Reader's Advisory

O’Fallon Librarian Picks

Need some reading suggestions?  O’Fallon’s librarians have your back!  From fantasy to thrillers to non-fiction and young adult, our staff has plenty of top notch reads for you to enjoy. Click on the individual names to find their book list with descriptions of each reading selection in the library catalog.

Happy reading!

Ryan enjoys a mixed bag of fiction and nonfiction, alternates between audiobooks and text.

  1. 11/22/63 : a Novel by Stephen King
  2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry : a Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
  3. Quiet : the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  5. Station Eleven : a Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
  6. Outliers : the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  8. Life After life : a Novel by Kate Atkinson
  9. Reclaiming Conversation : the Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  11. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  12. Born to Run : a Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  13. The Snow Child : a Novel by Eowyn Ivey
  14. The Art of Fielding : a Novel by Chad Harbach
  15. Guns, Germs, and Steel : the Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  16. Bitter Brew : the Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder
  17. The $64 Tomato by William Alexander

Autumn loves character-driven stories from all genres – but don’t always count on a happy ending.

  1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. The Art of Racing in the Rain : a Novel by Garth Stein
  5. The Tsar of Love and Techno : Stories by Anthony Marra
  6. The End of Night : Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
  7. Our Endless Numbered Days : a Novel by Claire Fuller
  8. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  9. A Universal History of the Destruction of Books : from Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq by Fernando Báez
  10. Then We Came to the End : a Novel by Joshua Ferris
  11. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
  12. Even the Dogs : a Novel by Jon McGregor

Heidi believes books open new worlds and change lives: be it through fantasy, history, or humor.

  1. The Once and Future King by T. H White
  2. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
  3. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
  4. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  5. Lamb by Christopher Moore
  6. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
  7. Lady of the Reeds by Pauline Gedge
  8. The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto
  9. Hunt for the Skinwalker : Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah by Colm A. Kelleher
  10. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Traci Thrillers. Suspense. A can’t-put-it-down-page-turner is what you find on Traci’s shelf.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. The Litigators by John Grisham
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  5. Intensity : a Novel by Dean R. Koontz
  6. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  7. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
  8. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  9. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Paula turns to books for heartwarming inspiration, a good laugh, or an engrossing mystery.

  1. The Rosie Project : a Novel by Graeme C. Simsion
  2. The Devil’s Workshop : a Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian
  3. The Good Luck of Right Now: a Novel by Matthew Quick
  4. The Yard by Alex Grecian
  5. The Black Country by Alex Grecian
  6. The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances : a Novel
    by Ellen Cooney
  7. Love Story, with Murders : a Novel by Harry Bingham
  8. The Intern’s Handbook : a Thriller by Shane Kuhn
  9. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
  10. Once Upon a Flock : Life with my Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer

Marggie has a love for all things young adult and inspirational.

  1. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  7. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  8. The Wishing Thread : a Novel by Lisa Van Allen
  9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley
  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  11. The Night Garden : a Novel by Lisa Van Allen
  12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  13. Rowing to Latitude : Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill A. Fredston
  14. And She Was : a Novel by Cindy Dyson
  15. Swimming to Antarctica : Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
  16. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

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