The Otis Library Asks:
What are you reading?

Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books.

Our reader this month is:
Andrea Kaiser
Director of Developement
Otis Library


There is one thing that never changes for our family of seven, our bedtime reading routine. Reading before snoring has become a joy that has been a part of my daily routine since I was a child and now is habit for my family too. It can often be a challenge with so many different reading levels and attention spans; it is a special way to end our day with warmth and love that can’t be described.

One for all ages: Our family favorite, hands down is The Gulps by Rosemary Wells and Marc Brown. This silly story is about a family slimming down after eating too many Winky-Twinks and Jiffy Chips. It makes us laugh every time, so much so that we have adopted the silly family name, The Gulps whenever we "pig out" at the dinner table.

I’ve read The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth several times throughout my life. I remember Mrs. Baigert, my third grade teacher reading it the first time.

Once the kids are asleep, I end my day with a good book too. I have always described my favorite books as those "sappy, mushy, gushy lovey, dovey romantic reads". My life is busy and demanding, I love losing myself in a love story. Here are my favorites:

  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  • How to talk to a Widower by Johnathan Tropper (You will laugh out loud!)
  • The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreve

My non-fiction selections: I love, love, love, craft books, anything to do with paper crafts makes me especially smile. I enjoy home improvement and decorating books, self improvement books, cook books, and professional/career books. I often use interlibrary loans to find what I am looking for. Have you read?

  • The Girlfriends’ Guide to getting your Groove Back Loving your family without Losing your Mind by Vicki Iovine
  • The Girls Guide to the Big Bold Moves for Career Success by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio
  • Paper Bouquet: Using Paper Punches by Susann Tierney Cockburn
  • Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart
  • Organizing your Craft Space by Jo Packham

I must admit, I often go to the book store or craft store and jot down the titles I am interested in and then search them on the online catalog available from the Otis website. Inter-library loan is a wonderful thing!

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