Friday, February 21, 2020

Freeform Friday - Provo, Utah Library's Best Books of 2019


Welcome to Freeform Friday! I took one for the Reading For Sanity team (ha! not a sacrifice in this case!) and went to my local library's "Best Books of 2019" presentation, which I loved. My library is great--not only is it so beautiful and historic and a great landmark, but they also have a lot of really cool events for people of all ages, and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've been to there. I especially enjoyed this event because the librarians have read a lot and are aware of what's new and what's cool in the reading world, and filtered all of that down into lists that I will be thoroughly reading and enjoying for the next while. The way this event worked was that three librarians from each department (children's, young adult, and adult) chose their favorite books, and would give a brief description of each of their favorites, which they then compiled into a big master list for each age group.We here at RFS have reviewed a few of these books (we've got a long way to go, but a few are upcoming in the next few months), and so if the book is highlighted, you can click on it and check out what we thought. There are so many books here, and even just the brief descriptions I heard of each one made me super excited to check them all out. Provo Library gave us permission to publish these lists, so shoutout to them for being so generous in sharing their hard work with us and with all of you! Enjoy! (Image credit Wikimedia Commons)

Best Children's Books of 2019

Espanol Libros Ilustrados
My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders, Rene Colato Lainez
Picture Books
Nine Months: Before A Baby is Born, Miranda Paul
Goodnight, Rainbow Cats, Urio Castro
Sweety,Andrea Zuill
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, Kevin Noble Maillard
Going Down Home with Daddy, Kelly Lyons
Truman, Jean Reidy
The Full House and the Empty House, LK James
My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Isabel Quintero
Spencer's New Pet, Jessie Sima
Small in the City, Sydney Smith
Another, Christian Robinson
The Book Hog, Greg Pizzoli
Stop! Bot!, James Yang
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, Ibitihaj Muhammad
Saturday, Oge Mora
Bear Came Along, Richard T. Morris
Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse, Laura Godwin
Abner and Ian Get Right-Side Up, Dave Eggers
Easy Readers
Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories, Max Brallier
The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories, Sergio Ruzzieri
Harold and Hog Pretend for Real, Dan Santat
Informational
Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer, Emily Arnold McCully
Just Feel: How to Be Stronger, Happier, Healthier and More, Maillika Chopra
Moles, Rachel Poliquin
The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature, Hal Johson
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown, Mac Barnett
Mummies Exposed, Anita Sanchez
Caught!: Nabbing History's Most Wanted, Georgia Bragg
Hey, Water!, Antoinette Portis
Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese Interment Camp During World War II, Andrea Warren
The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in our Food and Drugs,  Gail Jarrow
Comics
Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O'Malley, Tony Lee
This Was Our Pact, Ryan Andrews
New Kid, Jerry Craft
Rocket to the Moon, Don Brown
Stargazing, Jen Wang
Guts, Raina Telgemeier
Fiction
Do Fish Sleep?, Jens Raschke
Lalani of the Distant Sea, Erin Entrada Kelly
We're Not From Here, Geoff Rodkey
Pay Attention, Carter Jones, Gary D. Schmidt
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Kwame Mbalia
The Last Last-Day-Of-Summer,  Lamar Giles
Genesis Begins Again, Alicia D. Williams
Sweeping Up The Heart, Kevin Henkes
All the Greys on Greene Street, Laura Tucker
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, Jason Reynolds
Our Castle By the Sea, Lucy Strang
Song for a Whale, Lynne Kelly
Each Tiny Spark, Pablo Cartaya
The Next Great Paulie Fink, Ali Benjamin
Scary Stories for Young Foxes, Christian McKay Heidicker
Anya and the Dragon, Sofiya Pasternack
Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga

Best Young Adult Fiction Books of 2019

Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim
Butterfly Yellow, Thanhha Lai
House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin Craig
The Grief Keeper, Alexandra Villasante
Field Notes on Love, Jennifer E. Smith
Wilder Girls, Rory Power
A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi
With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo
The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys
The Guinevere Deception, Kiersten White
Opposite of Always, Justin A. Reynolds
Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufmann
Girl Gone Viral, Arvin Ahmadi
White Rose, Kip Wilson
War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi
On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
The Beautiful, Renee Ahdieh
Love from A to Z, S.K. Ali
Wicked Fox, Kat Cho
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, Ally Condie
The Rest of the Story, Sarah Dessen
Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell
The Downstairs Girl, Stacey Lee
Are You Listening?, Tillie Walden
The Language of Fire, Stephanie Hemphill
A River of Royal Blood, Amanda Joy
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Mariko Tamaki
We Hunt the Flame, Hafsah Faizal
Rayne &Delilah's Midnite Matinee, Jeff Zentner
The Bone Houses, Emily Lloyd-Jones
Queen of the Sea, Dylan Meconis
White Bird, R.J. Palacio
Bloom, Kevin Panetta
Lovely War, Julie Berry
Let's Call it a Doomsday, Katie Henry

Young Adult Non-Fiction Picks for 2019

They Called Us Enemy, George Takei
Dissenter on the Bench, Victoria Ortiz
Dear Ally: How Do You Write a Book?, Ally Carter
Amazons, Abolitionists, & Activists, Mikki Kendall
This Place: 150 Years Retold
Shout, Laurie Halse
Free Lunch, Rex Ogle
A Thousand Sisters, Elizabeth Wein
Accused!, Larry Dane Brimmer
In Waves, AJ Dungo
An Indigenous People's History of the United States, Jean Mendoza
Life Sucks, Michael Bennett
We Are Displaced, Malala Yousafzai
Games of Deception, Andrew Maraniss
It's Trevor Noah, Trevor Noah

Best Adult Books of 2019

If She Wakes, Michael Koryta
The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware
Recursion, Blake Crouch
The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo
Mama's Last Hug, Frans de Waal
Biased, Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow
Know My Name, Chanel Miller
City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
Wolf Pack (Joe Pickett #19), C.J. Box
Angel Eyes (Spender #47), Ace Atkins (Robert Parker)
A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole #18), Robert Crais
The River, Peter Heller
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3), Katherine Arden
The Lost Man, Jane Harper
Furious Hours, Casey Cep
How To, Randall Munroe
The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
The Pioneers, David G. McCullough
Range, David J. Epstein
The True Queen (Sorcerer to the Crown #2), Zen Cho
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson
The Witch's Kind, Louisa Morgan
The Next Mormons, Jana Riess
How To Do Nothing, Jenny Odell
Cilka's Journey, Heather Morris
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Juliet Grames
Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane
The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
Chances Are..., Richard Russo
Inheritance, Dani Shapiro
Home Work, Julie Andrews
Maid, Stephanie Land
Dutch Girl, Robert Matzen
They Called Us Enemy, George Takei
The Enchanted Hour, Meghan Cox Gurdon
Life Undercover, Amaryllis Fox
The Last Pass, Gary M. Pomerantz
Underland, Robert Macfarlane
Code Name: Lise, Larry Loftis
Last Witnesses, Svetlana Alexeivich
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Treuer
Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books, Edward Wilson-Lee
Sea People, Christine Thompson
Magic For Liars, Sarah Gailey
The Flatshare, Beth O'Leary
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman
How Not to Die Alone, Richard Roper
An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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