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Monthly Book Discussions: A Year In Review

book discussion coedAs 2014 came to a close, I thought I would reflect on the monthly book clubs I had the opportunity to moderate during the year at Syosset Public Library.  Each novel led to discussions in an array of topics, from the art world to foster children to Typhoid Fever, the immigrant experience to labor laws to religious extremists, Coney Island to Calcutta, the early 1900’s New York to present day Boston. All evoking strong opinions, personal experiences and political views.  Our discussions were thought provoking, lively and informative.  I truly enjoy participating in SPL’s monthly book discussions.  For one hour we are transported into different worlds, cultures and religions. We may have differences of opinion but one common denominator that we all share is our love of the written word.

This is a listing of titles of the book discussions I had the privilege of hosting this past year:

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The Art Forger  by B.A. Shapiro

Fever  by Mary Beth Keane

The Language of Flowers  by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Museum of Extraordinary Things  by Alice Hoffman

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the above group as I enjoyed each novel for a variety of reasons. Do you have a memorable novel that your book group discussed in 2014?  We would love to hear from you.  Please send us an email at Readersservices@syossetlibrary.org or post a comment below.

This article first appeared in the Book Club Insider‘s December 2014 issue.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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

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

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

 

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

 

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