Off the Shelf: Favorite reads from Sequim Library staff

That’s a wrap! Welcome 2023 and a fresh start to your reading goals.

To get you started, here are some of the Sequim Library staff’s favorite books that they read in 2022.

Public Services Specialist Patrick Driggers recommends “Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre” by Max Brooks.

Patrick describes this read as “eight and a half feet and 2,000 pounds of hairy, stinky fun.”

Adapted from the publisher: “Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story like none you’ve ever read before.”

Sequim Library Branch Manager Emily Sly recommends “The Christie Affair” by Nina de Gramont.

From the publisher: “What drives someone to murder? What will someone do in the name of love? What kind of crime can someone never forgive? Nina de Gramont’s brilliant, unforgettable novel explores these questions and more.”

Public Services Specialist Liv Gavriel recommends “A Strange and Stubborn Endurance” by Foz Meadows.

Adapted from the publisher: “This romantic fantasy is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth. It is a book that will live in your heart long after you finish the last minute.”

Public Services Lead Annie Brooker recommends “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy, in the audiobook CD or eAudiobook format, read by the author.

From the publisher: “Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.

Public Services Specialist Rachael Huegerich recommends “Leech” by Hiron Ennes.

“It’s a freezing and fascinating horror told from the perspective of a parasitic pathogen in a far north chateau,” she says.

Adapted from the publisher: “The Interprovincial Medical Institute’s body will discover a competitor for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the baron’s castle, already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear.”

Public Services Specialist Ellen Schvetz recommends “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America” by Elizabeth Letts.

Ellen calls it “an inspirational story of a 64-year-old woman and a good look back at America in the ‘50s.”

Adapted from the publisher: “At a time when small towns were being bypassed by the new interstate highway system, and the impact of television was just beginning to be understood, Annie and her four-footed companions inspired an outpouring of neighborliness in a rapidly changing world.”

Librarian Charlotte McGrew recommends “My Aunt is a Monster” by Reimena Yee.

“This is a fun, mysterious, magical, adventure-filled, graphic novel for people of all ages,” says Charlotte. From the publisher: “Reimena Yee returns with an all-new graphic novel filled with action, magic, and family. My Aunt Is a Monster explores how anybody can do anything as long as they are given the chance and have the right people behind them.”

More info

Stop by the Sequim Library located at 630 N. Sequim Ave. to find your next great read.

For more information, visit, call 360-683-1161 or email to

Charlotte McGrew is a librarian with the North Olympic Library System.