This year I asked our Library staff to send their five favorite reads in 2014. The first five titles below received more than one vote. The rest are #1 picks by our librarians. See the full list of over 75 titles in our catalog. And our library staff have a lot more recommendations. Come by one of our libraries and ask what they would recommend for you!
No less than Four Librarians listed this in their top 5 for 2014!
“My favorite and the one I’ve recommended most this year.” — Susan S., Gayton Branch Library
“A gripping near-future science fiction novel with a McGyver-style protagonist, that doubles as remarkably informative non-fiction explanation of how we’re likely to colonize Mars.” — Steve C., Tuckahoe Area Library
“Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13 — loved, loved, loved it!” — Kate C., Dumbarton Area Library
THREE librarians chose this as a favorite read from this past year.
“Haunting, sophisticated … a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” — Wall Street Journal
Tied for second place. THREE librarians voted this as a top read.
“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” — John Green, The New York Times Book Review
TWO librarians listed this as a favorite for 2014.
“This is the third in the Lunar Chronicles, my favorite teen series.” -Susan S., Gayton Branch Library
TWO Librarians voted this as one of their top reads of 2014.
“Call it The Hunger Games of Thrones. Erika Johansen’s debut novel is a genre mashup: medieval fantasy meets dystopian future … An addictive and enjoyable adventure.” –USA Today
The Stand by Stephen King –“It was not published in this century even, but it blew me away all the same.” -Katy B., Fairfield Area Library
Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke –“An exceptional Thriller/Mystery that has its roots in the 16th century. A rare and gruesome manuscript called the Book of John, links together a library in Trondheim, Norway, with the Poe Museum in Richmond VA and may be the diary of a medieval serial killer.” –Julianne S., Glen Allen Branch Library
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev –“Favorite Romance of the year.” -Alicia A., Library Admin Offices
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
The Supremes at Earl’s All You-Can-Eat by Edward Moore –“From teens to adult women dealing with midlife crisis the lives’ of three girls somehow becomes the focus of a small town. Seems like the whole community, including those in the afterlife are occupied with the coming and goings of the Supremes’. Would love to see it made into a movie!” – Sharon C., Fairfield Library
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth –“An interesting re-telling of Rapunzel set in 16th century Italy/17th century France.” -Mike S., Tuckahoe Area Library
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt –“I rarely reread books but I’ve read this one twice. It is such a moving story about the transition to adulthood during the 1980’s. –Desiree, Library Admin Offices
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones –“The author has a unique and beautiful voice with believable characters.” -Kara R., Library Admin Offices
Snicker Magic by Natalie Lloyd –“Everyone in town has a little bit of their own special magic, and Felicity’s is her ability to see and collect words that shine around people and objects. But she’s going to need a special kind of magic to get her nomadic mother to finally settle down and make a home.” –Awnali, Dumbarton Area Library
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare –“This magical middle grade series opener is ideal for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Give it to your fourth grader, give it to your teen, give it to your grandma–they’ll all love it!” Mandy A., Tuckahoe Area Library
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss