EPL’s Best Reads of 2016

book-loverWe’ve turned Thanksgiving to leftovers, cyber shopped ’til we’ve cyber dropped, and now at long last, our “most wonderful time of the year” has finally arrived. That’s right, ’tis the season for “Best Book” lists, and much to our page-turning delight, the NY Times, NPR, and many others will soon be casting their votes for the top reads of 2016. In fact, we’re so excited for the coming of the lists that this year we’re adding a local flavor to “Best Books” season. Throughout December, we’ll be featuring real-life EPL patrons and their favorite 2016 reads regardless of what years their picks were published. So grab a pen, grab some paper, and get ready to visit Off the Shelf early and often. Thanks to your fellow Evanston bookworms, your next favorite read is likely right around the corner.

Happy National Grammar Day!

You’ve had your decorations up for weeks, and now the big day is finally here.  That’s right, it’s National Grammar Day, and tonight spell checkers and proofreaders from coast to coast will be celebrating into the wee hours.  In honor of this momentous day, we asked a few EPL regulars the following:

What is your biggest grammar pet peeve?

Linda“In our house, we’re constantly hearing ‘me and so-and-so’ instead of ‘so-and-so and I.’  We’re always correcting each other.”

— Kathy Henke, a 13-year Evanston resident and mother of 3

 

 

Marney“When someone uses mixed verb tenses in a sentence.”

— Marley Haller, an NU grad living in Evanston since 2003

 

 

Volunteer“Prepositions at the end of a sentence!  Also, saying ‘me and him went to…’  Eek!  That’s like nails on a blackboard for me.”

— Sheila McGuire, an EPL volunteer and 15-year Evanston resident

 

 

If you’re making National Grammar Day resolutions, try the following books to help you reach your goals, but for now… let the festivities begin!

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Liz Dombeck’s Best Reads of 2014

dombeckMy name is Liz Dombeck, and I’ve been living in Evanston for almost 4 years after returning to Chicagoland from living on the east coast for 10 years.  I’m a former Spanish teacher that currently tutors and does varied volunteer work through my children’s school’s PTA.  I love reading, cooking, fitness, and travel.

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1) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)

I loved how this book was long, but easy to get caught up the story.  You meet the main character, Theo, when he is just a teenager and you really feel like you are growing up with him over the course of the novel.  His great loss has shifted the path of his life and reminds us how one moment can change the course of our future forever.

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Anja Spruston’s Best Reads of 2014

anjaMy name is Anja Spruston, and I’m an Economics undergraduate senior at Northwestern University, where I am also a member of the university’s premiere hip hop company, Fusion.  I’ve grown up in Evanston since I was two, and as a leisurely reader, have had an Evanston Public Library card for as long as I can remember.  I have read a large stack of books over the course of this past year, but these four have left the biggest impressions on me, and I hope to pass them along to you as well!  In my spare time, I work as a waitress at Buffalo Wild Wings and a floor hockey referee at Northwestern.

1)  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)

If you haven’t read it, you’ve certainly heard of it.  A book that most people are familiar with but not enough have read.  My new favorite book of all time, I am still thinking about it months later.  This book was extremely thought provoking and brought me to tears time and time again.  The characters are well formed, and the book is written in a way that pulls you in.

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EPL’s Best Reads of 2014

book-loverWe’ve turned Thanksgiving to leftovers, cyber shopped ’til we’ve cyber dropped, and now at long last, our “most wonderful time of the year” has finally arrived.  That’s right, ’tis the season for “Best Book” lists, and much to our page-turning delight, the NY Times, NPR, and many others will soon be casting their votes for the top reads of 2014.  In fact, we’re so excited for the coming of the lists that this year we’re adding a local flavor to “Best Books” season.  Throughout December, we’ll be featuring real-life EPL patrons and their favorite 2014 reads regardless of what years their picks were published.  So grab a pen, grab some paper, and get ready to visit Off the Shelf early and often.  Thanks to your fellow Evanston bookworms, your next favorite read is likely right around the corner.