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A young woman faces to the right, wearing black clothes and a fluttery grey cape holds a knife in each hand looking determinedly ahead, with a shadowy urban landscape full of towers behind her.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

by Ben H. What happens if the chosen one fails? What if the hero fails to defeat the dark lord?  Brandon Sanderson’s original Mistborn trilogy imagines what that could look like.   Full disclosure, I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, but I love the first two books so much (The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension) that I can’t resist writing a review. I’ll write a retraction if the third … Continue reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Close up view of the cover, featuring young woman's face created in paper art, with long dark hair, red lips, and a tiara, against a blue background. The quote read, "A fresh and distinctly modern fairy tale." Katharine McGee, author of American Royals

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

by Piyali C. High schooler Izumi’s life is relatively uneventful with her single mom, her bad tempered terrier mix Tamagotchi, and her Asian Girl Gang (AGG), comprised of three other girls from diverse ethnicity in their primarily white Mount Shasta High School. Sure, it is not always easy being Japanese American in a mostly white … Continue reading Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

A woman with long dark hair embraces a man who is looking away amid leafy plants. The colors are all night-time blues and purples. Her face is pensive.

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

by Ash B. [Content warning: sexual assault, PTSD, bullying, homophobia, and racism]  “If I don’t pull apart things I actually did wrong from things that weren’t my fault, I’ll never really be able to really apologize for anything. Deciding everything is your fault is, in the end, as meaningless as deciding nothing is[…] I need to apologize for what … Continue reading The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Walters Art Series 

by Rohini G. This fall, and continuing into winter, Howard County Library System partners with The Walters Art Museum to bring an educational approach to art as we discuss specific works of art and the themes behind them. This series of four classes launches with The Art of Looking on October 13. Asking us to slow down and take the … Continue reading The Walters Art Series 


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