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Titles That Grab You and Never Let You Go (30 titles)
Some titles just seem to stop you in your tracks and demand to be read. This list is comment - free, so you can see which titles grab you!
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare: Movies (14 titles)
In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we have put together a list of some of the best film versions of his work. As with the book list, some of the titles are works that were inspired by Shakespeare and his writings.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! (22 titles)
In honor of the Bard's 450th birthday, we have put together a list of his works, and some of the many works inspired by his plays and his life. This list includes material for kids and adults. Also see Happy Birthday, Shakespeare: Movies for film versions of Shakespeare's work.
Not Just Superheroes: Graphic Novels (32 titles)

Nonfiction We Couldn't Put Down (25 titles)

Preaching to the Choir: The Best Books About Books (22 titles)

Non - Traditional Reads for Valentine's Day (21 titles)
Because we have 364 other days to read Jane Austen. Here are books about love in crazy circumstances, love in all kinds of relationships, and life after love.
I Remember That Book! : Nostalgic Reads (20 titles)

Check-Under-the-Bed Books (26 titles)
Updated 3/20/2014
11 Winter Experiences That Are Worse Than Ours (11 titles)
But Still Fun To Read About!
Need a Mental Vacation? (18 titles)
Some of these books take you to another place, some to another time, but all of them submerge you completely into their world. You will end the book feeling like you have been in another world.
Champlin Library Staff Favorites (20 titles)
Here are some of our tried and true favorites!

Champlin Library Staff's Comments    
Cover Art84, Charing Cross Road.
by Hanff, Helene.
In 1949, American writer Helene Hanff wrote to Frank Doel, an employee of British bookstore Marks & Co., looking for secondhand books. Their correspondence would blossom into a friendship that lasted 20 years. The warm, witty letters are collected here, giving the reader a bird's eye view of their relationship as they discussed books, life in postwar London, and their changing cultures. Though 84, Charing Cross Road was also made into a play and a wonderful movie with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins, it is the book that best conveys the charm, kindness and zest of the writers. There aren't enough good things to say about this book!   posted Aug 29, 2014 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtThe Eyre affair : a novel
by Fforde, Jasper.
The term "genrebending" was invented for this delightful book! In an alternate 1980s England, literature is the main component of popular culture, writers are idolized (people change their names to that of their favorite writer), and it is possible for fictional characters and the real world to interact. When a villain threatens to hold great works of literature hostage, it is up to Thursday Next to save the day! At once a mystery, brilliant work of science fiction, and a love letter to literature, The Eyre Affair is a completely unique, howlingly funny book.   posted Aug 29, 2014 at 3:22PM

Cover ArtOne for the books
by Queenan, Joe.
Humorist Joe Queenan takes a sometimes sarcastic, always affectionate look at the life of the reader. Whether discussing the importance of having a bookstore in his hometown, the fact that he's always the last person to read the "in" book, or calculating the number of books he could read in his lifetime, Queenan never fails to make readers laugh and think.   posted Aug 29, 2014 at 1:01PM

Cover ArtReading in bed : personal essays on the glories of reading
Writers as diverse and prodigiously talented as Marcel Proust, Clifton Fadiman , Michel de Montaigne and Vladimir Nabokov all discuss the aspects of the experience and importance of reading. Fadiman's "Reading in Bed" is an especially warm and enjoyable essay.   posted Aug 29, 2014 at 12:59PM

Cover ArtSo many books, so little time : a year of passionate reading
by Nelson, Sara, 1956-
How do the books we read fit in with all the other parts of our lives? That was the question Sara Nelson set out to answer. Her plan was to read one pre-selected book a week for one year. As it turns out, though, books find the reader as often as the reader finds the books. Funny and intelligent, So Many Books, So Little Time is a great book that is guaranteed to send readers looking for the books Nelson finds!   posted Aug 29, 2014 at 10:04AM

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