It may not surprise you that the staff of the Lafayette Public Library and City of Lafayette are avid readers and consumers of media! As we head into spring, here’s a taste of what we have been reading, watching, and listening to!
You can always browse staff picks from one of the categories shown in a carousel in the Library Catalog, or navigate right to the list at lafayetteco.gov/StaffPicks. Looking for more ideas? Check out all our lists at lafayetteco.gov/LibraryBookLists.
TV series, drama/dark comedy | rated TV-M | recommended by Diana T.
Movie, biographical drama | rated R | recommended by Diana T.
Books & Audiobooks
Fiction | adults, older teens | audio recommended by Brandon C.
- “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
- “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- “Dune” by Frank Herbert
Picture books | babies-kindergarten| recommended by Lauren F.
- “Octopus Alone” by Divya Srinivasan
Beautiful illustrations in this story about an octopus living among the coral reef. I have really enjoyed reading all the books from Divya Srinivasan to my toddler.
Nonfiction | adults | recommended by Morgan S.
- “The Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused – And Start Standing Up for Yourself” by Beverly Engel
Talk about being EMPOWERED
Nonfiction | adults | recommended by Emmi F.
- “Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself” by Nedra Glover Tawwab
This guide book provides a quality outline for setting personal and professional boundaries.
Nonfiction | adults | recommended by Linda B.
- “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing
- “The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction” by Alan Jacobs
- “Clean Mama’s Guide to a Peaceful Home” by Becky Rapinchuk
Fiction | grades 3-8 | recommended by Katherine M.
- “Amari and the Night Brothers” by B.B. Alston
- “The Einsteins of Vista Point” by Ben Guterson
- “Amber & Clay” by Laura Amy Schlitz
Fiction | adults, teens | recommended by Diana T.
- “The Maid” by Nina Halsey
Gotta steal a quote from a Goodreads reviewer…”I consider it to be the love child of Only Murders in the Building and the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime…”
Poetry and fiction | adults | recommended by Jamie S.
- “Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals” by Patricia Lockwood
Poetry by the “Poet Laureate of Twitter” Tricia Lockwood who wrote the famous memoir “Priestdaddy.”
- “Dowry of Blood” by S.T. Gibson
A reimagining of the classic Dracula tale, perfect for a cold winter night!
- “Star Eater” by Kersten Hall
A unique mystery in fantasy setting about the strengths we inherit from our mothers… don’t want to give too much away!
Fiction | adults, older teens | recommended by Linda B.
- “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Fiction | adults | recommended by Justin S.
- “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller
Post Apocalyptic Tale, based in Erie, Colorado.
Fiction | adults | recommended by Betsey Y.
- “The Grace of Kings” by Ken Liu – “Dandelion Dynasty” series
This series is so unique and original, the author had to come up with a new genre to describe it: “Silkpunk.” If you love incredible worldbuilding and ingenious characters, these are the books for you!
Fiction | adults | recommended by Melanie A.
- “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” by Gillian McAllister
- “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
- “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins
Fiction | grades 6-12 | recommended by Kelly B.
“Slayer” by Kiersten White
Fiction | grades 6-12 | recommended by Kelsey P.
“The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy” by Anne Ursu
This is a great book about a girl who never can seem to do anything right finding her strength and the strength of her newfound friends to beat a secretive enemy against (truly!) the greatest odds. This story will stick with you and remind you to always ask yourself: ‘who does this story or narrative serve?’