Books That Satisfy Those Podcast Cravings

Recently, Wired magazine talked about the rise of modern fictional podcasts. The article immediately caught my attention because I have listened to — and loved — half the shows it mentioned. The other half I finished afterward. It’s incredibly easy to binge on an excellent podcast, and now I’m back to where I started: impatiently waiting for the next episode!

Luckily, I’m in a library full of books to tide me over until the next one is released. In case you’re in the same situation as me, I’ve put together a list of books to tide you over.



Welcome to Night Vale has its own spinoff novel (even available in audiobook!), but it could also be compared to Mira Grant’s Feed because of the unique narrator. Cecil is Night Vale’s radio journalist who investigates his surreal community. Feed follows news bloggers during the zombie apocalypse.










The Bright Sessions follows a therapist for people with supernatural powers. The first book to recommend for this has to be We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory. It also uses therapy as a starting point, but for survivors of supernatural events, bringing them together and then pulling out their stories and thrusting them into a new adventure. The Humans by Matt Haig could also work, as it humorously follows the point of view of an alien trying to understand human thought processes.








The Deep Vault seems much easier to compare to something like Fallout 4, but since we’re sticking to books, perhaps S.A. Bodeen’s The Compound. It doesn’t have robots or monsters, but it does have the creepy bunker that the protagonist can’t escape.










The Black Tapes has a huge X-Files feel to it. Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation matches the horror and the scientific feel, but the supernatural and episodic aspects pair well with an urban fantasy series like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books. The first one is Moon Called.










Archive 81 is a spooky podcast that revolves around a mysterious apartment building and the incredibly strange people who live there. The book that immediately comes to mind is 14 by Peter Clines. It also centers on a strange apartment building, though these residents band together to discover why every apartment has a secret. Messages are hidden in the walls, there’s a room that attracts death, a locked door is strangely cold — so much mystery, and the tension levels are perfect.









I want to get Alice Isn’t Dead perfectly right. It’s my favorite podcast. Maybe try Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix for the creepiness that exists in seemingly ordinary places — a haunted furniture store instead of Alice’s creepy highways. I’m about to try The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher because I’m hoping this trucker battling supernatural horrors on the road can tide me over until Alice rides back onto the  airwaves for season two.







Let me know if you’ve got recommendations of your own — either book read-alikes or new fictional podcasts. Listening to all of these makes me wonder if one will be produced in our own Recording Studio, located at the new Douglas County Libraries in Parker.

~ mg

Books Becoming Movies

Are you a “book to movie” fan, even if it’s just to prove that the book is always better than the movie? If so, you have lots of reading to do to be ready for these exciting fall releases!


ampastoralAmerican Pastoral by Philip Roth, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1998, came out October 21 and chronicles the life of Seymour “Swede” Levov in 1960s New Jersey. Ewan McGregor plays Swede, a hardworking regular guy who watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.





In The Circle, by Dave Eggers, a young woman takes a job at a Google-like tech company, where she quickly climbs the corporate ladder. The company’s tagline? “Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft.” No dearth of stars here — watch Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton in major roles. Release is scheduled for late October.

Emma Watson on the set of The Circle




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling revisits the Harry Potter universe and follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The movie is due to be released November 18.


Coming in February 2017 — a month of romantic movies at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue branch! Keep an eye on our events calendar, or better yet, sign up for one of our monthly newsletters to stay informed on everything happening at Douglas County Libraries.

~ do

A Few Staff Favorites

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning StarMorning Star is a fitting conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy. Darrow, raised as a Red who mined under the surface on Mars and transformed to the ruling Gold caste by the rebellious Sons of Ares, has fallen spectacularly after being at the height of success. He must make his way back to his friends in order to salvage his dead wife’s dream of freedom for people of all castes. Morning Star explores questions of loyalty and friendship in the midst of the brutality of war. As Darrow’s identity as a Red launches an all-out uprising of the lower castes in the Solar System, he must balance the needs of the many with the lives of his friends of all castes and histories. The end was satisfying and surprising; it was thoroughly enjoyable.

~Melissa          PST @ PSM


The Secret by Beverly Lewis 

TheSecretI was surprised by this read! I wasn’t sure if I would really engage in a story about the Amish, but this story was really fascinating! It was a very quick and easy read, and the character development was really well done. I never knew anything about the Amish or their way of life before reading this story, but this book inspired me to learn more about the Amish beliefs and lifestyle. It was truly a charming story, with plenty of intrigue and mystery. I would highly recommend The Secret!

 ~Susan             PST @ PSM



The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

way of KingsAs the first book in The Stormlight Archive series, The Way of Kings demonstrates — once again — that Brandon Sanderson is a masterful world-builder. Surreal landscapes, unforgettable characters, and an unstoppable plot make this epic tale a must read for any fantasy lovers out there! Check out Sanderson’s website for updates about his upcoming books:

 ~Brittany        PST @ LT




My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

my grandmotherFredrik Backman is a master storyteller. This very clever story filled with charm, wit and authentic characters will touch your heart and make you laugh out loud. For Elsa’s entire life her grandmother has told her fairy tales about the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miasma. When Elsa’s grandma dies, she leaves a series of letters that Elsa must deliver on her grandmother’s behalf. While delivering these letters, Elsa discovers that her grandmother’s fairy tales are based on real people Elsa has known her whole life. Lovable characters, a loyal dog, and fun Harry Potter references make this a book that I highly recommend.

~Nikki              PST @ PA



Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

DearMrHenshawThis is about Leigh, a boy who starts writing to his favorite author in second grade. Through these letters and then through a personal diary that the author encourages him to write, he begins to cope with his feelings about divorce, being the new kid, and dealing with an absent, unreliable dad. Through humor, learning empathy, and a little help from the warm and caring cast of characters around him, his self-confidence and sense of empowerment grows and he begins to take control of these issues for himself. This was a great read for fourth grade and up. An excellent book that centers around often difficult, real-life circumstances and challenges that happen to children.

 ~Robin             PST @ PSM