Our Favorite Books

Hi everyone!  We wanted to share a little bit about our staff this week here on the Reading Advised blog.  All of us have those books that we will remember from childhood or adulthood that we will never forget.  We remember stories, places, and characters.  We remember how books made us feel and how they transported us to places we have never been.  The Scott County Public Library is no different in that regard and here are a few of our favorites.




My favorite book: 

 Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Why I chose this particular book?

“My favorite book is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. The reason I really like this book is that how by the end of the story, the Mother and Son’s roles for each other in life have completely switched. Eventually, the Son carries on the tradition with his own baby.”




My favorite books: 

 The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Why I chose these particular books?

“I chose Charlotte’s Web because of the creative imagination used in the story. I chose The Lorax because I love Dr. Seuss and the illustrations used in the story. I chose The Giving Tree because of the story line and the message about giving to those who are important to us and how we put others firsf before giving to ourselves.”





My favorite books:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

George Orwell: A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Why I chose these particular books?

A Wrinkle in Time: The first time I read this book I was probably in the 4th grade and it was instantly a favorite. I have reread it countless times over the years and still find joy in reading it now. I’ve even bought several copies over the years, enjoying the changing book covers almost as much as the story. Following Meg Murry, a regular girl, and her little brother in their battle against evil is an adventure always worth revisiting! It was a dark and stormy night…

Frankenstein:  Growing up I always enjoyed a good horror story. There was a time when Stephen King was just about all I read. Later, I wanted to explore the classics and I loved books like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, The Turn of the Screw and Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was the perfect combination of fantastical horror and a glimpse of the darkness inside mankind.

George Orwell: I love George Orwell books! Animal Farm and 1984 are fantastic and chilling reads. In college I read George Orwell: A Collection of Essays and since then when I think of Orwell, it’s his story “Shooting an Elephant” that first springs to mind. It’s a narrative of Orwell’s time as a British police officer in colonial Burma and the conflict he endures working to uphold British law in a country that resents his presence. It’s only a few pages long but powerful enough to have stuck with me for over 15 years.

Harry Potter: I’ve loved books my whole life and picking a favorite can be difficult with so many to choose from. However, one book or one series of books, has enthralled me for two decades of my life- Harry Potter. I started reading Harry Potter in 2000, and by the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released later that year I was in line at the bookstore for the midnight release and would be for all the books to come. I remember reading the books straight through as soon as I got home with them. Harry’s story is something I’ve shared with my best friends for 20 years and something I’m looking forward to sharing with my son. I’ve seen all the movies, bought merchandise, visited The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, been sorted into Slytherin and along with my two best friends got a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows symbol. It has been a pleasure to visit the wonderful world that J.K. Rowling created and I look forward to revisiting it for years to come! 




My favorite books:

The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

The Wayfinders series by Becky Chambers

The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire

Mother Knight by Kurt Vonnegut

Why I chose these particular books?

The Body Is Not an Apology – This book is a must read for anyone with a body. This is a short but mighty guide to untangling yourself from the self-hatred and shame we are taught to attach to ourselves and others.
The Wayfinders series – I find Chambers’ books to be very comforting. The worldbuilding is great, the characters are great, and they cover a range of complex topics very simply. They give me the same feelings as Doctor Who, even though they aren’t exactly similar.
The Wayward Children series – These books are so much fun. They are darkly humorous, adult fantasy, and the worldbuilding is genius. The books are all quite short, so they are quick reads.
Mother Night – I love Vonnegut’s work for too many reasons to list here, but I love this book for its stark and honest approach to discussing intent and the impact of one’s actions.




My favorite books:

I’ve actually changed my mind about 8 times, but I love SO MANY books:

The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene and The Hardy Boys series by Franklin Dixon

Marvel & DC Comics

James Rollins Sigma Force Series

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series

Why I chose these particular books?

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series:  These books definitely developed my intense love for mystery and thriller fiction of all kinds.  I love a good plot in books and these books definitely developed my love for a good mystery.

Marvel & DC Comics:  I’ve loved comics and cartoons from childhood and some of my best adventures reading were spent reading these books.  These books also stirred my love for science fiction & fantasy books of all ages as well as the modern graphic novel.  I love them.

The Sigma Force Series:  This series definitely amped up my love for thriller books.

The Child Finder:  This is an intense, thought-provoking mystery and definitely needs to be read.

The O’Malleys:  This inspirational fiction series had me hooked from the beginning.  It’s suspenseful, heartwarming, and a tear-jerker all in one.  I loved these people and ended the series wanting more.




My favorite books:

Any of the Colleen Coble series.  Some of the titles are:

Without A Trace

The Inn At Ocean’s Edge

Tidewater Inn

Why I chose these particular books?

” She writes twists and turns and you can never can quite guess what is happening.   They are very inspirational.  The books are a combination of mystery, romance, inspiration and more.”




My favorite books:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Why I chose these particular books?

A Closed and Common Orbit:  “I have loved everything she has done in the Wayfarers series, but this was my favorite! Her writing style, the story and how it developed was spot on for me.”

Senlin Ascends:    “The world the author created is so fascinating. I couldn’t put it down.”

And Then There Were None:  “Classic mystery.”




My favorite books:

The Hannah Swensen mysteries by Joanne Fluke.  The first book in the series is The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Why I chose these particular books?

“I love this whole series of books because there is mystery involved without all the gory details and the characters can find humorous ways of getting into dangerous situations trying to solve the mystery.  The main characters are down to earth, female, with “ordinary” lives like our own.”




My favorite books:

My favorite books are Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Why I chose these particular books?

Thunder Cake:  “I first heard it when I was a kid. I loved it then and still now as an adult. It has beautiful pictures and the story is rich with family customs and traditions. It’s such a sweet book.”

 Frankenstein:   “The first time I read it I hated it; I thought it was boring. I read it again about 5 years later and found it to be exciting. It’s so full of bigger questions on life that originally I feel I was just too young to understand or see. I can’t wait to read it again in a few more years to see what I discover then.”



My favorite books:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Almost all Sandra Brown books:  Seeing Red, Outfox, etc.

John Sandford books:  Escape Clause, Bloody Genius, etc.

Why I chose these particular books?

Where the Crawdad’s Sing:  “It is a fantastic book with a kick at the end you don’t see coming.”

Sandra Brown’s books:  “I love a good thriller and a whodunit.”

John Sandford’s books:  “I love the Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport characters.”

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