In December I asked our staff if they wouldn’t mind answering some questions about the books they read in 2013. The answers have been posted in this blog during the last few weeks. In today’s post, the penultimate in the series, we tell you what our best and worst read were in 2013.
What book did you most enjoy in 2013?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian and Audrey, Media Clerk
There are three I cannot choose between and each are this year’s favorites for me: The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, The Round House by Louise Erdrich and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. – Sonia, Readers’ Services Librarian
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – Neela, Head of Acquisitions
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda – Ed, Head of Reference Services
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services and Amy, Children’s Librarian
New York by Edward Rutherfurd – Betty P., Reference Librarian
This is a hard one: can I do a toss up? The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold, a fascinating look at the Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island.
Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto, a deeply researched look at the history of Manhattan Island.
The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows by Mother Dolores Hart, former 1950’s actress who is now the prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. I had visited the abbey recently and found her story amazing. The title comes from the quote of St. Benedict “Listen and attend to the ear of the heart.”- Brenda, Reference Librarian
I have five: The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts; The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker; The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I can’t wait for the third book in this trilogy! (By the way, the first book in this trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was one of my favorites of last year.) – Erica, Reference Librarian
What was the worst book you read in 2013?
A first in a mystery series I had high hopes for: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott. But there is a second installment coming out, so what do I know? – Sonia, Readers’ Services Libarian
Mesmer, Book 1: Sanctuary – a free Kindle read, I tried this out because of the summary but found I couldn’t stick with it for more than a few pages. I’ve seen some free Kindle reads be great…but not this one. – Erica, Reference Librarian
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo – Pam S., Reference Librarian
Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – Stacey, Readers’ Services Librarian
Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson – Pam M., Head of Programming
Maybe not the worst book. I suppose for a summer beach read it is okay: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer – Brenda, Reference Librarian
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – Audrey, Media Clerk and Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian
Gun Church by Reed Farrel Coleman – Ed, Head of Reference Services
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services