Punny cozy mysteries come immediately to mind, featuring titles like “Feta Attraction” or “Assaulted Caramel”. Browse the paperback mystery section for a good laugh and lots of choices.If cozies are not your favorite, there are many other choices in many genres!
Some online resources:
Are you ready for a challenge? Our fall reading challenge is your path to a reading adventure! Pick up a flyer in the library for the list of sixteen categories and the full rules. Read books that fill the categories between September 10 and November 10. Turn in your reading log to enter a drawing for a fabulous prize!
- Check out the display in the library for ideas
- Ask us!
- Sign up for weekly emails, each will cover a different category
- We will also feature a category or two each week on our website.
Maine provides an ideal backdrop for all sorts of mysteries. A cozy set at a coastal inn, or noir in the North Woods, it’s a state full of mystery!
Here are a few sources:
- Cozy Mysteries set in Maine
- More Cozies
- Maine Mysteries at “Stop You’re Killing Me”, a mystery web site.
- The Maine Writer’s Index from the Maine State Library offers searching by genre. Limit to “mystery” for a comprehensive list.
Asia is the largest continent, consisting of many cultures, religions and languages, so it is no surprise to see the huge range of books available for this category.
Here are a few resources to get you started!
- Historical Novels of Asia offers an extensive list of historical fiction set in Asia, with sections for mysteries set in Japan and China. Historical fiction set in India can be found here.
- 10 Best Asian Novels of all Time from the Telegraph
- An extensive list from Goodreads.
- Top ten Asian Crime fiction from the Guardian.
- David Mitchell (author of the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Cloud Atlas) discusses his 5 favorite Japanese novels
- 10 Japanese Books You Need to Read
There are two categories in the Fall Reading Challenge that call for a short book:
- A book with less than 150 pages
- A book you can read in a day
A recent New York Times article had this to say on short books:
True to its essence, the very short book does not pretend to have more to say than it does. This is as charming as encountering the rare person who knows when to speak and when to be silent.
While the amount you can read in a day will vary (depending on, among other things, how much you are enjoying the book and how much you are willing to put off doing other things), here are some lists of short books that you’ll have a good chance of finishing.
- From Publisher’s Weekly, The 10 Best Books Shorter than 150 pages.
- Reader’s Digest weighs in with great short books under 150 pages.
- 50 Books, 150 pages or less, from the Lawrence Public Library
On the slightly longer side:
- From Barnes and Noble, 20 Best Books Under 200 pages.
- Flavorwire: 50 Incredible Novels under 200 pages.
- The New York Times article mentioned above, The Pleasure (and Popularity) of Really Short Books, offers some recent short nonfiction.
What I read:
My under 150 page book was Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal, clocking in at 88 pages. It seemed a little too short to me, I was still a little unsure of what just happened at the end. To even things out, the book I read in a day was 724 pages (in large print), The Trespasser by Tana French. I found it hard to put down! Also, I am a new fan of large print, it really is easy to read.
An island is a great setting for a novel — with characters cut off from the mainland, the novel may either evoke a sense of escape and calm, or, dread and claustrophobia. There may be a strong sense of community among residents, or a sense of isolation and often both. Mysteries set on islands may have the occupants cut off, knowing that the killer is among them.
- From the Guardian,Why writers treasure islands, an article on why islands make great settings for fiction
- From the Island Review,13 books set on islands, starting with the Odyssey.
- Goodreads offers a list of Books set on Islands
- Check our catalog for more books set on Maine islands (also try the name of specific islands).
And don’t miss our author visit next Monday with Andrew Vietze!
Our past Fall Reading Challenge Newsletters:
Historical fiction can whisk you away to another time, by providing the small details of life that might be missing in nonfiction history. Historical fiction is always a blend of facts and speculation, with some leaning more to one or the other, but in all the time period becomes a major factor in the novel.
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries were times of great change and upheaval, and provide a rich backdrop for historical fiction. From the English Civil War to the Napoleonic Wars, from the colonization of the New World to the American Revolution, it was an era full of drama and conflict, perfect for historical fiction!
The library catalog is a great resource if you are looking for fiction based on a particular event. For example, here are some searches for a few events.
HistoricalNovels.info has extensive lists of historical fiction from both centuries.
Although not arranged by century, 50 Essential Historical Fiction Books has some good choices, including The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, set in Japan and just squeaking in at 1799.