ICFL staff pick their favorite titles from 2006

Shirley Biladeau's picture

Pam with her favorite 2006 booksPamela Bradshaw, ICFL's office manager, lists Memoirs of a Geisha by Rob Marshall, The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper (I read this one over and over again) and Singer in the Snow by Louise Marley (one of the speakers at last year's Evolving Services Conference) as her favorites. Singer in the Snow is a follow-up novel to the Singers of Nevya trilogy.

Crystal Moerles, ICFL's HR person, says, "The best books I read this year were The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman. Both were written by Bernard Cornwell.

Laurel DayLaurel DayICFL Customer Service Representatives are often called upon to recommend book titles for Talking Book Library patrons. They all enjoy reading and sharing their favorite titles and authors. Laurel Day reports her favorite book this summer was A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Dianna Gabaldon. "It is the sixth book in the Outlander series. I have read this series twice, which is really unusual for me!" Laurel said.

Year at the Races cover"My favorite book of the year was A Year at the Races by Jane Smiley. Smiley owns several horses and this is a narrative of what happens to them during the year. The hook for me was not the racing, but the communication between Smiley and her horses. For example, one horse tells her he cannot run well because of his name!" - Charlie Bolles, CE Consultant.

Erin McCuskerField Consultant Erin McCusker (pictured at left)says, "I loved The World Is Flat by Friedman. It was excellent and changed my thinking." Erin's other favorites:

  • Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish – YA The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – AF
  • The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs – NF

ICFL staff members Danna, Stephanie K. and David Harrel all got into James Rollins' books lat year. "Sandstorm was probably my favorite," David said.

ICFL's accountant Rosemary McClenahan listed The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards as her favorite. Associate State Librarian Richard Wilson liked Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis. And Sue Walker said she thought these two titles were good --The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Fantasy).

Projects Coordinator Peggy McClendon reads a lot for her book club and just for fun. Here’s her list of favorites from 2006:

  • The Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell (novel)
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire (memoir)
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (novel)
  • Mountain Beyond Mountains (biography of Dr. Paul Farmer) by Tracy Kidder (he will be speaking at BSU on Feb. 28).

Stephanie Bailey-White just finished Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, read by the author Julie Powell. "The author admits she swears like a sailor so I couldn't listen to it with my kids in the car. I’m one of those 'Stop fighting right now or we're listening to NPR/my book/smooth jazz' moms – works like a charm so far." She also read and enjoyed books by her favorite author Richard Yancy and discovered Janet Evanovich's series and YA author Iain Lawrence, thanks to recommendations from Scoop readers.

Our computer guy, Greg, lists his favorite titles as: "Frank Herbert's Dune Series, John Carter on Mars series and Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, 1984 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Oh and The Complete Book of Swords. I suppose its little wonder I like computers!" Greg said.

Networking Consultant Gina Persichini said, "My first response is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Of anything I've read in the past couple years, this was just a huge impact on me. Other things I liked:

  • Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
  • I'm Just Here for the Food by Alton Brown
  • And I always enjoy just about anything Robin Cook writes.

Sandy Sandy Hetzel(at left) is in charge of the Commission's purchasing and many other office projects and in her spare time she has been shaping a new school library for the school her daughter attends. Here are her favorites:

  • Home Court Advantage by Kevin Lehman (Non-Fiction - Parenting)
  • Annie's People Series by Beverly Lewis (Fiction): The Preacher's Daughter, The Englisher, and The Brethern
  • Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens (Juvenile Fiction) "This is my favorite children's book!"
  • Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park (Juvenile Fiction)

We've got a few Evanovich fans here at ICFL. Janelle Wilson listed Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich as her favorite read of 2006. "I can't get enough of that Stephanie Plum!"

Karen Parsons said "I read and loved both Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown," and Betty Hoshaw said One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury was her favorite.

    Memo Cordova's picture

    What a cool idea!

    I've always loved hearing about what others are reading and this page gave me quite a few ideas about what to consider reading next. Thanks for sharing!

    gina.persichini's picture

    Ooh.. "Gate to Womens

    Ooh.. "Gate to Womens Country"... time to read that again.