Author Archive: Erin Downey Howerton

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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Warm Cups, Warm Hearts: Coffee Shop Romance

Warm Cups, Warm Hearts: Coffee Shop Romance

Sometimes, the best blend is the one you drink with someone special. The following books are frothy, highly caffeinated tales of romance that just happen to be set in and around coffee shops. I don’t bean to be rude, but if you’re ready to espresso a little affection and need a little inspiration. . . […]

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Use Booklist Top 10s and Pin for the Win!

Use Booklist Top 10s and Pin for the Win!

Covers definitely catch the eye. But in our fast-paced world, patrons often find themselves overwhelmed by shelves and shelves of choices. They want the best books, fast. Here are three ways to take your readers’ advisory interactions to the next level with Booklist: Try showing one of our Pinterest boards to your customers. Every year, Booklist […]

Aunt Lydia’s Forbidden Bookshelf: Three Books to Read After THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Aunt Lydia’s Forbidden Bookshelf: Three Books to Read After THE HANDMAID’S TALE

  The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale wrapped up last night. If you’re already missing the object of your obsession, you can always read (or reread) Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, since this dystopian nightmare fuel for feminists and anyone who appreciates not living in a totalitarian faith-based state has been keeping people up at […]

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The Flip Side of Victoriana: ANNE WITH AN E

The Flip Side of Victoriana: ANNE WITH AN E

Various spoilers for the series abound below. Reader beware! Netflix’s new reboot of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables pays homage to its source material, but diverges in depicting a far more realistic version of 1880s farm life. This adaptation, first aired on the CBC as Anne, is now available to stream on Netflix as Anne with an E. […]

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Mysteries on the Small Screen: RIVERDALE

Title: Riverdale Starring: K. J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry First Aired: 2016- Where you can watch it: Netflix (the second season premieres next year on The CW) Riverdale is all swirling mist, neon pulsing through the darkness of the night, and a dead […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E12: Ramifications and E13: We Have Brought You Little Cakes

THE MAGICIANS S2 E12: Ramifications and E13: We Have Brought You Little Cakes

Fairy Gitmo, gods aplenty, and eyepatches—oh my! I’m doing a super post for the end of the season and recapping the last two episodes together. Boy, there is a lot to talk about! From Library shenanigans to angry fairies, The Magicians team brought the goods. Let’s dive in: RAM-ifications indeed. Quentin and Eliot find a guy who […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

Finally, the action in Fillory starts to feel like more than filler! This was one of those episodes where everything that happened seemed vitally important to every plot point that’s come before, so let’s unpack some things and dive in. Coconut Oil and Trufies  After King Idri shows up for the royal wedding to Eliot […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

While we don’t get to see Jane Chatwin again in this episode, she’s left quite the indelible mark on these magicians. This episode calls back to the idea that everyone has been living out 39 different instances of the story line (courtesy of Jane), and in this specific instance, they have limitations that are preventing […]

S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

S-TOWN, Chapters 1 and 2

Every small town has a square peg, a person who is definitely of the place while simultaneously defying it. John McLemore, the main character of S-Town, the new podcast from Serial Productions, is a particularly outsized example, one that seems to embody many archetypes in one person. There’s a high-minded, well-educated world-weariness about him like Ashley Wilkes […]

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Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

Announcing Our Latest Recap: S-Town, the New Podcast from Serial Productions

A couple of years ago, a friend asked me if I was into some new podcast. Well, I’d listened to podcasts before, but I’d mostly encountered stream-of-consciousness-type chat podcasts that didn’t seem very compelling. This one was different, she said. “It’s called Serial, and it’s about a high school girl who got murdered years and years […]

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