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!

National Tartan Day!

April 6 is National Tartan Day! National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent. What do tartans (clothing worn by Scottish Highlanders with distinctive patterns determining specific clans) have to do with the Aurora Public Library District? Come check out the Scottish books display through the week of April 6 at the Aurora Public Library, where you’ll find books with Scottish heroes and lassies that take place on the moors and in the heather. Before you find your next great read, here are some common Scottish terms you should familiarize yourself with before you immerse yourself in the Scottish culture. (Please begin playing bagpipe music here.)

Before we get to the terms, it’s important to note how the words are pronounced. For instance, the ‘r’s’ are usually burred or rolled softly, sometimes the ‘th’ is dropped from the end of the word (with=wi’), or a ‘t’ is added instead of ‘-ed.’ Sometimes words can have different meanings, too, like ‘no’ can be ‘not’ or ‘no’ depending on the context of the sentence. I love reading books with Scottish characters and imagining their accents in my head as I read!

Aye = Yes                                                                                                            Ken = Know

Bairn = Baby or Child                                                                                      Kip = Nap

Bampot = Idiot                                                                                                  Kirk = Church

Bannock = Biscuit, Scone                                                                                Lad/Laddie = Boy

Besom = Difficult Woman                                                                               Laird = Lord

Bonnie = Pretty                                                                                                  Lass/Lassie = Girl

Breeks = Trousers                                                                                             Morn = Tomorrow

Cauld = Cold                                                                                                       No/Nae = Not

Claymore = Traditional Scottish Long Sword                                              Och = Well

Corbie = Crow or Raven                                                                                    Oxter = Armpit

Fae = From                                                                                  Sassenach = Someone from England, an Outlander

Fash = Fuss or Bother                                                                                      Sup = Small Amount of Liquid

Forby = Besides                                                                                                 Twa = Two

Heid = Head                                                                                                       Wean = Child

Hogmanay = New Year’s Eve                                                                           Wee = Small

Happy Reading!

Ghosts and Witches Book Display

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Are you looking for that perfect spooky read for Halloween? Stop in and see our Ghosts and Witches display at the Aurora Public Library! The display includes fiction titles all about ghosts and witches. And don’t forget to check out the Indiana Digital Download Center, too, for even more haunting reads!

“Witch” book will you pick?