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

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

"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?" (

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

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

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

"The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water." (

The damage that Hurricane Katrina caused is something that I've always been vaguely aware of because I was so young when it happened. So when I picked up this book to read it was the first look that I had into what it was really like for the families that went thr…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice Awards Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline…” (
I didn’t get to read the book when it first came out. I ended up watching the film first, which I thought was good, and I cried. It was such a moving story. I listened to the audio book shortly after watching the film and I cried all over again. The narrator of the audio book did a fantastic job at creating distinct voices for all of the characters and relaying emotions during intense scenes. It’s a must read, or if you prefer, a must listen. I recommend this book if you like social justice, realistic fiction, and African American main characters
Meghan M…

For Small Creatures Such as We by Sasha Sagan

"Sasha Sagan was raised by secular parents, the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer Ann Druyan. They taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable.

When Sagan herself became a mother, she began her own hunt for the natural phenomena behind our most treasured occasions--from births to deaths, holidays to weddings, anniversaries, and more--growing these roots into a new set of rituals for her young daughter that honor the joy and significance of each experience without relying on religious framework." (

Although my first impression of this book was that Sasha Sagan was going to provide alternative ways (in list form) to celebrate special occasions, it was actually more of an historical exploration of other cultures' traditions and rituals. Sagan also related her own experiences growing up and how her family has chosen to celebrate based on their backg…

Another Earth (Movie)

"On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident." (

I stumbled upon the film "Another Earth" after looking for movies that starred the writer/actress/storyteller Brit Marling. When Netflix cancelled Marling's TV series The OA, which I highly recommend, I decided I needed more of this fantastic person in my life. After looking past the shaky homemade early 2010s movie style, this science fiction movie asks us to wonder what would happen if suddenly everyone was aware of the existence of  a parallel universe. And if there was another Earth, would you being willing to travel there? That all depends on your point of view and it's mostly certainly never the same answer for everyone. Marling's characters reasoning for why she would go is deeply moving, despite the tragic reasons she ended up in her situation. I would definitely recommend…

In Waves by A.J Dungo

"In this visually arresting graphic novel, surfer and illustrator A.J Dungo remembers his late partner and the shared love of surfing that endured throughout their time together. Dungo explores the beauty and complexity of his relationship with his partner as they face her prolonged battle with cancer. With his passion for surfing uniting many narratives, he intertwines his own story with those of some of the great heroes of surf in a rare work of nonfiction that is as moving as it is fascinating." (

What initially drew me to this graphic novel was the artwork, the cover caught my attention because even though summer was ending, I still wanted to read about the beach. The artwork is beautiful and monochromatic color palette helped differentiate the alternating story lines. Even though this is a personal story about the author, I learned a lot about surfing. Dungo does a good job of simplifying the history and important figures without putting an overwhelming amo…