Annual Report 2012

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Hall Memorial Library 201218 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276
www.hallmemoriallibrary.org
(603) 286-8971
Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since October 6, 1887
Trustees: Leif Martinson, Northfield, Chair, lifetime appointee
Eliza Conde, Northfield, Treasurer, lifetime appointee , until December 2012 Nell Grant, Tilton, lifetime appointee
Christine D’Amore, Tilton, elected through 2013
Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected through 2013

Staff: Jennifer Moulton, Director
Kelly Finemore, Children's Services
Brittany Moore, Young Adult and Cataloging Services
Maggie McCall, Programming, Publicity and Inter-library Loan
Jessie Ahlgren, Children's Services and Circulation
Nancy Court, Circulation
Morris Boudreau, Maintenance
Mary Ahlgren, until September 2012
Coral Theberge, until November 2012
Megan Yandian and Amber Groz, Library Pages

Volunteers included Nell Grant, Ginny Timmons, Susan Nadeau, Beverly Green, Cheryl Geiger, Josie Nichols, Don MacDonald, Jeff Tracy, Ralph Nash, Tyrone Hutchins, John Pelletier, Jonathan Ledoux, David Craig, Rita Stone, Cheyenne Patterson, Madeline Hastie, Cam Lewis, Kevin Archibald, Sandra Gibbons, Alicia Gilbert, Janet King, Peggy Graham, Renee Boudreau, Glenn Jette, Bradley Long, Jesse Moore, Clark Roberts, the Daisy Scouts, groups of students and faculty from Tilton School and many others who assist in significant ways. Volunteers help keep our plants alive, take books to our homebound patrons, sponsor programs, work on bulletin boards, recycle, and assist with story time. In 2012 volunteers contributed at least 204 hours to the library! Hall Memorial would not be where it is without the dedication and assistance of its volunteers!

Donations were given by John and Claire Tremblay, Lucinda Hope, Donna Burbank, Glenn Jette, Jeff Milroy, Richard Hartman, Catherine Barrows, Bill Bayley, Chuck and Kathleen Mitchell, the Daisy Scouts, Tanger Outlets, Wal-Mart, Hannaford, Pizza Hut, and Market Basket, along with two donations made in Edna Southwick's memory. We were also blessed to have a large screen TV donated by an anonymous benefactor! Many others gave items to add to our collection or booksale; 661 of those items were added to our permanent collection. We were pleased to use Dan Clark's generous donation of his house, to have the building cleaned and re-pointed, a long awaited and much needed renovation, resulting in a startling difference. Come in to see our before and after pictures of the library!

The library produced 377 programs this year and at least 7,203 people of all ages participated in one or more of them. Our summer reading program was a huge success, with a theme of "Dream Big Read." Together, 210 children read over 6,888 books! The Library's ongoing programs include weekly programs with young adult crafts, the Knit Wits, children's crafts, chess club for all ages, two story times with a craft, Spanish Club, outreach to daycare centers, the Clever Crafters for adults; and monthly art displays, two book clubs and we now serve coffee. Joining these standing programs are many interesting presentations and activities offered throughout the year for all age ranges, so keep a lookout for our schedule of programming in the local newspapers, online, in our newsletter and of course, at the library itself.

Hall Memorial circulated over 62,184 items this year. Our computers were used more than 8,000 times with over 1,800 wi-fi connections. Monthly, the library averages 2,408 active patrons, who come in and check out a book, DVD, large print item, audio book, young adult or children's item, museum passes, VHS Tapes or magazines.

Web-based offerings include EBSCO database, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Mango Foreign Language classes at www.hallmemoriallibrary.org. The library offers 6,322 Audiobooks and 5,602 eBooks through NH Downloadables. Patrons can access these items by going to http://nh.lib.overdrive.com. The "Library Card Number" is 4608 + the patron's barcode number, which is found on their library card. In 2012, we circulated 2113 items through this service.
Our biggest news of the year was that Mary Ahlgren, Library Director for 14 wonderful years, retired in September. A party was held, and farewells given as Mary stepped away from a building and collection she had molded and shaped to form a fantastic, modern, community-oriented library. Jennifer Moulton has stepped in Mary's rather large shoes and hopes to continue to serve the communities of Tilton and Northfield for many years to come.

