Our Top 10 Teen Books of 2017

Every year, we look for the best books written for young adults. We all have our personal favorites, of course, but there are inevitably a handful of books that rise to the top. This year, our collective favorite titles cover an impressively wide range of timely and important topics, from immigration and criminal justice to racial equity and activism. We also found this year’s books are drawn from just about every genre, including romance, magical realism, survival, science-fiction, and realistic fiction.  Note: MS denotes books appropriate for middle grade readers.

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Library Reads top 10 picks for October 2017

Each month librarians across the U.S. nominate and vote for their favorite new books. It’s a great way to get ideas for what to look forward to and what to put on hold. That’s definitely what I do; but I also go back through the older Library Reads lists to find books that were Top 10 picks that are more likely to be available for check out now.

And here are some books to place on hold for your October reading:

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak: The Birch family will be spending the Christmas holiday in quarantine, thanks to eldest daughter Olivia’s recent relief work in a disease-infested Liberia. She has returned to England but must be in quarantine for seven days. This family has not ever spent that much time in each other’s company. Each person has secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the seven days. It is particularly interesting to watch them become the family that they should have been all along: supportive and loving. An enjoyable read.  ~ Cheryl Braud, Iberia Public Library, New Iberia, LA Continue reading “Library Reads top 10 picks for October 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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Hey, our pick for the Dublin Literary Award made the shortlist!

Do you follow the International Dublin Literary Awards? Here’s why you should:

  1. Public libraries around the world nominate books for the award, and you love public libraries.
  2. A healthy mix of U.S. and international novels make both the longlist and the shortlist, and you’ve been looking for suggestions for some of the best international fiction.
  3. It’s one of the richest literary prizes, with 100,000 euros (approximately $112,000) going to the winner, and you like it when great writing is rewarded.
  4. One of this year’s 10 finalists was nominated by your own library (that’s us! Seattle Public Library!).

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