April Staff Picks

Are you in need of a new book to try? Our staff members are avid readers (never at work though, have you seen how busy we are?!), and thought it would be fun to share some of our recent favorites.

Courtney Reynolds, Library Assistant
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
“Lots of interesting characters; immerses you into different worlds.”

Merrie Haynes, Substitute Library Assistant
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
“Temple is my hero, and this book is my most favorite of her books. It digs deep into how animals think, act, and feel. It looks at emotional and physical pain in animals and takes an intimate look at their core emotional needs. We also have it in audio book!”

Ranee Weldy, Library Coordinator
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
“I like the book because it is a fast read and psychological thriller. I have read all of Swanson’s books, and they are all excellent! He keeps the reader guessing until the very end, and you’re completely shocked when you’ve finished the book.”

Jess Warren, Library Assistant
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
“This memoir gave me a new appreciation and understanding of what it means to live as a gender nonconforming person. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender this is an important read for all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”

Lauren Hess, Substitute Library Assistant
17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton
“It’s the fascinating true story of the chummy relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (the former Edward VIII and the American, Wallis Warfield Simpson) and the Nazis and how the British government tried to cover this up after the war. Well-written and well-researched by Andrew Morton, the internationally acclaimed biographer of Diana, Princess of Wales.”

Caitlin Morris, Library Assistant
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman”
“I laughed. I thought about crying. I was angry. I was delighted. I was empathetic. I was completely fine, sometimes.”

Cameron Marlin, HR Director/Administrator
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“I liked this book because of the structure in which is was written (although the subject matter of the rock and roll lifestyle was appealing as well). Hearing one story through the lens of many characters was really interesting and compelling. I particularly enjoyed the way that everyone’s different perspectives and experiences were woven together to reveal various surprises and details that I did not see coming. The book ended in a way that was different from the fairy tale ending I had anticipated, but it echoed the sentiment of the book overall – not everything we love is attainable or sustainable and sometimes we have to learn to let things go.”