Reading Radar

Visit our Reading Radar pages when you need help choosing your next great read. Every couple of months we feature a different celebrity reader’s recommendations. Take a moment to browse through the Local Celebrity reading choices, then scroll down to see staff picks.

Local Celebrity Reader

Books have always been an escape for me. When I was a kid, they were a great way to pass away the time on a long drive or a rainy day. Throughout my life, that love of books has never gone away.

I usually have a few books going at the same time. Although I love a good thriller as a way to disconnect and just be entertained, my favorite books are personal narrative histories. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s ability to overcome horrific personal struggles or achieve amazing accomplishments. It helps motivate me when things get difficult.

Oftentimes, good historical fiction allows me to get the best of both worlds. I’ve always believed that there is a book for everyone, and when they find one that hooks them in, they will never want to put it down. Choosing a set of favorites is an impossible ask, but I would love to share some that have captured me over the years.

Ask the Staff

Need more ideas on what to read next? Let us zero in on the right books for you.

  • Find a list of books each of us recommends by clicking the “About” buttons below.
  • Click the “Ask” links to get five suggestions by filling out a short form.

If none of us have listed the types of books you like, fill out this form instead.


Sci-Fi, Fantasy

About Niki
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Mary Ellen

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction

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Chick Lit, British Fiction, World War II Nonfiction

About Kris
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Yoga, Biography, Dogs, Dog Training

About Margaret
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Fiction, Short Stories, Political Science, Sociology

About Mark
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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Modern Literature, History, Popular Science

About Marita
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Literary Fiction, Memoir, Women’s Fiction, General Nonfiction

About Carol
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Teen Recommendations
Realistic Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Action/Adventure, Magical Realism, and LGBT

About Ashlee
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World Cultures, Food, Romance

About Tracy
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Jen M

Mystery, Historical Fiction, General Fiction

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History, Philosophy, Religion, Science

About Loren
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Teen Recommendations
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Manga/Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Mystery/Thrillers

About Ashlee
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