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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Our Favorite Books of 2014

2014Nearing 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, Sharon, our Teen Services Librarian’s favorite books read during 2014:

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Not YA:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

and YA:

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

by John Corey Whaley

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

2014Nearing 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 Ed, Head of Reference’s picks for his favorite books of 2014, in no particular order:

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The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by Gay Talese (updated from his 1964 edition)

 The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

 Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey

 Cop Town by Karen Slaughter

 Proof Positive by Archer Mayer

 The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

 Invisible City by Julia Dahl

 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 Providence Rag  by Bruce DeSilva

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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Our Favorite Books of 2014

2014Nearing 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.

We start off with Pam M., our Head of Programming, these are her favorite books of 2014, in no particular order:

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Eggers, Dave –  The Circle

Henriquez, Cristina – The Book of Unknown Americans

Kallos, Stephanie – Broken for You

Kenney, John –  Truth in Advertising

Kidd, Sue Monk – The Invention of Wings

Massey, Sujita – The Sleeping Dictionary

Moyes, Jo Jo –  Me Before You

Quindlen, Anna –  Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Rakoff, David –  Half Empty

Silverman, Sarah –  Bedwetter

Semple, Maria –  Where’d You Go Bernadette

Thomas, Matthew – We are Not Ourselves

Zevin, Gabrielle – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

We will be posting more of our favorites during the rest of December – stay tuned!

– posted by Sonia, Reference Services

 

 

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