By Eric G.
Library Reads, a website that compiles the favorite books of librarians each month, recently released their “Favorites of the Favorites 2014” list, which highlights the books that have stood out among the favorites this year. I wanted to highlight three titles that made the cut because they also offer sweet, unconventional love stories.
A cranky and isolated book shop owner’s life gets a surprise jolt in Gabrielle Zevin’s winning The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. The story balances humorous and poignant moments and contains lots of love for bibliophiles – it’s no wonder that it landed at the very top of the librarian favorites list this year!
Though technically published in late 2013, Graeme Simsion’s humorous, offbeat and lovably nerdy The Rosie Project continued to delight librarians this year. This would be a good match for fans of the TV show The Big Bang Theory.
Jojo Moyes’ charming One Plus One juggles a stressed out single mother, a borderline dysfunctional family, a wealthy man with his own problems and a math competition. Moyes has had more than one title on listed as a library favorite this year, and for good reason: she delivers original, complex and believable characters who are trying to discover themselves and the connections they have with others.
Though they didn’t make it on the final list, these two historical romances were listed as librarian favorites from their respective months. Sarah MacLean is no stranger to best-of lists, and her most recent entry in the Rules of Scoundrels series, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, is full of intrigue and double identities. Katie MacAlister’s The Truth About Leo also delivered the historical romance goods with a story of a fallen princess and an amnesiac British spy.
I can’t compile a list of librarians’ favorites without including one of my own. The standout romance this year for me was The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan, about which I’ve already gushed (click here to read my past review). Do you have a favorite romance from this year? Tell us about it! And if you want to check out more librarian favorites across genres go to http://libraryreads.org/.