In today’s post we continue to look back at our reading during 2017 and sharing the books that were some of our favorites for the year.
Evelyn, Readers’ Services Librarian:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Evelyn
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Jackie, Head of Readers’ Services:
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
In a fictional retelling of a true story, ten-year-old Enaiat leaves his small Afghanistan village after the Taliban takes over in 2000, and when his mother is forced to leave him in Pakistan, he endures a five-year ordeal to make his way to Italy.
Brenda, Reference Services Librarian:
Dead Wake by Eric Larson
A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.
Lisa H., Reference Services Librarian:
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
After moving to America, a shy and responsible older sister and a gregarious young sister who thrives in their new Boston home endure the long-term repercussions of a fateful decision when the younger sister becomes pregnant.
Megan, Systems Manager:
Generation V by M. L. Brennan
Fortitude Scott?s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn?t paid rent in four months, and he?s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He?s still mostly human. But when a new vampire comes into his family?s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can?t ignore his heritage anymore.
Sonia, Health Reference Librarian:
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated.
Meghan, Reference Services Librarian:
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
When the anonymous teen creator of a wildly popular webcomic is tempted by a school newcomer to pursue real-world relationships, everything she has worked so hard to build crumbles in the wake of their highly publicized romance.
Jean S.. Readers’ Services Librarian:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Living with his grandparents and toddler sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his tormented mother’s addictions and his grandmother’s terminal cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
If you would like to see some of our favorites of 2016, you can look here and here.
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services