The Best Books of 2018

Are you looking to give your favorite bibliophile a gift they’ll never forget this holiday season? How about one of the best books of 2018?

Here is a list of some of the best books (fiction and nonfiction) published this year that would make perfect gifts for the book lovers in your life:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristen Harmel

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zynab Joukhadar

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity by Sally Kohn

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

You can never go wrong with the gift of a book! Follow the links to check out certain titles from the Aurora Public Library District yourself!

If you’re looking for a bargain, then look no further than the Dillsboro Public Library Book Sale! For the rest of November, fill up as many bags as you want with books and only pay $1 per each bag! The Book Sale is ongoing whenever the Library is open, so be sure to stop in and browse even if you miss the November deadline. The third Friday and Saturday of every month is also the $1 Per Bag Sale, but you better hurry in now before everything is gone!

What books would you add to this list? We’re always looking for recommendations to add to our own collection!

Happy Reading!

Libraries Rock! with Open Houses

What an awesome summer! Celebrate by attending the Libraries Rock! Open Houses at the Dillsboro Public Library on Friday, July 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Aurora Public Library on Wednesday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Walk around the buildings and view pictures from the Summer Reading Program, crafts, and enjoy some refreshments. The prize drawing will take place at 2 p.m. in both buildings as well as at the Local History Library @ the Depot on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. We can’t wait to see you there!

Libraries Rock! with the Rock ‘N’ Rope Warrior

Join us at the Aurora City Park on Wednesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. for an interactive, visually entertaining jump rope show! The Rock ‘N’ Rope Warrior, David Fisher, will perform jump rope tricks with music, with audience participation and glow-in-the-dark jump ropes! No registration is required for this program, so come one and come all, and bring your families! This program will take place in lieu of the 1 p.m. Story Hour at the Aurora Public Library.

Libraries Rock! with Penguins

Cool off at the Dillsboro Public Library on Monday, July 16 at 2 p.m. and meet a live African penguin, sponsored by the Newport Aquarium! Do you want a penguin to waddle around you? Do you wonder why African penguins are endangered? Would you like to learn more about them? Enjoy a live penguin encounter and stay for a penguin craft and a cool treat! No registration is required for this program!

Libraries Rock! Hexbugs Galore

Engineer an obstacle course for your hexbug that is better than your competitors’. Can your hexbug beat the others in an obstacle course that you and your friends designed? Come find out whose course is the best! Join us at the Aurora Public Library on Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m. for Hexbugs Galore, a Family Friday program! No registration is required, so bring your whole family and compete against each other!

Libraries Rock! with Craig Brenner

The Dillsboro Public Library will be rocking with Craig Brenner on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Craig is a pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher from Bloomington, Indiana. He specializes in jazz, blues, and boogie woogie. Come listen to some rocking piano music and just try to keep your feet from tapping! No registration is required for this program.

Libraries Rock! Legos Rock!

Build it bigger or build it higher! Build it alone or build it as a team! If you can dream it, you can build it with Legos! Come out to the Dillsboro Public Library on Friday, July 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of Lego building for Family Friday! No registration is required, so bring the whole family!

Libraries Rock! Digging for Dinosaurs

Have you dreamed of going on a paleontological dig someday? Are dinosaurs your favorite animal? You’re in luck because on Friday, June 29, you’ll get the chance to dig for dinosaurs at the Aurora Public Library at 11 a.m. and at the Dillsboro Public Library at 2 p.m.! Digging for Dinosaurs is sponsored by the Cincinnati Museum Center. Come uncover fossils, hear about the area’s Ordovician fossils, learn how fossils are formed, and unearth how to differentiate fossils from regular rocks. There will also be touchable fossils from dinosaurs, including Allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, raptors, and more! No registration is required for this program.

Libraries Rock! Teen Game Night

Seize world power, deal yourself a great hand of cards, or laugh when your opponent says the forbidden word. What could this mean? Teen Game Night! Board games rock at the Aurora Public Library! Join us on Thursday, June 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a night of fun and, of course, games! No registration is required so bring all of your friends!