Don't judge a reader by their staff picks. Yes, my list may seem heavily female and fantasy oriented. There is so much more to my library! I also happen to enjoy mysteries, non-fiction, memoirs (about walking places), legend/folklore/mythology, and science fiction as well (admittedly Star Wars!).
Julia's Staff Picks:
Title: The Lost Words
A few years ago the editors at Oxford University Press decided to remit words describing nature for words about technology from the junior dictionaries. There would be a new generation of children who would not find words like “fern” or “acorn” in their dictionaries. Lost words is an invitation for young and old alike to enjoy the 20 words that were removed, such as “adder” and “wren”. The illustrations are a celebration of the English countryside, of poetry in nature and the words we use to describe it. If you don’t close this book appreciating the poetry and wonderful illustrations, you will at least understand why we hold on to those ancient dictionaries.