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I’m the Adult Services Librarian here at the Waukee Public Library. When I’m not ordering all the library’s books for adults, planning the adult events, curating the library’s art gallery, and plotting world domination—I’m also the Lit+Fix editor.

Outside of the library, I spend a lot of my time doing coursework for my graduate classes and working on home improvement projects. So, it’s very important to me to carve out a few hours at the end of each day to indulge in reading.

Fantasy in all its forms is my jam. YA, magical realism, historical retellings, mystery, romance, horror, graphic novels—I like it all. Anti-heroes & anti-heroines are my weakness. The villain who deep, deep down has a good heart, the hero who’s moral compass doesn’t point to true north after all. These lovable jerks are my absolute favorite—because white knights and damsels in distress are overrated and downright boring.

Outside of fantasy, I also enjoy reading lifestyle books (they’re the book equivalent of those silly Buzzfeed quizzes I find irresistible), culture-focused nonfiction (I’m really into death culture & Japanese traditions/folklore right now), WTH/sucker-punch books (Chuck Palahniuk is the king of these), and a variety of graphic novels & manga. Overall, I’m not really a linear reader—I read in accordance with my curiosity and whims. To quote Stranger Things, “I am on a curiosity voyage, and I need my paddles to travel. These books are my paddles. I need my paddles!”

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Hi! I’m Judy and I have been a life-long reader! I was even the goof-ball girl that kept a list of “books read” in middle school. And yes….I still keep lists. I have my personal list of “books read” AND I’m the keeper of my book club’s list. The best list contains the books I still want to read—and it is very long! I’m a lover of anything on the best seller lists, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and mystery/suspense. I like getting to know the characters—especially strong and resilient women. When I find an author I enjoy I usually go back for more. Some of my favorites are John Shors, Jodi Picoult, Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani, and Kristin Hannah. I would be happy to share ideas for your Book Club, the beach, or for a relaxing hot bath—just please don’t drop the library book in the water!

True confession: I’m not very good at sitting down for very long which is why reading is a true relaxation for me. My husband and I like to travel, explore new things and music events, walk our Beagle mix (Bailey) and cook. He may be a better cook, but I’m a better baker….I’m just sayin’.

Stop in the library and I’ll share my lists (and a big smile) Happy Reading!

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As a mom of two young kiddos, I judge books by their cover. Too many books, too little time. However, once I’m into a book, I ignore all people and responsibilities to finish it. I am also a firm believer that you don’t have to finish a book you don’t like. #RuleBreaker

I love my fiction reads to be light, fluffy, and contemporary with at least a little bit of a romance. Bonus points for quirky, strong female characters. Occasionally, I’ll read outside of my preferred genres of Cozy Mystery and Romance. I like a variety of non-fiction, including anything about pirates and archeology. 

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Curious about everything and eager to learn, books allow me to travel to places I might never visit and know people I might not otherwise meet. I read mostly non-fiction, but a little of everything else, too.

In practical moments, you’ll find me flipping through cookbooks for meal ideas. A begrudging cook who loves to eat, I’m forever struggling with what to make for dinner. More often, I’m procrastinating dinner planning with a different book entirely. 

My favorite books, the ones that keep me reading late into the night, always center around complicated characters. I have a weak spot for everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, underdogs and unrequited love. From psychological thrillers to tragic memoirs, I’m a sucker for books that will break your heart.

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Hello, my name is Cara McCoy and I am a member of the library’s Public Services team. I have always loved reading and can usually be found doing so anywhere.  I read about 3 to 4 books at a time and frequently switch genres to keep things fresh.

My favorite types of books are Historical Fiction, Amish books, and Non Fiction. Currently, I am drawn to World War II novels.  I love escaping into a historical fiction book, and looking up the real story afterwards. I like non-fiction too, as long as it is not too dry.  For the faster reads and to refresh my palate, I love Amish books. Some of my favorite Amish fiction authors are Tracie Peterson, Lauraine Snelling, and Wanda Brunsetter.

Besides reading, I like to hike and get out in nature, watch movies, and go to museums and historic sites – especially ones featured from my favorite books. I really enjoy being active and having new experiences.

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At the risk of sounding like an English department admissions essay, I have to admit I’m a hopeless idealist when it comes to books. I think books have the power to make the world a better place by making readers better people. (I know. But it’s true.) Books can give you a new perspective, make you more compassionate, entertain you, teach you a new skill, and make you happy. My favorite books do at least a few of these at once.

I like to read books that show me what it’s like to be someone else, fiction and nonfiction alike, and hopefully become a kinder and more understanding person in the process. I also like to check out bestsellers of all kinds, from middle grade to literary fiction, to see why they’re so popular. Sometimes I read classics for the sake of being well-read, and sometimes I read young adult fiction for the sheer fun of it. I love books that can make me laugh out loud. My selections may seem random, but if you consider the above, a pattern may emerge.

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