If You Liked This, Try Reading This!

Have you ever thought back to a book you have read and said to yourself "Man, I wish I could find another one like that"? I think it's why some of us gravitate towards reading a series, we know we have more of the things we like coming up in the next book. Since not every book we love is part of a series, and not everyone enjoys reading a series, I've put together a few pairs of books for you to consider. All of the following titles are ones we have here at Pleasant Hills, and I will add to list every so often to give you more options. Happy Reading!!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by JK Rowling and The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel #1) by Michael Scott

While Harry Potter introduced us to magic with an entirely new world within our own, The Alchemyst uses the historical characters of Nicholas Flammel and John Dee placed in 21st Century San Francisco to introduce us to magic. While both are lengthier series (Harry Potter clocks in with 7 books in the series, and Nicholas Flammel is told in 6 books) they are fairly quick and enjoyable, and make good choices for family reads, especially with middle grade children.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Maybe your mom read Little Women when to you when you were younger. Mom, maybe you've always been a fan of the Winona Ryder movie version but never got around to reading the book.  Maybe you stumbled onto To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix during quarantine and hadn't realized it was a book turned movie. Either way, both of these stories are classics in their own way. These would be great to options to start a Book and A Movie club with your friends, because reading (and movies) are more fun with friends!

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer and Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Two trilogies, two female protagonists whose lives are affected by animals of lore. With Twilight, our lead female was unaware of the existence of supernatural people and animals at the beginning of her story, the presence of the wolves in Shiver is known to Grace.  Both stories grapple with the age-old question "Is love ever really enough?" and both trilogies offer a unique way of answering that question.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Lovely War by Julie Berry

Both of these stories are set against the backdrop of a world war, but they tell decidedly different aspects of that experience. In Code Name Verity, we learn the story of a female spy captured by enemy forces who confronts what it means to be brave and also what it means to be a friend. The action takes place in occupied France during World War 2, while Lovely War is set in both World Wars. That story follows two separate couples, and with guest appearances by Aphrodite and other Greek Gods, attempts to unravel the connection between love and war. These stories are poignant, happy, sad, and heartbreaking.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Jeans that fit a whole group of friends, no matter what their shape or size? A boy whose relationships (if you can call them that) have all been with girls named Katherine, nineteen of them to be exact? That's what you get with these two hallmarks of YA literature. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, four friends are about to start their summer break, and discover that a particular pair of jeans fits each of them. They make a pact, and over the course of the first summer they spend apart from each other, each one grows and finds a little more of themselves. Part of finding yourself is figuring out why some experiences "fit" better than others, so try this story on for size. John Green is a master of the young adult story, and this one doesn't disappoint. Our main guy, Colin, has not exactly been lucky in love. He sets out on a road trip with the goal of finding the secret to unlock the mystery behind relationships. Humor, a little heartbreak, and growth make this a great story of gaining insight into yourself and those around you.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

There is a long history of women and girls being sent away if they are too difficult to deal with, and that is how A Great and Terrible Beauty begins. Gemma is being sent from the only home she's ever known, India, to boarding school in England after that tragic death of her mother. Gemma makes friends with the popular girls, but things aren't easy, and the supernatural undercurrents at play both help and endanger Gemma and her new friends. The first in a trilogy, this is a story worth digging into. A more modern tale, Beautiful Creatures also features a young lady with a power that is both empowering and complicated. Lena Duchannes' family is both powerful and cursed, and it is the curse that brings her to the small southern town of Gatlin. This one features more of a love story than AGATB, but both books showcase young women coming into their own despite less than ideal circumstances.

Take a picture of yourself reading any of these awesome stories and share your review with us!

New Children's Items March - June 2020

With our closure from March - June due to Covid-19, our cataloging department has had to work overtime to get caught up with all our amazing new items. This list of new children's items is insane! It's over 12 pages long when printed out! There's sooooo many great titles, there's bound to be something for every young reader in your house! 

Click on a title to be taken to its catalog record where you can place a hold using the "request" button. You can also request ANY of these titles (OR any items inside the Pleasant Hills Public Library) for curbside pick-up! Call or email us to find out more!

Questions? Give us a call at 412-655-2424 or email pleasanthills@einetwork.net 
We're here to help!

Due to the insane length of this amazing list, click "Read More" below to see the list in its entirety!


New YA items March - June 2020

See something you like? Click on a title to be taken to its catalog record where you can place a hold using the "request" button. You can also request ANY of these titles (OR any items inside the Pleasant Hills Public Library) for curbside pick-up! Call or email us to find out more!

