What to Read

Want to know about the latest and greatest books on the shelf? Are you looking for your next great read? Want to explore a new genre?

Erin Cataldi, librarian at the Clark Pleasant Branch provides helpful information for you in her What to Read blog. Click on the topic below to read her ideas and advice.

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Erin's blogs

Game of Thrones Read-A-Likes

Prepare for the newest season of “Game of Thrones” with these Read-A-Likes. 


Beach Reads to Breeze Through This Summer

What’s a vacation without a tote full of books? Summer is the perfect time to pack that tote full of “beach reads.”


Celebrity Cookbooks

Many celebrities have branched out to add "cookbook author" to their resume. Check out this list of cookbooks written by some of your favorite actors and try out some new delicious recipes. 


Seen the Movie? Now Read the Book

Read this list of books before the film adaptations come out.



New Year, New You: Unconventional Self-Help Guides

2016 is officially behind us and 2017 is a fresh slate. I've found some off the wall guides to help make 2017 the best year yet!


Celebrating Human Rights Day

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which served as the first global proclamation that all people had certain inalienable rights.


Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and there is no better way to celebrate than by reading some literature by Native American authors.


Morbid Reads

Don’t forget the library has plenty of ways to provide a scare for free. Visit your local branch and select a book that will have you sleeping with your lights on!


From 'Required' to 'Recommended'

In rereading many of the typical required books, one can almost invariably learn something new, recapturing an old feeling or simply enjoy a book one hadn't been ready for.


The Best New Genre You’re Not Reading

New adult includes books that are a step up from young adult (YA) and has also been referred to as upper YA, crossover fiction, coming-of-age fiction and mature YA.

What to Read Recommended Library Resources

What should I read next? - Get Book Reviews & Recommendations From Trusted Sources

Book Sizzle - Published every Friday, BookSizzle features the newest and hottest titles at the library.

Find Your Next Book - Free service that allows a librarian to help you find books

BookPage - Free journal on upcoming books that can be found at any branch

Goodreads - Share book recommendations, join an online book club, connect with other readers, and more.

New York Times Best Seller's List

Your Next Read - A website that makes discovering, buying and enjoying a book simple.  

Whichbook - A website that factors in millions of combinations and factors to suggest which books match your needs.

Library Read-Alike Pamphlets - Ask a librarian for copies at your branch.

What to Read

Erin Cataldi

Erin is a librarian at the Clark Pleasant Branch. She’s been a voracious reader since the age of three and is a bit of a book junkie. She is involved in five book clubs and publishes book reviews in SOUTH Magazine, Library Journal and online. Erin also co-leads JCPL’s Stout Stories book discussion. 

Erin will read just about anything: young adult, fantasy, romance, microhistories, thrillers, you name it. She loves helping people find that perfect book.

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