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Booked in Saint Paul

Reader's Advisory TeamReading suggestions from Saint Paul Public Library staff.

Current Issue

This month: Poetry: recent works and a few old favorites.


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Past Issues


  • March - Gothic fiction.
  • February - Graphic novels and fiction featuring African-American protagonists and authors.
  • January - 15 books to carry you through the winter.


  • December - Teen books featuring people of color as protagonists.
  • November - Books set in the British Isles.
  • October - The interplay between reality and fiction, art and life, and the real world and the world of dreams.
  • September  - Some formative favorites.
  • Summer - Poetry and thrillers.
  • May - Fantasy and science fiction (and more).
  • April  - Young Adult and New Adult genre stories.
  • March - Humorous mysteries, historical fiction and mysteries, children's and teen literature with quirky characters, romantic comedies and suspense.
  • February - Minnesota authors and books set in Minnesota.
  • January - Anders from George Latimer Central Library picks 20 fun favorites.


  • December  - Fiction about the immigrant experience.
  • November  - Amy from Merriam Park picks some favorites.
  • October  - Mara from Merriam Park (and Hennepin County Library!) picks her favorites.
  • September  - Novels set in the Southwest.
  • August - 25 books you might enjoy, selected by the library's Reader's Advisory Committee
  • July - We like big books.
  • May - Middle-grade and young adult literature.
  • April - Books about mountain climbing.
  • March - The "double-take list": amusing titles that need to be investigated further.
  • February - Quirky characters and novels.
  • January - Karen from Rice Street reads 11 books from her home bookshelves.


  • November/December - Humorous travel memoirs, Minnesota Book Award authors, and other recommended titles.
  • October - "Teen" books for adults / "Adult" books for teens.
  • August/September - Book club suggestions.
  • July - "If Only They Could Talk" -- books with nonhuman narrators.
  • May/June - "Tartan noir" and Scottish mysteries
  • April - "Find a Book on Facebook" suggestions.
  • March - Mystery and travel.
  • February - Staff favorites.
  • January -Science fiction and fantasy.