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Staff Favorite Titles Read in 2019

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Before we jump into the new year, let’s take one last look at 2019 and some of the Nevins Library staff’s favorite books:

Cynthia from Readers’ Services starts us off with these three winners:
Cover image for Olive, againOlive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
A wonderfully written story about a “red blooded original” woman.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
A page-turner of family secrets, love and loss

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A beautifully written and heartbreaking coming-of-age story set in the Carolina marshes.

 

Danielle, from Reference Services, loved these media tie-ins:
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
Yes, it’s another take on the Sherlock/Watson characters, but, it manages to be both very different and quite like the original source material.

Cover image for The rise of KyoshiThe Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
For those who loved Avatar: The Last Airbender (i.e. not the Avatar with the blue people) this book is 11 out of 10 amazing. But, even if you’ve never watched or read anything related to the show, this is a pretty good introduction to Avatar’s amazing universe.

And now an audiobook from our Administrative Assistant, Barbara:
Nanaville: An Adventure in Grandparenting, a memoir by Anna Quindlen.
Recommended for anyone trying to be the “perfect grandparent” in today’s changing world.  Based on the author’s experience with her first grandchild Arthur, she humorously yet poignantly warns grandparents to “hang back” in matters of giving child-rearing advice. Every grandparent will smile or tear up while reading episodes so common to all with the cherished title of “grandparent.”

Kathi, from Childrens’ Services, loved these adult books:
LCover image for Never have I ever :ady from the Black Lagoon:  Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara
This was very eye opening book about the early days of Hollywood and an amazing artist, who was almost lost to history.

Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris
The 14th book in one of my favorite historical mystery serieses, featuring an aristocrat detective in Regency England.  (“What Angels Fear” is book one in the series)

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
The best woman-with-secret-being-blackmailed book I’ve read in a while.

Amy, our Teen Librarian, heartily recommends:
Cover image for Red, white & royal blueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The son of the American President and an English prince fall in love. What could go wrong? This romance was fun, upbeat and incredibly sweet. I was hooked from the start, and rooting for the couple through all of their ups and downs. In addition to the main heroes, the supporting cast is equally lovable and help to create a fully realized story.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
I listened to this as an audiobook and fully recommend the format in addition to the title itself. Darius is doing his best to figure out his place in his family, his school and the world. When he and his family travel to visit his Persian relatives Darius faces struggles old and new in this coming-of-age story. Darius is a sweet kid with a great sense of humor and a thoughtful disposition. The narrative focuses on many different relationships in his life, and all are fleshed out and unique. Darius is a hero you’ll connect with whether you’re sixteen or sixty.

Cover image for Making space, clutter free :Tatjana, from Reference Services made great use of:
Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need by Tracy McCubbin.
One of my favorite clutter books because it addresses the emotional blocks behind clutter, why it happens and what you can do about it,  in addition to dealing with the physical items.

Cover image for The library bookAnd finally, a favorite too many librarians to count (see LibraryReads Voters Favorites 2019) including Nevins Library’s own Cynthia and Kathi:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
The story of the Los Angeles Public Library fire that burned 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more.  More than 30 years later, the mystery of how the fire started remains.  A must read for anyone who loves books!!!

Happy Reading to All in 2020!

 

 

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