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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Book a Month Favorites by Stacy

Angelica Craig was the winner of the 2011 Book a Month challenge at the Stillwater Public Library.

According to some of Stillwater Public Library’s most avid readers, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak was Stillwater’s favorite during 2011.  Over seventy five readers completed the library’s Book a Month reading challenge which started in January 2011 and ended December 31. 

"The Book Thief" was Stillwater's favorite book in 2011.

The participants were challenged to read at least one adult or young adult novel each month during the year.  Participants turned in logs listing the books they read each month as well as their favorite book of the year.  Eight of the participants chose Zusak’s story of a young girl whose family hides a Jewish man in Nazi occupied Germany.  The modern classic, narrated by “Death,” was written for young adults but has become a favorite of adults and bookclubs.  “The Book Thief” is available for check out as a book, CDbook, eBook and bookclub kit.

Angelica Craig was the Book a Month challenge winner.  Craig was randomly chosen from the pool of entrants and won a gift certificate to purchase eBooks for her Nook ereader. 

“I was definitely excited to see the public library reaching out to the public and encouraging them to read more and to see the library hop into the digital media age with e-readers,” said Craig.

Craig was one of the participants who listed “The Book Thief” as a favorite.  Other top vote getters included “The Help” by Kathleen Stockett, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.  A full listing of the participants’ favorite books of the year is available below.  The books are also on display near the Help Desk.

Book a Month Challenge Favorites 2011

19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Bonnie by Iris Johansen

Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Calling of Dan Matthews by Harold Bell Wright

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Cutting for Stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese

Gap Creek: a novel by Robert Morgan

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel

Help by Kathryn Stockett  

Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Innocent by Harlan Coben

Into the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

by Erik Larson

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Lily: a novel by Cindy Bonner

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

by Conor Grennan

Loop by Nicholas Evans

Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Outliers: the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Promise, Texas by Debbie Macomber

Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry

Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

Snuff: a Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Stand by Stephen King

Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow

by Gregory Maguire

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

1984 by George Orwell


  1. "The Book Thief" is the story of Liesel a German girl living near Munich during World War II. It is also the story of an orphan, a boy, a Jew, a family, a street and a nation told from the detached but enormously intrigued perspective of Death itself. Poignant and sad, yet uplifting and joyful, this novel covers the full spectrum of human emotion. Liesel is precocious and likable as is Rudy, her neighbor and friend. Zusak gives a hauntingly accurate portrayal of life for both Germans and Jews under Hitler¿s regime. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and would recommend to any reader ready to face the horrors, joys, trials and triumphs of one of history¿s most world changing events.

  2. I too LOVED "The Book Thief!" I also really liked Zusak's next book, "I am the Messenger," which was totally different, but toally intriguing!