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Hazeldean Staff’s Top Picks for 2018

08/01/2019

Have you ever been curious as to what books your library staff are reading? Wonder no more!  Staff from the Hazeldean branch have compiled a list of their favorite books read in 2018.  From cozy mysteries, to literary fiction, to childrens’ titles and historical biographies, this list has it all!  For the full list click here.

 

Have you read any of these titles, or added one or two to your ‘to read’ list? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.

 

If you are looking for some personalized reading recommendations for the new year, visit us in the branch, check out our ‘We Recommended’ page on our website, or #AskALibrarian on Twitter!

 

 

 

Hazeldean Branch Top Picks of 2018 by charmaine_library

2018 has been a great year for reading--from old favorites, to new authors, and even trying a new genre or two! Staff at the Hazeldean branch are excited to share our top picks of the year #readersadvisory #we recommend #staffpicks #fiction #nonfiction #mystery #historical fiction #biography #hazeldean

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    Holiday SOS

    The Life-saving Adventures of A Travelling Doctor
    By MacFarlane, Ben
    This is a fast paced glimpse into the reality of doctors who work for insurance companies, and who retrive ill patients from abroad, and safely return them home. An interesting story-- must read for fans of medical bios with a side of humour/ flight attendant travelogues.
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    Diving for Starfish

    The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World's Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry
    By Burns, Cherie
    Burns delves deep in the world of high end jewelry and celebrity clientele as she traces the history of the Boivin starfish pin and the famous women who owned them (such as Millicent Rogers and Claudette Colbert).
  • Image: Her Pretty Face
    In Her Pretty Face, Harding poses some deep questions regarding the ability of people to change, and whether or not the past could/should be forgiven. An engrossing novel of domestic suspense that will keep readers up until the wee hours of the morning....
  • Image: Still Me
    Louisa Clark is such a lovely character Jojo created, I have rooted for her adventure in New York City. Really enjoy this trilogy, hope more sequel is coming.
  • Image: Egomaniac
    A divorce lawyer and a marriage consultant share office space? It's funny, witty and steamy. They become my favorite couple.
  • Image: Ready Player One
    This fast paced story gives a peek into the future, where the world is crumbling and hope is found in the virtual world. Millions of people are immersed in the Oasis and in the ultimate game, the quest to win the founder's fortunes. There is lots of nostalgia as the players play through games from the past to win the prize. Interesting characters, drama, adventure, romance. This book has it all. It has so much more depth than the movie...definitely read the book before watching the movie!
  • Image: How to Stop Time
    This intriguing book tells the story of the life of Tom, a man who ages so slowly that he has lived for centuries. He has to protect himself by never falling in love and by always having to reinvent his life when others become suspicious of his agelessness. Born in the 1500’s the story follows Tom’s life through the witch trials in Britain, working with Shakespeare, time spent with Captain Cook, and many more historic adventures. Currently working as a teacher he finds himself confronting many life choices. This is a good read with many layers. I can't say too much or it will spoil the fascinating journey through the centuries of Tom's life. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Matt Haig yet, this is a good place to start!
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    Coroner's Lunch

    Dr. Siri Paiboun Series, Book 1
    By Cotterill, Colin
    These are historical mysteries (they take place in the late 70's) but they also tell a lot about life in Laos from the viewpoint of a resident. The main character is Dr. Siri Paiboun, who is a coroner in Laos. He is 75 years old and has a quirky sense of humour.
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    Stork Raving Mad

    A Meg Langslow Mystery
    By Andrews, Donna
    Light reading mysteries with off the wall family members! There is a thread of background in the novels, but they can be read out of order.
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    The Book of Eve

    By Beresford-Howe, Constance
    It is not a new book, but it is a very well written story. The Heroin of the story Eva walks out of her 40 years of marriage. She does not have any plan, spontaneously gets on a cab and starts her own journey of life. She has not been alone for as long as she remembers. Spent most of her life with a grumpy husband. The story is about Eva’s courage, determination, and finding her own life with her own terms.