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Top 10 by Jessica Ormonde


Meet Jessica Ormonde

Photo of Jessica Ormonde,Half Moon Bay High School librarian,  by Jessica Ormonde.Sometimes--if you’re lucky--you can catch Ms. Jessica Ormonde at the Half Moon Bay Library leading an origami lesson. Origami, the Japanese art of paperfolding, is pretty amazing. A few creases here, a twist of the paper there, and you could have a paper airplane. Or a boat that actually floats. Or if you’re really good, a 20 foot giraffe (that one broke a world record).

Ms. Ormonde loves doing origami as a hobby and she’s so good at teaching others how to do it. She’s taught here at the library, but most days you can find her somewhere else: running the Half Moon Bay High School Library.

Making a Better Library

Ms. Ormonde is totally the coolest--she loves reading and is coming up with ways to make the school library a more comfortable place for students. She cares a lot because this is where she herself went to school, only a few years back. She grew up in Half Moon Bay, then went to UC Davis to get her Bachelor’s degree in English. She moved back to the Coastside and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She does all this, and still manages to read a ton of books. This is awesome, because you can bet she’s ordering the best new books for the high school library.

John Green Fan

Her favorite books are The Squire’s Tale series by Gerald Morris and The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. Right now her favorite author is John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, etc.). She is a huge fan of the Vlog Brothers YouTube channel that John runs with his brother, Hank.

Top 10 List

I asked Ms. Ormonde what her top books of 2012 were, and this is what she said:

1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – R is a zombie who doesn’t like gore or anything about being a zombie. Then, one day, he falls in love with a human. Can it work? A movie adaptation of Warm Bodies  just came out on February 1st.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – Cas is a ghost killer. He’s good at his job—until he meets Anna, a ghost that he finds irresistible. It's available as an eAudiobook, too.

3. Death Cloud, Book 1 of the Young Sherlock Holmes Series by Andrew Lane – 14 year old Sherlock Holmes solves his first murder mystery.

4. Madame Xanadu series; vol. 3 Broken House of Cards by Matt Wagner – In this graphic novel, detective Madame Xanadu uncovers a family’s shocking secrets.

5. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – Anya doesn’t really fit in. But then, suddenly, she gets a new best friend—who happens to be a ghost!

6. Journey into Mystery by Kieron Gillen – This graphic novel, inspired by Norse mythology, features Loki, the god of mischief, and his attempt to foil the war between Odin’s army and the Serpent.

7. The Unwritten series by Mike Carey – In this graphic novel series, Tom Taylor’s dad, a sci-fi writer, created a majorly popular series (think Harry Potter) based on Tom’s actual life. Tom’s kinda a celebrity by default, which causes trouble when some crazed fans get a little too involved in his life.

8. Natsume’s Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikawa – Natsume must release demons and spirits who are trapped in a book.

9. Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi – Popular manga series! Sailor Moon is an ordinary girl—until she discovers she’s got the power to fight evil.

10. The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer – In the final book in the series, Artemist Fowl faces off with arch rival, Opal Koboi.


Thanks to Ms. Ormonde for her list, and for telling us about herself! If you’re a student at Half Moon Bay High, stop in the library and say hi to her! And everyone: DFTBA!

Photo credit: Jessica Ormonde


Author Bio:

Karen Choy is the youth services librarian in Half Moon Bay. She's super glad she gets to work on library programs with Jessica Ormonde.