Christmas break is just around the corner and students, staff, and faculty are all preparing for the festivities and, probably, a “long winter’s nap”. One of the best ways to unwind is with a good book. So, your ‘friendly neighborhood librarians’ at the Hooley-Bundschu Library have come up with a list of books that you may want to pick up while you’re enjoying some peace and quiet over the break. If you would like a more detailed list, click here!
Paige-Social Media & Information Literacy Librarian
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
By: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Humor
Why I think you should read it: It’s a fabulous book and a cult-classic to boot! I loved it when I first read it, and love it still today. I’ve adopted “Don’t Panic” into my general lifestyle (though I do not always carry a towel).
The Monuments Men: Allied heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
By Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter (Contributor)
Genre: Nonfiction, History, WWII
Why I think you should read it: I am planning to read this in the near future mostly because it will be a feature length film starring: George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and others! So, read it, go see the move in February, and judge which was better. 🙂
Kathleen: Library Director
By Jonathan Miles
genre: General Fiction, Satire
Why I think you should read it: It keep me reading and introduced characters I came to who I cared about.
May We Be Forgiven
By: A.M. Holmes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Why I think you should read it: People behaving badly is a universal premise for any fiction, but I was cheered by these characters dawning recognition of how badly they had behaved and their attempt to make amends.
Larry Kramer: Electronic Resources Librarian
What the Dog Saw
By: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: Nonfiction, Sociology, Business
Why I think you should read it: The answers about the implausible tale of the ketchup are most interesting. Gladwell, who writes for the New York Times, also tells the story of a super-salesman, Ron Popeil, and all his “Popeil Gadgets.” He talked with a person who can calm the dog with the movement of his eyeball. The story of how “hair-coloring” for women got started is great. What is the difference between someone who “chokes” and someone who “panics” is also really good.
Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming
By: Peter Seibel
Genre: Nonfiction, Computer Science
Why I think you should read it: I am planning to read this. It’s reviews and contents are great for what I am currently working on.
Elisabeth Lomax: Library Assistant
Ocean at the End of the Lane
By: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Why I think you should read it: The author has done it again. The story of a suicide and how it changed a young boy’s entire life is hard to describe. It is definitely scary, yet heart-warming, as well. The characters are interesting and, as always in good supernatural horror fiction, the author asks us to suspend our disbelief in the impossible as he makes it absolutely worth our while in the end.
The Book Thief
By: Markus Zusak
Genre: Young Adult, History, WWII
Why I think you should read it: It is a standalone novel which follows a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. It’s extremely interesting and, though upsetting, asks all the right questions.
Adonna Thompson: University Archivist
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By: Brian Selznick
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult/Children, Fantasy, Mystery
Why I think you should read it: It is a beautiful story uniquely told through a blend of text and pen and ink drawings.
Whose Names are Unknown: A Novel
Genre: Historical Fiction, American History
Why I think you should read it: I put this one on my list after hearing about it in the new Ken Burns documentary on the dust bowl. Powerfully moving.
Becky Nichols: Circulation Manager
Anne of Green Gables
By: L.M. Montgomery
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction
Why I think you should read it: because she is so sassy! She works her way into trouble and then talks her way out of it.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By: Barbara Robinson
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Humor, Holiday
Why I think you should read it: It’s a fun filled riot of a story. Great for the Christmas season.