Earlier 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?
If 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
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
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?
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?
Plain 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