I’ve been a sucker for fantasy ever since I first cracked open one of Brain Jacques’ Redwall books. While I still love the creative worldbuilding, intriguing magic systems, and unique points of view offered by the genre’s best examples, I’ll read pretty much anything that seems interestingfantastic or otherwise. (Some of my more niche favorite genres are LGBTQ comics, grimdark heist novels, and quirky nonfiction about math.) My current projects are reading all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books and everything ever written by Guy Gavriel Kay. 

When I’m not reading or figuring out what to read next, you’ll probably find me playing D&D or video games, catching up on the latest seasonal anime, and/or drinking objectively too much bubble tea. 

Reading Lists

Annaka's Reading Lists

Akira Toriyama (1955 - 2024)

Celebrate the life of the man behind Dragon Ball by exploring his classic battle shonen manga and the media it inspired.

February 2024 HDL Staff Picks

Our valentines are all of our library patrons. <3

HDL Staff's Favorite Books About Love

Be anti-commercialism this Valentine's Day by getting your books from the library!

Narrator Spotlight: Michael Kramer

The go-to voice for such fantasy favorites as Brandon Sanderson and Ken Liu! Check out this audiobook narrator's impressive backlog.

January 2024 HDL Staff Picks

Ring in the new year with these book recommendations from your library staff!

NPR's Books We Love 2023: Love & Romance

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NPR's Books We Love 2023: Funny Stuff

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NPR's Books We Love 2023: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fic

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NPR's Books We Love 2023: Historical Fiction

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NPR's Books We Love 2023: Mysteries & Thrillers

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NPR's Books We Love 2023: Biography & Memoir

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2024 Books from Authors We Love

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Tankards & Tomes: HDL's Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Tulip City Brewstillery to discuss a new sci-fi or fantasy book!

Annaka's Favorite Fiction of 2023

Librarian Annaka's top ten (in no particular order) books of 2023.

Annaka's Favorite Comics, Graphic Novels, & Manga of 2023

(But mostly manga.) Here's the ten best Annaka read in 2023 (in no particular order).

Annaka's Favorite Nonfiction of 2023

The ten best (in no particular order) nonfiction books librarian Annaka read this year.

Annaka's Blog

A Short Guide to Historical Romance Books

Has the new season of Bridgerton sparked a new interest in this classic genre?
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