Hall Memorial is books and so much more! Libraries are the heart of every community and we invite you to come down, try out a program, check out a book, read our newspapers, meet our friendly staff and help us make this place rock!


Behavior Policy

Behavior Policy:

Hall Memorial Library is open to all. While everyone has an equal right to access library services and facilities, no one may interfere with another's ability to use and enjoy the library, or with a library staff's ability to provide services.
For the safety and comfort of library visitors, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of library property, behavior that is prohibited in the library includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Any activity in violation of federal or state law, or town ordinances.
  • Carrying firearms or dangerous weapons of any type, except by law enforcement officials.
  • Vandalism of any kind including defacing or damaging library property.
  • Verbally or physically threatening other visitors, library staff, or volunteers, including stalking, staring, touching, bullying or using offensive language.
  • Harassment of any kind.
  • Being under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Loud, unruly behavior such as running, yelling, pushing, shoving, spitting of throwing objects. 
  • Playing of audio equipment so that others may hear it.
  • The use of cell phones beyond the entry area.
  • Using the library, when your personal hygiene is disruptive to the library environment. This includes wearing wet clothing.
  • Shoes and shirts are required.
  • Using the elevator without an appropriate reason.
  • Walking back and forth or in and out of the library to the distraction of other library users.
  • Obstructing any entrance, exit, or passageway.
  • Public displays of affection.
  • Lying down or placing feet on furniture.
  • More than one person sitting in a single chair.
  • Bringing animals into the building unless they are on a leash.
  • Soliciting, canvassing, or campaigning.
  • Children under ten (10) years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Persons needing continuous supervision or assistance must be accompanied by the appropriate supervisor while using any area of the library.

Persons not engaged in reading, studying, using computers, visiting quietly with other patrons, participating in a library program, or such kinds of behaviors associated with libraries may be asked to leave at any time by any staff person. When a person is asked to leave the library, the request includes leaving the library grounds. At such times the Northfield Police Department will be immediately informed of our actions. Loitering is not permitted on library grounds.

Updated and Approved on August 1, 2011, August 2016

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Annual Reports

Annual Report 2009

Hall Memorial Library18 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276
www.hallmemoriallibrary.org
(603)286-8971
Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since October 6, 1887

Trustees: Leif Martinson, Northfield, Chair, lifetime appointee
Eliza Conde, Northfield, Treasurer, lifetime appointee Nell Grant, Tilton, lifetime appointee
Christine D’Amore, Tilton, elected through 2010
Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected through 2010

Staff: Mary Ahlgren, Director
Kelly Finemore, Children's Services
Brittany Moore, Young Adult services, circulation clerk
Coral Theberge, Library Assistant, tech services
Maggie McCall, Library Assistant, programming and publicity
Beth Crandall, Rachel Sibulkin, Kelsea Morrison, Julia Kehr, Pages

Volunteers: Nell Grant, Bonnie Randall, Mo, Eric and Renee Boudreau, Marge Rudolph, Ginny Timmons, Susan Nadeau, Beverly Green, Cheryl Geiger, Josie Nichols, Don MacDonald, David Bienvenu, Donald Rodriguez, Jeff Tracy, Ralph Nash, Tyrone Hutchins, Tom and Thomas Fulweiler, Dennis Lynch, and groups of students and faculty from both Tilton School and Spaulding Youth Center. Volunteers take care of our inside and outside plants, recycling, and homebound delivery among many other things. They contributed more than 623 hours to the library and we thank them all for their time and energy.

Gifts were given to the library by John and Claire Tremblay, Lucinda Hope, Jeff Milroy, James Watkins, Juanita George, and friends and family of Judy Gazza. In addition many people in the two towns gave us materials to either add to our collection or sell in our on-going book sale. We appreciate the many generous acts of which we are the beneficiary.

The library produced 462 programs this year, ranging from weekly story times, to book talks at schools in the district. At least 4,172 people of all ages participated in one or more of these. We have experienced knitters who teach beginners to knit. We're now up to four monthly book discussion groups. There are literacy programs for adults. People play Scrabble and chess here on a weekly or monthly basis. It seems like there is always a library event happening within or beyond these doors.

