Cheshire Library Staff's Favorite Books of 2013

One of the great perks of working in a library is access to copious amounts of books to choose from for our reading pleasure.  One of the biggest drawbacks of working in a library is access to copious amounts of books!  The Cheshire Library staff love to read and I thought it would be fun for them to list their favorite books they read or listened to in 2013.  They were very busy readers!  Below is just a sampling of some of the titles our library staff submitted.

Adult Fiction

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Canada by Richard Ford

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Three Sisters by Susan Mallery

White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse

We Are Water by Wally Lamb


Bachelor Firemen (series) by Jennifer Bernard

The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake (series) by Julianna Stone

Bad Boys of Red Hook (series) by Robin Kaye

Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

Free Fall by Catherine Mann

The Sullivan Brothers (series)by Bella Andre

Thrill Ride by Julia Ann Walker

The Way Home by Cindy Gerard

What She Wants by Sheila Roberts

Whiskey Creek (series) by Brenda Novak

Science Fiction

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding


A Book Town Mystery (series) by Lorna Barrett

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

A Tea Shop Mystery (series)by Laura Childs

A Witchcraft Mystery (series) by Juliet Blackwell

Christian Fiction

For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman

Pearl In The Sand by Tessa Afshar

Take A Chance On Me by Susan Mary Warren

Adult Non-Fiction

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter

Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies

The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley


Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi

Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road From Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas

Wild: From Lost to Found in the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed


The Good House by Ann Leary – Read by Mary Beth Hurt

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn – Read by Hillary Huber

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson – Read by Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, Adam Johnson

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson – Read by Bill Bryson

Young Adult

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saena

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

I’m A Frog! by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

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Jaimie Cura January 06, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Thanks so much for posting this! I'm always looking for reading recommendations! I've heard good things about "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Wild: From Lost to Found in the Pacific Coast Trail."
Jaimie Cura January 06, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Has anyone at the library read "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert yet? If so, I'd love to know your thoughts about it!
Cheshire Library January 07, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Our Deputy Director just read it, as a matter of fact. She says, "Just finished it,read it in 3 sittings, one of best books I have read this year--in a league with Kate Atkinson's Life After Life." Thanks for you comments!
Jaimie Cura January 07, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Wow, three sittings! It definitely took me a bit longer than that, but it was a quick read! I've never read that Atkinson book before - I'll look it up! Elizabeth Gilbert is such a great writer - I get so frustrated when people dismiss her because of something they read about "Eat, Pray, Love." I saw Gilbert speak in Fairfield and she addressed that - very cool talk! I'll see if I can find a link to it online.


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