Best Books of 2017

As we ring in the New Year, let’s look back on some of the Best Books of 2017! At the Aurora Public Library, you’ll find a display featuring these books and more for you to check out and enjoy in 2018.

Across the World Wide Web, you’ll find dozens of compilations of the Best Books of 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders made 22 of those lists. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward were on 19 separate lists, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng made 13 lists. Hunger by Roxane Gay and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado managed to make 12 separate lists. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates made 9 lists, and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie made 8 separate lists.

Notable Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 you’ll find on the display include:

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (which made 6 separate 2017 lists)

Our Revolution by Bernard Sanders

Al Franken Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

I Got This by Laurie Hernandez

Killing England by Bill O’Reilly

Fiction titles you’ll find on the display include:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (5 different lists)

Marlena by Julie Buntin (4 lists)

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (also made 4 lists)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdich (3 lists)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (3 lists)

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (3 lists)

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta (also made 3 different lists)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And many, many more!

Some of these Best Books of 2017 are available through the Indiana Digital Download Center. These include:

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (7 lists)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (7 lists)

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (7 lists)

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons (6 lists)

American War by Omar El Akkad (5 lists)

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (5 lists)

Ill Will by Dan Chaon (4 lists)

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (3 lists)

And many more!

So, what was the best book you read in 2017? Did it make any lists? Did you read any of these books? What did you think? Drop your answers in the comments below!

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

My Journey Through Genres: Psychological Suspense

We all have a comfort zone when it comes to reading. For some people its an author like Nora Roberts or James Patterson, or genres like romances or thrillers, horrors or fiction. As a librarian, its our job to know authors and books and to be able to recommend books to our patrons. This is where I came up with ‘My Journey Through Genres’. I’ve wanted to broaden my reading horizons and I thought it would not only benefit me with finding new books but benefit me in being able to recommend books from genres to patrons.

The first stop in my journey is Psychological Suspense. I actually happened upon this book by accident as I was looking through our collection requests database to put a request in and the title of this book just drew my eye. So like any curious librarian, I went to Goodreads and typed in the title of the book and from there I was hooked. The book was ordered and a few days later I had it in my hands.

The Marsh King’s Daughter written by Karen Dionne captured my attention by the 27th page. It was everything I expected and yet it was more than I expected.

‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’

Helena is the product of rape after her father abducted her mother as a fourteen year old. When her father, known as the Marsh King, escapes from a maximum security prison, she immediately suspects that her family is in danger.

Shortly after, Helena must tell her husband about her true past: that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve- or that her father raised her to become a killer.

As Helena hunts and tracks her father, we learn more about her childhood and her mother’s captivity.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was just incredibly well done and well written that it’s left me bereft and wanting more. I enjoyed how the author included Helena’s childhood to explain why Helena thought this way or why she though that way. It was incredibly edge-of-your-seat entertaining. Most of all, it was nice to read that even after all her father did to her and her mother growing up, Helena still loved him and idolized him.

We have a copy at both APL and DPL.

The 2017 Indiana State Fair is Almost Here!

This year, the Indiana State Fair will take place during August 4 through 20 and the theme is “The Wonderful World of Food,” and if that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what will. Each day, for the endurance of the fair, will celebrate specific foods important to the state of Indiana, like Deep Fried Food on August 4, Cheese on August 11, and Honey on August 20. The fair will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on over 250 acres with 20 venues, where the fair has been held every year since 1892.

There are plenty of promotional days and deals, like “$2 Tuesday” on August 15, where admission is only $2, “AAA Day,” where AAA cardholders receive free admission on August 17, and more! There will be games, rides, and, of course, food for all ages along the Midway and plenty of parking options.

Performances will include Blue October on August 11, Danny Gokey on August 13, Dashboard Confessional with The All-American Rejects on August 16, and much more! There will be a Cheerleading Competition, “Monster Truck Madness,” and a Demolition Derby, not to mention all of the exhibits and activities planned, like Go-Karts, Hendrick’s Racing Pigs, Purdue University Interactive Exhibits, livestock, and Watermelon Seed Spitting, just to name a few.

There is something for everyone at the Indiana State Fair! You can pick up a free brochure from the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library today for a day-by-day information guide, sponsor information, and parking and ticket information. The brochure also includes a map of the grounds that you can use.

You can purchase tickets and parking at the gates or online, but if you purchase online, it is a few dollars cheaper. The fair will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on ticket prices and hours, pick up a brochure from the Aurora or Dillsboro branch today. By the way, be sure to like us on Facebook; there might be a surprise contest or two that you might be interested in winning between now and the end of the Summer Reading Program. (And you don’t want to miss the surprise!)