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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

A Classic Remixed: So Many Beginnings

24 Nov

Hi everybody! My name is Nicole Marconi, and I’m the new head of the Access Services department at the Hoboken Library. I previously worked here as a Library Assistant in the Youth Services department and now I’m back after working at the Newark Public Library for a while as their Head of Youth Services.

While I was at the Newark Public Library, I ended up reading a lot of Young Adult fiction and nonfiction. I realized that I’ve been missing out on a lot of amazing literature and wanted to do a deep dive into YA. One of the best books that I came across was a book called So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix. This book was written by Bethany C. Morrow, a prominent author already in her own right. I saw an article about the book and was immediately intrigued. Books that reimagine or reinvent stories that are very well known can be tricky, but this book exceeded any and all expectations for me.

Popular culture has made us very familiar with the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. The recent movie made by Greta Gerwig reintroduced the story for a new generation that felt refreshing but also stayed close to the source material. With So Many Beginnings, Bethany C. Morrow gives us a fresh perspective on a story that we already know. The original Little Women treats the Civil War as a side character in the main story. In So Many Beginnings, Morrow brings the Civil War and its issues of race and division right up front. The four March sisters know what it’s like first hand to question everything about their own existence, so feeling uneasy in their newfound freedom makes sense. I loved the way that Morrow made the characters so real and relatable. This book is definitely worth a read and a reread for anyone who is a fan of Little Women but also wants to hear another perspective of this beloved story.

So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix is available in print from BCCLS Libraries.

Written by:
Nicole Marconi
Access Services Manager

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