Downloadable audio books offer the newest popular titles and old favorites for you to listen to on your MP3 and now on your IPod, and the state library is working on providing a similar service for ereaders. The state library also makes it possible to access periodical and other databases online with your library card. Print periodicals are available to read here or, if not the current issue of a magazine, at home. We order new books, DVD's, and books on CD on a regular basis. Our yearly circulation is again over 66,000.

The building has had some work done on it this year. We have high hopes that this winter will prove leak free, and that our chimney is in good shape for a few more years.
The number of people through our doors on a regular basis continues to increase. We would like nothing more than to see you join, use, and enjoy the library in 2010.



Annual Report 2010

Hall Memorial Library18 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276
www.hallmemoriallibrary.org
(603)286-8971
Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since October 6, 1887

Trustees: Leif Martinson, Northfield, Chair, lifetime appointee
Eliza Conde, Northfield, Treasurer, lifetime appointee Nell Grant, Tilton, lifetime appointee
Christine D’Amore, Tilton, elected through 2013
Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected through 2013

Staff: Mary Ahlgren, Director
Kelly Finemore, Children's Services
Brittany Moore, Young Adult services, circulation clerk
Coral Theberge, Library Assistant, tech services
Maggie McCall, Library Assistant, programming and publicity
Rachel Sibulkin, Julia Kehr, Pages

Volunteers: Nell Grant, Mo, Eric and Renee Boudreau, Marge Rudolph, Ginny Timmons, Susan Nadeau, Beverly Green, Cheryl Geiger, Josie Nichols, Don MacDonald, Jeff Tracy, Ralph Nash, Tyrone Hutchins, Tom and Thomas Fulweiler, Dennis Lynch, and groups of students and faculty from Tilton School. Volunteers help with plant care, recycling, tutoring, and homebound delivery among many other things. They contributed at least 508 hours to the library and we thank them all for their time and energy.

Gifts were given to the library by Ernestine and Robert Dudley, as well as their daughter, Andrea, who gave the library a collection of Tilton and Northfield memorabilia which are worth a special visit! Other gifts of interest to the towns include items from the photos of Dick and Nan Smart, and seven beautiful quilt pieces made by the Ladies of the Lake Quilters Guild in honor of Judy Gazza. Millie Shaw gave some copies of grave markings from Park Cemetery, and James Frase- White donated a stained glass window for the children's room. John and Claire Tremblay, Lucinda Hope, Susan Bayley, Karolyn Carpenter, and The T-N Rotary Club also gave us gifts. And last but definitely not least Daniel Clark left us his property! We appreciate the many generous acts of materials and support which we receive from the community.

The library produced 469 programs this year and at least 4933 people of all ages participated in one or more of them. We began offering First Mondays, a program featuring some of the talented and interesting people who live in our towns. They are advertised on the sign board so if you see something that intrigues you, please come.

Downloadable audio books offer the newest popular titles and old favorites for you to listen to on your MP3 and now on your IPod, and the state library is now providing a similar service for e-readers. We offer the Encyclopedia Britannica and Mango Foreign language classes on-line. NHSL makes it possible to access periodical and other databases with your library card. Print periodicals are still available here and we order new books, DVD's, and books on CD on a regular basis.
Challenges at the library include keeping access to the internet open to the public, and finding ways to continue to serve you well during this time of monetary challenges. We hope that you will visit us in 2011.

Annual Report 2007


Hall Memorial Library
18 Park Street
Northfield, NH 03276
6032868971

Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since 1886

Trustees: 
Tom Fulweiler, Secretary
Christine d’Amore
Judy Sanders, T,
Eliza Conde, N, Treasurer
Leif Martinson, N. Chair

Staff:
Mary Ahlgren, Director 
 Kelly Finemore, Children’s Services
Trudy Fletcher, YA 
ServicesCoral Theberge, Tech Services
Catherine Higgins to June, 07
Jay Pomponio to April, 07
Lisa Laughy, to December, 07

Volunteers: Josie Nichols
Bonnie Randall Mo Boudreau
Marge Rudolph Ginny Timmons
Susan Nadeau Beverly Green
Derrick Lambert Mariah Olivier
Tricia Beauchesne David Rodrique
Donald Beinvenu
Cheryl Geiger 
Stephanie Harris
Nell Grant 
 Bob Landry 

