I’m still trying to find my reading style. This past year it has been a mix of nonfiction and fiction. I generally enjoy reading books before it is adapted into a movie, that way I can see the differences.
Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
On My Own by Diane Rehm
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Happy Holidays!
Like many Americans, you may be planning to watch the first Presidential Debate tonight at 9pm between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. After all the dust has cleared, come check out the Biography section here in the library to read about the past presidents. Browse the New Nonfiction displays, I think I see a new book about Clinton and Trump every week! There are many titles on Audiobooks and the OverDrive and Hoopla applications in case you would rather listen than read.
If you are like me, you can always use new techniques or ideas for organizing your house. Come to the library tonight for the Organizing Your and Home Life program at 7pm. Professional organizer Ann Shenk will be stopping by to present way to help anyone at any stage of organizing. Can’t make it tonight, check out the display of organizational books week have near the Reference Desk or head over to the 648 call numbers to find a variety of books to assist you.
Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday night? The Academy Awards are hands-down my favorite awards show. In the months leading up to the big night I get out and see as many of the nominated films as possible and obsessively cross them off my list before finally marking my own ballot in the days leading up to Oscar Sunday. There were lots of great movies this year and it was nice to see some major categories spread around to different films. The Revenant took home Best Director and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio (15-year-old me was THRILLED about this ;)….), Mad Max: Fury Road nearly cleaned up all the technical categories, and Spotlight won for its screenplay and the ultimate prize—Best Picture.
There are always great movies that started out as great books—and this year was no exception! I loved Room by Emma Donoghue and was not disappointed by the film adaptation. Here are the books that inspired a number of this year’s Oscar nominees—check them out!
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (later republished under the title Carol)
The Martian by Andy Weir
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Revenant: a Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
This year I’ve got an even split between fiction and non-fiction! While I am always reading both, I definitely read more fiction in general. I guess if it’s non-fiction it’s something I’ve heard about and really want to read, so I am usually not disappointed. Here are some of my favorites I’ve read the past year–and a chunk of bonus books!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
My bonus section is reserved for series that I love and that have taken up a lot of my reading time this year–they are mostly historical fiction/mystery, with a little YA and sci-fi/fantasy thrown in. Any of these books’ “partners” in their respective series are a GO.
It’s true! Once again we’ve hit that sweet spot when we can take time to celebrate all the good stuff in the world -like eating (too many) yummy cookies, or singing Christmas carols in a round, and always sharing a few of our favorite reads from the past year with you all! I like looking at my list of books -of course I keep a list! how else would I ever remember?- but it’s hard to keep the number of titles to ten. As much as I struggle with the task I know others struggle as well -I can’t wait to see: 1) what made it on everyone’s Top Ten list for the year and 2) how they work in a few extra titles!
Stacey’s Top Ten (kinda) in 2015 -alphabetical by author of course!
Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora -darker side of human nature but also funny!
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman -a sweet and moving story.
Ready Player One *and* Armada by Ernie Cline -I listened to these and thank Wil Wheaton for making great stories even better!
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich -ah, finally!
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans -World War II in London is the backdrop for this story of connections and community.
The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land (all in the Magicians Series) by Lev Grossman -if you’ve ever read any kind of epic fantasy? This series is for you!
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins -true, there were bits I had to skip due to being squeamish and weak but it’s still one of my favorites for the year!
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz -it’s all about the characters in this one.
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard -this one might make my list again next year… it’s that good.
This is the Life by Alex Shearer -brothers.
All This Life by Joshua Mohr -there’s so much going on it’s hard to explain, maybe just take a chance?
Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig -the last of the Pink Carnation series and it’s all you’d ever want it to be!
Rising Strong by Brene Brown -she always has something to teach me.
Missoula by Jon Krakauer -disturbing to read but would make a great book club discussion.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson -she tackles the serious topic of mental health with a huge dose of humor.
Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery -I had no idea I wanted to learn so much about cephalopods until I read this book.
Aimed at the younger crowd -but truly enjoyable for all ages!
Mosquitoland by David Arnold -Mim Malone and her travels are unforgettable.
Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman -a grrl power fairy tale? More please!
Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly -Calpurnia is ne of my favorite fictional friends.
Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab -I can’t wait for the next in the series.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick -great story + great art =great read.
You may have counted more than ten titles… I will sell you the ok-ness of my long list by saying, “There are only twelve authors listed in ‘Fiction’ and four authors in ‘Nonfiction,’ making a grand total of sixteen authors! That’s the top ten, plus five for it being 2015, plus a bonus for the coming year!” …and? Are you buying it?
I hope you enjoy (or have enjoyed?) some of the titles that made my list! And I wish you all a happy, healthy, and wonderful Holiday Season!
Both the brews and the books were flowing when the Your Book Your Brew group met Friday, October 23 at Tommy’s Summer Place. We each shared 2 to 3 books that we’d enjoyed and then the discussion took off!
Here’s the list:
The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman and Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit
Torch by Cheryl Strayed and The Camilla Lackberg series
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans, Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery and Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton and Lord Fear and Class A, both by Lucas Mann
Nemesis by Catherine Coulter, Beach Town by MaryKay Andrews, Liar by Nora Roberts and Alert by James Patterson
Other books that came up in the conversation were two books by food guru Ruth Reichl, her new memoir My Kitchen Year and her foray into fiction, Delicious. We reminisced about the children’s book All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor and discussed a few biographies, including those about Johnny Carson and Charles Manson and a memoir by actress Jennie Garth (yes, that’s how it goes when you’re talking books – all over the map!). We also talked about The Women’s Room, a feminist novel published in the late 70s, The Library at Mount Char, a weird but really good new science fiction book that Stacey and I listened to and heard raves about Tampa, by Alisa Nutting.
Thanks to Ann, Ed, Sarah, Sarah, Donna and Mike for joining us and we hope more folks will come along and share some book recommendations at our next meeting on Friday, December 11th at 5pm at Erie Island Coffee Co.