MyLibrarian: Anne

The most satisfying part of being a librarian is connecting with someone over books that you're both passionate about and also connecting someone with a book that they love, that changes them and opens them up to new ways of thinking. It’s knowing that words matter and that the connection that we make to a great book or story is one that can also connect us to others in very fundamental ways.

These days, I read a mix of fiction - mostly contemporary, historical, fantasy, mystery, and the occasional sci-fi or YA) and non-fiction (memoir, biography, expose/social issues/social justice). I definitely prefer a book that has a hopeful ending, even if parts of it are bleak, and, lately, I've also been reading a lot of books that deal with social justice and inequality.

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Favorite Authors

Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman

Robin Mckinley

Robin Mckinley

J. K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith

J. K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

L. M. Montgomery

L. M. Montgomery

Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik

Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen

Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein

Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal

A Darker Shade of Magic /

A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab
Serving as an ambassador of his own world while carrying messages to parallel-universe Londons with respective magical abilities and conflicts, Kell hides his secret smuggling activities only to be set up with a forbidden object from a dark dimension.

The House in the Cerulean Sea /

The House in the Cerulean Sea
T.J. Klune
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist.

The Lord of the Rings /

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in THE HOBBIT. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Outlander Series /

Outlander Series
Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

Stardust /

Stardust
Neil Gaiman
The story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. He has fallen in love with beautiful Victoria Forester and in order to win her hand, he must retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to her.

Anansi Boys /

Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
His past marked by his father’s embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse /

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
K. Eason
Princess Rory Thorne must use the fairy blessings gifted to her at birth to change the multiverse–or possibly destroy it. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination–how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children /

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

Spinning Silver /

Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
Deciding to collect on the outstanding debts owed her family of moneylenders, a young woman is overheard boasting about being able to turn silver into gold by the creatures who haunt the wood, in a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story.

Winternight Trilogy /

Winternight Trilogy
Katherine Arden
A novel inspired by Russian fairy tales follows the experiences of a wild young girl who taps the mysterious powers of a precious necklace given to her father years earlier to save her village from dark and dangerous forces.

Beauty /

Beauty
Robin McKinley
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage. When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?

 

Mysteries

Flavia de Luce Series /

Flavia de Luce Series
Alan Bradley
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family’s decaying English mansion and Flavia’s father becomes the main suspect.

Cormoran Strike Series /

Cormoran Strike Series
Robert Galbraith
Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.

Lady Sherlock Series /

Lady Sherlock Series
Sherry Thomas
When London is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

 

Realistic Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine /

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.

A Woman is No Man /

A Woman is No Man
Etaf Rum
Three generations of Palestinian-American women in contemporary Brooklyn are torn by individual desire, educational ambitions, a devastating tragedy, and the strict mores of traditional Arab culture.

Beartown /

Beartown
Fredrik Backman
In the forest community of Beartown, the possibility that the amateur hockey team might win a junior championship, bringing the hope of revitalization to the fading town, is shattered by the aftermath of a violent act that leaves a girl traumatized.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry /

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
Fredrik Backman
Seven-year-old Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending the girl on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

Small Great Things /

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
When her reluctance to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple results in the child’s death, a black nurse is placed on trial and is aided by a white public defender who urges her not to bring up race in the courtroom.

The Keeper of Lost Things /

The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan
Collecting things dropped or left behind by others and writing stories about them as a tribute to the fiancée who died the day he lost one of her keepsakes, a man bequeaths his estate to his unsuspecting assistant, who bonds with new neighbors while attempting to reunite the objects with their owners.

 

Historical Fiction

The Long Flight Home /

The Long Flight Home
Alan Hlad
In September 1940, the events of World War II bring together British pigeon-keeper Susan Shepard, American pilot Ollie Evans and a pigeon on a very special mission named Duchess.

My Name is Mary Sutter /

My Name is Mary Sutter
Robin Oliviera
Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother’s pleas for her to return home.

Poldark Series /

Poldark Series
Winston Graham
In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returnsto England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth-believing Ross to be dead-is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Homegoing /

Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Two half sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations.

The Lions of Little Rock /

The Lions of Little Rock
Kristin Levine
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis /

Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Patti Callahan
The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable–and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis’s greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. Becoming Mrs. Lewis allows us to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived–and why she stole Jack’s heart

Anne of Green Gables Series /

Anne of Green Gables Series
L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

The Nightingale /

The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

 

Biographies and Memoirs

Born a Crime /

Born a Crime
Trevor Noah
Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.

House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery /

House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery
Liz Rosenberg
An affecting portrait of the author of Anne of Green Gables is a first biography for young readers that shares revelations about Montgomery’s final days as well as the complexities of her brilliant but often troubled life.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes /

The Woman Who Smashed Codes
Jason Fagone
Traces the life of Elizebeth Smith, who met and married groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row /

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton
A man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he did not commit describes how he became a victim of a flawed legal system, recounting the years he shared with fellow inmates who were eventually executed before his exoneration.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II /

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
Sonia Purnell
Traces the story of mid-twentieth-century spy Virginia Hall, detailing her pivotal role in coordinating Resistance activities in Europe that helped change the course of World War II.

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years /

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Julie Andrews
A personal account of the iconic actress’s pre-fame life traces the time between her birth in 1935 and her discovery by Walt Disney during her 1962 Broadway performance in Camelot, a period marked by her relationships with a vaudevillian mother and teacher father, the World War II London Blitz, and her work as a Royal Command Performance child soloist

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl /

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Stacey O’Brien
Chronicles the author’s rescue of an abandoned barn owlet, from her efforts to resuscitate and raise the young owl after an injury that prevented it from returning to the wild through their nineteen years together, during which the author made key discoveries about owl behavior.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives /

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
Traces the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from an impoverished region of Zimbabwe, describing how 12-year-old Caitlin wrote to an unknown student for a class assignment and shared a life-changing six-year correspondence.

 

Other Nonfiction

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town /

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
Jon Krakauer
Chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula, Montana, who claimed to be raped by University of Montana football players, highlighting the inequities of the law in regard to rape allegations and the treatment of rape victims and perpetrators.

Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up /

Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up
Tom Phillips
The former BuzzFeed UK editorial director demonstrates how human civilization has been built upon thousands of years of trial and mostly error, citing examples ranging from the sinking of the Titanic to reality-star election wins.

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution /

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution
Emily Bazelon
A Times Magazine investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis, offering strategic recommendations for reversing discriminatory practices without changing the law.

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era /

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
Jerry Mitchell
An award-winning investigative reporter shares the real-life detective story of how Klansmen came to justice in notorious unsolved civil rights cold cases–decades after they had gotten away with murder.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World /

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World
Fredrik Backman
Whimsical essays by the best-selling author of A Man Called Ove celebrate the first steps, milestones and foibles of modern parenthood, sharing father-to-son advice on everything from finding a place to belong to beating Monkey Island 3.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption /

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women /

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
Kate Moore
A full-length account of the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to dangerous levels of radium while working factory jobs during World War I describes how they were mislead by their employers and became embroiled in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

 

Graphic Novels

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse /

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy
From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.

Adulthood is a Myth /

Adulthood is a Myth
Sarah Anderson
Adulthood is a myth confronts head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Big Mushy Happy Lump /

Big Mushy Happy Lump
Sarah Anderson
Containing illustrated personal essays on the author’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges, this collection of the hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are perfect for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair.

Herding Cats /

Herding Cats
Sarah Anderson
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up.