Pages
Beth Crandall and Rachel Sibulkin
Calvin Finemore to April, 07

Your library continues to serve the towns in a variety of ways. We provide outreach to the youngest members of our communities by visiting childcare centers and schools, and with a vibrant summer reading program. We reach out to our elders, delivering materials to the homebound, and facilitating a book discussion group at the NH Veterans Home. Patrons of all ages come through our doors for reading material, access to periodicals, stories for their commutes to work, family movie watching, and a variety of programs. We are pleased to be able to contribute to so many aspects of community life.

Our circulation is growing, with figures above 55,000 for the first time in history. The typical number of people visiting the library in any one week averages around 800 and our public access computers were used more than 10,000 times in 2007. We continue to add material to the collection to keep our patrons happy, and the information we offer up to date. Remember that our "card catalog" is accessible to you from your computers at home when you visit our website. The website also has our monthly calendar with program information, staff "good read" suggestions, and links to some of our databases.

Volunteers, listed above, are an important part of the library. They help us recycle, keep us posted about local current events, tutor non English speaking people, deliver to the homebound, and take care of our plants, both inside and out. We appreciate all of them, and all of our patrons as well. Please consider making your library a part of your week! We look forward to welcoming you!


Annual Report 2008


Hall Memorial Library18 Park Street, Northfield, NH 03276
www.hallmemoriallibrary.org
603 286-8971
Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since 1886

Trustees: Leif Martinson, Northfield. Chair, lifetime appointee
Eliza Conde, Northfield, Treasurer, lifetime appointee
Judy Sanders,Tilton, lifetime appointee through August
Nell Grant, lifetime appointee beginning September
Christine D’Amore, Tilton, elected through 2010
Tom Fulweiler, Northfield, Secretary, elected through 2010

Staff: Mary Ahlgren, Director
Kelly Finemore, Children's Services
Trudy Fletcher through August, Brittany Moore beginning September,
Young Adult services
Coral Theberge, Library Assistant, tech services
Hadley Barth, Library Assistant, interlibrary loan services
Heather Young, Substitute
Beth Crandall, Rachel Sibulkin, Kelsea Morrison, Pages

Volunteers: Nell Grant, Donald Bienvenu, Bonnie Randall, Mo, Eric and Renee Boudreau, Nicole LaPlante, Marge Rudolph, Ginny Timmons, Susan Nadeau, Beverly Green, Cheryl Geiger, Josie Nichols, Don MacDonald, Tricia Beauchesne, David Rodrique, Volunteers take care of our inside and outside plants, recycling, and homebound delivery among other things. They contributed more than 860 hours of their time to the library and we thank them all for their generosity.

The library produced 255 programs this year, ranging from weekly story times, to booktalks at the middle and high schools. We have experienced knitters who teach beginners to knit, and book discussion groups which stretch our reading habits by encouraging us to read beyond our normal interests. People play Scrabble and chess here on a weekly or monthly basis. There is always something happening within these doors.

We are your source for up to date information via the internet, on our databases, or within the covers of our reference materials. Down loadable audio books offer the newest popular titles and old favorites for you to listen to on your MP3. Magazines and local newspapers are available for to read here or, if they aren't the latest issue, at home.

Our building itself is a draw for locals and tourists alike. Nearly every week someone stops in to tour the library and hear about its history. Unfortunately the older structure has developed leaks in several places, and it is likely that the water is coming in because the bricks need to be re-pointed. The chimney, which is also original, must be rebuilt as the sandstone which forms its base has deteriorated over the last 120 years. Both of these repairs will require specialized and costly attention. We are applying for grants to help pay for these projects.

The numbers of materials that we circulate have been going up: in 2008 a total of 66299 items of various kinds were checked out at our circulation desk. That is an increase of nearly 10,000 since 2007. We order new books, DVD's and books on CD regularly to keep our patrons current and happy. We would like nothing more than to see you join, use, and enjoy the library in 2009.

