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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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    When searching for a book, I tend to lean towards fantasy, romance, science fiction, general fiction, and young adult titles.  I also have a deep appreciation for true crime, historical and self-help non-fiction.  When I’m not reading I enjoy listening to podcasts, playing video games and going to the movie theater.  I also run a D&D campaign for a group of friends.  Nicole is one those people!  My podcast favorites are My Favorite Murder, Straight Chilling and Critical Role.  My favorite video games are the Uncharted Series and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  I prefer to focus on entertainment that is story and character-based.  The better the story or the characters the more I care about the outcome.

    • My favorite books of 2019 are Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins by Matthew Mercer and Matthew Colville, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston , The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.
    • Other podcasts I like to I listen to are, Black Men Can’t Jump (in Hollywood), Hack or Slash and The Last Podcast on the Left.
    • 2019 movies I recommend are Us, Fighting with My Family, Ready or Not, Booksmart, and Midsommar.
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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 Nicole and I am your friendly neighborhood Public Services Assistant at the Waukee Public Library which means I am one of the folks behind the front desk who says ‘Hello’ and ‘Have a good day’ (even if you’re just going to the restrooms).  Some of you may see me every now and then behind a desk at the Urbandale Public Library, too. (No, that’s not my clone, doppelganger, or evil twin.) (That would be way cool, though!)

    I am 100% Ravenclaw, reading everything under the sun and always ready to learn something new.  That being said, I primarily read fiction -- especially Fantasy, Science Fiction, Myth/Fairytale Retellings, Magical Realism, and Classic British Literature.  I love a little adventure and romance so if it can sweep me off my feet and take me places, then that is just what I am looking for.  I tend to pick up books that focus on strong characters -- as in, a character that is able to overcome their obstacles with persistence and strength of will and who strive to do what is “right” (a term I find to be intriguingly ambiguous).

    A few things to know about me:

    • I was born with a neat ear deformity called Microtia so I can’t hear out of my left ear.  In a roundabout way, this ear is one of the many reasons books became so prominent in my life and why I decided to pursue a career in libraries. 
    • My celebrity crush is J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. (I had to stop myself just now from going on and on about his general awesomeness.  You wanna get me on a rant for a few hours, talk Tolkien to me.)
    • I am descended from crafts-people on my father’s side and enjoy knitting, origami, bookbinding, and writing in my spare time.  When I’m not reading, of course. Too many hobbies, so little time...I also play D&D a few times a month with my friend and coworker, Deana!
    • I am a crazy Corgi lady. (Don’t tell my German Shepherd!) My husband reeled me in with pictures of his little Tricolor puppy in socks and it was love at first sight.  Now we watch new episodes of The Crown on Netflix wherein we must pay a “Corgi Tax” upon viewing the Queen’s Companions and which can only be paid with gentle belly rubs and ear scratches.
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