Librarians Weigh In

Aidan Altmirano

Finding a good book to read can be excruciating, but librarians are always willing to help. Our own CAC librarians have offered some suggestions.

For fantasy readers, they suggest The Name of the Wind. “It’s one of my favorites,” says Signal Peak librarian Melanie Schneeflock. “The author is good at storytelling.” The Name of the Wind is a 2007 fantasy adventure by Patrick Rothfuss. It is the first of the Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy, followed by The Wise Man’s Fear (2011). Currently, the third installment remains unpublished. It follows the life of Kvothe, a fantasy hero. He retells his memories over the course of three nights. The Name of the Wind is the first night.

For historical fiction readers, the librarians suggest The Book Thief. “It’s a very interesting story,” says Maricopa librarian Michaela Korges. She praised it for its “beautiful and descriptive language.” The Book Thief is a 2005 historical novel written by Markus Zusak. Liesel, a young girl in Nazi Germany, develops a thirst for books. But the Nazis burn books. To read, she has to become a thief. The story is fascinating enough on its own, but it being told through Death’s point of view makes it much more intriguing.

For those who prefer nonfiction, the librarians highlight Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace. First published in 1997, the book endures as a practical tool. It lays out how to stay debt free. Dave Ramsey is a renowned financial advisor and author. Most notably, he has built a methodology of finances. His proposals for student debt are challenging and life changing. If you cannot find a copy of Financial Peace, the librarians approve any of his works.

The library is available to all CAC students. It is open Monday-Thursday at all locations and closed Friday-Sunday.