Annual Report 2006

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Hall Memorial Library
Annual report for 2006


Serving the towns of Tilton and Northfield since 1886.
18 Park Street
Northfield, NH
603 286-8971

Hours: M and Th: 10 to 8
Tu, W and F: 10 to 6
Sat: 10 to 2

Trustees: Leif Martinson, N, Chair
Liza Conde, N Treasurer
Judy Sanders T
Ken Norton T to 3-07

Staff: Mary Ahlgren, Director
Kelly Finemore, Children’s Services
Mary Todt N to 3-08
Jessie Wright YA Services to 8-06
Trudy Fletcher YA Services 8-06
Jay Pomponio, Reference
Coral Theberge, Tech Services
Jessica Burroughs, NHReads to 8-06
Jude Wilcox, NHReads since 10-06
Catherine Higgins, Archivist

Pages: Carl Liberatore to 9-06
Lynn Swenson to 10-06
Rachel Sibulkin from 9-06
Elizabeth Crandall from 10-06
Calvin Finemore from 10-06

A couple of new ventures are a part of the library story this year. From April through June we sponsored, with the help of Tilton School Librarian Becky Albert and WRSD teacher Chris d’Amore, a two town wide book discussion. We chose HOOT by Carl Hiaasen, to enable people of all reading levels to participate. Our best guesstimate of how many people read the book is just about 450! And the best book discussion took place at the NH Veterans’ Home in Tilton, between “old” soldiers and WR Middle Schoolers. The Veterans’ Home also cosponsored a Squam Lakes Sciene Center program about owls to go with the theme of the book.
The other new feature of your library is WIFI access. Many people use computers here, and now you can bring your own laptop. So from book discussions to online research your library is the place to go. Of course we offer the newest books and audios, periodicals, pedometers, passes to local attractions, many other programs, and our usual friendly service as well.

Britt's Picks 2013

Britt's picks
2011 | 2012



Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
An interesting narration that done by anybody else I may not have liked. I am completely in love with David Levithan, so I may be a bit biased. I thought this was such a powerful and true novel and my heart ached with every line. 

The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand
This is the second book by Claire LeGrand and every bit as delightful. This time we are taken to an old music hall that is filled with ghosts. Olivia has to decided whether or not to help the ghosts so that they can move on. Lovely illustrations are sprinkled throughout this story and makes it just lovely. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is the third book by Rainbow Rowell and definitely my favorite. Cath goes off to college with her twin sister, by her sister wants them to kind of go their own ways once they are there. Cath hates the idea and tries to throw herself in to writing her fanfiction. Then she meets a boy, or two. I just love the feel of this book and it's a great read for anyone who's a bit nerdy.


Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
A great spooky read. This was not the story I was expecting at all. It starts off with a bang and pulls you deeper into the weird chain of events that lead you to the startling conclusion. A very strange read that I wish was a bit scarier. It had potential to be terrifying, but stuck with being creepy instead. 

Easy by Tammara Webber
This was a fab read and I highly recommended it for those going off to college. Some rough things happen to the main character while she's in college and some excellent things happened to her. I thought this was a very realistic love story and look forward to reading more by this author. 

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
You may have to read this book more than once, or at least some parts of it, to fully comprehend and fall in love with it. The story twisted and turned and jumped and left you feeling breathless. It won the Printz award though, because Melina Marchetta knows what she is doing. 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
 A great throwback to the '80s. I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters. Their relationship will build you up and tear you apart. This book was so honest and real. 

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
I know, I know, you're probably sick of vampire novels, but I feel like this one is different. This is about a human trying to fit in to the vampire world. Things are going fairly okay for Gene until he gets picked to be part of The Hunt. Where a few lucky vampires get to hunt and eat some of the remaining humans. Gene has to find a way out of this situation, because they will know he's not a vampire as soon as The Hunt begins. 


Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe
This was a fun and quick read about fitting in at a new school and the extreme measures one girl took to stand out. 

Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
This was such a lovely novel about whether or not you control your destiny.

Icons by Margaret Stohl
Lots of action in this one. Margaret Stohl is one half of the duo that wrote Beautiful Creatures and this is possibly an even more exciting series than that one. Definitely check this one out.

