Our Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2017

… according to Seattle Public Library adult librarians

Yesterday we listed our librarians’ favorite novels of 2017; today, we present you with the list of our ten favorite nonfiction books published in 2017, from memoirs to essay collections to history and cooking.

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Our Top 10 Novels of 2017

… according to Seattle Public Library’s adult librarians

The librarians here at the Seattle Public Library conferred, and here are our favorite ten novels published in 2017, from a debut mystery to the conclusion of a fantasy trilogy, a debut by a Washington state author to the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction. We even made a handy list in the catalog so that you can place them on hold. What were your favorite 2017 fiction reads?

American War by Omar El Akkad
El Akkad’s beautiful writing explores the universal nature of immigration in this dystopian novel set in a United States undone by war and plague. Continue reading “Our Top 10 Novels of 2017”

Best of the Best of lists

Year-end lists can be the best, giving you ideas to round out your 2016 reading year and take into 2017. Here are some lists created by librarians – from the expected, such as best novels and top ten picture books; to the unusual, such as the best books with red covers. We’ve also added some of the lists we love, from NPR, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and beyond.

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Our Top 10 Novels of 2016

… according to Seattle Public Library’s Reader Services department.


As Reader Services librarians, we spend our days at the Central Library talking to people about books and suggesting reading we think they might enjoy next. Of course, we’re readers too. With the end of the year approaching we sat down and collaborated on a list of the novels we loved most this year. We hope you’ll find something to love, too.

~ Happy Reading,
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