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! 


The Langley-Adams Library Staff

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

“Moxie girls fight back! Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.”( I enjoyed this book; it had angst, romance, and a whole lot of sisterhood. I felt the main character was relatable in the sense that many women have encountered some type of sexism or injustice and don’t always know how to react to it. It was a feel good read where girls work together…

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

“The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together... once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order...before her own number is up.”( I don’t usually read cozy mysteries, but when I saw that Chien’s theme was different types of Chinese food, I was instantly hungry. Death by Dumpling is the first in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Since I am not a frequent reader of cozy mysteries it wasn’t too predictable t…

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

"Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend—and William’s father—Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Lush gardens, a gorgeous pool, delectable French food, and a seemingly never-ending wine list—what’s not to like? Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son..."  (

Not your typical romance novel, Jess is on a mission to reconnect with the father of her son but obviously things don't go as planned. There are a lot of good lessons to be learned in this novel when it comes to family, relationships and health. I also found the book is a good portrayal of parenthood and always trying to do what is best for your child.

Kelsey Fitzgerald
Library Assistant

Available at the Langley Adams Library

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

“Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.(

Want to read a cute romance this summer? Have you finished all of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and need to watch more people baking? Can you relate to not knowing what you want to do with your life and have the urgent need to get out of your hometown? Then this graphic novel is for you! Panetta gives us a cute romance that has its ups and downs, but ultimately ends in a satisfying way. Get some baked goods and start reading!
I reco…

Columbus (Movie)

"When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their own conflicted emotions." (

To start off this movie is not one that is filled with a lot of dialogue, however the conversations that the characters have carry more meaning because of this. Jin and Casey, the two main characters, are in their own ways stuck in life and looking for something more. One of the things that makes this movie great, besides the cinematography, is that Jin and Casey's struggles feel so real because they are rooted in things that lots of people struggle with such as belonging, dealing with change, and what is expected of you from your family vs. the w…

Turbulence by David Szalay

"... In this wondrous, profoundly moving novel, Szalay's diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all. Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the next.

Written with magic and economy and beautifully exploring the delicate, crisscrossed nature of relationships today, Turbulence is a dazzling portrait of the interconnectedness of the modern world." (

For such as small book, Szalay really moved me with his short vignettes that peer into the lives of people from all across the world. The book caught my attention because it centered around people traveling and as someone who likes to travel I found it interesting to read about trav…

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable

"Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that Godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight. An exploration of sexuality, family, and faith, Kiss Number Eight is a coming-of-age tale filled with humor and hope."(
Kiss Number 8 is about so much more than kissing. To me this graphic novel is about struggling with faith, holding on to friends who aren’t that great for you, and dealing with family issues. This graphic novel was not quite what I was expecting, and I really enjoyed it. It brought me back to when I was in school. It allowed me to revisit my younger self and see how my thoughts and opinions have changed. It’s ending is also very sweet. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
I recommend this graphic novel if you …