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Favorite Books

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I just finished two award winning books (both fiction) which I really enjoyed.  One was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, the story of Thomas Cromwell, and the other was Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, a look at New York during the time Petite walked between the Twin Towers.  I also loved the Book Thief by Markus Zusak.



If you enjoy the Yuletide season, but are open-minded about it's interpretations, you might like to peruse

Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas by John Grossman.  It examines annotated Christmas card art from the days before the holiday became quite so homogenized.  Rats playing cards, Santa tying children to trees, dead robins -- they're all here to wish you a happy holiday.  -- Kate


My top read this summer was Three Cups of Tea  by Greg Mortenson...if only our political leaders could read this and understand that a key to solving Middle Eastern conflict could possibly be in education. My young adult reads included the 4 books in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. My daughter and students got me going and then I couldn't stop. Although the fourth book was good, it wasn't what I expected...anticlimatic after the buildup from the first. My daughter keeps me updated on any new trailers for the upcoming movie in December. See www.twilightthemovie.com/ -Sandy


One of my favorite children's books is Ul de Rico's The Rainbow Goblins.  It's a great story about selflessness vs. selfishness and the illustrations are beautifully painted in detailed bold colors.

-Jessie from Jamaica Memorial Library


I loved Recipes from the Dump by Abigail Stone. -Heather


I'm trying to catch up on YA books and I loved Beastly by Alex Flinn.--Lee


I enjoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tatttoo series. There are three books by Steig Larsson, all page turners. Leslie

Comments (8)

Vermont Librarian said

at 2:29 pm on Mar 26, 2008

The best book I've read in many years is "Three Cups of Tea". It is a remarkable book about Pakistan. To bad more of our politicians won't read it and take it to heart.

Vermont Librarian said

at 1:21 pm on Mar 30, 2008

I agree completely with Jessica. What's more, it's a book that is taken out over and over again by kids, once they discover (or are led to) it.
Betsy from Peacham Library

Vermont Librarian said

at 1:25 pm on Mar 30, 2008

I meant to add an adults' book comment. I belonged to a book club for 18 years. When we were all ready to move on, for various reasons, we talked about the nearly 200 books we'd read together. We agreed, unanimously, that the one that we most loved, that we'd most re-read as individuals, and that most stuck with us, was Anne Lindbergh's "Gifts From the Sea."
Betsy from Peacham Library

Vermont Librarian said

at 9:23 pm on Sep 3, 2008

I loved The Rainbow Goblins as a child. I am happy to hear that kids are still reading it! I will have to see if it is still in print...

Vermont Librarian said

at 6:40 pm on Nov 30, 2008

So many books, so little time. Favorites? From this year's DCF list Home of the Brave. I am reading it aloud to 5th graders and am amazed by the thought provoking discussions it inspires.
Favorite grown up books would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird and the Dive from Clausen's Pier.

Vermont Librarian said

at 3:52 pm on Jan 28, 2009

I am absolutely floored when someone asks me what my favorite book is. Which genre? Which time in my life? On what day of the week?! It is an impossible question for me to answer. We recently had a "Book Discussion" a out library asking people to bring a favorite book to share. I agonized for a few days and then decided to just pick ONE of my favorites. There are so many!!! I notice above that "Gifts From the Sea" is mentioned. It is definitely on my list. Then I laughed to see that it was posted by the librarian whose job I filled when she moved away. Very funny!!- Cheryl from Peacham Library

Vermont Librarian said

at 12:59 pm on Feb 12, 2010

I would say my favorite books right now have to be The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Since I do all of the YA ordering, that is pretty much all I read. Looks like I will have to read Gifts from the Sea...

Vermont Librarian said

at 3:00 am on May 9, 2011

My favorites of the moment: The Book of Lost Things, John Connelly; City of Thieves, David Benioff; The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick; To Kill a Mockingbird is on my permanent list. For a laugh, try A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel.

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