Kelly Strom

Kelly Strom

Kelly Strom | Fantastic reads have unusual formats

I find it refreshing to occasionally read a book with a somewhat unusual structure, cadence or premise. I admire the authors who can mold this idea into an engaging storyline. In the past, I've mentioned "Love, Rosie" by Cecelia Ahern as an example of this, as the whole book is made up of letters between two lifelong friends.

Kelly Strom | Stories about sisters and secrets

My sister is moving to Champaign this weekend. As exciting as that is, it prompted me to read some books about sisters — but with a suspenseful twist. Because sisters know how to keep secrets.

"Sometimes I Lie" by Alice Feeney has a compelling start: "My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I'm in a coma.

Kelly Strom | Stories with fictional librarians

We've just ended another fantastic National Library Week here in Champaign. We've had an author visit, musical performances, radio broadcasts, displays, story times and a painting party. Thank you to everyone in the community who helped us celebrate the values of libraries.

Kelly Strom | The dark and the light

The books discussed today are very different. They do have one thing in common, in that they both feature themes of the very ends of the spectrum of darkness and light in society.

Kelly Strom | Books on a timely topic: Mental illnes

How many incidents like the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have to happen before we get a grip on mental illness? Once again, the accused perpetrator had a history of instability. Come on, people! Mental dysfunction is a disease! It shouldn't have a stigma, and people shouldn't be afraid to get help.

Kelly Strom: Author Q&A with Molly MacRae

Champaign Public Library staff member Molly MacRae has earned a gold medal for her latest book in the Highland Bookshop mystery series set in Scotland. After "Plaid and Plagiarism" a year ago, Janet, Tallie and friends are back. Running Yon Bonnie Books bookshop, tea room and bed and breakfast certainly keeps these ladies busy. This time, they've really got their hands full.

Kelly Strom: Lots of luck putting these thrillers down

It's rare that a book speaks to you within the first couple of pages. And when I say "speak to you," I mean the exhilaration of knowing that you are going to love this book. I had the good fortune of experiencing that with both of the new books I read recently.

Kelly Strom: Perilous searches for the truth

The holidays are over and it's back to some semblance of normalcy. Fall brought an influx of new fiction, and a few thrillers are just waiting to be noticed. The cold weather brings with it the perfect opportunity to curl up in front of a fire and sort out the details of a good suspense novel.

Kelly Strom: Fiction featuring famous authors

As it turns out, both of the books reviewed today feature once-famous children's authors as a focal character. Besides residing in beautiful but remote homes, the authors are quite different.

Kelly Strom: Stories featuring family angst

Feeling a little holiday angst is a common thing by a wide variety of people. Whether it be finding just the right unique gift or dealing with long-festering emotions, many people have some stresses related to the winter holidays.