Staff Picks: Recent Picks by Bealeton Staff
One of the most popular shelves in the Bealeton branch library is the Staff Picks display. Staff members flag their recommendations for patrons to peruse and enjoy. Because staff reading tastes vary so widely, there is usually an interesting mix. Here are just a few recent picks from some of our staff members:
The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble
“The Inn at Ocean’s Edge” is a thriller, romance and family dynamics novel all in one. Claire Dellamare returns to a family vacation spot after years away. While there, she experiences flashes of memory that scare her, then she finds out she was kidnapped and disappeared for a year at the age of four. Someone is trying to cover up a murder in the past and Claire is a possible witness, but she cannot remember enough to help the investigation. This is a quick read, with enough action and twists and turns to keep you turning the page.
Mary Sue, Bealeton branch library
The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
As I select novels to read, I am continually drawn to historical fiction, most often to titles covering the World War II era. The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason is one that I enjoyed. In Mason’s novel, Marshall Stone has devoted his career to flying for commercial airlines. When airline regulations bring his career to a halt decades later, he feels compelled to make a trip back physically and mentally to a terrifying time in his young military career. In WWII Marshall was a young B17 bomber pilot whose plane is shot. He is forced to make a crash landing in a Belgian field near the border of France in occupied Europe, and struggles with having to leave his crew for survival. He journeys back to where this all took place to locate and reconnect with the amazing people that risked their lives as part of the Resistance to save his life, and the lives of so many others. The author takes you to past and present to reveal many stories of their courage and the sacrifices and hardships that they endured to help people they didn’t even know.
Alicia, Bealeton branch library
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
“Go Set a Watchman,” the highly anticipated prequel or sequel or first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my all-time favorite novels, did not disappoint. An older Scout, who has been living in New York City, returns home for her annual visit and has her world view shattered. While many have been dismayed by Atticus emerging as a bigot in this book, and he is, I found it a necessary component to the story. Nothing less extreme would knock him off the pedestal that Scout put him on and make her realize that her father is as fallible as the next person. I definitely believe Mockingbird is the better of the two books, and my favorite parts of Watchman are the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood. Maybe this is why I liked “Go Set A Watchman” so much; I was never all that invested in the character of Atticus.
Jennifer, Bealeton branch library
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
I love sharing books that I read as a child with my children but lately my kids and I have been exploring new juvenile books together. A series that we have fallen in love with is The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. In these books you follow a young brother and sister as they navigate between our world and the fairy tale world. You meet characters you grew up reading about but the author gives them more depth and uses humor and his imagination to draw connections between fairy tale characters that you never would have thought of. If you are looking for a book that will not only keep your kids’ interest but your own while reading, I highly recommend you pick up this series.
Erin, Bealeton branch library
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