About Our Reading – 2013 #6 – the best and worst

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In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013.  The answers have been posted in this blog during the last few weeks.  In today’s post, the penultimate in the series,  we tell you what our best and worst read were in 2013.

What book did you most enjoy in 2013?

thumbs upMe Before You by Jojo Moyes – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian and Audrey, Media Clerk

There are three I cannot choose between and each are this year’s favorites for me: The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – Neela, Head of Acquisitions

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

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services and Amy, Children’s Librarian

New York by Edward Rutherfurd – Betty P., Reference Librarian

This is a hard one: can I do a toss up?  The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold, a fascinating look at the Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island.

Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto, a deeply researched look at the history of Manhattan Island.

The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows by Mother Dolores Hart, former 1950’s actress who is now the prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis  in Bethlehem, CT. I had visited the abbey recently and found her story amazing. The title comes from the quote of St. Benedict “Listen and attend to the ear of the heart.”- Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg AND The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – Pam M., Head of Programming

I have five: The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts; The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

I have four: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple; Wonder by R. J. Palacio; Orphan Train by  Christina Baker Kline and The House Girl by Tara Conklin.- Pam S., Reference Librarian

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I can’t wait for the third book in this trilogy! (By the way, the first book in this trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was one of my favorites of last year.) – Erica, Reference Librarian

What was the worst book you read in 2013?

thumbs downA first in a mystery series I had high hopes for: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott.  But there is a second installment coming out, so what do I know? – Sonia, Readers’ Services Libarian

Mesmer, Book 1: Sanctuary – a free Kindle read, I tried this out because of the summary but found I couldn’t stick with it for more than a few pages. I’ve seen some free Kindle reads be great…but not this one. – Erica, Reference Librarian

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo – Pam S., Reference Librarian

Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian

Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson – Pam M., Head of Programming

Maybe not the worst book. I suppose for a summer beach read it is okay: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer – Brenda, Reference Librarian

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – Audrey, Media Clerk and Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian

Gun Church by Reed Farrel Coleman – Ed, Head of Reference Services

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


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