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Our Favorite Books of 2016

books3In what has become a tradition here at Syosset R and R, we will be running a series of blog posts throughout the month of December telling you about our staff’s favorite reads for this year.  The books mentioned were read during 2016 but not necessarily published in 2016. Here goes:

Karen, Library Director:

orphan 8Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade 

When hospice nurse Rachel realizes that her new patient is the doctor that spent years subjecting her to tortuous medical experiments at a Jewish orphanage, she is forced to confront her memories of the time and their lasting effect.

Pam. M., Assistant Library Director:

behold-the-dreamersBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets, and the 2008 recession.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

my-name-is-lucy-bartonLucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s lif

state_of_wonderState of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

Sharon, Head of Teen Services:

burn-baby-burnBurn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family’s financial woes, her father’s absence, and her brother’s growing violence.

“This YA book is set in NYC during the summer of 1977, and reading about the terror of Son of Sam, the blackout and all the crime was really eye-opening for me.  I tend to forget how dangerous it was in the city back then because for as long as I can remember, it’s been cleaned up and Disney-fied, but 1977 was a crazy time to be a teenager!”

and-i-darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435–at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

“This was the Dracula story reimagined as a dark and brooding teenage girl. The settings and the story were magical.  Loved it!”

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red-queenWhen her supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

“This is a dystopian trilogy where the color of your blood (red or silver) determines your fate. Some similarities to the Hunger Games, but very well-written and has a fabulous female protagonist.”

(All summaries from the publishers.)

Keep checking in with Syosset R and R for more of our favorite reads of 2016!

-posted by Sonia, Reference Services

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If It’s February…

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…then it’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  Come in and see our main floor display which covers the African- American experience on the road to freedom and their contributions to American art and culture.

We also have a display for AWARD WINNERS which includes Adult Fiction books awarded the Pulitzer, National Book Award or Man Booker Prize.  Authors awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature are included as well. Of course our paperback collection has many romance novels to read on VALENTINE’S DAY and for the rest of the month.

If it’s February…then it’s AMERICAN HEART MONTH. Our health reference librarian has gathered lots of books and handouts with the latest information on maintaining a healthy heart.   Also at this time of year we are getting ready for the OSCARS.  Want to know the history of the Oscar and its winners? We’ve got a book display for that. Both of these displays can be found on the third floor.

Remember: Syosset Public Library honors our patrons’ purchase requests for items.  If we don’t purchase an  item for you, we will make every effort to interloan it from another library.

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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 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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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

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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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