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New Year, New Book Recs!

January 12, 2024

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We hope that everyone has been having a peaceful start to the new year! Looking for books to add to your 2024 “to read” list? Check out the best of 2023 here:

Staff Best Books of 2023

Library staff's favorite books of 2023

Looking for some great book recommendations? Look no further! Our library staff has hand-picked their favorite reads from 2023.

  • Jessica from Marketing
    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
    “This visceral, captivating time travel story immediately grabbed my attention and delves into the harsh reality of our country’s history.”
  • Library Director Zach
    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    Don Quixote has consistently ranked among my all-time favorite novels.  Revisiting it in 2023, I was happy to find that the misadventures of Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, still elicit laughter and deep reflection, remaining relevant four centuries after its initial publication.”
  • Jenn from Adult Services
    Leech by Hiron Ennes
    “I loved this dark, gothic novel that mixed mystery, horror, and science fiction to tell a truly singular story. Even though I read this at the start of the year, the wonderful writing and the unique perspective has stuck with me since.”
  • Molly from Youth Services
    The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
    “This book captivated me from the beginning with all the twists and turns. I love the series and can’t wait for the 3rd book to be released this summer!”
  • Kaitlyn from Circulation
    Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    “I loved this book because it takes you through the journey of fame, and the fallout of fame, of a fictional 70s rock band. It seemed so real that there were many times I thought the author was writing about a true story. (And it is even better on audiobook in my opinion!) 
  • Cait from Outreach
    Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
    This book is a great mystery and intense page turner. Twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Dana from Circulation
    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    If you had a Venn diagram with “book lovers” in one circle and “gamers” in the other, this book would be right where the two overlap. I wish I could go back in time and read it again!

Community Picks For You!

During your next visit to the library, take a look at our “Community Picks” section downstairs. If you have a book recommendation you’d like to share, look for the Community Picks bookmarks by the Checkout Desk.



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