Get Caught Reading in May

  • 04/26/2024
  • 12:01
  • Jackie Kolb

Get Caught Reading -- Seymour Library Staff Picks -- 2024. Image features stack of books in front of the historic Seymour Library.

April showers bring May…Staff Picks! Get Caught Reading this May at Seymour Library! Here are some staff favorites to add to your spring reading list! Titles are available to borrow with your library card. 

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Staff Picks 2024

Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond by Henry Winkler (Memoir)

“What an absolute treat to listen to the soft-spoken and kind voice of Henry Winkler, as he retells his story from difficulties as a school-aged child to his days at Yale University’s School of Drama and finally taking the chance of a lifetime with a round trip ticket to California that lands him on the set of Happy Days as the Fonz. I highly recommend this in audio format with the author narrating his inspirational story — from realizing as an adult that he has dyslexia, to coming to terms with a highly unusual upbringing that left him searching for his self-worth & identity. Inspirational, heart-warming, funny, and insightful, worthy of jumping the shark!” — Maureen

Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer (Fantasy/Science Fiction)

“To sum it up, a down-on-her-luck woman meets The Villain and he offers her a job as his personal assistant. The setting of this book is simply magnificent with a world that is a fusion between a Renaissance Festival and the TV show, The Office. It immerses you into a very silly world easily as most people have been to the Ren Faire and thus can imagine the world she builds around you. The romance elements are fun, and there is a heavy dose of comedy. The book reads like a storybook with a fantastical dash of blood and gore. This was by far my favorite book published last year and I cannot wait for the sequel coming later this year.” — Olivia

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Fiction)

“Recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Demon Copperhead stands as a testament to Barbara Kingsolver’s narrative prowess. Seamlessly blending elements of a classic Dickensian tale with pressing social justice issues, Kingsolver transports readers to the southern Appalachian mountains amidst the throes of the opioid epidemic. Kingsolver’s prose is beautiful, painting vivid portraits of despair and resilience. Though the pace may falter in the latter half of the novel, the novel ultimately concludes with a feeling of much-needed hopefulness, offering a glimmer of light amidst the darkness. As a first-time reader of her work, I look forward to exploring more in the future!” — Madi

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth (Fiction/Thriller)

“Darling Girls is the latest and perhaps most thrilling from Sally Hepworth (The Good Sister). Foster sisters Jessica, Norah, and Alicia are trying to forget their traumatic childhoods and move on with their lives, but a sudden call from the police brings them back to their hometown (or the nearest that they had to one) as a body has been discovered in the basement. What happened 20 years ago? Who was buried in the basement? Most importantly, who is to blame? An emotional look at the foster care system, and the impact on the children involved, but also of resiliency, found family, and recovery.” — Mary

Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes (Fiction)

“Two very different women struggling with mid-life issues, a classic mix-up, and one pair of Louboutin shoes. Nisha is married to a millionaire who wants to cut her off financially and Sam is trying to support her family, but a misogynistic boss is putting her job in jeopardy. When Sam accidentally takes Nisha’s gym bag home, both women take a step in a new direction. At one point, I considered skipping the book. These women had way too many problems, and it seemed crazy that the biggest problem was the missing 6-inch heels! However as the book went on, I started empathizing with these women. Nisha and Sam become better, stronger people because of their friendships. I had a nice, cozy feeling when I finished this book. I loved the way Jojo Moyes emphasizes female empowerment in her novels.” — Chris

Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes

Educated by Tara Westover (Memoir)

“I love a book where the perseverance and grace of the author shines through. The story itself is about Tara Westover’s upbringing by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. Dr. Westover was home-schooled (sort of) and raised in a male-dominated household, isolated from mainstream society, and taught to mistrust the history written in books. Eventually, she makes her way to BYU and then Cambridge earning her PhD in history. Throughout most of the story, the abuses were shocking and the comeback was amazing!” — Kathleen

& More Staff Picks

  • The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers by Samuel Burr
  • The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson
  • She’s Not Sorry by  Mary Kubica
  • The Sunlit Man by Brandon Sanderson
  • If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy (Meant to Be #1)
  • Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez
  • Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
  • Making It So: A Memoir by Patrick Stewart

Young Adult & Childrens:

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley
  • A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid
  • Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
  • Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! by Jennifer E. Morris
  • Superbaby by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
  • Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion by Stephen W. Martin
  • Where Have You Been, Little Cat? by Richard Jones