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Ah February! Love is in the air. Here at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, we’re thinking of all of the books we love, and of course the books YOU love. Ever wonder which books are the most checked out by library patrons? During the month of January these were the top titles Madison County “loved”:
Adults: The Racketeer by John Grisham
Young Adults/Teens: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Children’s Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
Well no surprises there. Madison County is pretty typical as it follows along the Bestseller lists. But then I wondered “What books do people like the Mayor read?” So I started asking some of our “local celebrities” what books they loved. We’ve got choices from local TV anchors, a Mayor, a First Lady, a Dixie Derby Girl, a couple Super Heros and everyone in between. You might be surprised by the answers! And you might find a really good book suggestion.
Nancy, who just so happens to be pretty fancy, is a fan of “any of the superbly fantastic literary works (that’s a fancy way to say ‘books’) in the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Conner.”
“I do not have just one. Among my favorites: Harry Potter series (by J.K. Rowling), Hunger Games series (by Suzanne Collins), all of James Michener’s books, Winston Churchill’s books on WW2, all John Grisham books, and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.”
Leland Fidler – Open by Andre Agassi;
Paul D’Agostino, Chapen LeBlond – Playing With Fire by Theoren Fleury
Anthony Battaglia – The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
Brett Liscomb, Brent Tamane – Tough Guy by Bob Probert
Dan McWhinney – In the Crease by Dick Irvin
Sam Cannata – Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Jonathan LaRose – Deception Point by Dan Brown
Coach Glenn Detulleo – The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Coach Jordan Little – Any book from the JACK REACHER SERIES by Lee Child
“Any Spiderman Comics. With great books comes great responsibility…to read them!”
“Since I read for crime fighting, I stick to mostly local periodicals and newspapers. However I do enjoy a good Vampire book every now and again. I especially liked Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. But it would have been better if the vampires turned into bats, instead of just sparkling.”
“Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. When my oldest began high school, I decided I would re-read some of my favorite classics, to ‘share the pain’ of required reading. I particularly love Jane Austen’s work – the setting, humor,romance – it is a great escape. And it makes me appreciate living in the
“One of my favorite novels is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I saw the movie version of Howl’s Moving Castle and loved it. When I discovered it was based on a book, I just had to read it. It was my first introduction to the amazing wit and wisdom of Diana Wynne Jones. As good as the movie was, the book is a million times better. She shows the magical in the ordinary (like a lonely girl who accidentally enchants inanimate objects just by talking to them) and the absurd in the magical (just how practical are seven-league boots, really?)”
“As a working mom and derby girl, I have a pretty busy schedule. When I get to escape with a book, I love to read short stories and essays, and David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers. Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim is an irreverent reflection on family, relationships, and growing up. The autobiographical stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking and each is as good as the last.”
Lexie Robinson Austin is one of the few born and raised Huntsville natives. She is a stepmom to one, a librarian to many, a reader of books, and baker of cookies. She likes ridiculously impractical shoes and the color pink.