National Book Lover’s Day 2019

Thanks to everyone who participated in sharing their favorite titles for National Book Lover’s Day! Check out the books our patrons & staff love:

Why we love these books:

Jane Austen got two nods, one for her book Pride & Prejudice. Another participant simply said, “Anything by Jane Austen.

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince is “fun to read.”

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is “Science fiction at its absolute best. The world building is immersive, the characters are real, relatable, so varied and beautiful. The writing envelopes you like a warm cup of tea and Chambers moves you to have all the feelings.”

Two participants chose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and said they love it “Because of the struggle between right and wrong.” & “For most of my childhood, I disliked reading. It wasn’t unitl my college friend recommended the series that my love of reading came alive! Since then, I have a huge appetite for books and have finally seen what I had been missing.”

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is loved because “The important message resonates in my everyday life . . . What will you do to make the world . . . And your community . . . A better place? Also she works in a library and plants lupines all over her community. Lovely!”

Two participants said their favorite book was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Georgia Hardstark & Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is loved because it is “A heartfelt and empowering dual memoir of two of the funniest ladies in podcasting. They teach us how to stay safe in a world full of awful. They talk candidly of mental health issues and how your therapist can be your best life resource. Also they talk about murder.”

Dune by Frank Herbert is described as “imaginitive.”

One participant said all of Tony Hillerman because “I love his stories of the southwest.”

Patrick Jennings’s title We Can’t All be Rattlesnakes is enjoyed because “I liked the way the main character changes throughout the story.”

“Because it is amazing what people go through in life and succeed in the end.” The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – “It takes a complicated topic and deals with it thoughfully in a novel way. It blew me away the first time I read it.”

Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds “takes me to a completely different place and time.”

“Right now it has to be The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because I love to cry.”

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was “one of the first novels I grabbed out of the library without knowing anything about it.”

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is “A brilliant and poignant novel about race and the beauty ideal.”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is “A real page turner – and heartwarming too!”

Two participants loved the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, with one person choosing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as their favorite, while another simply said, “all of them, because they are awesome!”

Blindness by Jose Saramago because it “changed my perspective on what makes a community & family.”

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks because “It was written so cleverly, one of the first books I couldn’t put down until I finished it. It stayed on my mind for days. LOVE.”

Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety because “It captivated me. Loved the characters. I wanted to be invited over for dinner to join them.”

The Raven Cycle book series by Maggie Stiefvater because “The writing is lyrical & moving. I feel like I know the characters in person & it’s a great way to escape in a magical & mystical world.”

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles because of its “beautiful writing and it invites you to read it over and over again!”

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy because “it could have been my family.”

After the Fall (author unknown) because it “teaches children a great lesson on the importance of getting back up.”

Death Knell a collection by local authors, “I love it because it features authors who regularly meet at this library!”


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Are you a bibliophile?  Well, celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with us at Tredyffrin Public Library any time during open hours on Friday, August 9!  Expand your personal collection of books with a chance to win a $10 gift card to Main Point Books—all you need to do is stop by the Circulation Desk and tell us the title of your favorite book and why you like it so much!

Also stop by the Reference Desk where you can design a bookmark of your own with supplies provided.  If you don’t feel like designin

g a bookmark, grab one of the Adult Summer Reading bookmarks at the Reference Desk, which asks you to record every hour you read and enters you into a raffle to win a brand new Kindle Fire!

If you have any questions, contact Zoey at or call the library at 610.688.7092 x 220.