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Nora Goes Off Script is a cozy read with a romance to root for. (Photo courtesy of Amazon)

Maddie’s Library: Rom-coms for Valentine’s Day enthusiasts

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2024

With rumors of a co-star romance swirling around the set of Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell’s “Anyone But You,” I’m starting to hope we might be entering a golden era of rom-coms. The drama, the...

In the Time of the Butterflies takes place in 20th century Dominican Republic. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: Winter break reading review

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief January 26, 2024

My bookworm friends and I spent this winter break on a tour of our hometown’s coffee shops conducting an extremely scientific experiment to figure out which has the best reading ambiance. The test results?...

“Vampires of El Norte” by Isabel Cañas tells the story of childhood friends who have to deal with both war and mythical creatures. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: Winter break reading list

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief December 8, 2023

Confession time: I’m seven books away from completing my 2023 Goodreads challenge of 40 books. If you’re doing the math, that will be about one book every three days. It won’t be easy, but it’s...

Bright Young Women traces the aftermath of a string of murders from the 1970s to 2021. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

Maddie’s Library: ‘Bright Young Women’ flips script on true crime

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2023

Picture Ted Bundy in your mind. Are you thinking of Zac Efron? Mark Harmon? He's handsome, isn't he? Clever and cunning? Jessica Knell will convince you otherwise in her third novel "Bright Young Women,"...

Protagonist Rory Morris deals with a wolf bite and a strained maternal relationship in Such Sharp Teeth. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: ‘Such Sharp Teeth’ offers feminist werewolf dream

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2023

When I heard Rachel Harrison’s “Such Sharp Teeth” described as a feminist werewolf novel, the part of me that read “Twilight” at a very formative, far-too-young age was quick to add it to my...

Remarkably Bright Creatures features the relationship between Marcellus the octopus and aquarium custodian Tova. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: ‘Remarkably Bright Creatures’ comes up short on mystery

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2023

Marcellus is a great detective — he has keen observational skills and a photographic memory and he just might know the information that Tova and Cameron are trying to find out. He’s also a Giant Pacific...

Stephen Rowleys The Celebrants is funny and genuine, and is one of Maddies most highly recommended reads of summer break. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: Summer reading highlights

By Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief September 1, 2023

Summer has always been reading season for me, and this one was no different. Here are a few of the greatest hits from my break. Best laugh-out-loud read: "The Celebrants" by Stephen Rowley It is...

Fictional tennis legend Carrie Soto attempts to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam in Taylor Jenkins Reids latest novel. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: ‘Carrie Soto is Back’ stuns with immersive feminist sports story

By Madeline Marriott, Culture Editor March 24, 2023

Carrie Soto loves to win. In fact, for her, it’s the only option. She has dedicated her whole life to being the best tennis player in the world, angering plenty of people along the way with her intensity...

Emily Henrys trio of romance novels will hit the spot for readers this Valentines Day. (Photo courtesy of Medium)

Maddie’s Library: Romances for your Valentine’s Day yearning

By Madeline Marriott, Culture Editor February 10, 2023

If you’re like me, once in a while you need your sappy, sentimental romance fix. In my experience, people might be hesitant to admit they enjoy a good romance novel. Whether that’s because of the designation...

The Guncle by Stephen Rowley was my top read of the break. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Maddie’s Library: Winter break reading review

By Madeline Marriott, Culture Editor January 27, 2023

Ah, winter break — the season of giving, resting and getting ahead on my Goodreads challenge before classes and jobs start again.  My winter break reading list ran the gamut from books that exceeded...

Two of Frederik Backmans books made the list for best of the year. (Photo courtesy of AliExpress)

Maddie’s Library: 2022 in Review

By Madeline Marriott, Arts & Culture Editor December 9, 2022

2022 was a great year for books — and for Maddie’s Library. I’ve read 30 books (so far) this year. Here are my favorites, in no particular order: “True Biz” by Sara Nović The story of...

True Biz follows the headmistress and students of River Valley, a school for deaf students. (Photo courtesy of Goodreads)

Book Review: ‘True Biz’: Stunning portrait of Deaf culture

By Madeline Marriott, Arts & Culture Editor December 2, 2022

Did you know that there’s a dialect of Black American Sign Language (BASL) that has a distinct history and set of signs? Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell was a eugenicist? I didn’t until I read...

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