Alissa’s Favorites

I love a lot of books, but I wanted to introduce you to some of my favorites. You can find everything here at the library or through Montana Library2Go, where you can check out e-books and audiobooks for free with your library card.


Agatha Christie, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories. A bundle of murder, crochet, and joy.

Russell Rowland, In Open Spaces. Historical fiction set in Carter County, Montana.

[Montana Library2Go] Toni Morrison, Beloved. My favorite ghost story.


Naomi Novik, Spinning Silver. A chilly fairytale for my favorite season – winter.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic. I usually don’t read horror, so you know this one is good. 

Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale. Magic. Russia. A bear.


Jonathan Raban, Badlands: An American Romance. Southeastern Montana through the eyes of a British writer in love with the sea.

Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds. How plants shaped history.


Kwame Alexander, The Crossover. Basketball is poetry.

Rainbow Russell, Carry On. Hogwarts with a twist.


Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book. Kindness, love, and ghosts.

Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising. I lost my copy when I was twelve, and I’m still looking for it. It’s that kind of book.

A little more about me

I spend most of my time with books, but I do have some other interests. I like music. In Japan, I learned how to play a traditional harp called a “koto.” My teacher was wonderful, and it was interesting to learn how to play a stringed instrument (especially one that has 13 strings and is longer than I am tall). In high school, I played clarinet and trombone. They were a bit different.

I also love plants. I competed in range and agronomy events in 4-H and FFA, and still love identifying native plants when I’m out and about. My favorite native plant is green needlegrass.

Right now, I’m really interested in astronomy. There are some great books about that in the nonfiction section. I’ve been eyeing a few – maybe you should come check them out before I do. You should also check out the Hubble Space Telescope’s website. It has beautiful pictures – my favorite is of the Bubble Nebula.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning more about the community. I hope you say hello if you see me around!

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