In honor of National Book Month in October, DUL Technical Services was surveyed about our favorite books, as well as our favorite book formats. The survey was sent to staff who work across the Technical Services workflows, including collection development, ordering and receiving, cataloging, bindery, conservation and preservation. Their work involves a variety of materials in a variety of formats. The list of favorite books (below) is a fascinating mix of fiction and non-fiction genres. We bet you’ll add several to your to-read list!
DULTS Staff Favorites
- Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations.
- Braverman, Blair. Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North.
- Breathed, Berkeley. Pete and Pickles.
- Bronte, Charlotte. Wuthering Heights.
- Ditlevsen, Tove. The Copenhagen Trilogy.
- Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose.
- Heller, Joseph. Catch-22.
- Kadish, Rachel. The Weight of Ink.
- Lermontov, Mikhail. A Hero of Our Time.
- McCarthy, Carmac. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West.
- Palahniuk, Chuck. Choke.
- Powell, Padgett. Edisto.
- Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
- Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net.
- Sutton, Robert L. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.
- Tartt, Donna. The Secret History.
- Warren, Robert Penn. All the King’s Men.
- Willis, Connie. Black Out and All Clear. (companions to the Oxford Time Traveler series)
DULTS Format Preferences
One colleague enjoys all three formats interchangeably, while another colleague doesn’t have just one favorite book. (So many to choose from, right?!) Yet another colleague listed a favorite book included in the list above, but added that their all-time favorite was the Cradle series by Will Wight.
Selected Links about Books
- Books Set Around the World
- A little history of reading: how the first books came to be
- The Ultimate List of Books about Books: 50+ Great Reads
- The 25 Best Nonfiction Books about Books
- History of Books
Selected Book-related Bibliography from the DUL Catalog
- Coady, Lynn. Who needs books? : reading in the digital age
- Gross, S. and Jim Charlton. Books, books, books: a hilarious collection of literary cartoons
- Lehnardt, Andreas and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger. Books within books: new discoveries in old book bindings
- Mack, Peter. Reading old books : writing with traditions
- McMurtry, Larry. Books: a memoir
- Petroski, Henry. The book on the bookshelf
- Williams, Abigail. The social life of books: reading together in the eighteenth century home