Questions? Give us a call at 412-655-2424 or email pleasanthills@einetwork.net 
We're here to help!

NEW YA Fiction & Graphic Novels
Red hood by Elana Arnold (YA Fic Arn)
One dark throne by Kendare Blake (YA Fic Bla)
Chain of gold by Cassandra Clare (YA Fic Cla)
The ballad of songbirds and snakes by Suzanne Collins (YA Fic Col)
A home for goddesses and dogs by Leslie Connor (YA Fic Con)
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova (YA Fic Cor)
Someday we will fly by Rachel DeWoskin (YA Fic DeWos)
This is my brain in love by I. Gregorio (YA Fic Gre)
They went left by Monica Hesse (YA Fic Hes)
Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz (YA Fic Hor)
Again again by E. Lockhart (YA Fic Loc)
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (YA Fic Lu)
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (YA Fic Lu)
When the moon was ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA Fic McLem)
Agnes at the end of the world by Kelly McWilliams (YA Fic McWil)
This boy by Lauren Myracle (YA Fic Myr)
The promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai (YA Fic Shi GRAPHIC)
Cursed by Karol Silverstein (YA Fic Sil)
What the night sings: a novel by Vesper Stamper (YA Fic Sta)
Check, please! Book 2, Sticks & scones by Ngozi Ukazu (YA Fic Uka GRAPHIC)
Date me, Bryson Keller by Whye Van (YA Fic Van)
Be more chill by Ned Vizzini (YA Fic Viz)
Kent State by Deborah Wiles (YA Fic Wil)
Dragon hoops by Gene Yang (YA Fic Yan GRAPHIC)

NEW YA Non-Fiction
Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you by Jason Reynolds (YA 305.8 R46)
In case you're curious by Molly Alderton (YA 306.7 A36)
Spies: the secret showdown between America and Russia by Marc Favreau (YA 327.12 F27)
Dancing at the pity party: a dead mom graphic memoir by Tyler Feder (YA 362.175 F29 GRAPHIC)
Banned book club by Kim Sook (YA 363.31 S71 GRAPHIC)
Jane against the world: Roe v. Wade and the fight for reproductive rights by Karen Blumenthal (YA 363.46 B65)
The rise and fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming (YA 92 LINDBERGH Charles)
Treaties, trenches, mud, and blood by Nathan Hale (YA 940.3 H16 GRAPHIC)
Lafayette! by Nathan Hale (YA 973.33 H16 GRAPHIC)
The underground abductor by Nathan Hale (YA 973.7115 H16 GRAPHIC)

Check out our YA Book Party to learn more about some of the aforementioned new YA titles!!

New adult items added March - June 2020

With the Covid-19 closure, our cataloging department has been playing some serious catch-up! Our June list is sooooo very large because it includes items that had been waiting to be cataloged since March.
See something you like? Click on a title to be taken to its catalog record where you can place a hold using the "request" button. 

Questions? Give us a call at 412-655-2424 or email pleasanthills@einetwork.net 
We're here to help!

Due to the insane length of this awesome list, click "Read more" below to see it in its entirety! 

How does curbside pick-up work?

We have so many amazing items inside the library just waiting to be checked out to you! While we remain closed for the safety of our community, you can still access the Library's collection using our curbside pick-up service. County wide online holds have opened back up so you can also request items using our catalog* OR we will be happy to do the searching for you!

To get started, you can either call the Library at 412-655-2424 when staff are in the building (Mondays: 10 - 4; Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10 - 8; Fridays: 10 - 4; Saturdays: 9 - 1) and a staff member will happily assist you. Prefer to communicate electronically? No problem! Send us an email to pleasanthills@einetwork.net with your requests. Not sure exactly what you want? No sweat! Our staff is happy to select items we think you'll enjoy based on theme, type of material, and your preference.

Once we've selected your items, we'll check them out to you and work with you to select a pick-up time. During your pick-up time window, all your items will be placed together in a bag with your name and receipt with the return date. The bag will be waiting for you to pick-up from our curbside table located in our parking lot. Easy peasy!

Questions? Let us know - we're here to help!
Handicap accommodations can easily be made - just let us know what you need.

*Pro-tip: When searching for something in the catalog, select "Pleasant Hills Public Library" under "Look in the following Location." This will limit the results to items our library owns and can checkout to you using our curbside pick-up service. You can further limit your search to only show currently available items by selecting "show available items only."