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Classic horror eBooks

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Welcome to day two of our Halloween eBook recommendations. Today, we are featuring three classic tales of horror from three legendary authors. These are “pages for the ages,” stories that have stood the test of time and that can still send a shiver up your spine.

The work of Edgar Allan Poe needs no introduction. Poe was a master of suspense, and this collection includes his most famous tales of madness and terror, including: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Raven.

In, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving created a character that haunts us to this day, the Headless Horseman.

Though some recent vampires novels might be reaching the “twilight” of their popularity, Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire has been a touchstone of the genre for nearly 40 years.

List Bliss

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Lists have become incredibly popular. Originally, the domain of grocery store runs and Classical music (Listz, get it), now they are everywhere. I would guess that the humble list became more interesting when David Letterman saw in them a vehicle for his wacky brand of humor. Since they, we've become list-crazy. Bestsellers (another list) tout the value of keeping check lists. Social media and website overflow with the “Top 5 this” and the “Top 40 that.” Speaking of top 40, it's still going strong as a radio format.

So, to feed your list-mania, here are the top 10 eBooks checked out by UAPL patrons in the last 3 months.

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  5. The Racketeer by John Grisham
  6. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  7. Inferno by Dan Brown
  8. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

And, if you haven't read them yet, you can find three titles below with available copies.

Happy Reading!

Holiday Cookies

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When it comes to baked goods, I am luckier than most. My wife loves to bake and the top of our upright piano usually has at least three varieties of cookies on it. This increases during the holidays, when she is baking more to take to parties and share with friends and family. I like to say it's a good thing we have the piano.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday cookie swap or a new treat to share, check out these eBooks.

Happy Reading!

Halloween Teen reads

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Teen literature is full of great Halloween themed eBooks. Zombies, and Vampires and Paranormal Romance. Oh, yeah. And if you want to read more, all of these titles are part of a series (of course).

  • Possession is the age-old story of starting at a new school and dealing with a clique of demon-possessed girls.
  • In the Abused Werewolf Rescue Group, Toby wakes up in the hospital and learns that he is a werewolf. Later, he meets up with characters from Catherine Jinks' previous book, The Reformed Vampire Support Group.
  • In Turned, Caitlin moves to New York and finds herself in the middle of a vampire war.

Happy Reading!

Summertime

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It's now officially summer, even if it has felt that way for a little while. The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I've now seen three lemonade stands.

To celebrate, here are three books set in the good old summertime.

  • Summer of Beer and Whiskey tells how the owner of a beer garden and a group of saloon keepers founded the American League.
  • In Hitchhiking with Larry David, the author's chance encounter with Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) while hitchhiking on Martha's Vineyard helps him deal with a painful break-up.
  • One Crazy Summer is the story of the Delphine and her two sisters, who visit their mother in California during the hot and crazy summer of 1968.

Happy Reading!

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There are thousands of book titles available in audio, EPUB and Kindle formats on our Digital Download site.  In addition a limited number of music and movie titles are also available through this site.  

UAPL also offers free music for download through Freegal. Freegal provides access to the complete catalog of Sony music and our patrons can download two songs per week with their library card.

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Changing habits

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Creating the “new you,” is always a popular topic in the new year. Many of us will be trying to do away with old habits we wish we didn't have or develop new habits we wish we did. But how do you drop a habit or pick up a new one? Check out one of these books for insight into improving yourself by changing your habits.

Halloween eBooks for Kids

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What's better than a pile of Halloween candy? A list of Halloween eBooks, of course. Check out these silly and scary reads for the younger set.

  • Vulgar the Viking and the Spooky School Trip - Vulgar thinks that his first field trip is going to be fun. But then he discovers that the woods are full of evil trolls, and he starts to get scared.
  • Switched - Olivia and Ivy find out that they are identical twin, except for one small difference. Ivy is a vampire.
  • The Zombie Chasers - Zombie's just crashed Zach's slumber party. This is either going to be the best slumber party ever, or the worst.

Happy Reading!

New eBooks

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We add new eBooks to our collection every month, but recently, we've been able to add titles that we couldn't before.

In April, Harper Lee announced that her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be available in eBook for the first time. You can place a request now, the book will be release on July 8th, Ms. Lee's 88th birthday.

Just last week, publisher Simon & Schuster announced they would make their entire eBook catalog available to public libraries. This adds authors like Stephen King, Janet Evanovich and David McCullough to our eBook collection. You can view more titles by using the Advanced Search to browse books published by Simon and Schuster, or their imprints, like Scribner.

Happy Reading!

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