Thursday, January 21, 2016

Staff Favorites of 2015 - 26th in a Series

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2015. Here are a few recommendations from Amy Weiler, Information Specialist  at the Sharon Forks Library:

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

This was my favorite suspense book of the past year.  A man meets a woman on a plane and blithely mentions that he would like to kill his wife.  To his surprise, the mysterious woman said that she would be happy to help him.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

This was my second favorite suspense book of the past year.  A woman is stalked and terrorized by her ex-partner, a good-looking and very charismatic man.  No one, not even  her best friend or the police truly believes that she is in any danger.  It’s a very dark, riveting, and  spine-tingling book.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This historical fiction novel, set during World War II, follows the life of a blind girl in occupied France and a German boy who joins the Hitler Youth.  I loved the characters in this novel, and when I was done reading it, could not stop thinking about them.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry is a cantankerous, recently widowed owner of a struggling book store.  His life is forever changed when he decides to adopt a baby abandoned at his door.  If you are a book lover, this book is chock-full of literary references.

The Boston Girl is the coming-of-age story of  Addie, a girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents.  The story touches on family values, friendship, and feminism as a young Jewish woman tries to make her way in an evolving world. The novel begins with 85 year-old Addie telling the story of her life to her granddaughter.  

More favorite books from Amy are coming soon!