Hello and welcome to the University Park Public Library’s new blog!  We’ll post once or twice a week about new books, titles in our collection you may not have discovered yet, and general information about authors, books and reading styles.  Please let us know if you have questions or comments.

Summer is an exciting time, with many titles by your favorite authors being released.  A few of them are:  Chances Are… by Richard Russo, Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter, My Life as a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates, The New Girl by Daniel Silva, One Good Deed by David Baldacci, The Oracle by Clive Cussler, Unsolved by James Patterson, Big Sky by Kate Atkinson, Tom Clancy: Enemy Contact by Mike Maden, and Smokescreen by Iris Johansen.  We have all of these (either on the shelf or on order), and they’re in our catalog. Place your hold on them today!

Please always place a hold on a book if it is checked out; this is one of our indicators of how much interest our residents have in a particular book.  Once there are three requests for a title against one copy that we own, we order an additional one.

A recent trend in audiobooks is to have more than one actor reading the books.  In the audio version of the novel Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a different actor reads each character’s part.  It is written as an oral history of a (fictional) mega rock band of the 1970s and contains all of the sex, drugs and rock and roll that was a part of the 1970s popular culture.  Just remember staying up late on Friday nights to watch “The Midnight Special” and reading Circus magazine! This book was published earlier in the spring, and it has been popular.  I read the print version when it first came out and just listened to the audio version over the weekend.  The audio version was a really fun listen – I highly recommend it!

Since many people ask what I’m reading, here it is…I just finished Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald.  It’s a love story that involves time travel and the history of Grand Central Station in one sweet, well-written story.  We have it in our collection.  I’m now reading a debut novel titled The Rumor by Lesley Kara.  It’s a thriller, and the story begins with a casual comment that is repeated throughout a small town.  That one rumor grows into something unmanageable with serious consequences.  I’m trying really hard not to look at the ending to see if the rumor is true!  We have this title on order, so be sure to place your request for it today.

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