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Now That You’re Watching Downton Abbey…

I love history, so I have been riveted by the BBC series, Downton Abbey.  As many of you probably know, it takes place during the Edwardian period in England right before and during World War I.  It’s interesting to see how the characters face the change that England goes through as it enters into one of the deadliest wars the world has ever experienced.  It truly changed the world!

World War II Stories

These books shouldn’t be confined to a specific reader age range. They are all powerful stories of individuals in a dangerous, fantastic, deadly, harsh, magical and important time. Fiction and nonfiction selections that will delight, enlighten and incite conversations.

LGBTQ Materials

This is a list of recent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer materials available from the Lexington Public Library, updated monthly. It includes fiction and nonfiction for teens and adults. While the subjects are gay-related, most of the authors self-identify as LGBTQ or as straight allies.


From real science that seems unreal, to speculative worlds that seem all too likely, this group of books is bound to give you food for thought as well as an engrossing reading experience.

There’s Joy in the Journey

I enjoy books that take the reader on some type of journey, be it a visit to a new or unknown land or a more figurative quest of self-discovery. If you sometimes feel that half the fun is getting there, here are a few titles you might enjoy.

Die Hard Favorites

These are the books that I buy and give away. These are the books that I recommend over and over again. Some are new, some are old but all of them made the cut.


Let's face it: life can often be downright weird. And it certainly never packages itself into nice, neat, well-defined concepts like "genre", or, in fact, ever attempts to make much sense of itself. So why not read some fiction that's as unreal as reality, if not less so?

Jamie Recommends

As you can probably tell from my list, I like moody, atmospheric books along with some fun sci-fi and fantasy adventures.  One of the most enjoyable things to do when reading (to me at least) is escape.  That's what all the books on my list have in common: they will all take you to a different place or time. Enjoy!

Erin's Picks

I don't have a type. Really. I'll read just about anything if the story is compelling. I could read any of the books on this list over again and enjoy it just as much as the first time (some of these I've read 3+ times!)


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