Have a scream of a time with these horror novels!

In honor of Halloween, we’ve rounded up the new horror titles that we’ve recently added to the collection. Check one out . . . we dare you!

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Small Town Life

Living in a place where everybody knows your name and  – for better or worse –  all the details of your life is not for everyone. If it sounds like a little piece of heaven to you, you won’t want to miss these books that are set in a small town!

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Historical Fantasy

If you like your historical fiction with a side of magic (or dragons or djinn and the like), look no further than these fabulous reads!

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Escapist Reads

With all the chaos and uncertainty in the world right now, sometimes you just need a breezy, humorous read that helps you forget the world around you, at least for a little bit. If that’s what you need right now, then these books may be just what you need!

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So you want to learn about racism

We know that recent events have left many of you wanting to educate yourselves about racism and to better understand the experience of many Black Americans today and in generations past. It can be a daunting task, so we’ve compiled a selection of books to help you get started.

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Find Your Next Great Read with NoveList: Appeals and Themes

For our third and final part  in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList, we will explore how to find the perfect book for you using appeals and themes. Let’s get started!


Searching for books by elements such as character personality, pace, and writing style helps you find books that fit your reading interests and style. NoveList offers several ways to perform these kinds of searches.

option one

On the  main page is a section titled “I’m in the mood for books that are . . .” where NoveList curators have paired two appeal elements to create a selection of books. To create your own list of titles by appeal, either click on the “Try our appeal mixer” link at the bottom of this section, or . . .

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Find your next great read with NoveList: Genre

For part two in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList, we are showing you how easy it is to find new favorites in a genre you already love or to explore unfamiliar genres when you feel like branching out.

NoveList offers a multitude of options for browsing genre on their site.

Option One: Recommended Reads

The librarians at NoveList have created recommended reading lists for sub-topics within each genre. Lists are being added all the time, so check back often for more great reading suggestions.

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Find your next great read with NoveList: Author and title read-alikes

Welcome to part one  in our series Find Your Next Great Read With NoveList. In this segment, we will show you how easy this database makes it to find titles similar to your favorite books, authors, or even series. Let’s get started!

Step One

To locate the link to NoveList, click on the Reading tab in the ELibrary drop-down menu of the Lynchburg Public Library website.

Step Two

Click on the link to NoveList.

Step Three

Welcome to the main page of NoveList. In this tutorial, we are going to focus on the search bar at the top of the page. With the basic search features, we can search for a particular topic, title, author, series, or even narrator.

Step Four

Let’s test things out with a search for These Ghosts Are Family, by Maisy Card, “a transporting debut novel that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.” LPL has this book in print and e-book format through Overdrive.

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Make it a Taika Waititi comedy weekend with Hoopla

You may be familiar with his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but have you checked out Taika Waititi’s original work? If you are looking for a zany, off-beat comedy that packs an emotional punch, then you can’t go wrong with any of these three films available to download through Hoopla. Consider them for your weekend movie night!

What We Do In The Shadows  (Rated R)

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople  (Rated PG-13)

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

Boy (Not Rated)

The year is 1984, and on the rural east coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is changing kids’ lives. ‘Boy’ is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky and his Nan. When Boy’s father, Alamein, returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been looking for.