30 Books to Read Before You Die

Read an Ebook Day is today (September 18). This list from the OverDrive team of book nerds & librarians will help you decide what to read next … whatever format you choose. Print  and audio/eaudio books are great, too. So many good books, so little time.


  • Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Ayaz Virji with Alan Eisenstock
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • The Source by James A. Michener
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  • Shrill by Lindy West
  • The Hike by Drew Magary
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Faithful Place by Tanna French
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • This Is Motherhood by Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert


Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things

Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things by Naomi Shihab Nye

She is holding the book close to her body,
carrying it home on the cracked sidewalk,
down the tangled hill.
If a dog runs at her again, she will use the book as a shield.

She looked hard among the long lines
of books to find this one.
When they start talking about money,
when the day contains such long and hot places,
she will go inside.
An orange bed is waiting.
Story without corners.
She will have two families.
They will eat at different hours.

She is carrying a book past the fire station
and the five and dime.

What this town has not given her
the book will provide; a sheep,
a wilderness of new solutions.
The book has already lived through its troubles.
The book has a calm cover, a straight spine.

When the step returns to itself,
as the best place for sitting,
and the old men up and down the street
are latching their clippers,

she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here.

Source: 5 Poems About Libraries

Blind Date with a Book Launches on Valentine’s Day

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date?

How about a blind date … with a book?

Why date a book?

  • No wondering who should pay (checking out library books is free)
  • No need to impress or get new clothes; be yourself and wear what’s comfy
  • Your date is always ready when you are
  • No adverse consequences when you snuggle up with a book (even on a first date)
  • No messy break-ups
  • No embarrassing photos or stories posted online
  • And … who knows? You may find your true love!

Stop by the Library on Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14)

Choose your date from the “Blind Date with a Book” display. No worries if you can’t make it that day; we will leave the books on display for several days.

How it Works

  • We wrapped up books from a variety of subject areas from our collection
  • Other than some descriptive words on the wrapper, there are no clues about what book is inside
  • A “Rate Your Date” form is included in each package
  • Choose something that strikes your fancy, check it out (your BSC ID is your library card), read it, rate it, and return the book and the rating card to the Library’s front desk
  • Rating forms are due on March 19 for a chance at a prize drawing on March 20

Be adventurous! Try something new!