Eragon is the first book to the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. The book focuses on 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, who thinks farming is all he’s ever going to be able to do. Until one day when he finds a dragon egg. Later on when the egg hatches he’s paired up with a dragon. As events turn he learns he’s destined to be a dragon rider and to help save many.


This feels like many other popular fantasy titles and while the books get thicker as you go along, the story just keeps getting better. There are dragons here, and not all of them friendly. If you like fantasy and dragons as well as war, give this book a try.

Heather: I started the series years ago, but never finished it. I still haven’t finished it, but I’m halfway there and I’ve got a copy of book three sitting on my shelves at home. One of these days I’ll get around to actually reading the thing.

Goosebumps is a series originally written by R.L. Stine, a man frequently called the “Stephen King of children’s literature”. While he does have other books and series out there, he’s most known for the Goosebumps books.

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Of the ones we have in our NIDL collection, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp is one I always recommend. Grady and his sister have just moved with their parents and they’re right next to a swamp and not so close to town. Why did they move? So their dad can do scientist work on studying swamp deer.

One day Grady finds a dog that looks a lot like a wolf. The dog quickly becomes his best friend and Grady’s mood starts to improve. Especially once his parents let him keep the dog when no one in town answers their found dog flyers.

But suddenly there’s a rabbit that’s found mutilated. And swamp deer start getting spooked a lot more frequently. And there’s this awful howling at night. Especially during the full moon. Grady meets another kid who seems to come out of the swamp, but something doesn’t seem quite right. Especially when he starts telling Grady stories of the werewolf in the swamp. Is Grady’s new dog the werewolf? Is there a werewolf?

Sound interesting? Why not read it? Or another of Stine’s other books.

Heather: I was easily scared as a child and R.L. Stine was the first “scary” author I could read. And I could read him at night before bed and not have intense nightmares. I was thrilled to watch the T.V. show Goosebumps because I knew the books so well by the time I started watching it. Now, I’m a bit of a horror nut. I still love reading Goosebumps books. Thank you, Mr. Stine.

You’ve never seen a library like this. At least, I don’t think you have. The Unshelved books are collections of the comic strip by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum. Bill is a cartoonist, Gene is a librarian, and they’ve been publishing this strip since 2002. And that information comes straight from the website

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I don’t remember how I came across this comic, but I’m glad I did. Whenever there’s a new strip it makes me laugh. That’s what it’s meant to do! Main character Dewey (doomed from birth, perhaps?) is the Mallville Library Teen Librarian (according to his character description on the website, at least). Tamara is the extremely bubbly Children’s Librarian, and Mel is the manager. Mel deals with all the insanity that Dewey brings her way. She also can’t state an opinion without the opposite happening (“It’s so quiet today.” and suddenly there’s a marching band through the library).

The strip is hilarious and if you like comics give it a try. Or you can visit their website and start at the beginning.

Heather: I do enjoy this strip and I signed up for getting e-mails. On Fridays they have book recommendations. It’s a total blast and the Eckhart Public Library does have some of the books that they’ve recommended over the years. I’ve noticed it just browsing along the shelves or even looking up titles if I’m really curious. They recommend a variety of materials.

The Baudelaire siblings, very close to their parents, find out suddenly that they’re now orphans. Violet, aged 14, is fantastic with gadgets. Klaus, aged 12, is a voracious reader and has wisdom far beyond his years because of such. Sunny, still an infant eating from a bottle, has dangerously sharp teeth and if she doesn’t like you, you’re going to know it.

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Starting with book 1, The Bad Beginning the children learn their parents are now dead and they are being carted off to go live with relatives. People they don’t even know. Their only choice is to stick together, now more than ever.

Their first relative is Count Olaf. A member of a theatre troupe and nothing but nasty. One night the kids are assigned to make dinner for the troupe and when the troupe gets back Olaf is demanding roast beef. When the children remind him he never requested it to begin with he strikes Kalus. Olaf is only after the Baudelaire fortune.

There’s mayhem, a theater play, and so much more happening in this book that it keeps your attention. And you want to know what happens next when the kids get away from nasty Count Olaf. Let’s go to The Reptile Room, shall we? Uncle Monty is waiting.

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In The Reptile Room the kids are sent to live with distant relative Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, herpetologist. He’s a very friendly man who treats the kids with kindness and love. And the kids are fascinated with the snakes! But soon enough… Things aren’t so good. There’s a new assistant in the picture, Stephano. Count Olaf is back!

