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ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2016: Best of the Best

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2016

It’s here! Iowa City Public Library’s Top Picks for 2016!

Staff members nominated more than 100 books released in 2016 as their favorite reads of the year. Those that made this list were nominated by more than one person, which truly makes them the Best of the Best.

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Two graphic novels tied for the title of Most Recommended Book in 2016:

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Forget everything you know about Snow White, as Matt Phelan’s illustrated take on this classic tale takes place in New Your City in the 1920s. Samantha White is back after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of Follies. Her father, the King of Wall Street, survived the stock market crash only to die from a strange and sudden death. However, that’s not the only mystery Samantha and her “protectors” — seven street urchins — face in what critics have called “a stunning, genre-bending graphic novel.”

In Raina Telgemeier’s Ghost, Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends, but as she and Maya explore their new home,  a neighbor shares a secret: there are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Called a  “can’t miss addition to middle school graphic novel shelves,” Telgemeier’s latest has been praised for “bold colors, superior visual storytelling” by Kirkus Reviews.

Did your favorite read of 2016 make our list?

ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Young Adult

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 24th, 2016

Young adult titles used to dominate our Best of the Best book list. In fact, our most recommended books of 2012 and 2013 were YA titles: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in 2013 and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in 2012.

Will it happen again?

You need to check back on December 31 when we release our Top Picks of 2016 in all genres. For now, check out the young adult titles staff members enjoyed.

ya-photoICPL’s BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2016

  • Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Have you explored our young adult collection? It’s on the Library’s second floor!

ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Fiction

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2016

ICPL staff combed through their 2016 reading logs to select the books they loved for our annual end-of-the-year Staff Top Picks lists.

The nominations were divided into eight categories: fiction; young adult; children’s; mystery; science fiction/fantasy; biography/memoir; nonfiction; and graphic novels. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2016; books released in hardback in 2014 and paperback in 2015 were disqualified. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2016 Best of the Best list.

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ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2015: Best of the Best

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 31st, 2015
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It’s here! Iowa City Public Library’s Top Picks for 2015!

Staff members nominated more than 100 books released in 2015 as their favorite reads of the year. Those that made this list were nominated by more than one person, which truly makes them the Best of the Best.

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (fiction)blue-ribbon
  • Descent by Tim Johnston (fiction)
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (young adult)
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (young adult)
  • Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer (children’s)
  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin (children’s)
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton (children’s)
  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes (children’s)
  • The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville (children’s)
  • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (children’s)
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (children’s)
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (mystery)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (science fiction/fantasy)
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (autobiography/biography/memoir)
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (autobiography/biography/memoir)
  • Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (autobiography/biography/memoir)
  • On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks (autobiography/biography/memoir)
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (nonfiction)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (nonfiction)
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (graphic novel)
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm (graphic novel)

For the second year in a row, two books share the honor of being ICPL’s Most Recommended Book of 2015 — Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate and Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Allplegate’s Crenshaw tells the story of Jackson, a young boy whose family has fallen on hard times. With no money for rent  Crenshaw2and very little for food, Jackson, his parents, his little sister and their dog may have to live in their minivan — again. Jackson’s imaginary friend, a large cat named Crenshaw, wants to help, but is he enough to save a family from losing everything?

Publishers Weekly calls the book “accessible” and “moving” and “… demonstrates how the creative resilience of a child’s mind can soften difficult situations, while exploring the intersection of imagination and truth.” Children’s Librarian Morgan Reeves says Crenshaw is the book she has recommended the most to readers of all ages since its release in September of 2015.

dead wakeDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania tells the story of a historical event many people think they know, but don’t: the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI.

The luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York en route to Liverpool in 1915, just as WWI was entering its tenth month. Though Germany has declared the seas around Britain a war zone, Captain William Thomas Turner had faith in “the gentlemanly structures of warfare” that had kept civilian ships safe in the past. What follows is one of the greatest tragedies of maritime history. “It’s the other Titanic, the story of a mighty ship sunk not by the grandeur of nature but by the grimness of man,” Hampton Sides writes in his review for The New York Times.

Did your favorite read of 2015 make our list?

If you are looking for more great reads, here are the links to our Best of the Best lists for 2014, 2013 and 2012.

 

ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2015: Fiction

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on December 23rd, 2015
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Once again, ICPL staff have combed through their 2015 reading logs to select the books they especially loved for our end-of-the-year Staff Top Picks lists.

The nominations were divided into eight categories: fiction; young adult; children’s; mystery; science fiction/fantasy; biography/memoir; nonfiction; and graphic novels. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2015; books released in hardback in 2014 and paperback in 2015 were disqualified. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2015 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our 2015 Best of the Best titles on the last day of the year. Until then, here are the Library’s picks for top fiction books for 2015. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.

ICPL’s BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2015fiction

  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  • The Whites by Harry Brandt
  • Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews*

* This title had a limited release in 2014. It wasn’t available at the Library until 2015, which is why it’s included on our list.

What was your favorite fiction read of 2015? Did it make our list?