National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month! It’s time to buckle down at your computer or with a pen and paper and write that novel you’ve been meaning to write. This is an Internet-based¬†creative writing challenge that began in 1999 with just 21 participants. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Participants can start as early as November 1 at 12:00 a.m. Your words and work can be tracked on the NaNoWriMo website throughout the month of November.

Some novels completed during National Novel Writing Month have even been published and beloved by thousands. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see your name on the cover of your own novel someday! On the website, you can find your region, which will connect you to local writers in your community to meet up with or be inspired by.

Here are some popular novels you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District today that were completed during National Novel Writing Month from Goodreads:

Wool by Hugh Howey

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

As an aspiring writer myself, I’d like to see my name on the list someday. I think I’ll try to participate in National Novel Writing Month, too!

Happy Writing!

National Read a Book Day!

September 6 is National Read a Book Day! What better place to get a book to read than the Aurora Public Library District? For readers of all ages and walks of life, we’ve got just the right book for you!

You can stop by one of our branches and leisurely browse our selection, reading the backs and inserts of the books for summaries to decide what book you’re going to check out. Our staff is always willing to recommend books to you (and obsess over books and characters with you…). This is the way libraries have been operating for decades, and it still works today! If you have a library card, you can check out the books for two weeks and renew them two times after that if you need to, as well.

You could also download Overdrive to any of your smart devices, like your phone or tablet. Once you download the app, you’ll be able to access the thousands of books we have in our digital collection, the Indiana Digital Download Center. To log in, type in your library card and pin number and you’ll be all set! You can also set the limits to be able to check items out for 7, 14, or 21 days. Once your due date is here, the item will automatically check itself back in so you don’t have to worry about late fees!

If you’re having trouble finding your next great read, you can also visit some of the websites we have listed under the Online Resources tab on our website. You can visit Novelist to find author-, title-, and series-read-a-likes just by typing your favorite author, title, or series. For younger readers, there is also Novelist K-8. Select Reads is a website where you can join online book clubs, sign up for newsletters about your favorite genre and author, and even sing up for contests to win free books. Another great website to find your next favorite book is Goodreads. You can rate and review books, and chat with and add friends who love books as much as you do. There are blogs, summaries, and giveaways you can enter in, plus you can ask your favorite authors questions that they just might answer back! It’s kind of like Facebook for book lovers.

Utilize one or all of these resources to find your next great read and join in on National Read a Book Day! Let us know what you’ll be reading by commenting on this blog, stopping in, or writing on our Facebook wall. We would love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

My Journey Through Genres: Psychological Suspense

We all have a comfort zone when it comes to reading. For some people its an author like Nora Roberts or James Patterson, or genres like romances or thrillers, horrors or fiction. As a librarian, its our job to know authors and books and to be able to recommend books to our patrons. This is where I came up with ‘My Journey Through Genres’. I’ve wanted to broaden my reading horizons and I thought it would not only benefit me with finding new books but benefit me in being able to recommend books from genres to patrons.

The first stop in my journey is Psychological Suspense. I actually happened upon this book by accident as I was looking through our collection requests database to put a request in and the title of this book just drew my eye. So like any curious librarian, I went to Goodreads and typed in the title of the book and from there I was hooked. The book was ordered and a few days later I had it in my hands.

The Marsh King’s Daughter written by Karen Dionne captured my attention by the 27th page. It was everything I expected and yet it was more than I expected.

‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’

Helena is the product of rape after her father abducted her mother as a fourteen year old. When her father, known as the Marsh King, escapes from a maximum security prison, she immediately suspects that her family is in danger.

Shortly after, Helena must tell her husband about her true past: that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve- or that her father raised her to become a killer.

As Helena hunts and tracks her father, we learn more about her childhood and her mother’s captivity.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was just incredibly well done and well written that it’s left me bereft and wanting more. I enjoyed how the author included Helena’s childhood to explain why Helena thought this way or why she though that way. It was incredibly edge-of-your-seat entertaining. Most of all, it was nice to read that even after all her father did to her and her mother growing up, Helena still loved him and idolized him.

We have a copy at both APL and DPL.