Category Archives: Books Checked Out

Our reviews and recommendations on the books we think are worth checking out.

Peculiar packaging: Never judge a book by its cover

By RANDAL SMATHERS CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN There is a generally good-natured debate between readers of e-books and those who prefer ink-on-paper as to which is the better medium….

Meet your maker: 6 books to geek out to this summer

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN Sad to say, but this will be my last column at the Reader. It has been an awesome first year of this…

Beyond ‘Game of Thrones’: Other great fantasy reads

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN Maybe you have heard of “Game of Thrones?” It’s the hugely popular HBO series (the first two seasons are always checked out…

Stuff your face with these cookbooks

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN I love reading cookbooks. I grew up in a family who knew collectively how to cook about six things for dinner. Luckily,…

Dystopia: Great reads about bad places

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN I can’t wait until “Catching Fire” (the sequel to “The Hunger Games”) comes out on the big screen. Jennifer Lawrence makes a…

Listen to This!: Audiobooks worth paying attention to

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN Living in Vermont can mean a lot of driving; even more so in the summer with road trips to swimming holes and…

Warm reads for cold nights

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN  Since last winter was a bust, this is my first “real” winter in Vermont. February dragged on and on and now in…

Book (pre)view: What to read in 2013

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN Even though I order many books every week for the library, I still sometimes struggle to find an amazing book to read….

Comic relief: 5 must-read graphic novels

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN Since I started working as a librarian I can’t count the times people have told me that they hate graphic novels or…

Required reading: The best books of 2012

By LYNDSEY RUNYAN CONFESSIONS OF AN ACTUAL LIBRARIAN By the time you read this, it will already be 2013. This year flew by for me. My goal was to read…