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This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that is first in a series. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!


 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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Summer's Last Great Reads

posted by: July 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Cover Art for See What I Have Done August 4 marks the 125th anniversary of one of America’s most followed crimes, that of Lizzie Borden and her ax. In the debut novel See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, the lives of Lizzie, her sister, their maid and a mysterious fourth person unfold in the steamy heat of a Massachusetts summer, leading up to the murders, and right after. Publications ranging from Elle to Entertainment Weekly have put this on their list of Hot Summer Reads.


For something more light and escapist, turn to One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell. ThreCover Art for One Summer Day in Rome e generations of travelers are having their own experience on holiday in Rome. The youngest, 19-year-old Alice, is supposed to be travelling with her fiancé, but a handsome European on a scooter gives her life a huge distraction. Middle-aged marrieds Meg and Alec seem trapped in one of those bickering marriages that need to be put to sleepbut maybe there’s still love underneath the sniping. Meanwhile, elderly Constance wants to put her husband’s ashes in the Italian city. No matter your age, if you like a light, romantic, armchair vacation, try this one.



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Finally, author/computer scientist/robot fanatic Daniel Wilson’s latest novel,The Clockwork Dynasty , introduces a secret society of robots, or “avtomats.” June had heard tales from her grandfather of mechanical soldiers during the war, and she goes off in search of them, but is unprepared for what she discovers. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline has called this, “Steampunk on steroids.”


This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that is first in a series. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!


 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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Adult Summer Reading Reviews

posted by: July 27, 2017 - 7:00am


Our 2017 Adult Summer Challenge participants have discovered some wonderful summer reads. Here are eight great titles to look for! It’s not too late to sign up for Summer @ Your Library. Log in programs you've attended and books you've read by August 20th and you could win prizes! Prize details and programs can be found on our website.



Makala from Owings Mills on Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: “I read this book every summer and still take away new things every read. This book is a little topic heavy but has great important lessons.”


Cover Art for Love, Rosie Carey from Essex on Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern: “This is a fun read. The book chronicles the relationship between two childhood friends, Alex and Rosie, over several decades. Author Cecelia Ahern tells their story through the vantage of a series of letters and emails, which transports the reader right into the minds of her characters. While the ending was predictable, the journey to get there was funny, heart-wrenching, honest and real. Reading the book made me nostalgic of my own past and appreciative of the path that lead to my present.”



Bill from Perry Hall on No Middle Name by Lee Child: “These are great short stories about Jack Reacher when he was younger.”


Ronald  from Owings Mills on God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut:  “Read this decades ago as a 12- or 13-year-old and found it hilarious. As an adult I found it funnier and so relevant to today's society (book was published in 1965). Vonnegut's satirical wit flows from page to page...eccentric strange millionaire, a SciFi writer of pulp novels - Kilgore Trout, Tralfamadorians and a host of other characters. As I have aged, I have re-read a few other Vonnegut novels and he is as relevant today as he was decades ago. Amazing writer.”       


LS from Pikesville on The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney: “One of those rare reads where I did not figure out the ending! Highly recommend this book and I rarely recommend books.”


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Heather from Rosedale on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: “This will go down as my best read of the year, for sure. It goes well with All American Boys, but has the teen girl perspective. It doesn't end sugary sweet, nor should it. That would treat realistic issues in a trite fashion. I cannot believe it's the author's first book. I will keep an eye out for her future offerings. I work with students in an alternative setting and, at so many points in the book, I wished my students were reading it with me so we could talk about it."         



Robin from White Marsh on The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict: “This just goes to prove that behind every man is a good woman. Now Mrs. Einstein is finally getting her due!”


Kimberly from Cockeysville on The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz: "Koontz has a new recurring character, Jane Hawk, a strong and determined character. Once started, it was hard to put the book down. Can't wait to see what kind of trouble shows up in the next book."


Debut Writers to Watch

posted by: July 26, 2017 - 7:00am

Ayobami Adebayo's Stay With Me is sure to do just that, stay with you, long after reading it. The book is set in Nigeria and is a he said/she said story of a couple whose marriage is in crisis due to her inability to conceive, infidelity and tradition. To save her marriage, Yejide finally gets pregnant, but at what cost?


Cover Art of The Half Drowned King If you enjoy Game of Thrones and Vikings, you are sure to enjoy The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker. This is the first in a planned trilogy and is based in Norse history. Ragnvald Eysteinsonn has been betrayed and left for dead by his stepfather's men. In order to regain his birthright, Ragnvald allies himself to Harald of Vestfold, a young warrior who is the prophesied King of Norway.


Debut novelist Brendan Mathews brings us a sweeping, historical fiction featuring the Dempsey brothers, who make their way from Ireland to America after stealing money from the IRA. Set in 1939 pre-war New York, The World of Tomorrow takes us from Harlem jazz clubs to Bowery mobster warehouses to the Plaza Hotel as the Dempsey brothers struggle in their new found home.


Cover art for My Absolute Darling Gabriel Tallent's coming of age story brings us 14-year-old Turtle, who lives an isolated life in northern California with her abusive father. In My Absolute Darling, Turtle longs to free herself from her father and, after befriending Jacob, she begins to imagine a world out from under her father's repressive dominance.






Cover Art for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Debut novelist Gail Honeyman has crafted an unforgettable protagonist in Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine . Eleanor is incredibly socially awkward for many reasons. As a child, she endured a scarring tragedy that set her life in a unique direction, not to mention foster families and, later, an unpleasant relationship during college. Now 30 and working as finance clerk at a Glasgow graphic design firm, she maintains strict workplace routines; during evenings and on weekends, she talks to her seemingly institutionalized mother  what TV she watches and what she eats and drinks (mostly vodka). That is, until three men enter her life and change everything: Johnnie, the musician she distantly crushes on; Raymond, the firm’s new, friendly but bumbling IT guy; and Sammy, an elderly man whose life Eleanor and Raymond save outside their office. Eleanor’s astute, witty, yet baffling observations mirror her unconventional existence. At turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a captivating tale of a woman who overcomes her situation — and herself — to flourish and thrive on her own terms.  


Cover Art for Amelia Earhart the thrill of it July 24th is celebrated annually as National Amelia Earhart Day, a day to honor the famous aviation pioneer and remember her birth. Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 and was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  Earhart disappeared in July of 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe.


Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues today. A recently discovered photograph has renewed interest in her disappearance. Whether or not the mystery will ever be solved remains to be seen. Read and watch more about this fascinating pioneer with these books and DVDs for all ages.



Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

posted by: July 19, 2017 - 7:00am


Cover Art for Fierce Kingdom The zoo is starting to empty out at the end of the day.  Joan is there again with her four-year-old son trying to enjoy the end of a happy day while moving him along toward the exit. Then, a loud noise. Is it a car backfiring?  No, the horrible realization sets in that it’s gunfire. Now Joan and her son, Lincoln, are trapped like the animals in the zoo. Told in real time over the course of three hours, this is a riveting literary thriller. Fierce Kingdom is a fascinating exploration of motherhood: the intimacy, the tenderness and the depths that one will go to protect their young. What do we owe each other? And just what separates us from the animals? Click on the cover to place a hold.



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