A reason to bookmark this season


Edie Himmer

Bookshelf at the library displaying past yearbooks and other nonfiction.

Changing leaves and cooler temperatures create an atmosphere for settling down with a good book. Whether the choice is something spooky like a Stephen King novel, a cozy romance, or a fantasy, it can make all the difference. 

Fall has brought an ample amount of new book releases. Conor Greaney, school librarian, is in charge of keeping the library up to date on new books. 

“A lot of times it’s just based on student interest,” Greaney said. “So, for example, we have true crime, and all of our true crime books checked out. And so, to me, that’s an indication I needed to buy more.”

Greaney also talked about new releases that he is excited about, as well as books other students have been checking out. 

“[Aiden Thomas] released this new book called, ‘The Sunbearer Trials’ last month,” Greaney said. “It’s kind of like an updated, more fantastical version of, ‘The Hunger Games’… There’s this big competition with these children of gods who all have different powers. [Thomas is] an author, actually, that lives and works in Portland, and they write fantasy,” Greaney explained. “The Sunbearer Trials” came out Sept. 6, 2022. This book can be found in the fantasy section of the library. 

Those who have read, “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera might be excited to hear about the release of, “The First to Die at the End”. This book is the prequel to “They Both Die at the End,” and it features two new characters who are also involved with Death-cast-\— an organization which calls people to tell them they have 24 hours left of their lives. 

Readers who love to dive into a romance novel have probably heard of Colleen Hoover. On Oct. 18, Hoover released, “It Starts with Us,” which is the sequel to her novel from 2016, titled, “It Ends with Us.” This new release picks up right after the ending of “It Ends with Us” and switches between the perspectives of Lily and Atlas, returning characters from the first book. Both books are available in the library.

Fans of non-fiction might enjoy former Nickelodeon actress Jeanette McCurdy’s new memoir that came out Aug. 9, titled, “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” 

“A lot of students have been reading that, and are excited about it,” Greaney said. “I’m Glad My Mom Died” is a memoir featuring McCurdy’s relationship with her mom, her eating disorder, her experiences being a child actor, and how she navigated all these pressures.

Another option for those who like a good scare is the library’s collection of horror and true crime. 

“There’ll be a display up of some just good horror books, some true crime books,” Greaney said. “So I think if that’s something you’re into, that’s a good type of book to read in the fall.” 

Stephen King released a new book on Sept. 6. “Fairy Tale” is over 600 pages long and follows the story of 17-year-old Charlie Reade, who becomes conflicted after discovering the key to a parallel universe.

Or maybe instead of a new release, one might reread an old favorite. 

“I don’t reread it every year. But there’s a book called, ‘Let the Great World Spin’ that I reread probably every two or three years that I really like,” Greaney said. “Let the Great World Spin” is a fiction novel by Colum McCann released in 2009 that follows an Irish monk living in New York. 

The library has a wide selection of choices, however any books that readers want to be in the library can be requested to Greaney.  

“Student requests is the top priority for me,” Greaney said. “So if a student requests something specific, I use that.”