Staff Picks: Three Favorites of 2015

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keep-calm-and-ask-a-librarian-121Did you finish your “to read” list in 2015? If so, are you looking for new titles to add to your 2016 reading list? How about trying one of these staff picks from the reference staff at the Warrenton central library.

The Martian by Andy Weir

I am not a frequent reader of science fiction. I am hardly even an occasional reader of science fiction. So I don’t remember what inspired me to pick up “The Martian” by Andy Weir, but I ended up being very glad I did. I listened to the book on CD and thought the narrator, R.C. Bray, was fantastic. I was compelled through the nine discs quickly by the amazingly suspenseful story line. I had not seen the movie, and spent the whole book with no clue how this story would resolve. I was also fascinated by the astronomy, botany and other types of real science explained throughout the story in a way that was by no means dry. The book is humorous and the main character, Mark Watney, has a voice that adds wit and hilarity to his life and death survival story. I would strongly recommend “The Martian” for a fast-paced, space survival tale with a realistic tone. I suspect that, even if you have already seen the movie, you will be entranced by the book.

~Amanda, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

Tom Harper mystery series, by Chris Nickson

One of the best mystery series I’ve read lately is the Tom Harper mystery series by Chris Nickson.  The series is set in the city of Leeds, England in the early 1890s.  In the first book, “Gods of Gold,” the situation in Leeds is dangerous—the gas workers are on strike, factories are closing and the street lamps are not lit at night.  In the middle of this crisis, Detective Inspector Tom Harper is also trying to solve the disappearance of eight-year-old Martha Parkinson.  After a replacement gas worker is murdered, Detective Harper finds that there may be a connection between all the events.  In the second book in the series, “Two Bronze Pennies,” a young man is found murdered in Leeds’s Jewish district.  No one in the Jewish community will talk with the police, and Detective Inspector Harper must find the killer before the situation becomes even more volatile.  Nickson’s books will draw you in, with excellent descriptions of Leeds, fine character development and strong plot lines.  I highly recommend both books and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, which will be published in March.

~Vicky, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George

I have finally decided to give audio books a try. Like many of our patrons I commute to and from work, so why not take advantage of the drive and listen to a book? What a great decision! I always love a good book about bookshops and booksellers, but this one is a bit different. “The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel” is a story about a bookseller who considers himself a “literary apothecary.” He can tell what book a customer “needs” just by looking at them. (Wouldn’t that be convenient?) A diagnosis of reading for what “ails” you.  And he does this while on a floating barge on the river Seine. The only person he can’t help is himself, and as the story unfolds new friendships and lost loves, we follow Perdu, the “literary apothecary” on his own journey of healing.

~Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

Book listsreviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book. Or stop by the reference desk at your local library.

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