Warm your hearts during this season of love with some fabulous romance and Valentine's Day books! We've curated a few of our favorites in adult, young adult, and children's books.
Many of our adult picks are on the cozy side of romance and feature classics old and new! After the rough last few years, we all deserve some relaxed reads.
The young adult picks are also largely cozy, with one fantasy pick from Sarah J. Maas. A fan of Beauty and the Beast, you'll want to give A Court of Thorns and Roses a chance, as it is a fantasy retelling of the "tale as old as time."
Finally, children can learn about Valentine's Day with some cool picture books that feature counting, rhymes, and "groovy words from the heart" from Pete the Cat.
Of course, these books are just a small portion of our collection of romance and Valentine's Day books. Look for our romance and Valentine's Day stickers upstairs and downstairs to find more. Teens can discover more titles by viewing the virtual Syracuse Young Adult Romance Shelf.
Best of my Love by Susan Mallery
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend - a male friend - to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours ... and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy - the one-night Casanova - and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill
Alone in the city without money and friends. Mother and father gone, her home sold over her head, deserted by her only brother - for Marion Warren the world seemed to stop. But her long years of nursing an uncomplaining father had taught her a great lesson. And she stepped bravely into a new life. Things seemed pretty black until the roses came... (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. She's come up with seven directives to help her "Get a Life", and she's already completed the first: finally moving out of her family's mansion. She's ready to enjoy a drunken night out, ride a motorcycle, and other adventures. But it's not easy being bad, and Chloe knows just the man to help her complete her list. Redford 'Red' Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and sex appeal, who paints at night but hides his work. When she enlists Red to help her rebel, she discovers what really lies beneath his rough exterior. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. From the best man's toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other. They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
American Royals by Katharine McGee
In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jeffrey, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
1 2 3 Valentine's Day: A Counting Book by Jeanne Modesitt
Mister Mouse delivers Valentine gifts to his friends in this counting picture book that includes a Valentine activity. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing
In the tradition of "The Night Before Christmas," these rhymes outline the fun of Valentine's Day. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Love by Kimberly and James Dean
Love is in the air! Pete the Cat shares some groovy words from the heart in this fun collection of all his favorite famous quotes about living an awesome life filled with love. This cool cat adds his heartfelt take on well-known classics, from Vincent van Gogh to Virgil to Ovid to Charles Dickens, because after all, the best advice is "Love conquers all." (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Syracuse Public Library staff didn't just read in 2021. We also enjoyed a wide range of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. In fact, we really struggled to limit our picks to just one!
Despite COVID continuing to throw off some cinema releases, we found a lot to appreciate on DVDs and streaming. Our picks aren't limited to new 2021 releases. We've included some newly discovered classics and comfort watches like the Avatar the Last Airbender series, Schitt's Creek, and Call the Midwife.
Click any of the below titles to place holds. If it's a series, the link goes to its first season so you can get started. A few of the titles will need to be ordered from other libraries in the Evergreen network.
2021 Staff Picks include:
Syracuse Public Library staff members reflected on the books they read during 2021 and selected their top picks of books they enjoyed; for many, it proved challenging to narrow that choice down to just one!
Our picks truly highlight a wide range of interests, spanning nonfiction and varying fiction genres. They included new releases and old titles that deserve to be checked out. We spotlighted each title on social media but are now compiling them into a list for patrons who may want to read them, too!
Most are available at the Syracuse Public Library. If not, we can order them through the Evergreen Indiana Network! Click the titles below to view their Evergreen Indiana pages, where you can place holds or order a copy from another library.
We hope you will enjoy these books as much as we did! Stay tuned for our 2021 DVD picks.
2021 Staff Picks include:
November is Picture Book Month! This international literacy initiative celebrates print picture books, which often serve as the building blocks for creating lifelong readers.
Syracuse Public Library staff members have selected a few picture books that they would like to share with our young patrons and their families because the best part about picture books is sharing them.
Without further ado, here are our picks:
Megan's Pick: My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I'm Not) by Peter Brown
Megan loves this book because it always makes kids laugh!
Rebekah's Pick: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rebekah likes this book because of the way the story is told and because of how funny it is! It hits her funny bone!
Emilia's Pick: Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall by Derek Hughes
Emilia likes this book because it is a darker retelling of a classic fairytale!
Scarlett's Pick: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Scarlett loves when I (mom Megan) read this book because I say silly words!
Rhonda's Pick: Thanks for Nothing by Ryan T. Higgins
My granddaughter, Lyl, likes it when grandma makes grumpy voices!
Katie's Pick: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
My son, Dakota, loves that I can read it by heart and that I do the animal voices.
Note: Megan has put together a display of all our staff picks so they can be easily found!
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