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, a few every day. So keep coming back to find out how our reading went in 2013.
Was there a book you read in 2013 that you were looking forward to and were disappointed by?
Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – I really wanted to love this one based on the blurb, but I just couldn’t get into it. I got about halfway through and while I enjoyed Carson’s writing style, the characters just never came alive for me. – Erica, Reference Librarian
There were two. I had never read a book by Mary Higgins Clark until this year when I finally got around to it. I usually find that there is something that’s good about the writing of those ultra-popular authors that will draw me in, but I found Clark’s book unbearable and had to abandon it. I won’t say which one. And although I enjoyed it, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, did not live up to it’s pre-pub hype. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Neela, Head of Acquisitions and Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services
Bellman and Black by Diana Setterfield – Ed, Head of Reference Services
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – Audrey, Media Clerk
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian
My American Revolution by Robert Sullivan – Brenda, Reference Librarian
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiScalfani – Pam M., Head of Programming
Was there a book you read in 2013 that you were surprised that you liked so much?
Sisterland by Curits Sittenfeld – Pam M., Head of Programming
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Pam S., Reference Librarian
Although I expected the book to be good, I never expected to enjoy The Cuckoo’s Calling as much as I did. I know I will continue to read Galbraith/Rowling’s mystery series for as long as she continues to write them. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian
Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh – Ed, Head of Reference Services
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I didn’t think it would live up to all the hype, but it did. Glad I took the time to read it. – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – Audrey, Media Clerk
Sycamore Row by John Grisham – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian
Did you re-read any book in 2013?
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. An unbelievable book! – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather – Brenda, Reference Librarian
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Pam S., Reference Librarian
Fire Hawk by Justine Dare. Third in a trilogy that will likely be rereleased in e-form next year, this book is actually the first story chronologically, and the best one. A particular side character, the hero’s best friend, has had a place in my heart for years. There are rumors that his story will see print sometime next year as well. – Erica, Reference Librarian
Serpico by Peter Maas – Amy, Children’s Librarian
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Just as good the second time around even though I knew whodunit! – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services