Staff Picks: Best of 2018

What a great year it has been for YPL! Our expansion was approved by the Town Council, we added over 500 new members, and circulated over 76,000 materials! A number of those materials were checked out by library staff, because we love using the library too.

Below is a compilation of our Top 5 picks of the year–what we read, what we played, what we watched, and what we loved.

Our Top 5 Picks of 2018

The content on these lists is what we consumed this year; it does not mean the material was new in 2018. Everything on these lists is available at the library. Click a title see the catalog page!


 


1Monica’s Top 5

  1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  4. Detroit: Become Human – PS4 Video Game
  5. The Shape of Water – Movie

 

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Lauren’s Top 5

  1. The Magicians – TV Series
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Frostblood – series by Elly Blake
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Katie’s Top 5

  1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

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Courtney’s Top 5

  1. Cardcaptor Sakura – Manga
  2. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Manga
  3. Tales of Zestiria – Video Game
  4. The World Ends with You – Video Game
  5. The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins – Graphic Novel

 

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Becky’s Top 5

  1. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
  2. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  3. The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
  5. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

 

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Beth’s Top 5

  1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce Cameron
  5. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 

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Laurie’s Top 5

  1. Hotspot – Internet Access Device
  2. Get Out – Movie
  3. Lady Bird – Movie
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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Heather’s Top 5

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  3. The Stand by Stephen King
  4. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie

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Liz’s Top 5

  1. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosocka
  2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  3. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
  4. Mercy Watson – Series by Kate Dicamillo
  5. It by Stephen King

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Paxtyn’s Top 5

  1. Venom – Movie
  2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins – Graphic Novel
  4. The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
  5. The Disaster Artist – Movie

We hope you enjoyed the variety of these lists and found something new to read, play, or watch.

Thank you for making 2018 the library’s best year yet!

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Here’s to an even better 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Monica’s Pick: The Rules of Magic

It is a librarians eternal task to answer the question, “What should I read next?” The librarians here at Y.P.L. are attempting to answer that question with our Staff Picks series. Each entry will include a different recommendation from a staff member.

Today’s Staff Pick is brought to you by me, Monica Thomas, Y.P.L. Technology Coordinator!

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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I’m recommending this book because…

Honesty time: I had no idea that one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic, was based on a book. When the news dropped that a prequel to Practical Magic was being released, I knew I had two books to add to my list!

I read Practical Magic first, and I enjoyed it, but it was a little forgettable. You definitely don’t need to read Practical Magic to enjoy and understand The Rules of Magic. (But if you’re like me, you probably will anyway.) The Aunts, who were one of the best parts about the movie, are barely in the first book, and not at all the eccentric, fun characters I remembered and adored.

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Aunt Jet and Aunt Frances mixing up some midnight margaritas in Practical Magic (1998), a scene tragically not found in the book!

To my delight, The Rules of Magic is all about Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet (for most of the book, just Frances and Jet) as they grow up in 1960s New York City, developing their powers. The story is beautiful, tragic, and remarkably human. Yes, they’re witches, but The Rules of Magic is about so much more than curses, herbs, and superstition. At its heart, it’s a story of family, relationships, and the heartache that shapes us into who we are.

“I’m fated to lose everyone I ever love,” April said. “I already know that.”
“Of course you are,” Jet responded in her calm, measured tone. “That’s what it means to be alive.”
― Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic

The story spans several decades against the backdrop of real events like the Stonewall riots and the Vietnam War, and ends where Practical Magic begins. By the time I closed the back cover, I felt like I really knew these characters, like I had been through a lot with them. It was one of those books I was sad to finish, because even though I followed these characters from adolescence to old age, I just didn’t want it to end!

I adore the Frances and Jet I got to know in this book more than their Practical Magic movie versions, because they are real, fleshed-out women instead of just the eccentric, powerful aunts of Sally and Gillian. It’s a book I will revisit many more times over the years.

(Although, the midnight margarita scene will always be headcanon. I can’t help it.)


 

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