Here are the books that circulated the most this year throughout the JMRL system:
- All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
- My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Reunited when the elder’s husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
- The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Living alone on the streets of Boston, Magnus Chase learns he is the son of a Norse god, from an uncle his mother claimed was dangerous.
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – A first entry in a new series follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers.
- The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Cast down from Olympus and transformed into a human after angering Zeus, a weak and disoriented Apollo arrives in New York City as a regular teen and is forced to survive in the modern world while endeavoring to regain Zeus’ favor.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne – As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney – When his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free, Greg misses the comforts and conveniences of modern life.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
- The Whistler by John Grisham – Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, takes on a case involving a corrupt judge, a Native American casino, and the mafia when a previously disbarred lawyer approaches her on behalf of a client who claims to know the truth.