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Welcome to Langley-Adams Library's Reader's Advisory blog!

For anyone who doesn't know us, we are a small library in Groveland, Massachusetts. We have a small, dedicated staff with all kinds of favorite books to read! 


We will be posting reviews of recommendations of books that we have our library collection as well as information about upcoming titles! No spoilers, we promise! 

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The Langley-Adams Library Staff







Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir

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"In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that are (quite literally) close to home. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the impossibility of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique—as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women or gain entry to places that an outsider would never be able to access. Their daring, shocking, and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about Arab women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is often misunderstood." (Goodreads.com)

For as long as I can remember there has always been conflict in the Middle East but I can't say that I know a lot about the Middle East in general (besides what I've learned in school). So when this book came out I picked it because not only is it about women journalists but the essays are…

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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Morrigan Crow is a cursed child. This means whenever something bad happens, everyone around Morrigan believes it’s her fault. It also means that Morrigan is destined to die on the eve of her eleventh birthday.

But before her birthday, her city’s Bidding Day takes place. On Bidding Day, children Morrigan’s age get bid on to apprentice for a job or attend a special school. Morrigan doesn’t expect to get bid on because of her cursed status, but when she does get a bid, her life gets turned upside down.

Jupiter North, the mysterious man who bids on her, takes her to the land of Nevermoor to take place in the trials to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, which is made up of some of the most unique and powerful people in Nevermoor. If Morrigan can pass the four trials, she will get to join and stay in Nevermoor. Throughout her trials and her year, Morrigan learns more about her new home, the people around her, and her own strength.

This book was delight to read. It was a blend of magic and …

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand

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The story opens with S, who is sixteen, pregnant, and at a boarding school that helps pregnant girls. She starts writing a letter to her baby, who will receive the letter when the baby is eighteen. Soon one letter turns into more and more and she starts to share more about her life and her feelings.

Eighteen years later, Cass is interested in finding out about her birth parents. At first she is afraid to tell her mom and dad because she loves them. They are also dealing with her mom being sick in the hospital, potentially terminally. But as her story unfolds, she learns that her parents are supportive of her learning about her history and help her with her information-finding journey.

I enjoyed this book because it handles hard topics in a very sensitive and subtle way. Cynthia Hand’s writing is easy to read, but enjoyable and interesting. I highly recommend this book!


Darcy Lepore
Library Director

Available at the Langley Adams Library

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

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"Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away--to anywhere--before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone--including herself--wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes--as are the other stories that round out the collection." (Goodreads.com)

If you are looking for book to read for Valentine's day this would be the one to pick. This book was very cute and I smiled the a lot while I was reading it. I am a fan of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You and this book is written in the same style along, which she does well, with lots of quirky characters. The novella portion of the book was my favorite becau…

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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One early morning on her way to meet up with her best friend, Jane is drugged and taken. When she wakes up, she discovers that she is in a room with a bed, supplies, and a bathroom. At first, she refuses to go along with the demands of her kidnapper, who she never sees after he takes her. He has a points system, where every chore she does in her small room earns her a point. With her points, she can ask for things like a notebook, a novel, and other harmless items. The only thing that really keeps Jane going is another one of the kidnapped teenagers – a boy named Mason. They develop a friendship forged by their mutual trauma. But when Jane has the opportunity to escape, she is unable to bring him with her.

Ten months after Jane is kidnapped, and three months after she returns from captivity, she decides to write down her story. In her story, all names and places have been changed. The story alternates between ‘now’ and ‘then.’ As she tries to adjust to “normal” life again, she must als…

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

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"Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread. Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer's market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show. When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?" (Goodreads.com)

The unexpected journey that Lois goes on transforms her life and  it seems like a cautionary tale because you need hobbies and other outlets away from work to give balance to your life. At the beginning of the story Lois's job has taken over her life and even though she was once passionate about it, it drains her mentally and physically. The…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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When she is seven, January Scaller discovers a doorway to another world. When she returns home, no one believes her, and when she tries to return to that other world, it’s gone. For the next ten years, her guardian tells her to be proper, to put any imaginary thoughts out of her mind. Her wealthy guardian is good to her, while the early 20th century world is usually not good to mixed-race girls like January. At seventeen, January comes across a book called The Ten Thousand Doors. As the book alternates between the chapters of The Ten Thousand Doors and January’s every day life, January’s world starts to unravel. As she learns more and more about the special doors the book tells her about, she learns more and more about the people around her… and about how dangerous they are. I highly recommend this book! It’s a well-written historical fantasy that anyone who has ever dreamed of adventure will be able to relate to.




Darcy Lepore
Library Director

Available at the Langley-Adams Library