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As you might expect, many library volunteers are avid readers. We invited them to play “Finish the Sentence” with the following prompts:

  • My Favorite character from fiction is…
  • A book I’d recommend is…
  • Right now I’m reading/listening to…

Read on for their replies! Explore their finds in the catalog and try one today!

Favorite character: Francie (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
I recommend Spillover, by David Quammen.
Now I’m reading A Higher Call, by Adam Makos.
— Josephine

Favorite character: Mary Russell (series by Laurie R. King)
I recommend anything by Laurie R. King or Louise Penny.
Now I’m reading A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny.
— Pam

Favorite character: Radnyi Kaikeyi from Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
I recommend Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn.
I’m reading The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd.
— Julia

Favorite character: Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
I recommend The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles.
Right Now I’m reading Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type.
– Chris

Favorite character: Inej Ghafa or Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows
I recommend Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
I’m listening to Leia, Princess of Alderaan, by Claudia Gray and reading The Body at the Tower, by Y.S. Lee
– Anjali

Favorite character: Harry Potter
I recommend the Wings of Fire series
I’m reading Wings of Fire #12 – The Hive Queen.
— Advait

Favorite character: Elizabeth Bennett
I recommend Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir.
I’m reading A Better Man by Louise Penny.
— Carolyn

Favorite character: Percy Jackson
I recommend Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.
I’m reading Warriors: Veil of Shadows.
— Riddhiman

Favorite character: Hester Pitt (Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries)
I recommend The Personal Librarian , by Marie Benedict.
I’m reading The Secret Keep of Jaipur, by Alka Joshi.
— Sigrid

Favorite character: Roland Deschain (the Gunslinger from Stephen King books)
I recommend The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.
I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.

Favorite character: Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee)
I recommend Beasts of a Little Land, by Juhea Kim, a Portland author.
Now I’m reading The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson.
— Debbie

Favorite character: Ave Maria Mullian (Big Stone Gap, Adriana Trigiani)
I recommend The Rose Code, by Kate Quinn.
I’m reading Fast Girls, by Elise Hooper and listening to A Man of Honor, by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
— Rita

Favorite character: Mma Precious Ramotswe (No. 1 Ladies’s Detective Agency)
I recommend any book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.
I’m reading Henry, Himself, by Stewart O’Nan.
— Vicki

Favorite character: Aled Last, from Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman.
I recommend If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha.
I’m listening to Of Women and Salt, by Gabriela Garcia and Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
— Narra

Favorite character: Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
I recommend Good Eggs, by Rececca Hardiman.
I’m reading If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha.

Favorite character: Jo March (Little Women)
I recommend The Overstory, by Richard Powers
I’m reading Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
— Paula

Favorite character: Spenser (Robert B. Parker series)
I recommend Fleishman is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
I’m listening to The Searcher, by Tana French.
— Brad

More recommendations from volunteers:

A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry -Tim Scott

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese -Sara O’Donnell

Broken Earth series, by MK Jemison -Mary Kamegawa

Sword Quest, by Nancy Yi Fan -James Coronel

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot -Dean Gutterman

One, Two, Three, by Laurie Frankel -Linda Hanmer

Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson -Anvesha Kumar

The Overstory, by Richard Powers -Joya Powers

Vigil Harbor, by Julia Glass -Vineeta Kuzma

A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline -Jill Williams

On a Night of a Thousand Stars, by Andrea Yaryura Clark -Sue McConnell

The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell -Katie Flynn

Agatha Christie Collection, over 80 books (“I’m on #67!”) -Pam Broadhurst

Ordinary Grace, by William Krueger -Helen Barden

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid -Eleanor Song