About Our Reading – 2013 #3

about our reading 2013 3

In December 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 during the month of January.  So keep coming back to find out how our reading went in 2013. Today’s post is all about genre:

Did you read a book in (fill in the blank) genre in 2013 that you especially liked?

literary genresMystery: 

If you like Irish history, give a look to The Seventh Trumpet by Peter Tremayne. – Brenda, Reference Librarian

Not a mystery, but a suspense series: “The Sam Capra novels”  by Jeff Abbott which starts with Adrenaline. – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda – Audrey, Media Clerk

First Family by David Baldacci – Betty P., Reference Librarian

magnifying glass over a blue finger printMystery is my favorite genre and my favorite in the genre for 2013 was The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

Sandrine’s Case by Thomas H. Cook – Ed, Head of Reference Services

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb – the mystery was absorbing and the cast of new characters (literally, the cast of a movie about the protagonists of the series) was fun to watch. Seeing heroine Eve Dallas try to reconcile the differences between friends and actors with their physical similarities was really hilarious at times. – Erica, Reference Librarian


Celebrity in Death. The book advanced the love stories between married couple Eve and Roarke while also adding some sweet moments for secondary couple Peabody and McNab. Romance genre pic– Erica, Reference Librarian

Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

I like reading historical romances where the characters somehow seem to have somewhat current sensibilities and the author makes it work.  Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophie Nash was one I liked a lot in 2013. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian


Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran. An overview on how to write and market a successful e-book, Gaughran takes real-world success stories and interviews authors who have done well for themselves, but he also goes into a lot of the technical stuff that comes after you’ve written a novel and before you put it up for sale. – Erica, Reference Librarian

The Science of Sin : The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (and Why They Are So Good For You) by Simon M. Laham – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Etched in Sand : A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina CalcaterraNeela, Head of Acquistions and Amy, Children’s Librarian

high bookstackMidnight in Peking: How The Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French – Audrey, Media Clerk

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley – Pam M., Head of Programming

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services

Young Adult:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – Pam S., Reference Librarian

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Neilsen – a young adult fantasy novel. While not as cleverly written as the first one in the series (The False Prince), it sets up well for the third book in the trilogy while still being a fun, entertaining read. The main protagonist, Sage, is supposed to be exceedingly smart and cunning, and for once, the author is able to actually make you believe this. I find that often these types of characters fall flat because the author can’t write as cunningly as the character is supposed to be. Not so here. – Erica, Reference Librarian

Historical Fiction:

I do love my history. I read more Civil War books because of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettyburg. And even enjoyed two historical novels of the period: Anne Perry’s Slaves of Obsession and Michael Sharra’s The Killer Angels. – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver – Ed, Head of Reference Services

Biographical Fiction:

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler and Fever by Mary Beth Keane – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Book in Verse:

Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse by Calvin Trillin – Audrey, Media Clerk

Short Stories:

Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta – Pam M., Head of Programming

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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