Scary Stories: All Grown Up Now

As October looms near, I can’t help but to think about making a Spooky Stories display for the library. As a children’s librarian, I am mostly gathering books for young readers. I just put on hold several of my favorites, like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, and the thought occurred to me: what are the grown up versions of these stories?

Not that we can’t enjoy these stories as adults (I know I still do!), but I’ve also read a vast array of horror and scary stories in adulthood. I thought up some interesting pairs. Hopefully you enjoy reading these ‘grown up’ matches to a few childhood favorites.

Pairing Number One:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Fragments of Horror 1, by Junji Itō Continue reading “Scary Stories: All Grown Up Now”

Books inspired by podcasts

Being talked at is one of my favorite past times. Whether someone is telling me a fascinating story about Seattle’s history at work or my husband is listing and ranking his favorite cheeseburgers at home, I love listening. So much so, I listen to complete strangers talking inside my earbuds all the time. In this instance I am referring to podcasts!

Some of my favorite podcasts, as it turns out, have inspired books. As a librarian who loves podcasts, this is the ultimate intersection of my passions. These books go all over the map from graphic novel adaptations to collected stories to further research on true events.

Here are a list of some of the ones I enjoyed:

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch.
Based on the podcast: The Adventure Zone, Balance Story Arc

This is the graphic novel adaptation of a comedy roleplaying podcast in which the McElroy brothers plus their dad, Clint, play Dungeons and Dragons. What starts out as a funny romp through well-known territory takes a deep dive into original storytelling that will make you laugh and sob uncontrollably. Clint and artist Carey Pietsch do an amazing job in retelling the story from the podcast in a new format. Continue reading “Books inspired by podcasts”

Top 10 Science Fiction Books by Female Authors

-posted by Amanda H.

In 2015 I made it a priority to read more science fiction and more books by female authors. As you may have guessed, the overlap between the two is woefully small (but growing!). For my Top 10 list, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite science fiction books by female authors, many of which I read for the first time this year. They are in no particular order, as I am bad at picking favorites. Continue reading “Top 10 Science Fiction Books by Female Authors”