January 1, 2018
A common problem among MCPL employees is that the list of books we want to read continues to grow week after week but we just don't have the time to read everything. If you can sympathize, you probably love to sit down with a good book just as much as we do!
2017 was a great year for literature. Among the 50+ members of our staff, we read everything from comical children's books about a mouse and a chipmunk who covet the same nut to a graphic novel about a post-apocalyptic teen who ventures into the hellish Spill Zone to photograph grotesque sites for a rich benefactor.
Take a look at some of our staff members' favorite books of 2017 and let us know what you think. Then, tell us in the comments what YOUR favorite of the year was. Did you read an engrossing new best-seller or did you re-read an old favorite and fall in love with it all over again? We want to know!
Since our staff members read numerous good books a year (you can read our staff reviews any time of the year,) many of us were torn over which title to pick as our favorite. As a result, we've listed some of their "runners-up" below!
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Lisa says: "I like Picoult's style of writing, as each chapter tells the story from a different character’s perspective. I’ve always liked that about her writing. The author took her careful time writing this book and doing her research. It made me really think about my own views on racism in this country and in myself and community. It is a very relevant novel for our present cultural climate."
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. Sarah says: "I really enjoyed this psychological thriller about a woman who swaps apartments and ends up in the apartment next to a recent murder, fearing for her life."
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. Sarah says: "This novel kept me on my toes as I followed the story of a woman who accidentally stumbles upon a murder scene and slowly starts to doubt her sanity."
Vegan Burgers & Burritos: Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes for the Everyday Cook by Sophia DeSantis. Sarah says: "This cookbook is filled with enticing, fully illustrated recipes that will tempt even the meat-eaters in your life!"
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix. Chad says: "The gorgeously macabre collection of cover art could stand on its own, but it's also a funny read thanks to Hendrix's commentaries and summaries of the stories behind the covers."
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. Chad says: "The tale of a young woman consumed by resentment and self-loathing in both her personal and professional life, with just the right mix of comedy and creepy."
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. Chad says: "Doig's last novel before his death in 2015 is a really fun cross-country, coming-of-age story that settles down for a bit in Wisconsin amid the escapades of a boy and his great-uncle."
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. Rachel says: "The main character is a delight, and the unique structure adds to the complexity of the story and characters and kept me wonderfully off balance."
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel. Dave says: "A young person’s journey to discover the real America (and himself). Insightful and uplifting."
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. Dave says: "A very 'King' take on the man/women relationship issues of today."
Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber. Jen says: "An inspirational book for those who wish to create their own beauty products. Easy step by step organic recipes to follow for beautiful skin."
Gnomes by Wil Huygen. Jen says: "This timeless classic published in 1976 is filled with playful and whimsical illustrations. A great book for all ages and those with a beautiful imagination."
One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline. Janice says: "An emotional thriller about a suburban crime story with killer twists and characters you won’t forget."
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.