About Our Reading – 2013 #2

about our reading 2013 3Earlier this month I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013. We’ll be sharing their responses to various questions here on this blog, a few every day.  So keep coming back to find out how our reading went in 2013.

Which book that you read in 2013 are you most likely to recommend to others?

HAVE I GOT A BOOKIf someone wants a mystery: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling, for light fiction: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and for literary fiction: The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda – Ed, Head of Reference Services

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – Pam M., Head of Programming

Fearless by Cornelia Funke – start with the first one, Reckless, and keep going; her whimsical writing style and fantastic world building will absorb you from the first page. – Erica, Reference Services Librarian

Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, both by Ken Follett. – Betty P., Reference Services Librarian

The Circle by Dave Eggers  – Amy, Children’s Services Librarian

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler – Audrey, Media Clerk

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and I Am Malala : The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Wise Men by Stuart Nadler. – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

If you were a member of a book group or a book discussion leader here at the library, what book led to the best discussion in 2013?

book discussion

Breaking night : A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines read for Banned Books Week in September.  This title offers a wealth of discussable topics. – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

The best book discussion that I was involved with here at the library was for The Round House by Louise Erdrich, just last month. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

Did any book make you cry in 2013?

crying woman graphicPlain Kate by Erin Bow – beautiful writing, and haunting ending. – Erica, Reference Services Librarian

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – Brenda, Reference Services Librarian

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

It didn’t make me cry but The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger was very sad. – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services; Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian; Audrey, Media Clerk and Betty P., Reference Services Librarian

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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