Staff Favorites and Best of 2015

Each November, we survey the staff here at Twin Falls Public Library and ask them about their favorite reads of 2015. And, each year, we’re always amazed at the different responses. It inspires some of us to read outside our favorite genres and we hope it offers suggestions to all our patrons. Below is a list of the staff choices (with a link to the catalog, in case you are interested!).

Additionally, we always like to post the “best of” lists from a few of the literary crowd, so we’re linking to Publishers Weekly’s Best Books 2015, Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2015, and the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2015. We’ve also made booklists of the TFPL-owned books that made the grade, so you can browse our stacks for a recommended read (Amazon, NYT, PW). Here are a few of the titles that made all three lists:

Whatever your source, enjoy a book that’s received a thumbs-up during your holiday vacation this year!

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STAFF FAVORITES (BOOKS WRITTEN IN 2015)

Vision in Silver – Anne Bishop (Kathleen)

Lair of Dreams – Libby Bray (Katie S)

The Unnoticeables – Robert Brockway (CJ)

Awkward – Svetlana Chmakova (Stephanie)

Dark Disciple – Christie Golden (Jason)

Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell (Erica)

The Zig Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths (Jennifer)

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah (Amy)

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (Susan, Kate, Stephanie)

Taken – Dee Henderson (Amy)

The Witch of Lime Street: S̩ance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World РDavid Jaher (Cody)

Improbable Libraries – Alex Johnson (Jessica)

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and Finders Keepers – Stephen King (Jessikka)

The Girl in the Dark – Anna Lyndsey (Jennifer)

The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, and The Chessmen – Peter May (Kate)

Bits and Pieces – Jonathan Maberry (Erica)

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley (Cody)

Echo – Pam Munoz Ryan (Susan)

Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson (Jason)

Fancy Suits and Futuristic Violence – David Wong (CJ)

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STAFF FAVORITES (BOOKS WRITTEN BEFORE 2015)

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (Amy)

The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate (Stephanie)

Murder of Crows and Written in Red – Anne Bishop (Kathleen)

While Beauty Slept – Elizabeth Blackwell (Susan)

This Alien Shore – C.S. Friedman (Cody, Jason)

American Gods – Neil Gaiman (CJ)

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (Cody)

The Round House – Louise Erdrich (Jennifer)

Shades of Milk and Honey – Mary Robinette Kowal (Jessica)

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas (Erica)

Caravans – James Michener (Kate)

Fool – Christopher Moore (Jessikka)

The Book with No Pictures – B.J. Novak (Amy)

Wonder – R.J. Palacio (Erica)

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (Susan)

Cosmos – Carl Sagan (Katie S)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson (Stephanie)

The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Kate)

The Martian – Andy Weir (CJ, Jennifer)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin (Jessikka)

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