Feburary Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Need some recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. Also check out our new Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!


Love, etc.



Love, etc.

By Julian Barnes

Join Stuart, Oliver and Gillian as they meet for a reunion in Normandy 10 years after their story of triangular love ended in the book "Talking It Over." "You didn't think that was the end of the story?" Stuart asks the readers in the sequel. Julian Barnes picks up the romantic story of the unreliable trio as it devolves into madness and horror wrapped up in rollicking dark comedy. Don't miss it.

Recommended by Carol P.

The Rosie Project



The Rosie Project

By Graeme C. Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, has decided that he should have a wife. He's clearly on the autism spectrum, so he's meticulous and highly structured in his search for compatible candidates. This book is hilarious, but it also portrays Don in a warm and endearing light as he navigates the confusing world of love.

Recommended by Christian R.






By Gail Carriger

Steampunk romance = The Parasol Protectorate! What's not to like about a novel with vampires, werewolves, a heroine who is capable of rendering either human with a touch and all set in the Victorian era's strict societal mores? This genre-blender is fun and not your grandma's Harlequin book. Try it even if romance novels usually give you the heebie jeebies.

Recommended by K. Robertson

Love the one you're with



Love the One You're With

By Emily Giffin

A wonderful book by the author of Something Borrowed. Ever wonder about the one who broke your heart? This book tells the story of what happens when happily married Ellen runs into the one she could never quite forget. Also available in audiobook (CD).

Recommended by Samantha P.





By Kelley Armstrong

Bitten is the first book in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld Series. The entire series is a wonderful read for anyone who likes a little mystery thrown in with their paranormal romance. Bitten follows Elena Michaels, a woman who is trying to live a normal human life even while she's pulled back into the world of werewolves when a pack member is killed. Elena works to solve the murder, and choose between her human lover and the werewolf that bit her.

Recommended by H. Musser

Romeo & Juliet



Romeo & Juliet 

By William Shakespeare

It's a classic tale of star-crossed love and is one of my favorites.

Recommended by Colleen F.

Kushiel's avatar



Kushiel's Avatar

By Jacqueline Carey

Romance, political intrigue, and a little bit of magic. Part of the series Kushiel's Legacy.

Recommended by Rosie D.

The time traveler's wife : a novel



The Time Traveler's Wife

By Audrey Niffenegger

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossible romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant. After you've read the book, check out the movie!

Recommended by Allison C.