Most of my reading for the last few years has been juvenile and young adult, so I am excited to explore new genres and revisit ones I haven't read for a while. Reading genres that are mostly unfamiliar to me, learning how to conduct a proper reader's advisory interview which I can share with my staff, and creating a cache of go to reference sources as described in our reading (Ross & Dewdney) is really exciting. Not only will I be better able to meet the needs my patrons, I will find new genres and authors to explore.
Something new for me has been listening to audio books. I had tried to read The Book Thief but just couldn't get into it. The audio book completely immersed me in the story. There were times that I had to pull off the road either because I was in tears or because the language was so beautiful that I needed to listen to it again. The same was true for Wonder. I loved it when I read it, but the audio book really took it to another level. One thing that not many people know about me is that I would prefer to read the book and never see the movie version. So many books are so much better than their movies. The Never Ending Story, The Indian in the Cupboard, and The Selected Works of T S Spivet are three that come to mind immediately.
Five Favorites from 2016
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Wonder by R J Palacio
Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabriell Zevin
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Five All Time Favorites
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Murie Barbery
The Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty Macdonald