JANUARY STAFF PICKS
Have you got reading resolutions? Here are some of our staff's favorite books to get you started!
Calliope woke up in a grey world. She doesn’t know how she got there or what happened to anyone else. As she sets out to find her son and husband she realizes that very few folks are left on this earth. She gathers more survivors around her during her search, a young girl with prophetic dreams, a woman on a motorbike, and a man who interprets this new world with physics and Zuni beliefs.
I felt like I was in the world Givhan writes in. Her imagery is so vivid, and she uses that to draw you into her character’s lives and feelings. This is a really good book for the end or the beginning of the world.
Allende’s novel, steeped in the history of the Spanish Civil War and the Chilean Civil War, is told through a love story that develops through time, fear, injustice and conflicts. Victor, a young, passionate man is determined to protect Roser, his dead brother’s pregnant girlfriend. They endure the Spanish Civil War, fearing for their lives after the Fascist Franco takes rule of the country. Their grueling journey as refuges was followed by injustices and conflicts in Chile, their new land.
This story made me contemplate the effects of changing from a democracy to a dictatorship, and allowed me to see the hardships and fears of not only being a refugee, but to live in a land that is not “yours.”
The 10th Mountain Division is an integral part of recent Colorado history and this book is the best telling of it that I've read. Heavily reliant on letters this book is a frequently first account of the training, fauld, and incredible victories of the US's mountain soldiers.
Elizabeth Scrivener is a devoted servant to the library she grew up in - literally. This is not an ordinary library; it is full of grimores, tomes that contain the scribblings of sorcerers great and small, some of which hold dangerous power between their pages. Elizabeth is content with her life as a student of the library - until disaster strikes. A malefict - a gruesomely transformed grimore - escapes Elizabeth’s library and sends her careening into a conspiracy that goes to the very top, battling demons, corrupt sorcerers, and fiendish magic along the way. She cannot do it without the help of Nathaniel, a young sorcerer who may be her only hope if she wishes to save the world - and perhaps find love along the way.
In this new take on an ancient legend, we are plunged into the mystical world of Camelot, where a fragile peace has developed after Arthur defeated his father, Uther Pendragon, and banished magic from the mystical city. Magic, however, does not wish to leave Camelot. Enter Guinevere - or, a being going by that name - a special envoy sent by Merlin to protect Arthur from an unnamed threat, under the guise of becoming his queen. Guinevere’s life at the castle is full of unfamiliar social expectations, the danger of being caught practicing illegal magic, and new alliances with unlikely partners. Will she be able to uncover the threat against the king with the little information Merlin gave her? And where will her budding relationship with Arthur take both of them? This is the first in a series.
Sometimes I think I should read something that’s not teen fiction, then I pick up a book like Carry On and I ignore that feeling. Simon Snow is the Chosen One, the most powerful mage to walk the earth, the one that’s going to save magedom. Baz is his vampire roommate. They hate each other and will eventually have to face each other in some sort of battle in one of the wars that are going on right now. When Simon is visited by the ghost of Baz’s mother, they are forced together to solve the mystery of her death.
This book is a fantastic adventure the explores destiny, love, and magick. Rowell wrights relationships so well that you fall in love as much as the characters do.
The second installment in the Legacy of Orisha is as thrilling and evocative as the first. Zélie and Amari have brought magic back to the people after a battle against all odds. But there is no rest for them because while magic has been returned to the maji, it’s also been returned to the royals who fought to eradicate it.
Adeyemi delves deep into her character’s psyche, pushing them to their limits and seeing what happens and the result is a story that pulls you into her world. One where magic isn’t the solution we all think it would be and where power has many avenues.
This is for fans of Sarah Maas.
Aina was given one more chance when Kohl pulled her out of the slums to be his next blade. But now that has come back to bite her in the butt when she botches a big job. Now what will she do to fix the mess that she is in, only when the mess keeps getting bigger? Where do her loyalties lie?
Flores does a wonderful job of bringing this new world to life where everything runs around diamonds. This is a fast-paced action-adventure that you can’t put down.
This is for fans of Hatchet. While it is set in Dystopian Alaska, where there’s nothing left, and everything is burned. Travis and Jess must find a way to the coast. But don’t trust anyone. Greci does a wonderful job of just sucking you into the book, and the action never stops until the end.
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What a wonderful coming of age story about two people during epic changes in their lives. McGarry writes beautiful characters that have such depths and personalities. Both Jesse and Scarlett have life-changing events that happen about the same time. These events could either bring them together or tear them apart forever.
I have read so many books by this author and have loved them all.
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Join Audrey and Thomas in this thrilling sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. This time they make their home in Romania, where they cross the path of yet another serial killer. This time copying the notorious serial killer Vlad the impaler. Will they figure out who the killer is before the entire town spirals into a mass fear over the return of Dracula, or will they themselves lose what mind they have left? Pick up this book and find out, maybe you can figure it before they do.
Nizhoni’s been seeing monsters, specifically her dad’s boss Mr. Charles. Mr. Charles is just a little too interested in Nizhoni and her brother Mac. When her Dad disappears she, her brother, and her best friend embark on a journey to save him. Along the way, they meet many of the Diné Holy People who help them along to the House of the Sun.
Race to the Sun is a great adventure story because Nizhoni has some consequential ups and downs. She fails and succeeds and it’s not just because she was ‘chosen’, but because she put in the work and learning necessary.
Such a beautiful piece of literature about a horse who lived a difficult life. Not only is it heartwarming, it is exceptional. It’s perfect for a young child who loves horses, or an adult who loves a good story. Be warned though, there are parts that will make you cry, and those parts will be fantastic.
If you liked this you will also like: Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott.
There really is an art to build a great snowman and that is to do it with friends and make each one it’s own very special snowman. All You Need for a Snowman is beautifully illustrated and has wonderful words to tell the story. Everyone should read this to get that warm fuzzy feeling of creating something so special.
This little book it absolutely amazing. Not only is it beautifully illustrated, it is also very inspirational. Filled with quotes as well as little recipes for a perfect winter night. If you ever need a pick me up read one or two pages of this book with little gnomes to bring the quotes to life.