Category Archives: Recommended By A Librarian

Recommended by a Librarian: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Recommending Librarian this week is: Clare Hemsworth

What are you recommending?

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

What is it?

It’s an autobiographical graphic novel about a girl who loses her front teeth when just about to enter high school.

Why have you recommended it?

It is perfect for any teenager coping with braces for the first time but also deals with body image, the ups and downs of friendship and family issues. Sisters and Drama by the same author are also must-reads.

Recommended by a Librarian: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

The Recommending Librarian this week is: Leanne Wain

What are you recommending?

Station Eleven

What is it?

It is a novel written by Emily St John Mandel

Why have you recommended it?

I recommended Station Eleven because it’s an interesting take on the end-of-the-world genre.

It raises loads of questions about survival and nature, and what place art has in human civilisation. It points out how vital stories are and how important they are to human history, how crucial it would be to preserve them for as long as possible.

The writing is elegant and unique, and the plot is beyond gripping.

Good for zombie/survival fans & readers looking to be challenged, as the structure’s complex, but important to the plot.

Recommended by a Librarian: Morganville: The Series

The Recommending Librarian this week is: Matt Imrie

What are you recommending?

Morganville: The Series

What is it?

It is a web-series* based on the best-selling Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

*A web-series is a series of scripted videos, generally in episodic form, released on the Internet or also by mobile or cellular phone, and part of the newly emerging medium called web television. A single instance of a web series program is called an episode or webisode. (thank you Wikipedia)

Why have you recommended it?

I had to start with something and I have found this ten episode series short and punchy enough to get the attention of several vocal non-readers that I work with and it has hooked them enough to give the books a try. I also enjoy vampire stories and as a Star Trek fan I was stoked to see Robert Picardo, the Emergency Medical Hologram from Star Trek: Voyager play a role.

It goes without saying that if you enjoy this series you should also give the books a try: The Morganville Vampires novels

You can watch the first episode below, and see the entire series here