Librarians' Favorites Book List

Librarians love reading and recommending great reads. We serve the public’s reading needs daily and always look for ways to keep people inspired to pick up a book (or listen to one).

We asked staff to share fiction and nonfiction titles they would re-read or recommend others read. Get a load of this eclectic mix of books – all great! You may want to bookmark this page so you can return to it as you work your way through our summer reading program. Adults need to read just eight books in June and July to be entered to win an ereader.

Click the title to be taken directly to the catalog where you can reserve the title online and have us hold it for you for pickup later. Comment below about what titles off this list you’d recommend for a read or a re-read. Or share your favorites so we can create a similar list based on customer favorites!

Fiction
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Red Grass River by James Carlos Blake
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
World War Z by Max Brooks
In Cold Blood by Truman Capoteincoldblood
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
L. A. Requiem by Robert Crais
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip Dick
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Howards End by E.M. Forster
84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Ulysses by James Joyce
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
The Stand by Stephen King
Watchers by Dean Koontz
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurty
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
silverliningsplaybookSilver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Last English King by Julian Rathbone
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Nora Nora by Anne Rivres Siddons
God’s Fool by Mark Slouka
The Pornographer’s Poem by Michael Turner
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works by Kurt Vonnegut
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Nonfiction
The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
Red Zone by Aphrodite Jones
stiffStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Tales of a Rat-hunting Man by David Brian Plummer
Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
Good to Great by James Collins
Factory Made: Warhol and the ’60s by Steven Watson
Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns
Kraftwerk: Man, Machine & Music by Pascal Bussy
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Beautiful Trouble poems by Amy Fleury
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Don’t Fall Off the Mountain by Shirley MacLaine
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
My Life in France by Julia Child
memoriamtoidentityIn Memoriam to Identity by Kathy Acker

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  • Rhonda Boyd

    This is a great resource. Could you send me a copy of this in pdf so I can add it to Happy Bookers FB file for reference please.

  • Miranda Ericsson

    I saw a lot of my favorites on this list, and plenty of titles that I haven’t read, as well. I definitely have some new ones to add to my “to read” list! I’d be interested to see which titles belong to which librarians. :)

  • Karel Ramsey

    Can’t believe no one listed “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson! Already a classic…

  • Mark Saylor, MD

    “Guns, Germs and Steel,” by Jared Diamond, “The Metaphysical Club,” by Louis Menand, “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson, “Tuxedo Park,” by Jennet Conant, and “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War,” by Robert Coram are all works of non-fiction that should not be missed.

  • Maria Montgomery

    Sod and Stubble…John Eis….best book EVER!! … setting … right here is Kansas

  • Jeremy Miller

    I wish you had added Ursula Le Quinn’s “The Dispossessed.” I re-read it about every five years–or more often. Always find new things to be discovered. She is an excellent writer who can say a paragraph in a single simple sentence. Well worth discovering, if you happen to be a newbie at the writing game. Studying her style is a course in effective, vivid, concise writing in and of itself.

  • Nwede Henry

    nice collections.
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