NVCL Staff Favourites from 2014 – Part I

We asked our staff members to tell us the best book they read in 2014. Here is what they told us:

HalfBloodPrinceHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

“Despite working in the Children’s Department, I had never read the Harry Potter Series before this year.  And, (perhaps even more surprisingly), I managed to avoid finding out how the series ended.  While my pumpkin princesses and I were captivated by the entire series, nothing compares to how devastating, (and moving), we found the ending of book six.” – Patricia, Public Services Assistant

IndianHorse2Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

“Indian Horse is a heart-wrenching but ‘un put down able’ read about the life of Saul Indian Horse who, as a boy, was pulled from his Ojibway community and forced into an abusive residential school in Northern Ontario.  He discovers hockey at the school and this becomes his salvation as he endures racism and spirit-breaking treatment.   A sad depiction of part of Canada’s history, this should be on everyone’s reading list.” – Elaine, Auxiliary Librarian

No Place to HideNo Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

“This is not only an important book, but very readable too. Greenwald’s narrative begins like a spy novel (except it’s true), then covers the implications of Snowden’s revelations, and ends with observations on the role of the Press in the digital age. Don’t miss this book.” – Michael, Digital Services Librarian

NotThatKindOfGirlNot That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

“In this collection of autobiographical essays Lena Dunham lays bare her life experiences, some of which are amusing and others that are absolutely cringe-worthy. Ms. Dunham’s writing style is funny and engaging which is why I read it in a day and I can’t wait to see more from her!” – Brie, Public Services Assistant

SecretPlaceThe Secret Place by Tana French

“I am not usually a mystery fan, but in 2014 I discovered Tana French and her five novels about the Dublin Murder squad.  I enjoyed them so much I read all five back to back.  The intriguing thread in all five novels is that each one involves a different squad member that might have only had a minor role in the novel before. The fifth in the series, The Secret Place, was published in  2014. A boy is murdered. The psychological thriller is about  the private and dangerous underworld of teenage girls. It is a powerful, haunting exploration of family, friendship and loyalty. Intriguing!” – Jane Watkins, Chief Librarian

SorrowsKnotSorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

“This book is so evocatively written it pulled me in from the first page. I absolutely love the characters Otter, Kestrel, Cricket and Orca. Erin Bow creates beautiful visuals and an utterly believable fantasy world. The story is fascinating, and I feel like I learned so much from this book about life, death and love.” – Kate, Teen Librarian

SweetlandSweetland by Michael Crummey

“Moses Sweetland is faced with a critical decision, leave with fellow villagers the only life he has known on a remote Island in Canada , or accept a government relocation package. From beginning to end, author Michael Crummey unfolds for us a beautifully composed spiral of contemplations that speak to the resilience and tenacity of spirit we wish we all had.” – Chris, Head of Digital Services

WalkAcrsossA Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

“Two teenage sisters, after a tsunami hits their Indian town, are orphaned. While the sisters make an effort to head back to safe inland they are kidnapped and sold into the sex trade. Meanwhile, a DC lawyer’s wife left him after their baby daughter died, and it’s impacting his work. After seeing a young girl kidnapped and learning she may also have been sold into the sex trade, he decides to spend a year working for a group that put on trial sex traffickers. He makes it his mission to find the teens, but how he can find two specific girls in this great world is the core of this story.” – Homa, Public Services Assistant

Stay tuned for 2014 Staff Favourites Part II!

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