If there were ever a great time to read a new book (new to you anyway), this is it. Below, we share what some of our staff members have been reading since the stay at home order was implemented.
Elizabeth, NCPL Librarian
Working at the reference desk, I frequently get asked to put the newest books on a hold for patrons. Typically, if the same title is requested over and over again, and it isn’t a well-known author, I decide if I want to put it on hold for myself as well. That is exactly what happened with the book The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. It is still very popular, although it came out last year, and now I know why! There are some impressive twists and turns in this thriller, so I don’t want to spoil too much! Although there is currently a hold list through Overdrive and Libby, I highly suggest placing a hold on either the e-book or the e-audiobook.
Shelia, NCPL Librarian
Right now, I’m reading The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton for my First Monday book group (which is still meeting on Goodreads, by the way). I’m also listening to Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by recent Nobel Prize Winner, Olga Tokarczuk. It’s a great book, but without a daily commute, or really driving anywhere, it’s taking me forever to get through audiobooks!
Christina, NCPL Community Relations Manager
Autobiographies are my favorite, especially on e-audiobook, especially when read by the author, especially when the author is also the voice of Sam Seaborn from The West Wing. I just finished Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am a huge fan Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing and as a result of the stay at home order, my 13-year-old son and I have become big fans of Parks and Recreation, which introduces a character played by Rob Lowe at the end of the second season. Hearing Lowe tell the story of his life (from birth to brat pack to nearly current day) and learning about the many friendships made along the way including the Sheen family and John F. Kennedy, Jr, made this a fantastic book. I borrowed it from Overdrive using the library’s new app and listened to it through Libby.
Read (or listen to) a new book, and check off that square on our community engagement “bingo” board.