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We have put together some lists of books that you might enjoy.  Check back often as topics will change.

Love in a Small Town

Small Town, America is alive and finding romance.  

Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy combines fantasy conventions in a modern, mostly urban, setting. Elements of other genres such as detective fiction and romance may be incorporated into the story.


Missing the Game of Thrones? Try these Fantasy Series.

Put a Bonnet On It!

Try these tender love stories featuring the Amish or Mennoites.

Christian Romances

These books feature Christian characters and overt themes dealing with Christian faith. Characters behave according to Christian tenets, eschewing alcohol, profanity and lying, and any sexual content is hinted at or avoided entirely to instead focus on the more tender aspects of love and romance.

  • Tamara Alexander
  • Melody Carlson
  • Regina Jennings
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • Catherine Palmer
  • Tracie Peterson
  • Francine Rivers
  • Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Lauraine Snelling
  • Lori Wick

Senior Sleuths

Move over Miss Marple!  Active senior sleuths are on the case! Investigate some for yourself.

  • Murder She Wrote Series by Donald Bain
  • Margaret Binton Series by Richard Barth
  • Agatha Raisin Series by M.C. Beaton
  • Geezer-lit Series by Mike Befeler
  • Mrs. Melita Pargeter Series by Simon Brett
  • Jane Arnold Series by Rita Mae Brown
  • Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell Series by Dorothy Cannell
  • Miss Marple Series by Agatha Christie
  • Mama Morgue Series by C R Corwin
  • Miss Seeton by Hamilton Crane
  • Dorothy Martin Series by Jeanne M. Dams
  • Patricia Ann and Mary Alice Series by Anne George
  • Emily Pollifax Series by Dorothy Gilman
  • Puzzle Lady Series by Parnell Hall
  • Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins Series by Carolyn Hart
  • Mrs. Potter Series by Virginia Rich
  • Miss Julia Series by Ann B. Ross
  • Throughly Southern Series by Patricia Sprinkle
  • Deets Shanahan Series by Ronald Tierney

Vacations can be Murder!

Grab a mystery book to read while you’re on vacation, but be careful. Your hideaway may not be as serene as you thought!

  • Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton    
  • Dude on Arrival by J.S. Borthwick   
  • The Cat Who Lived High by Lilian Jackson Braun     
  • Chill Factor by Sandra Brown    
  • Iced by Carol Higgins Clark    
  • A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie    
  • Missing Joseph by Elizabeth George    
  • Scandal in Fair Haven by Carolyn G. Hart    
  • Unnatural Causes by P.D. James   
  • Missing Susan by Sharyn McCrumb     
  • High Country Fall by Margaret Maron     
  • Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers   
  • The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart    
  • The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey     

Teen Paranormal Fiction

Vampires and Werewolves and Fey! Oh My!

  • Heather Brewer 
  • P.C. Cast
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Andrea Cremer 
  • Andrew Xia Fukuda 
  • Kami Garcia
  • Claudia Gray 
  • Lauren Kate
  • Melissa Marr
  • Richelle Mead
  • Stephenie Meyer
  • Alyson Noel
  • Marlene Perez 
  • Ellen Schreiber 
  • Maggie Stiefvater 

Teen Dystopia

Fiction set after an apocalypse that has created a bleak world where characters have to fight to survive.

  • Ender’s Series by Orson Scott Card
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • Matched Series by Allyson Condie
  • Maze Runner Series by James Dashner 
  • Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
  • Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie Ryan
  • 5th Wave Series by Richard Yancey

Galena Library Fireside Book Chat

Meets the 3rd Friday of the Month at 4:00 pm 

Upcoming books:

MAY 26, 2017--Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. 

JUNE 16, 2017--Rocket Boys: a Memoir by Homer H. Hickman Jr.

JULY 21, 2017--Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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