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Storytime for Adults by Laura Raphael

While the Central Library is closed for a (much-needed) renovation, many Central employees like me are working at branch libraries. After 9 years at Central, 7 ½ of those in the Readers’ Library department, I’m sad to be away from my downtown readers and fellow librarians. Despite this, I will admit that there is something exciting about being in a new place and learning new things.

Trying to entertain babies and toddlers during a weekly storytime is certainly new!

Slow Burn Books by Rebecca Howard

On the week before Banned Book Week, I’m reluctant to type “burn” and “book” in the same sentence.  However, “slow burn” is probably the best way to describe the pacing and the key appeal of The Silent Wife—a recent psychological thriller by A.S.A. Harrison.  With book jacket blurbs from the likes of Elizabeth George and S.J.

The Divine Comedy as Reimagined by Chuck Palahniuk by Nick Abrahamson

Readers acquainted with Palahniuk will instantly recognize his signature style.

Go Gentle by Rebecca Howard

“Gentle” is a description used by librarians for books that contain little objectionable material and are generally light, hopeful, and uplifting in tone.  Staples of this genre include Jan Karon’s Mitford Years series, Ann B.

Christmas in July, New Year's in August by Laura Raphael

Every late December or early January, I peruse my reading list from the year just ending or ended and pick my favorites. Here at the library, we even share our lists. It’s always one of the reading-related highlights of my year: both considering and choosing what stayed with me the most, and discovering what my colleagues considered and chose.

It’s not the end of the year yet (not even close), but if we can have Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

With that in mind, here’s my list of favorite fiction reads for 2013 – so far:

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