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
YES! YES! YES! I adore this book. If you read only one realistic fiction book this year, make it this one.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
This is great for fans of Howl's Moving Castle. A really exciting, fun read with a bit of magic and evil dashed about.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I wish I had read this one sooner. It was such an amazing read. I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved Graces. It was a great fantasy read.

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
This was a much different book than what I had expected. If you're looking for a novel that's a bit off the beaten track, that pushes your comfort zone; check out Maggot Moon. It was fascinating and totally worth the read.  

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Another different novel about a boy struggling with some depression and deals with it in some unique ways.

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
Sort of, kind of like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Oliver Tate was a very interesting character. We also have this movie, so check that out too. 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
Simply lovely. 


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
So I'm sure that I am nearly the last person on Earth to read this book, but I knew it was going to be heartbreakingly amazing and didn't want to read it and have it be over. So if you also have yet to read this book, just do it.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
This was a very interesting take on ghosts/the afterlife. It was a really fun mystery and I look forward to seeing the next part of it. Victoria Schwab is just a really great author.

Death Cloud by Andew Lane
 I didn't pick this series up for a long time, because I didn't like the Bieber looking kid on the cover. I certainly wished I had read them before, they are simply fantastic. If you have ever wondered where the great Sherlock Holmes learned his secrets (or if you just love a great adventurous mystery), check out this series.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
This was a great zombie book. Plenty of gore. Don't let the title fool you; though there are a few references from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it doesn't have that same whimsical magic. It was still a really fun read. 

Chime by Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley has re-imagined witches and fairies into this awesome story. From the very first page I was captured in this story and didn't want to put it down.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka-Brunt
What a wonderful novel filled with heartache and beauty. Every single chapter was just perfect. Fourteen-year-old June is a very interesting character. She seems so alone but so magnificent. June, Finn, Toby and Greta's relationships are just amazing. There is so much unspoken between all of them and that only adds to the novel. 

Never Let You Go by Emma Carlson Berne
The psychological thriller aspect of this was lovely though. Anna was totally sketchy and it made me a bit sick thinking about what she might do next. If you like being kept awake and on the edge of your seat, definitely check this out. The beginning might not suit you, but the last third of the book is intense. Enjoy.

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
It's the 1920's and Garnet is sent to the country for some "fresh air". Garnet loves ornithology, and carries a pair of scissors to snip out bird silhouettes. This is something that she does with ease. Though Garnet is fascinated by this new place she has come to stay, the company is less than desirable. Her relations are stuffy and snobby and Garnet just wants to escape them desperately. Then she finds someone to escape with. There are many reasons that people would find the friendship between Garnet and her new flapper friend scandalous, so they have to sneak around. This works fine until things come up that threatens to tear apart the happiness the two of them have built. Some things that should be, simply are not to be. 

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
This novel was fantastic. I loved learning all this information about Lincoln's life, he was an incredible person. If you love history than this will probably be for you. This story isn't weighed down by lots of vampire information. The vampires are peppered throughout the novel and I think it works best that way. 

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
This was a quick pleasure read. A story about a young women with some mind-reading abilities and vampires coming into the human world hoping to integrate themselves into society. Not for young readers due to some adult content, but a delightful read for those venturing just out of YA. Sookie Stackhouse is a 100% loveable character. This was a really fun start to a vampire story that's a little bit different (and also includes way more supernatural than just vampires).


a + e 4EVER by i. merey
A weird graphic novel. Not for everyone, but fans of Fun Home and similar titles might want to pick this one up. The illustrations were very awesome.

The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller 
The third book in the Kiki Strike series was just as good as the first two. This is a series you should be reading. You can check out the first book here and the second here

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a super fun novel. If you enjoy video games or 80s pop culture definitely pick this one up. I loved how immersed in the world you become. The main character Wade/Perzival was just fantastic to follow around in this bizarre reality.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The final book in the Across the Universe Trilogy and just as good as the rest. Though I find this series a bit predictable, you're never sure until you're sure of what is actually going to happen. If you haven't read Across the Universe yet, do yourself a favor and grab it today.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The sequel to Shatter Me and still more beautiful writing. Tahereh Mafi knows how to write a sentence. This book has plenty of surprises up it's sleeve including some scandalous scenes. If you're looking for something beautifully written and action filled pick this one up.