“What is your favorite book?” A question that usually is hard for a librarian or book lover to answer. How do you just pick one? But, what about a book that you have read more than once? There are so many reasons why someone may revisit a book. Nostalgia, not remembering how it went, how it made you feel when you read it, a classic that is a perfect re-read…
Here are the books that the Park City librarians have read more than once.
Twin sisters, inseparable as children, ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
A meditation on Utah’s Desolation Canyon, this nature writer’s musings on the wilderness the Green River runs through are leavened with a wit often lacking in this genre.
Sixty-two designs for stylish, comfortable small cabins, ranging from 100 to 1,000 square feet, include floor plans and design details for sleeping quarters, working kitchens and bathrooms, in a resource that also provides complete coverage of off-the-grid energy sources. Original.
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.
A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.
Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.
Child genius, Matilda, applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
Animals present hand slapping skills to readers, just in time for the annual high five contest.
Sister Bear is upset by all the attention her new baby sister is receiving.
Children can lift the flaps to look for Baby’s birthday cake, while they find different objects under each flap until the final page.
A world-renowned paper engineer brings to life the magical world of Narnia through three-dimensional pop-ups, featuring lavish scenes from all seven volumes of the fantasy series.
Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine–When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts.
When Janie Starks returns home, she seeks identity and independence as the small southern black community buzzes with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man.
A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Connecticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing.
As a wave of anti-communist investigations swept across American society during the 1950s, Miller exposed the horror of such witch-hunts by retelling the story of the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692.
Two novels and a collection of poetry offer a sixties counterculture look at America.
California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies and fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons with helplessly replay the fall of Adam and Eve and the murderous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
This classic work follows three adolescent sisters–Meg, Jo, and Amy–as they work through their disappointment over learning of their mother’s affair and their father’s easy forgiveness.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents’ death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves “outsiders.”
An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.
A woman’s reflections on life, its stages, and its states, comparing them with the natural treasures of life in the sea.
Killed in a tragic accident at a seaside amusement park while trying to save a little girl, Eddie, an elderly man who believes that he had lived an uninspired life, awakens in the afterlife, where he discovers that heaven consists of having five people, acquaintances and strangers, explain the meaning of one’s life.
The family of a fierce evangelical Baptist missionary–Nathan Price, his wife, and his four daughters–begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives forever transformed over the course of three decades by the political and social upheaval of Africa.
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
Accompanied by her shape-shifting daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
The story of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their elderly guardian aunts in a small New England town. The aunts possess magic that they in turn hand down to their nieces.
The author of Trainwreck presents a tour of the female dark side as it has been culturally portrayed in literature, mythology and film, revealing how female monsters embody a patriarchal fear of primal, powerful women who resist traditional roles.
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.
Living in a “perfect” world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
Draws on personal correspondence and period diaries to present a history of the American Revolution that ranges from the siege of Boston, to the American defeat at Brooklyn and retreat across New Jersey, to the American victory at Trenton.
When a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan—who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji—arrives on the doorstep of Yaichi’s family in Japan, hoping to explore Ryoji’s past, the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in, changing their lives in the process.
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.
This blog post was created by librarians from Park City Library with help of information found in NoveList – a database which is free with your library card. NoveList is a comprehensive reading recommendation resource.