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Books Our Patrons Loved in 2021: The Most Frequently Checked Out ebooks from eBCCLS in 2021          

29 Dec

The staff has had a great time sharing their favorites with you throughout the year.  I thought a fun way to wrap up 2021 would be to look at what books were the most popular with our BCCLS library patrons so I looked up the top 10 ebook checkouts of 2021 as of December 21.     

Nine Perfect Strangers: A Novel               
by Liane Moriarty
Nine Perfect Strangers was checked out as an ebook 3,642 by BCCLS Library Card holders who couldn’t get enough of the thrilling tale of a group of people at a luxury health resort in the Australian bush recently adapted as a streaming series.  

The Four Winds: A Novel
by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds was the number two checkout for eBCCLS and the number one checkout for eLibraryNJ, another Overdrive service our Hoboken patrons have access to.  Hannah’s tale set in 1934 Texas focuses on Elsa Martinelli who must decide whether to continue to struggle to keep the land she loves or to go further west in hopes of a better life.

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel                                        
by Laura Dave
Hannah’s husband disappears during their first year of marriage, leaving behind only one request that she protects her 16 year old step daughter, Bailey.  Together they uncover a surprising truth in The Last Thing He Told Me!

People We Meet on Vacation                                   
by Emily Henry
Can a friendly flirtation from the past turn in to something more for Alex and Poppy? Lots of you found out with this fun summer read, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry!

Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1: Bridgerton Series, Books 1-3   
by Julia Quinn
I was one of the many who became a fan of the Netfilix ‘s adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series.  If you can’t wait for the next season of this historic romance, you can checkout like many of our readers the books in the series including the Volume One Compilation of the first three books!

Malibu Rising: A Novel                                  
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Set in the 80’s, Reid’s Malibu Rising delves beneath the waves of surf culture and finds deep family drama.

The Push: A Novel                                          
by Ashley Audrain
Ashley Audrain’s psychological family drama, The Push, explores our culture’s relationship with motherhood.  It was part of The Good Morning America Book Club.

Win                                       
by Harlan Coben
Win, the nickname of the vigilante antihero narrator of the novel, must solve a crime from his family’s past when new evidence turns up.  If you are a fan of Coben’s other thrillers you will want to check out Win.

Golden Girl                                        
by Elin Hilderbrand
After a hit and run an author finds she can still keep an eye on her children and is given three chances to alter events back on earth in Hilderbrand’s touching novel, Golden Girl.  

The Wife Upstairs: A Novel                                         
by Rachel Hawkins
Recently reviewed by one of our staff, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a modernized retelling of Jane Eyre.

What book was your must read in 2021?  Share it in the comment section!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

All the Hoopla about the Holidays!

8 Dec

I find Hoopla is my go to for fun holiday reads, movies and more.  I often recommend it to patrons for holidays from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Lunar New Year since Hoopla has lots of enjoyable holiday books.  Since my family celebrates Christmas, I thought I’d look at a few of the things I’ve been checking out this holiday season.

The Twelve Jays of Christmas
by Donna Andrews
Donna Andrew’s avian themed mysteries are always a hoot.  This year I’m listening to her latest audio book of The Twelve Jays of Christmas narrated by Bernadette Dunne who brings Meg Langslow, a blacksmith and mom of twins, and her extended family of quirky characters to life.  In this book, Meg must juggle a troublesome wildlife artist, Roderick Castlemayne, and her brother Rob’s surprise elopement plans along with the usual holiday festivities.  Many of Andrews other Meg Langslow mysteries are also available including several holiday themed audiobooks. You can read my blog post about her previous novel, Murder Most Fowl.

Inside Lyndey’s Kitchen:  Celebrating Christmas
If you are always looking for new holiday dishes to wow your friends and family like I am, then you may enjoy Inside Lyndey’s Kitchen: Celebrating Christmas.  They star Australian cooking host, Lyndey Milan. Broken down into three half hour episodes, she looks at classic, contemporary, and “lazy” dishes you can prepare.  On my must try list are her appetizers featuring duck breast with sour cherries and white gazpacho with scallops.  Also beautiful looking and delicious sounding is a raspberry terrine for dessert.  My favorite food, mushrooms, are featured in a Christmas morning mushroom custard.  Several other of Lyndey’s baking and travel series are also available from Hoopla.  As mentioned in a previous post our library patrons also have access to a variety of cooking and crafting videos from Craftsy that feature everything from roasting to bread making.

Midwinter Graces
by Tori Amos

I can remember as a freshman in college having to get up at 4 AM to stand in line for tickets for a Tori Amos concert.  I may not be willing to do that anymore, but she has always remained a favorite.  In Midwinter Graces, Tori puts her own unique spin on classic carols with her versions of Star of Wonder, Coventry Carol, and Emmanuel.  Plus enjoyable are her lush original songs like A Silent Night with You.  You can also borrow Tori’s latest Ocean to Ocean from Hoopla.  Also check out my previous blog post on eclectic holiday albums you can enjoy.

What favorite holiday items have you checked out from Hoopla for the upcoming winter holidays that you celebrate?

And don’t forget you also can check out a variety of holiday related items from our other ebook and streaming media services including Kanopy and Freegal!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services

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