What we’re reading

At our monthly staff meeting yesterday morning I asked each staff member to share “what they’re reading” right now– here’s the list. You can see, we’re a pretty varied bunch, as far as our literary tastes go. Hopefully this variety will give you an idea for your next good read.

Sarah Lunde: The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson. This first book in a medieval fantasy trilogy follows the adventures of 16-year-old Princess Elisa.

Angelica Ascencio: There’s something about Christmas by Debbie Macomber. A small-town Washington news reporter learns to love fruitcake in this take on A Christmas Carol.

Karen Prasse: The shallows: what the Internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas G. Carr. As the Internet causes us to become ever more adept at scanning and skimming, are we losing our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection?

Lisa Anderson: Halt’s peril by John Flanagan. Book number nine in the Ranger’s Apprentice series finds Halt, Will, and Horace back on the trail of the same vicious, thieving outlaws.

Cherí Torrence: Stardust by Neil Gaiman. A charming fairy tale in the tradition of The princess bride and The neverending story.

Rachel Gage: Thereby hangs a tale: a Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn. Number two in the mystery series narrated by Chet, a 100-pound crime-fighting canine.

Janet Royer: Wesley the owl: the remarkable story of an owl and his girl by Stacey O’Brien. Biologist and owl expert O’Brien chronicles her rescue of an abandoned baby barn owl–and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

Mary Beth Conlee: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. A timely portrait that pulls no punches, and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength.

Janice Burwash: The discovery of witches by Deborah E. Harkness. witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont: Harry Potter + Twilight for grown-ups. Number two in the series is set to come out in July.

Maggie Buckholz: Blood Red Road by Moira Young. In a distant future, when eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, his twin sister Saba trails him across bleak Sandsea. A possible “read-alike” for fans of The hunger games. (On order for our Teen collection.)

Eileen Barnes: The river why by David James Duncan. First published more than two decades ago, this classic has become on of the most widely read fiction titles about fly-fishing. (Not in our collection, but available from several of our “reciprocal borrowing” partners.)

So there you have it, we’re reading a mix of fiction, non-fiction, children’s, Teen, and adult titles. What are you reading?




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