Our Favorite Books of 2014

Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published 2014.

Today’s post will be our last for this series, featuring the picks of –

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Karen, Library Director:

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

SueAnn, Head of Children’s Services:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Lisa J., Readers’ Services Librarian:

The Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Jessikah, Children’s Services Librarian:

 My Real Children by Jo Walton was something I really enjoyed.

Susan, Reference Librarian:

 Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

Tell us about some of your favorite reads of 2014 by making a comment below. To see all other “Our Favorite Books of 2014” please click here.

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published during this year.

Today, Amy, Children’s Services Librarian and Sonia, Reference Librarian share their 2014 favorites.

Amy’s picks:

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Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Sonia’s Picks:

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In the Last Analysis by Amanda Cross (finally found another really good mystery series.)

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (even if you didn’t care for Eat, Pray, Love, give her another try.)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Maybe the best book I’ve ever read)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Reread of my favorite book – even better the second time around)

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (No, I’m not up to date on these: I never want them to end!)

Have a very Happy New Year!

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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The Equalizer

EqualizerAction R

McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by; he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. Also available on Blu-Ray DVD.

tuskTusk

Comedy R

A wickedly funny modern-day monster movie that will hold you in terror as it keeps you in stitches. A podcaster looking for a juicy story is plunged into a bloodcurdling nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada and meets an eccentric recluse with a lifetime of adventures, and a disturbing fondness for walruses.

As Above, So Below

As Above, So BelowHorror R

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, it reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt everyone.

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published during this year.

Today we have the favorites of Pam S., Reference Librarian and Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian.

Pam S. liked:

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

What Alice Forgot by  Liane Moriarty

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos

Stacey liked:

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Wil Wheaton – great listen!)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published during this year.

Today we feature the favorites of Brenda, Reference Librarian and Megan Kass, Systems Manager.

Brenda’s picks:

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Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark

George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

Lincoln’s Gamble by Todd Brewster

Megan’s picks:

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The  Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka (5 titles)

Fated

Cursed

Taken

Chosen

Hidden

– posted by Sonia,  Reference Librarian

 

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

Nearing the end of every year we are inundated by Best of the Year lists. Of course at a library we pay the most attention to the lists of best books.  We here at Syosset R and R would like to add to the mix and tell you what our reading favorites were for 2014.  Our staff was asked to tell us what books they enjoyed most during the year and the books did not have to be published during this year.

Today we have our Assistant Director, Lisa’s most favorite reads of 2014:

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Perfect by Rachel Joyce(My book discussion title for  February 2015)

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Story of a New Name (Neopolitan Novels, book 2)  by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Neopolitan Novels, book 3)  Elena Ferrante

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Off Course by Michelle Huneven

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

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Trip to ItalyThe Trip to Italy

Comedy Not Rated

Once again two comedy buddies/rivals take a culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. The two enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri.

good lieThe Good Lie

Drama PG-13

They were known simply as ‘The Lost Boys.’ Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America. Also available on Blu- Ray DVD.

PridePride

Comedy R

U.K. gay activists work to assist miners during their extended strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

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