Favorite 2022 Reads from the Staff @ Your Craven-Pamlico Regional Library

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Crenshaw is the tale of a young boy facing homelessness for the second time who learns to be brave with some help from his friends.  I enjoyed this story because even though I have never braved homelessness, I have always been interested in the backstories of those who have, and Jackson with help from his friend, Crenshaw, is one strong young man.  At one point Jackson says something like that some people think homes are buildings but that he's found that home is who you love...your family.  Crenshaw is a timeless tale of love and loss and hope.  May we always have enough love to endure loss and enough hope to brave even our mightiest life storms. 

Millie Sparks, Children's Outreach Assistant New Bern--Craven County Public Library  

Verity by Colleen Hoover
It grabs your attention from the very beginning and holds it til the very end. The suspense was intense.The epilogue was very unexpected to say the least.

Tammy Ward, Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library

 Ishiguro's Klara & Sun is a story of what it means to be human; it is told from the perspective of Klara, an
Artificial Friend, as she experiences the world. This is a symbolic and humanistic story, with the sun representing life
and energy; Klara's environment is threatened with pollution which she senses and understands. Her visual world is depicted artistically since her robot eyes interpret her surroundings differently than humans. Contrasted with those around her, Klara has a gentle and altruistic approach to life and we mourn at her "end" which she cannot truly experience.  

Wendy L. Rosen, Adult Services Librarian, New Bern-Craven County Public Library

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
I loved this book because it was filled with wonderful characters, had a story that hooked me, was loaded with emotion, and featured lovely queer representation.
Willow Redd, Library Assistant, Pamlico County Library

You've Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Prepare to cry!  A book that will grab your attention and your heartstrings. Well worth the read!
Melanie Germon, Library Assistant, Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library

I liked this book because Sepetys is one of my favorite authors.  I love historical fiction books.  This book opened my eyes to secret events that happened in Spain under the dictatorship of General Fancisco Franco.   Sepetys interweaves the truth from one of Spain's darkest times with a beautiful love story between an American teenager and a Spanish girl.  Truly this book is an exemplary work of historical fiction!

Michelle Gaskins, Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library Branch Manager

A tense, fast-paced sci-fi novel. The crew of a small space ship answers a distress beacon and finds a salvage job that will set them up in style for life. However, something went very, very wrong with the distressed vessel and our crew has to decide if fortune and glory is worth risking their sanity or their lives. 

A spooky and suspenseful read. It is increasingly unclear if our narrator, a true crime blogger, can trust the subject of her newest story, a wealthy and reclusive woman acquitted of two, thirty-year-old murders. Our narrator experiences unsettling and unexplainable events as she works to uncover the truth about these cold cases. 

Lydia Davis, IT Coordinator Craven-Pamlico Regional Library

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
I liked this book for the insight into music and instruments, and for the well written story and characters.

Rebecca Lucas, Havelock-Craven County Public Library Branch Manager

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Kim Keenan, Havelock-Craven County Public Library Circulation

A Field of Fireflies by Joey Jones
I love all of Joey Jones' books, but this one hit a special cord with me because it deals with family values, loss, love, suspense, and everything that makes you want to keep reading one more chapter. I also love that this, like all his books, takes place in eastern NC, specifically in Washington. It was a great read!
Jewel Smith, Children's Services/Library Assistant, Cove City-Craven County Library

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: a Memoir by Paul Newman
The title pretty much says it all.  Newman never really thought he was much of a big deal. Kind of an amazing thought in today's world, where everyone is now considered a living legend no matter what  their "talent" is.  Just check out how many followers the Kardashians have on Twitter.  Mind blowing. Anyway, a good book about a modest and decent man.  An interesting companion to the book is The Last Movie Stars, a 6- part documentary on the lives and careers of Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward, currently streaming on HBO Max, directed by Ethan Hawke.
Deb Fox, Havelock-Craven County Public Library, Library Assistant

Set in the mid 1960s, two scientists fall in love through their shared admiration of each other's chemical work. As the story unfolds, the definitions of family, women's professional roles, grief, forgiveness, and self-belief get beautifully captured and revealed to make this a wonderful soul-affirming, inspiring book. No wonder it is getting so many accolades on social media!
Suspense-filled read of a young police photographer who sees the victims' spirits at the scene of the crime. Adding to the mix is her Navaho upbringing that holds many superstitions surrounding the dead. I loved the whole setting on Arizona Navaho reservation setting.
Great creative thinking about arguing about things you think right, but listening when as if you are all wrong.

Highland Wolf by Lynsay Sands
Because it was a fun read and odd at the same time. Plus, I got such a mocking when it came in on hold for me...
cover says why it's good.

Finding Me by Viola Davis
Best audio book ever read, read by the best ever.

Amy Tattersall, Reference Assistant, New Bern-Craven County Public Library

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis. Beautifully told.

Peggi Carman, Craven-Pamlico Regional Library Webmaster