Kelly Strom

Kelly Strom

Kelly Strom | 'Half Moon Bay,' 'Ohio' offer complex tales

Complex stories have always appealed to me. Novels that have several storylines going on at once or that delve a little more deeply into the human psyche are of the most interest to me. Today's novels do just that. The primary story sometimes makes way for a study on an associated topic or complication that takes center stage for a while.

Kelly Strom | Recent Champaign library visitor's works worth exploring

Have you heard? The Champaign Public Library is once again fortunate to have a series of fantastic authors coming to give presentations to the general public.

First up on the docket was the incomparable Colson Whitehead, bestselling author of numerous books, including the recent runaway hit, "The Underground Railroad."

Kelly Strom | Literary suspense in hot locales

Since we are going through a hot spell here in Champaign County, I thought it was only right to read a few books set in similar conditions. When you do something like this, it's easier to commiserate with the characters.

Kelly Strom | 'Bring Me Back' big on suspense

In the much anticipated third novel by B.A. Paris, "Bring Me Back" is filled with enough suspense that it will keep the reader guessing until the end. There were hints sprinkled along the way, and one could make a few guesses as to what was going on, but overall, it was an intriguing novel.

Kelly Strom | It's the time of the year for beach reads

I read a lot of books, and I do look forward to the summertime when I get to indulge in some stereotypical "beach reads." Before going away on vacation last week, I took the opportunity to pick up some books with irresistible titles. Fortunately for me, they turned out to be delightfully sweet and funny.

Kelly Strom | Books offer home-project ideas

It seems I wait all winter for the weather to be nice enough to work outside. Besides the hours I spend gardening, I also enjoy making things and upcycling items for the indoors and out. We have many new books at the library with ideas and instructions to create your own masterpiece.

Kelly Strom | Gentle Reads for a sweet summer day

There is a genre of fiction books called Gentle Reads which may be of interest to some of our customers.

Kelly Strom | The mystery of the Romanovs

In Russia in March of 1917, citizens and soldiers were staging protests and razing royal properties. Fearing a grand-scale Russian revolution, Tsar Nicholas II agreed to abdicate his throne to settle the crowds and bring peace back to the country.

That plan didn't work out, as the tsar, his wife and five children were exiled and kept hidden, under house arrest for more than a year.

Kelly Strom | Great book covers many important life lessons

Starting off with a compelling story of Greer Kadetsky, the only child of former hippies, "The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer has a lot more to say than the story of Greer's upbringing and march to adulthood.

Kelly Strom | Anniversaries to remember

This Memorial Day weekend, do more than have a barbeque and watch the Indy 500. Take some time to reflect on the sacrifices that others have made to ensure that you live in a free country. This year provides us with a number of anniversaries of important events that have influenced our world today. There have been a number of books released in the last year that mark these occasions.