Ever wonder what your librarians were reading, but were too shy to ask? Well, here’s a list of the top ten books tweeted by librarians and library staff as their favorites from 2016 (#libfaves16). There’s a good mix of literary fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, and even a couple young adult titles to try!
Dark Matters by Blake Crouch – A mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious–and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – A moving and powerful teen novel featuring Natasha, a scientifically minded girl whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations.
None of these titles tickle your fancy? There were a ton of other Best of 2016 lists that came out at the end of the year. One blog has attempted to compile all the online year-end book lists in one spot. They helpfully describe each list, from the generic “top books” to the more precise “top women’s fiction on audio.”
Or, for those who want an interactive “Best of” list, try NPR’s Book Concierge. Not only can you browse through picks by select NPR critics, but you can combine appeal factors to dial down to specific interests. It not only includes traditional categories like “Mysteries” and “Historical Fiction,” but also more unique traits like “Ladies First” or “It’s All Geek to Me.” So, if you’re looking for a literary, international book, that’s not too long you can select “Rather Short,” “Seriously Great Writing,” and “Tales From Around the World,” and boom… you’ve got three great titles to try!
Librarian Tip: Are the titles you’re interested in all checked out? Try looking at last year’s lists! Going back to previous year’s award-winners and best of lists are a great way to find quality reads available now. Here are the Librarian Faves from 2015 and 2014, and NPR’s Book Concierge from past years.