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Best Book Ever

Sep 27, 2021

I met librarian Lauren Regenhardt when I participated in my local “Book Connect” program, and I was thrilled to get a chance to ask so many questions without getting shushed! The Children/YA Librarian told me about how she abandoned her first career for the library and the different types of libraries for different industries. Or, as she puts it, “Libraries in unsuspecting places.” We also talked about why she specializes in Children’s/YA books, how a book can ease anxiety and depression, and the delicious perfection of Casey McQuiston’s hilarious, sexy, and sweet romance, “Red, White & Royal Blue.”

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Lauren Regenhardt



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Discussed in this episode:


The Mission Viejo Library

Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Baby Sitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin

The Baby Sitters Little Sisters Series by Ann. M. Martin

The Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey

Lauren uses NoveList to find readalikes – check to see if your local library offers this service, and if not, you can go directly to the NoveList site to request it.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Fresh off the Boat by Eddie Huang

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Long Call by Ann Cleves

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (great news! This is part of a 3-book series!)

Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (this is the first in the 10-book “Like Us” series; the books can be read in any order.)

The Failed Audition: Book 1 in A Circus is Family Series by Becca and Christy Ritchie

Libra by Don Delillo


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:


Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1 of the the Lightning Thief Series) by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan Presents This is a series of middle grade books centering on mythology from around the world. Lauren particularly called out these two:

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia


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