King County Library System’s best books of 2017

Librarians share annual best book titles for a variety of readers’ interests

King County Library System (KCLS), one of the largest library systems in the country, released its selections for the Best Books of 2017. The annual list includes KCLS’ top 25 titles each under four categories: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, teens and children’s.

Best Book Lists are selected by nominations from King County Library System librarians and staff members who, collectively, read and download hundreds of books each year. Once nominations are made, KCLS Reader’s Services Specialist, Emily Calkins, reviews all titles before final selections are made by a team of adult, teen and children’s librarians.

“It’s a tough choice to make! So many great books come out each year, and our staff are passionate about the books they read and recommend,” said Calkins. “We’ve come up with four wonderful lists, and we think any reader will find something to love on them.”

Following are King County Library System’s Best Books of 2017:

Best Adult Fiction Books 2017: (in order of author’s last name)

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

American War by Omar El Akkad

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Dry by Jan Harper

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Photo by Morf Morford

Photo by Morf Morford

Best Adult Nonfiction Books 2017: (in order of author’s last name)

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-nehisi Coates

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Jr. Forman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Ghost of Seattle Past by Jaimee Garbacik

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as An Adult by Bruce Handy

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell

The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Satore

Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Sharif

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

Make Trouble by John Waters

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope: Voices From the Women’s March

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards and Literary Treasures

Best Teen Books 2017: (in order of author’s last name)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

The Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whelan Turner

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Best Children’s Books 2017: (in order of author’s last name)

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Star Crossed by Barbara Dee

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy

Windows by Julia Denos

Moto and Me by Suzi Eszterhas

When’s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

The Good for NOTHING Button! by Charise Mericle Harper

Egg by Kevin Henkes

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jackson

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Lost and Found Cat: the True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz

Train I Ride by Paul Mosier

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkey

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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