In the market to buy a book? You’ve come to the right place.
You’re smart; you use the library. So, you know you have access to the best and most current books and audiobooks.
But, as readers, you also know there are times when buying books is absolutely necessary. And, the end of the year is often a great time to give books away as gifts. This year was a great year for bookworms. Now, we’re compiling them into an organized list that will help you select the best reads for your family and friends. Because, you know, books.
The criteria? Simple. The book or audiobook must have been published in 2017. We try to cover all genres and age groups. We’d like to include everything from board books to cookbooks. From DIY books to literary fiction. From YA to history. You get the idea.
Our gift to you
All December, we will be recommending at least one excellent book a day from 2017’s best offerings in our Club Ink blog, and sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Our librarians are passionate about reading, and they’ve curated selections that will appeal to a wide audience of readers.
Check back to find out what our expert librarians have on their night stands and personal book shelves. We bet you’ll lose some sleep reading or listening to these books from 2017.
Adult audio book: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
For anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl or The Husband’s Secret – great British accents and a psychological thriller of a story that will have you making up excuses to drive so you can find out what happens next.
Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar
I found Umrigar’s newest book to be timely in its investigations of issues like race, privilege, and class, and timeless in its humanity and how it asks us to investigate our roles in the situations and relationships around us deeply enough to discover something of ourselves in this story and characters, which is as true an entryway to empathy as any other I can think of. What’s even better: we got to hear her read from and discuss her work!
The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
Putting a tomato slice on your sandwich? Don’t do it! Snacking on some cashews? Stop! Some foods you thought were good for you are actually hiding some dangers.
You’ve probably never heard of lectins, but they are prevalent in foods we eat. And over time, lectins can do some serious damage to your insides. Dr. Gundry, a cardiologist who was overweight himself, explains how to make different choices in what we eat and how it can transform our health.
The Echo of Twilight by Judith Klinghorn
Adult / Historical fiction
A Downton Abbey-esque historical fiction novel set during WWI.
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth
“The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters and the new ways in which families are forged.”
Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe
This is a summer read that holds your attention and is an easy read. It is about 2 women from different worlds learning from each other as they share their summer and their life.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult (High School, College)
This is the third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy, and it brings the prior to books together. The books series centers around Feyre, a human girl who is brought to live amongst the Fae (deadly, immortal creatures). Going on adventures with her newfound friends and family, learning the ways of the Fae, and falling in love a time (or two), all these books together are a wonderful gift idea for the reader who is obsessed with fantasy. A Court of Wings and Ruin focuses on an impending war on the human world which Feyre (along with her allies) are trying to save. Gathering allies, spy missions, battles of legend: all this (and much more) can be found in the last installment of this series, which was released in March of this year.
Thick As Thieves By Megan Whalen Turner
Kahmet is a slave on the precipice of becoming one of the most powerful men in the Mede Empire. As secretary to a master a few steps away from Emperor, he could one day influence all of Mede, but when he speaks with someone he should not and ends up to blame for a crime he did not commit, Kahmet must flee Mede for his life. Traveling alongside an Attolian soldier, Kahmet begins to question which has more value; the life of a slave in a position of power, or freedom and the ability to chose his own destiny. The fifth book in the Queen’s Thief series returns to Turner’s world where nothing is quite as it appears, going beyond the borders we have seen so far. Kahmet’s journey in self realization is a satisfying progression, and Turner keeps her trend of leaving the reader with a twist at its end. For those who have read the books, familiar characters and world are expanded upon. For those who have not, it creates a vivid world that could stand alone on its own.
J audio book: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
The audio is fantastic – with sound effects and all kinds of details you wouldn’t get in the print version. The story is layered and has lots of talking points as 11 year old Alex navigates an adult world without a strong parent present. His bravery and resiliency are commendable even if the story is not entirely believable in places. He is a naïve narrator on the autism spectrum but he encounters mature subject matter along his journey. A solid audio that could be shared on family car trips or in a classroom.