The Adult Services staffers read a lot of books in 2013, and at the end of the year we narrowed down the list to our favorites. Our picks include a wide variety of titles because we all have different reading tastes. In fact, we don’t always agree, which leads to some interesting discussions.
As always, a few books really stood this year out and were named by numerous staffers. A mystery took the top honors with seven staffers listing it: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny, which is book nine in the exceptional Chief Inspector Gamache series. Five staffers also listed Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, a book that will guarantee to make you cry. Books listed four times include: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, The Dinner by Herman Koch, and Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham.
Quite a few writers who came to our library as part of our Authors Out Loud! Series also had books we loved. In addition to perennial staff favorite Louise Penny, the list includes: The Golem and the Jinni by Libertyville native Helene Wecker, The Aviator’s Wife by historical fiction author Melanie Benjamin, The Dream Thieves by the gifted young adult writer Maggie Stiefvater, Light in the Ruins by the popular and talented Chris Bohjalian, The End of Your Life Book Club by the charming Will Schwalbe, Bitter River by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-mystery writer Julia Keller, and Letters from Skye by debut author Jessica Brockmole.
If you would like the entire list in paper form, drop by the Reference Desk where we have booklets of our fiction and nonfiction picks. For this online edition, I've broken down our choices by genres: fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, young adult, nonfiction and biographies/memoirs. The links will take you to our catalog. Happy reading!