Staff Picks: Recent Reads by the 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 Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
One of the best ways, as a library employee, to get book recommendations is to see which books circulate frequently. That is how I came across The Husband’s Secret. I was expecting a fun quick read but what I got was a book that had me asking myself questions I had not anticipated. The author finds a way to mix the humor with the heartbreak and makes you fall in and out of love with the characters from one chapter to the next. I would recommend reading this book with a friend because it will be one you will want to discuss!
Erin, Bealeton branch library
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
You’ve heard the old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. With First Impressions the author speculates that your first encounter with a book or a person can be totally mistaken. Not every guy is who he seems to be and not every book is straightforward.
Jane Austen fans and bibliophiles will savor this suspenseful mystery that links present-day London to the 18th century past. In 1796, young Jane Austen strikes up a friendship with an elderly clergyman, an author and perceptive reader who encourages her early writing. Fast forward to recent Oxford grad Sophie, who is drawn into a mystery that casts doubt on the true authorship of “Pride and Prejudice.” Throw in two suitors who Sophie can’t quite figure out and you’ve got a compelling story perfect for avid booklovers like me.
Ann, Bealeton branch library
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin
This is a book lover’s book. Those who enjoy language and literary allusions will appreciate this little gem as will those who enjoy quirky, flawed yet likeable characters. A.J. Fikrey is a discriminating reader, widower, book seller and all around curmudgeon. After the death of his wife, Fikrey’s life is reduced to operating his island book store, questioning the literary tastes of those who patron said book store, and consuming wine. He is an outsider in the community in which he lives and a detached stranger to all he encounters. Fikrey lives a solitary life, reading and observing others’ lives rather than engaging and participating in his own. That is, until the arrival of a mysterious package, when everything changes.
Natalie, Bealeton branch library
Books by Jennifer Crusie
It’s that time of year again. The pools are open, the sun is shining and your brain needs a vacation. Ok, maybe not completely, but it is a good time of the year for reading something fun and lighthearted. I discovered a new-to-me author this month: Jennifer Crusie. Her books are romances but with fun, and slightly bent, characters (many of whom are dogs). From thieves and art forgers to radio disc jockies and stock brokers they are all missing something and someone in their lives. Through coincidental meetings, mistaken identities and sometimes bar bets, star crossed lovers get uncrossed and find the unconventional partners they were meant to be with. So, check out an easily packed paperback today!
Jennifer, Bealeton branch library
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. You can also check out the list of titles being read and discussed by our book clubs for ideas and inspiration.