I got the opportunity to get to know the different sections and genres of the Adult Section of the library. I couldn’t decide on just one genre so here are multiple genres that I really enjoyed.
1959 Yellowstone Earthquake by Larry E. Morris
On the night of August 17, 1959 a Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake hit the Montana portion of Yellowstone causing the mountain to slide into the madison River Canyon and on top of unsuspecting campers who were camping below. The Slide brought hurricane force winds down the canyon with the debris of the mountain and water from the river with it. Morris tells the stories of the survivors and how they helped each other to survive a night that would forever change their lives and the landscape of the Madison River in Yellowstone. 28 people died that night with most of the victims bodies being unrecoverable. Morries tells the stories of each family that survived from their point of view of the rush of the moment of not really knowing what had happened. It was at first thought that the dam above the campsites had broken but with all the debris and getting up to higher ground everyone in the canyon had known that the mountain had slide. People outside of the canyon didn’t know what had happened and was preparing for the worst of the dam being breached not knowing of what was happening to those people that were staying at the campgrounds. There is some gruesomeness of some limbs being almost severed and talk about blood and other medical issues that came from the debris field. Overall it’s a great read with lots of pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake.
The Evil Within By Darren Galsworthy
In 2015 Dareen Galswothy’s daughter Becky Watts was brutally murdered and she wasn’t murdered by just anyone, she was murdered by her step brother. Darren had raised his step son as his own and he tells as he discovered the wickedness that Becky was living with that was coming from her step brother. Galswothy also tells about the struggle of the legal battle that he went through to get his step son put behind bars for the rest of his life. Galswothy starts the book by telling the background that he came from growing up as a child and why he raised his kids the way that he did. He didn’t want them to have to struggle like he did and then it turns to the horror of watching the story unfold of him finding out his daughter had been murdered and that it was his stepson who did it and the battle that followed.
Legend of the Tumbleweed by Kirby Jonas
Westerns is a fun genre to look at and even though it doesn’t seem like there are authors outside of Louis L'amour there are! Local author Kirby Jonas started Legend of the Tumbleweed when he was in middle school and was published in 2005.
Thomas Jefferson McLean is wanting to retire from being unknown outlaw and become a rancher when he and his partner decide to rob a bank in Buffalo, Wyoming Territory. The two join a band of cattle thieves to help protect themselves while they make their way to Montana border. With a manhunt going for Tom and Tom falling in love and trying to make a decision as to whether or not to escape with her the sheriff of Buffalo, Wyoming vowed to never stop looking for Tom until he is captured dead or alive.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame
Did you somewhat enjoy Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice but needed a little more action? Then look no more and check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. You can’t go wrong with zombies right? A mysterious plague makes its presence known in the small English town of Meryton, the local residence that have passed on from this world are now coming back to life! Elizabeth Bennet is determined to get rid of this problem of the Zombies but she is quickly distracted by the handsome Mr. Darcy. Soon romance takes place on the living side of the battlefield and on the battlefield to defeat the Zombies. This comedic book with a twisted take on a classic book would make for a fun, yet gruesome, filled read that does deal with: comedy, romance, cannibalism, rotting corpses and I can’t leave out the sword fights.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Empire in which Rin lives in administered a test called the Keju. This test was administered to find the most academically inclined students in the empire. Everyone is surprised when Rin passed the test without cheating and more importantly she passed coming from the background of being a war orphan. Her guardians who are criminals were excited to be able to marry her off and so that they could continue their criminal activities. Rin however got into the most prestigious military school Sinegard. Things are not easy for Rin at Sinegard as she is targeted because of her skin color, gender and where she is from. She discovers that she has an unearthly power of shamanism. With the help of one of her teachers and psychoactive drugs she learns that the Gods that once were thought to be dead are very much alive and that gaining control of her powers is more important than her surviving school. Will Rin have to use her powers to save her people or will a third poppy war break out and risk all of their lives? You’ll have to read it to find out!
Looking for some inspiration on what to read next? Who better to ask then the people who work around books for a living!? Each month we will post a "staff picks" blog post written by one of our staff members. These posts will vary in genre, theme, age appropriateness, etc. If you have any requests on a genre or age category you would like to see, submit a comment here and we will get it on the list!