I’d love to tell you more about this book and the series as a whole, but it’s best if you read for yourself. The best part? It’s going to be a Netflix original series. Why not give it a read? All 13 books are available on NIDL in eBook format.

Heather: I fell in love with this series years ago before they were all published. The occasions I would get to go to the bookstore with my parents I might be able to get one or two books as a child and I’d be reading in the back of the car, at night, no light, and get through a fair portion of the book before we got home. It’s touching, it’s sweet, it’s painful, and you feel for the kids. You want to adopt them. Protect them. At least, I did. I can’t wait for the series and I will likely be rereading the books very soon.

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Young, urban vampires. Not Twilight. Sarcasm and romance. Christopher Moore brings it all in this book. Bite Me.

There’s not a ton I can say about this story without giving some really cool things away. What I can say is this book is funny. It was the first of Moore’s work that I read and whenever I think about it I laugh. Vampires and want-to-be vampires (yes, wanting to be vampires) in San Francisco trying to figure things out. The perspective is weird, but it works.

Christopher Moore writes with sarcasm and a lot of hilarious happenings. His stories are dark, but you’ll smile reading them. Give him a try.

Heather: This is one of my favorite stories. I read it years ago and back then I was not the type of person who would laugh out loud in public at a book. This changed that. Without a doubt one of the weirder things I’ve read it’s something that makes me laugh when I think about it. Great for Halloween!

Does anyone remember that movie Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe where he wakes up in a drunken stupor trying to forget that the love of his life is dead and the whole town blames him? Or the post I wrote about the book before the movie came out? I’m back on a Joe Hill kick, especially with his new book The Fireman being out.

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Let’s go back a few years to one of his earlier books, Heart-Shaped Box.

Meet Judas Coyne. He’s a collector of the macabre with things like a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and a snuff film in his collection the aging death-metal rock legend is always looking for more. One day while on a bidding site he sees something that he can’t buy fast enough. Someone selling a suit that belonged to her step-father. Nothing unusual there, except his ghost is attached to it. After constantly battling his own ghosts Judas isn’t the least bit afraid to invite one into his home. But then the ghost is everywhere. Behind doors, on the T.V., in Jude’s car, outside the window… All the time with a razor blade dangling by a chain from his wrist.

This is just one of the stories Joe Hill has worked on. He’s also done graphic novels, edited and compiled short story collections, and written with other authors (like Stephen King).

Can’t find what you’re looking for on NIDL? Towards the bottom of your results there should be a button that says something along the lines of “Add titles you can recommend”. When you click on that you’ll get a list of related results that you can request for the collection. If it’s something you truly want make sure you place a hold on the item. If you have trouble with this or anything on NIDL stop by and see us. We’ll be glad to help you out. Looking for a little more in-depth help? Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our Technology Tutors. We’re happy to help you.

Heather: I’m not even entirely sure how I got started reading Joe Hill anymore. Maybe it was the buzz around Horns when the movie was in production? Or reading something by him and Stephen King? I don’t remember. All I know now is that I love his work and I’m excited whenever a new book comes out.


The last book to the Divergent series, the movie was released in March and is coming to DVD in July!

Unfamiliar with the series?

Starting with Divergent you meet Beatrice Prior, age 16. On a chosen day each year every 16 year old goes in for a test, but it’s not a normal test like we hear of in schools. This test helps you find out what faction you belong in. Forever. Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Later on the teenagers must decide what faction they will spend the rest of their lives in. For Beatrice the choice is unclear. Her test doesn’t give her a definite answer. She’s special. She’s a Divergent. The person administering her test turns off the equipment and tells her she cannot let anyone know what she is.

Instead of staying in the faction her parents are in and where she was raised, Beatrice (Tris) goes with one completely opposite and finds out more than she ever thought she would.

With each book you find out more and more about the world Tris lives in and just how hard she has to fight to survive and what evils she hopes to change. Want to read it before you watch it? Allegiant is available both as eBook and Audiobook on NIDL.

Heather: I’m still way behind in this series. I enjoyed book 1 and I saw the movie, but I haven’t read book 2 so I haven’t watched the movie for Insurgent yet. I might just cave and watch Insurgent before reading the book. Thoughts? Something you’d like to see? Stop on by and give us some recommendations or suggest things in the comments.


Ashley Bell is the newest book by Dean Koontz. Meet Bibi Blair. 22, fierce, writer, one year to live.

