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  • Writer's pictureMonique Gaddy

Hidden Library Gems - The Quick Reads Collection

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

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I don't know about you all, but when I go to the library to browse the stacks, I generally stick to the same areas for finding my next read. Sometimes I go to the non-fiction section because I love to read annoyingly dense, complicated books when I'm bored with every day routines. Then I move onto the general fiction section to see if there is anything that sparks my interest - I tend to gravitate toward historical fiction around the 50's and 60's time period (still not really sure why I am so obsessed with that particular time frame). I'll always glance at the new section as well, and see if there is something that stands out to me that I think I can finish in time. I almost always leave the library with more than enough books that will last me at least a month, two if I'm lucky with renewals.

Then there are the sections that are out there that I just don't notice or get to. Perhaps others skip those areas as well, I'm not sure. Those can be areas like the bottom shelf of non-fiction (those coffee table reads tend to have amazing photographs, if you can carry and store the larger books), or the paperback romance section (I just never can commit to a romance, just not my thing, I guess). Today, though, we are going to talk about the QReads section.

This small but entertaining section is dedicated to those who would like to read something short and intriguing. Included in this short story experience is an "After-Reading Wrap-Up" that asks the reader to think about what they read a little deeper than just finishing the book and moving on. The QReads are considered Hi-Lo books. According to this article from Homeschooling with Dyslexia, "Hi-Lo books can motivate struggling readers by providing books on topics that are engaging that are also targeted toward their independent reading level. Hi-Lo books can help build reading fluency, vocabulary, background knowledge, and interest in reading. They also have the advantage of looking like chapter books and are written about interesting topics with easy readability."

book cover of Empty Eyes by Janet Lorimer

I have glanced at these books from time to time and have always wanted to read one, the covers look so interesting and the appeal of them being high interest seemed tempting enough. So I decided to start with Empty Eyes by Janet Lorimer and I was instantly engaged. A couple heads to a resort where the wife had recently visited. The resort is a relaxing experience...maybe too relaxing...and why doesn't the wife ever take out her contacts?

The story was a lot of fun and definitely leaves you with more questions than answers, urging readers to try out another book or perhaps other books like it such as sci-fi or thriller/horror.

Do you have any reluctant readers or do you want to enjoy a fun, quick read that will leave you thinking? Check out our Quick Reads section at our library and find other engaging stories! Don't forget to ask staff for assistance if you can't find this collection, we are more than happy to help!

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