New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

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“I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life” by Anne Bogel

By day Bogel goes by the name Modern Mrs. Darcy, where she records a weekly podcast titled “What should I read next?” In her podcast, she offers literary matchmaking where she speaks with a guest and suggests books they should read based on their reading tastes. To offer book recommendations, she asks people three books they love, one they hate and what they are reading now. Her podcast is consistently ranked as one of iTunes top arts podcasts, approaching ten million downloads.

In her new book, “I’d Rather Be Reading,” Bogel offers a conversational collection of essays all about the reading life, the choices we make about books, and how books change us. Right from the introduction, you can immediately tell that Anne just “gets it” about readers and why we love reading. I was nodding in agreement within the first couple of pages.

Some of the essays might be familiar topics to avid readers, but it’s fun to connect on those aspects anyway and be in good company with other readers. Some of the essays might give readers new ideas on diversifying reading, logging books read, diving deeper into how books can change us, and the endless array of organization methods. Many of the chapters are simply revealing the minds of bookworms and the issues they face every day when reading.

Bogel’s writings are charming in a whimsical style. With each topic, her writing simply seems to read as it flows through her mind. In that regard, it is a unique book because readers are unaware of what they are going to find on the next page. She simply surprises you as she moves from one aspect to the next. This may prove frustrating to readers who prefer books that build on each chapter to a grand conclusion.

I loved that Bogel took quotes from other avid readers as it showed so many of us have similar thoughts, opinions, or situations. Reading is often a solitary hobby (except when combined with book clubs) and Bogel helps reveal common thoughts, frustrations and joys related to reading that cross generations of readers. You can find this book in the New Adult Nonfiction section.


Bookshots … Here are some quick book recommendations, the star ratings I give them, or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly (4 stars)

“Too Far Gone” by Allison Brennan (4 stars)

“A Season to Celebrate” by Fern Michaels (3 stars)


Come Play, Learn, and Read!

≤ Fall Story Time: Through Nov. 23

≤ Preschool Story Time: For children ages 3 and over (Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m.) — Stories, songs, rhymes, flannel board activities, crafts and fun. Note: There will be no preschool story time on Monday, Nov. 12. Feel free to join us on Thursday evening that week (Nov. 15.

≤ Tales for Twos: Toddler Story Time and Playgroup (Fridays at 10:30 a.m.) — For children ages 18 months through 2 years — 20-30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, flannelboard activities and movement, followed by 30 minutes of playtime.


Upcoming events at Juniata County Library:

≤ Friends of the Library Book Sale –Ends today

≤ How to use Libby — 5:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 29

≤ Candy Land — 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31. We will open the library to all who wish to participate, as well as anyone who wishes to use the library for regular purposes (checking out books, using computers, etc.).


Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.