Archive for December, 2010

Staff Picks for 2010

One of the best things about working at the library (other than being surrounded by thousands of books carefully organized) is being around others who enjoy reading and talking about what they’ve read. As in years past, we’ve compiled a list of what the TFPL staff has chosen as their favorites for the past year – those published this year and older books we’ve discovered. Try one of these for something different, or ask our staff members why they chose a certain book. (And check back often, we’ll be adding to the list in the weeks to come!)




Bijou Roy by Ronica Dhar (Nirmala)

Black Rain by Graham Brown (Beth)

Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Erica)

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Erica)

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag (Jo)

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (Kate)

Earth, the Book: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and the Writers of The Daily Show (CJ)

Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (Susan)

Everything is Going to Kill Everybody: The Terrifyingly Real Ways the World Wants You Dead by Robert Brockway (CJ)

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Nirmala)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stiegg Larsson (Nirmala)

The Huckleberry Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery by Patrick McManus (Mareda)

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson (Barbara)

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Courtney)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Amy)

Once a Spy by Keith Thomson (Jennifer)

Oh My Dog: How to Choose, Train, Groom, Nurture, Feed, and Care for Your New Best Friend by Beth Ostrosky SternĀ  (Josie)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Beth)

Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance (Barbara)

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling (Amy)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell




Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer (Amy)

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (Barbara)

Columbine by Dave Cullen (Jennifer)

Dracula by Bram Stoker (Jo)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Nirmala)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (CJ)

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling(Josie)

The Help by Katherine Stockett (Kate)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Erica)

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Alsion Hoover Bartlett (Susan)

Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton (Beth)

Sizzle by Julie Garwood (Courtney)

The Tenderness of Wolves by Steff Penny (Kate)

Best Books of the Year – 2010

If it’s December, it’s time for lists. There are nice and naughty lists, gift lists, lists for shopping, even lists of lists. But the best lists of all (at least to librarians) are the best books of the year. Whether you’re interested in seeing how your reading over the past year stacks up to the critics, or if you’re interested in picking up a book to tide you over during the holidays, these are the lists for you.

Again, we’ve chosen three organizations that we feel represent a wide swath of interests: Publisher’s Weekly, which chooses the best from a variety of genres;, which includes a lot of popular materials; and The New York Times, which looks at more literary choices. Place a hold for a book online, or grab one off of our “Best of” display inside the Library.

Of course, there’s always some overlap. Here are the titles that made all three lists:





Next week – see the TFPL staff favorites for the year!