Reading Room Blog

05/19/2009 - 11:18am

Thank you for requesting a Book Match! Here are some titles and authors
that you might like.

If you like Kristen Heitzmann, you might like:

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
The first in a series of novels, this heartwarming book introduces
readers to a small, charming North Carolina town and its equally
charming denizens. Filled with the mysteries and miracles of everyday
life and rich, provincial humor, At Home in Mitford will have readers
clamoring for more. (Catalog description)

05/19/2009 - 11:12am

If you like books with a similar writing style to those by Raymond
Feist, you may enjoy the following titles (some of them are not in the
fantasy/sf genre, but are wonderful, just the same!):

Necromancer by William Gibson
"Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information
superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through
tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone
with the money to buy his way--and burned the talent out of his brain,

05/19/2009 - 11:05am

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
"After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old
Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a
finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and
ability to see into the spirit world." (Catalog Summary)

From the Ashes by Meghan Brunner.
"Do you believe in magick? More than a picture you once saw of a place
you've never visited? More than the idle wish you'd like to see come

10/23/2012 - 10:40am

Roses are Red by James Patterson: A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands -- and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work.

05/15/2009 - 9:16am

Hello!  If you liked "Harry Potter" and are looking for more titles that combine epic fantasy, romance, and drama, you may enjoy these titles:

Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo Bk. 1
by D.M. Cornish

05/13/2009 - 12:12pm

Thank you for contacting the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a
book match request. You stated that you liked Once a Princess by
Johanna Lindsey.

Here are some other romances that you might enjoy:

Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deverauz.
Depressed and upset, American Dougless Montgomery finds herself weeping
on the grave of a knight in an old English church and thinks she could
certainly use a knight in shining armor. Much to her amazement, that's

05/15/2009 - 10:45am

Besides The Amazing Aventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon has another wonderful, but contemporary fiction novel called The Wonder Boys, which was made into a really good movie starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. The book is better, of course, and tells the hilarious and outrageous tale of one crazy weekend in the out-of-control
life of a college professor, whose unfinished novel never seems to be quite long enough. ......

For historical fiction:

Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Lady and the Unicorn

06/16/2009 - 11:15am

Let's see:

Piers Anthony's Magic of Xanth series. The first one is A Spell for
Chameleon. Here's a review:
Amazon.com
Though already developing a successful career in SF with such heady
novels as Chthon and Omnivore, Piers Anthony did not reach brand-name
status until he cooked up some fantasy in 1977. And it was cheerful,
humorous fantasy at that, as in his first Xanth series novel, A Spell
for Chameleon. The book's young hero, Bink, is without magical powers in

05/13/2009 - 10:24am

Thank you for contacting the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a
"Book Match". We love connecting readers with just the right book.

You requested books that "capture you from the beginning...(with)
excitement and adventure". I love heart-pounding, non-stop action
books, too. These types of books can range from laugh-out-loud funny to
seriously gruesome.

Some suggestions for you:

The Death and Life of Bobby Z. by Don Winslow. Facing life

05/13/2009 - 10:13am

These are a few titles that I hope you will enjoy. I have enjoyed most
of them as I am a Jane Austen lover. (Of course, no one can write as
well as she can.)

Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmine Field by Melissa Nathan:

Successful magazine journalist Jasmine Field finds her life falling
apart - her best friend leaves, her family unravel, and her column hits
the skids -just when she gets a lead role of Elizabeth Bennett. A
Publisher Weekly says she is a hybrid of Bridget Jones and Elizabeth