that time! Yes, Stranger Things season 2 is almost upon us, as is Halloween! If you are just as excited as I am, you might be wanting even more to sate your thirst for the strange, the paranormal, or maybe even just the 80s nostalgia. If you love Stranger Things, try checking out these Stranger Reads this Halloween!

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene (2010)

Darkness on the Edge of Town

If you like the small-town setting and general creepy, suspenseful tone of Stranger Things, try Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene:

“When the residents of Walden, Virginia, wake up to find that the rest of the world is gone and they are unable to leave their town, which is now surrounded by a mysterious barrier, some are willing to risk death to escape the situation.” -NoveList

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan (2016-present)

paper girls

If it’s the 80s nostalgia and spunky characters you love, then the comic book series Paper Girls is exactly what you need.

“Supernatural mysteries and suburban drama collide in the early hours after the Halloween of 1988 for four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls.” -NoveList

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue (2014)

the boy who drew monsters

A young boy who has knowledge of strange things and has to come of age in the process… sound familiar?

“Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack’s parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack’s only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.” -NoveList

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (2013)

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

A mother desperately wanting her missing son back from creepyland also sound familiar? With a mother-son relationship at its core, this epic horror page-turner will never let you see Christmas the same way again…

“When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.” -NoveList

The Cemetery Boys by Zac Brewer (2015)

The Cemetary Boys

For the young adults or young-at-heart among us, try this tale of friendship that will remind you of those crazy kids in Stranger Things… oh yeah, plus there’s paranormal creatures.

“When Stephen moves to the midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon, but the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.” -NoveList

As always, if you’re looking for even more, stop by the 3rd floor reference desk and ask a librarian!


Graphic novels: what they are, why they’re awesome, and where to start

Howdy, readers!

Ever hear the term “graphic novel” and not really know what someone is talking about? Or maybe you do know, but aren’t sure how to start reading them? Have no fear, the Bibliophile is here… to show you around the wonderful world of graphic novels!

What the heck is a graphic novel?

First off, know this: the term “graphic” in “graphic novel” does not mean “graphic” in the sense of violent and/or sexual in content. “Graphic” refers to graphics, like “graphic” design or computer “graphics.” Why? Because graphic novels are made up of illustrations rather than prose writing. Think comic books!

But what makes graphic novels different than comic books?

In short, they are longer and aren’t necessarily part of an ongoing series. Think any regular novel, but just in illustrated form.

So what are they about?

Anything. Everything. All the things. The graphic novel is a form, not a genre. Meaning you can have graphic novels that are science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, literary, memoir, nonfiction, etc., etc., etc. They are most definitely NOT all about spandex-clad demigods saving the world from robots and the like.

Cool. Where do I start?

Well, I am so glad you asked! Here’s a variety of titles from different genres that can get you started!


Blankets by Craig Thompson

Often considered a classic of the genre, Blankets is a coming-of age story that grapples with first love, religion, and growing up. It is a long read, coming in a 582 pages, but it is a thoughtful, evocative, and emotional book that will show you the intense emotional power of the graphic novel form.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis, a novel in 2 parts, is a memoir written by Marjane Satrapi, an Iranian woman who grew up during the Iranian Revolution of the 1980s. The book describes her life during this time. The illustrations are simple, yet pack a powerful punch. This book is great for those interested in history, politics, religion, or just heart-felt, true-life accounts.

The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil by Stephen Collins

This book is just as zany as it sounds. If you want a more quirky introduction to the graphic novel form, go no further. On an island where life is prim, trim, and perfect and everyone is clean-shaven, what happens when one man’s chin hair grows into a ginormous, evil beard?? It sounds ridiculous (and it is), but the book has an honest underlying message about change and accepting differences.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Yes, I am sneaking in a comic book series, but this one is too good to pass up. If you want an introduction to superhero comics without the genre’s stale cliché’s, this is the one. This series challenges the old comic book stereotypes of women as damsels and puts a strong Muslim teenage girl with extraordinary powers front and center of her own adventures.

Game of Thrones by Daniel Abraham

Yes, you read that correctly! There is a graphic novel version of Game of Thrones! In fact, there are MANY graphic novel adaptations of works originally in novel form, from classics like Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice to young adult books like Artemis Fowl and Maximum Ride. The Game of Thrones novels are 4,228 pages long in total, so maybe reading the graphic novels is a better bet for some!

As always, stop by your friendly neighborhood reference desk for even more recommendations!




Once upon a Crime: Mystery

Who doesn’t love a good mystery novel? I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to favor mysterious fiction with content others may deem dark or disturbing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. In fact, that might be the exact reason literature of this sort is worth seeing through to the end. After all, what one reader considers dark or disturbing, another might find beautiful, hopeful, and moving.

Here’s a couple that are joining my book self:

  1. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water (5/2/2017)
by Paula Hawkins

“With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.” – Goodreads

2. Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths (1/17/17)
by Emma Flint

“Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbot, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.” – Goodreads

3. See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done(8/1/17)
by Sarah Schmidt

“In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.” – Goodreads

4. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil


“This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.” – Goodreads

Don’t miss out on these great crime reads! Visit and place a copy on hold!





Stay Forever Young with YA Lit!

Hello, book lovers!

Are you an adult who loves to read Young Adult literature? Or wanting to dive into a new genre known for its diversity, beautiful writing, and innovative stories? The Forever Young Adult Book Club has a new meeting night! Join us on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM in the Local History room to talk about your favorite YA literature! We also now have a Meetup group on where you can stay up-to-date on our meetings.

Here is a little bit about each of our upcoming featured books for the fall!

September 11
Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
Poetry memoir


Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again? In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. –Goodreads

October 9
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? –Goodreads

November 13
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Contemporary fiction


Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. –Goodreads

December 11
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Contemporary fiction

Kill the boy band

Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated–and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.

Hope to see you there!


“There is no frigate like a book”: Travel Reads!

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

-Emily Dickinson

Are you traveling this summer? Or wishing you were traveling this summer? Or knowing that summer is soon coming to a close and want to prolong its awesomeness? Maybe you want some books to accompany you on your journey or some books to take you away while you sit in your comfy chair from home. Well, there’s nothing like a good book to take you to new places! Try these out if you are looking to get away!

Walking the Amazon: 860 Days – One Step at a Time by Ed Stafford (2012)

Walking the Amazon
“From the star of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Marooned comes a a riveting, adventurous account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.” -Amazon

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Bensen (2016)

“Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.” – Amazon

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett (2010)


“Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.” -Amazon

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut by Salma Abdelnour (2012)

Jasmine and Fire

“As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the ’80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since then — even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York City — Salma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving back — and finally decided to do it. But could she resume her life in Beirut, so many years after her family moved away? Could she, or anyone for that matter, ever really go home again?” -Amazon

Honeymoon with my Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner (2005)

Honeymoon with my Brother

“This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams – when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn’t let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway – there just wouldn’t be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz’ travel companion would be his brother, Kurt.” -Amazon

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks (2013)

Italian Ways

“Parks begins as any traveler might: “A train is a train is a train, isn’t it?” But soon he turns his novelist’s eye to the details, and as he journeys through majestic Milano Centrale station or on the newest high-speed rail line, he delivers a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians―conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants―Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino.” -Amazon

Visit to put your copy on hold! Looking for more? Stop by the 3rd Floor Reference Desk to ask our librarians for recommendations!