I love this time of year. Really love it because I get to share some of the best book titles ever with you! The Library staff have given me their picks for the best books they read during 2018. I divide this up into fiction and non-fiction titles just to make it a little easier to look through.

This is a very heavy year for Fiction titles because one or two staff members set goals for themselves last year in the hundreds of titles!! and then found they really liked a great many of those titles. Only one fiction title came up on several lists, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This YA title is so powerful it is being turned into a movie already. The one staff member who read it said it was a “gift”, meaning every word. Words used to describe this book include, honest, human and hopeful.

Though a little bit shorter this year Non-Fiction covers a lot of territory. Books of science, art, and history sit with books on crime, mental well-being, business and Paris. This category also includes biography and memoir. So Far I’ve seen much to enjoy about Brene Brown’s Rising Strong — we all need to know how to pick ourselves back up after a loss or set back; and also Rupert Sheldrake’s Science Set Free, he makes you examine your assumptions about the physical world and the scientific ‘truths’ we learned in school.

Yet only one non-fiction title came up on multiple lists and that is Michelle Obama’s Becoming.  It is such a lovely accounting of how she grew into the role of First Lady, and then how the role helped her grow. She has such an honest voice and gives us immediate access to her inner life.

There is something for everyone on these lists. Yes I love this time of year! Hope you do to.