Find the Next Big Thing at OCPL

Written by Manda. Posted in Library Blog

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Don’t know what to read next? Our most popular books are just a library shelf (or hold) away. Here are our most frequently circulated titles, with statistics compiled by our own Debbie Campbell:


  • The New Cottage Home by Jim Tolpin (83 checkouts)
  • Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats by Jerry Belanger (80 checkouts)
  • Chilton’s Auto Repair Manual, 1980-1987 by Alan F. Turner (79 checkouts)


  • Buffalo Valley by Debbie Macomber (97 checkouts)
  • Return to Promise by Debbie Macomber (97 checkouts)
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (96 checkouts)


  • A Moment of Weakness by Karen Kingsbury (110 checkouts)
  • Remember by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley (108 checkouts)
  • Redemption by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury (103 checkouts)


  • Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (92 checkouts)
  • Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (91 checkouts)
  • 2nd Chance: A Novel by James Patterson (91 checkouts)

Science Fiction:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (66 checkouts)
  • The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (56 checkouts)
  • The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (47 checkouts)


  • Valley of the Sun : Frontier Stories by Louis L'Amour (81 checkouts)
  • The Strong Shall Live by Louis L'Amour (74 checkouts)
  • West of Dodge: Frontier Stories by Louis L’Amour (71 checkouts)


  • Secret Window (353 checkouts)
  • Cellular (326 checkouts)
  • Brothers Grimm (320 checkouts)

If they are already checked out and you don’t feel like waiting, we have several other Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Janet Evanovich, and Louis L’Amour books available. Be sure to take a look at our new section for Mystery, Inspirational, Science Fiction, and Large Print, located between the movies and TV shows in the DVD section, and also new fiction and nonfiction, on the bookshelf to the right as soon as you walk in the door. Auto repair books can be found in nonfiction, and similar information can be found in the Auto Repair database on our website at We’d love to know what you’d like to read – if you have any book suggestions for our collection, please speak with a staff member at the front desk.

Discover Southern Gothic at OCPL

Written by Manda. Posted in Library Blog


“Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”

So said Flannery O’Connor, arguably one of the most talented short story writers of the twentieth century. Her works belong to a genre known as Southern gothic, common themes of which are the grotesque, supernatural incidents, mental illness, dark humor, and deeply flawed characters – and, of course, it is set in (and explores the values of) the American South. William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, Truman Capote, and Cormac McCarthy are also writers of this genre.  

The following is a selection of some of the Southern gothic titles we carry here at OCPL, so stop by and find out if this particular subject matter is your cup of tea. Feel free to recommend other titles if you find our collection is lacking.

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  • Give Us a Kiss by Daniel Woodrell
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers
  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
  • Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor