I found out through the most recent episode of the KollabCast podcast that while Millennials are blamed for supposedly “ruining” every other industry, an industry that my generation has helped grow in these trying times is the library industry. After doing a quick search on the subject matter, reports made within the past year confirm this reality.
According to a report published last June by the Pew Research Center, 53% of Millennials (adults ages 18-35) have accessed either a public library or a book mobile between June 2016-June 2017. Compared to the older generations, the percent of users decreases the older they go. Now while it is mainly because of the meeting spaces, free classes, free Wifi, and what not, from personal observation, I’ve also noticed how my generation is slowly becoming a much more well read generation too.
In that regard, I found it wisest to create this little guide to my two novels, for those who may be finding out about my work for the first time. Hopefully you’ll find it motivational to actually proceed with reading them too (for in case I don’t emphasize this enough, I am constantly looking for new readers):
Title: A Moment’s Worth
Synopsis: Is the interconnectivity of the human race more than just the fundamentals of the Chinese tale of the red thread? Is the line between what’s real and what’s not as fine as we’ve been led to believe? How do narratives intersect each other without colliding and clashing? What can be uncovered, discovered, and even learned in a short period of time?
In her debut novel, Lauren Lola presents a cast of characters as they go about life as they know it, but not always in the most usual of circumstances. Some characters will mingle amongst each other, some will never meet; some whose identities take a while to be unveiled, some are left a mystery. From a UCLA freshman getting to know her celebrity roommate, to a man who unintentionally takes the San Francisco BART to a variety of locations beyond its final stop; from a fatherless girl who believes in the stars, to a young woman who carries the burden of being human, A Moment’s Worth is guaranteed to leave eyes seeing life a little more differently than before, for those who keep their minds wide open.
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Age Demographic: New Adult
Note: Next month will mark four years since A Moment’s Worth was released.
Title: An Absolute Mind
Synopsis: Sonya Ogino, a bright but uncertain college student, is struggling to declare a major before the end of her sophomore year, when she suddenly finds her life changed forever when she learns she is a carrier of a genetically evolved, cognitive ability called Absolute Memory.
After she is almost killed, her beloved godmother arranges for her to be transported to the mysterious “safe island” of Palekaiko; where many other Absolute Memory carriers from all over the country reside. However, once she uncovers the real forces in charge of Palekaiko, together with a team of fellow carriers – including a ukulele-playing, self-proclaimed uber fan of Phil Collins – Sonya must summon the inner endurance to rise and fight inaction with action.
Set in an optimistic future, this is a story about trust and legacy, about what makes sense and nonsense, repetitive history and the meaning of freedom, and the value and power of mind and memory.
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Demographic: New Adult
Links to purchasing either of the two novels can be found on the Works page. Also, if you have already read either of them, please leave a review, for they will go a long way in helping other people find them too.
I hope that what I’ve seen and heard about Millennials using libraries and reading more is true.