“Kaikeyi” by Vaishnavi Patel

Kaikeyi By Vaishnavi Patel I received an ARC of Kaikeyi from Redhook Books in exchange for an honest review. Circe is the book that launched a thousand female-forward retellings of ancient stories: The Silence of the Girls, A Thousand Ships, The Witch’s Heart, Ariadne, and seemingly countless others. Kaikeyi, a refreshing departure from the Western … [Read More]

YA Friday – Memoirs in Verse

It's still National Poetry Month and we're highlighting memoirs in verse this #yaFriday.  Happy reading! Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in … [Read More]

May Book Discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting nine book discussions in May. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email ktorresdal@decorahlibrary.org to be … [Read More]

YA Friday: Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This YA Friday we're celebrating by highlighting Earthy reads for all kinds of readers--from historical mysteries, to epic fantasies, to stories of survival we've got you covered.  if you like historical fiction, plants, and stories of survival...Echo Mountain After losing almost everything in the Great Depression, Ellie’s family is forced to leave … [Read More]

“Spear” by Nicola Griffith

Spear By Nicola Griffith   I received an ARC of Spear from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review.   It has been almost a decade since the publication of Nicola Griffith’s Hild (which I haven’t read—I know, I know!—despite having owned it for nearly that long), and while the sequel is still forthcoming, Spear … [Read More]

“The Atlas Six” by Olivie Blake

The Atlas Six By Olivie Blake I received an ARC of The Atlas Six from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. I’m always intrigued when a self-published phenomenon such as The Atlas Six gets picked up by a traditional publisher. Why did this book blow up? How will going through the channels of traditional … [Read More]

YA Friday

Happy National Poetry Month!  Today we're celebrating poetry and YAlit by highlighting YA novels in verse.  These books are great for fans of poetry, readers who love strong narrative voice, and reluctant readers who are looking for a quick read that packs a punch.  Do you read novels in verse?  What are your favorites? [Read More]