Head Librarian:

Dan Brown – Inferno

Dan Brown’s books have been very popular for several years and some of books have also become very popular movies.  Brown’s character Robert Langdon has been portrayed by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno. I have watched the movies Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons more because of my husband’s interest, than my own.  I found that I enjoyed them quite well.

For my 2018 Reader’s Challenge I decided that I would read one of Dan Brown’s books for myself.  I have to confess that I am not generally a fan of the “Bestsellers” as a general rule.  I have this little cynical voice that rebels against the idea that a book is a “bestseller” before it has ever sold to single person.  In this case, Dan Brown’s books have truly become bestsellers once on the market.

With my little cynical voice silenced, I read Inferno.  It really was a very good story. The action is quick, the characters are interesting, and the plot held my attention.  I enjoy it when a book I’m reading is set someplace I don’t know and the author gives enough detail that you feel you have had a window to that location.  Brown’s detail is certainly not lacking.  I will admit that at times I felt some of historical details seemed a bit too much at times and slowed the story down.  However the story is based on the art, architecture and culture of the renaissance era so it was important to impart that to the reader.

All in all, I am glad I chose this book.  I think there is a good chance that I will read more books by Dan Brown and I will certainly recommend his books to those of you who love a really good story line with action and adventure, but you are looking for more than a James Bond flavor.


Assistant Librarian:

This wasn’t a terribly hard category for me either, though I admit that I picked a book off my To Be Read pile that I just hadn’t happened to read any other books by her yet, instead of picking an author I’d been actively avoiding. I tackled Lauren Graham (not literally, I just read her book), the actress who plays Lorelai in Gilmore Girls, but more importantly in this context, an author. I started with her biography, Talking as Fast as I Can, because it promised me insider info on the show and its return to Netflix, and the book was wonderful. Lauren is clever, down to earth, funny, and a great writer. It didn’t tell me nearly as much about behind the scenes Gilmore Girls as I’d have liked, but the rest of her life was so entertaining that I hardly noticed. I now very much want to read her novel, Someday, Someday Maybe, and also hopefully meet randomly and become best friends. One of two isn’t bad though.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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