One day Bibi calls her mother because something is wrong. She describes it as the feeling of 50+ cell phones strapped to you and all of them vibrating. It’s a numbness that won’t go away. They rush to the hospital where Bibi goes through testing to find out that she’s got brain cancer. The doctor gives the grim estimation of time left with the living and they find out the short time span includes the help of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. This is not a normal cancer that’s a balled up tumor, it’s all over her brain.

One night in the hospital Bibi is visited by a man and his dog. The next day she’s feeling like her normal self, if not better. She knows the cancer is gone. Doctors start running the tests all over again and, sure enough, there’s no trace of the cancer that was spider-webbed all over Bibi’s brain.

Bibi believes there’s a reason she’s been cured. After some research she believes it’s to help Ashley Bell stay alive. But who is Ashley Bell?

Heather: I picked this book up not that long ago and I’ve been devouring it. The book itself might be a little thick, but the chapters are really small, formed up of only a couple of pages on average. The pacing is good and the timeline jumps a little to show the current happenings and some of what happened in the past. This is my first read by Koontz and I’m likely going to read more.

J. D. Robb’s most recent book, Devoted in Death is book 41 in the In Death series, but where did it all begin? Whether you’re new to Robb’s work, wanting to reread some previous books as a refresher, or a reader wanting to pick up at a spot you left off sometimes it’s hard to find the book you’re wanting on the shelf, but sometimes you can find what you’re looking for in our digital collection!

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NIDL (Northeast Indiana Digital Library) has all of the books to the In Death series in our collection. If you have trouble accessing our digital items or have questions about his collection ask a staff member or you can browse around our online help sections.

Heather: What better season to read a series called “In Death” than the Fall? If this series isn’t up your alley we have a large selection of books to choose from and we do take recommendations. Currently at the bottom of a page when you’ve searched for items there’s a button that says “Add titles you can recommend” and along the left hand side of the page there’s an option of “Additional Titles to Recommend”. If there’s something you’re looking for that you recommend don’t forget to place a hold so we can let you know when the item becomes available. If you don’t want to place it on hold you can select an option for getting an e-mail if or when the item is purchased for the collection.

September 18th is Read an eBook Day. Throughout the day people and libraries from all over the world will be celebrating together using the hashtag #eBookLove.

The Eckhart Public Library is excited to be participating and we’ll be posting on our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and we’d love to hear from you! Use the hashtag #eBookLove and join in the conversation. You never know if you’re going to find your next great read.

Eckhart Public Library is one of the libraries in the NIDL (Northeast Indiana Digital Library) Consortium. (For a full list of libraries in the NIDL Consortium click here.) The libraries in NIDL work together to choose items for our patrons based on reviews, what we hear at our libraries from patrons, and recommendations sent to us through the NIDL website.

Want to know more about Read an eBook Day? Visit to learn information, share your eBook story, and read stories from other readers. Don’t forget, eBooks aren’t just books, this includes eAudiobooks! The Read an eBook Day website also has lists of recommended items based on genre, so if you’re looking for a new book to read it’s a great resource.

Wanting to get started with eBooks, but not sure how? Have questions, but not sure where to find the answers? The Eckhart Public Library offers free one-on-one Technology Tutoring where a staff member can sit with you for up to an hour at a time and help you learn your device(s), how to download items from our collection, and answer any questions that we can that you have about eBooks, devices, and other technology related questions. You can make an appointment in person at the Information Desk or you can call us and make an appointment over the phone. Contact us. We can answer some questions over the phone or in person, but the bigger the question, the more likely a Technology Tutoring appointment will help. We have brochures with some information (ask a Circulation Staff member for these), and OverDrive (The company NIDL purchases items through that gives us help when we get stuck) has a lot of information you can find here.

Don’t have an eReader, but want to try one out? Thinking about purchasing one for yourself, a friend, or family member? The Eckhart Public Library has digital devices you can check out. Ask a staff member for more information about the different devices available for check-out and about what’s on the different devices.

Have an eBook or eReader story you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.

Heather: My own eBook stories are at least a little weird. I’m one of the many who carries both physical books and eBooks (when I can) so I’ve had times where a downloaded book has come in handy like when the vehicle I used to drive died on me one Summer so I was stranded with nothing but my reading and I finished my physical book so yay eBooks! And times like wanting to read really thick books, but not having enough room in my bag so a very light eBook copy helps. And when I’m trying to finish a book or when I’ve heard great things about a narrator downloadable audiobooks are wonderful. Especially when you don’t have to switch between discs!