Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Patrons' Recommendations

One of the things I enjoy about my job is talking about great books with library patrons and making suggestions about something they might like. However, one of the more unexpected pleasures of my job is all the recommendations I receive from patrons. Two books I have read recently based on patrons' suggestions are In the Woods by Tana French and Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn.

In the Woods is the first book written by acclaimed author Tana French featuring Detectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 2007 and was followed by three others with some of the same characters. Set in Dublin, Ireland, the story is fast paced, with well developed characters and a secret past that is haunting one of the main characters. If you haven't discovered Tana French, start with this novel.

Troubled Waters is a fantasy with no wizards, werewolves or vampires. Instead the story centers around a young woman named Zoe, whose father has just died when an associate of the King comes to take her back to the palace to become the King's fifth wife. Once in the big city, she slips away instead of going to the palace and sets about learning more about who she is and her special powers.

I enjoyed both of these books and plan to read more by both authors. And if you are the library patrons who recommended these books – thanks!

Betsey S.

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