One of the very best things about working for a library is talking to folks about books and movies when they come up to the desk. I cannot tell you how many times a patron has walked in to return a book or called to place a hold on an item and raved to me about some book or DVD. Sometimes those suggestions just aren’t right for me, but I always listen for two very important reasons. The first is because even library staff don't have time to read EVERYTHING. And that item will be perfect for someone who asks for a suggestion. The second reason is that sometimes I find myself persuaded to try something new that I might not have picked up on my own and discover a new favorite based on your recommendations. Here are four things that some library patron just like you has recommended to me that I have loved so much, I want to pass along.
Outlander (the TV series)
Now I have read a few of the books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and I was vaguely aware that a TV show was being made, but I really had no plans to watch it until a patron called to ask about Season One, Volume Two. It wasn't out yet back then, but we chatted for a little while as I placed some other holds for her and she raved about how well-done the TV show was. She told me the locations and staging used for the show were absolutely beautiful. I put my own hold on the first volume when we hung up. She was totally right. The visuals and music in this series are just as good as an episode of Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey. While this story is a romance, it has some fairly gritty themes and the medieval setting make this show is a good option for fans looking for another complex period piece.
Outlander (Season One, Volume One)
Outlander (Season One, Volume Two)
Outlander (Season Two)
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
This recommendation came from a younger patron at the Bellevue library who was desperate for the most recent book in the Amulet series. She told me about how much fun this fantastical and adventurous graphic novel series is and after reading it myself, I cannot help but agree. Amulet is a 'through the magic doorway' story, not too different from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. In it, an intrepid brother and sister combo find themselves in a creepy world of monsters and weird flying machines, on a mission to save someone they love. This can be a fun, adventurous read for adults who like comics and fantasy, or you can pick it up and read along with your young person. Most age recommendations for the book suggest age 7 and up.
The Stonekeeper (Amulet book 1)
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
This book on CD was good enough to inspire a little borrowing overtime and a hearty recommendation when it was returned to me at the Lake Hills library. The patron who returned it told me she thought everyone should listen to this book and you know when someone is more than happy to pay a late fee to finish a book, it must be pretty good. So I got myself on the list for it despite the fact that I don't usually read much in the self help genre. This particular title surprised me. First, parts of it were funny, which is not what I was expecting. And second, it is read by the author who is a down-to-earth researcher who shares her findings on how people overcome failure and adversity. I learned some very real skills for getting through the days when I trip up and land on my face.
Rising Strong (Audiobook on CD)
Rising Strong (Downloadable audiobook)
I heard about this beautiful, charming, funny film from a patron at the Mercer Island library. I was telling her how much I enjoyed a different animated movie she was placing a hold on when she recommended Kubo to me. She told me that as a Japanese American she feels it is authentic and respectful to her culture, and that it is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. This film has an all-star cast including George Takei and Charlize Theron. It was created using 3D stop animation and the credits and DVD extras show how the fanciful creatures in this film came to life from models and paper.
Did you know you can learn to create your own stop animation at the library? Check out our post on Getting Started With Stop Motion Animation for more information.
Want to add your own recommendations? Let us know in the comments what you have watched, listened to or read that you just can't keep to yourself.