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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.

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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

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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

 

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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!

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Entertainment Weekly’s Top 100

entertainment weekly top 100Entertainment Weekly’s July 5-12 issue was all about the 100 All-Time Greatest Movies, TV Shows, Novels and more.  The Syosset Public Library Book Club in a Bag (BCIB) consortium has many of the books that appear on that top 100 list.  We have the following books that you may borrow for your Book Clubs:

The following “All –Time Greatest Books” were published in 2012. Although they are not available as a BCIB we can interloan enough copies for your Book Club:

The top ten books can be found online on Entertainment Weekly’s website.  Please contact Readers’ Services at 516 921-7161 ext 239 to reserve any of the BCIB in a Bag sets.

-posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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