Staff Picks: Lighthouses, Movie Adaptations and More

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At the start of summer, while we enjoy going to the beach or working in the garden, we’re really looking summer photo for postforward to cooling down with a glass of ice tea and a good book. Here are some reads that staff at the John Marshall branch library recommend for reading in that hammock or cozy beach chair.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Sometimes in the summer, you just want a scary book that will keep you reading long into the night. “The Passage” is just that book! The government wants to create the perfect soldier and convinces death row inmates to participate in the experiment. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, the inmates are turned into lethal, uncontrollable killers, and thus begins the end of the world as we know it. The world may depend on Amy, a little girl infected with the virus, to be its savior.

After reading the book one summer, I was actually spooked by fireflies when I was out at night. Read the book to find out why.

‘The Passage” is the first book in a trilogy, so if you enjoy it, follow it with The Twelve next, and then The City of Mirrors, which was recently published.

Veronica, Page, John Marshall branch

By Book or by Crook  by Eva Gates

I am currently reading a cute little beach mystery that to me would be a dream job! “By Book or by Crook” is part of the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. That’s right, a library that’s housed in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The town’s new assistant librarian has the privilege of living on the upper floor of the lighthouse with ocean views! Of course, this is a mystery so there has to be a murder, and even some missing books, but nothing to keep you awake at night. I love my job here at the library, but if the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library actually existed, I might just have to put in an application for employment.

Joan, Clerk, John Marshall branch

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

If you’re like me, you want to read a book before it’s made into a movie. Sometimes a book is so special, I don’t even want to see the movie adaptation for fear of tarnishing the story as it is stored in my heart and mind. So now is a good time to grab “Me Before You” as it’s just hitting theaters.

A sometimes fumbling but always cheerful Louisa “Lou” Clark takes a job assisting a formerly athletic and vibrant, but now wheelchair bound Will Traynor, and their relationship develops in astonishing ways. As their story progresses, this love story tackles some extremely difficult questions:

What would you do for love?

What determines a quality of life worth living?

If you have ever been close to someone living as a paraplegic or quadriplegic, this is a heart wrenching account of the momentous challenges associated with paralysis. After you read this, you are bound to want to read the book that follows, After YouOne Plus One is another great ride as is The Girl You Left Behind. You can’t go wrong with this author, Jojo Moyes!

Marti, Page, John Marshall branch

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions?  Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Additional staff picks and book club roundups are available online.

∼ Veronica, Circulation, John Marshall branch library



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