Top Titles of 2017

Here are the books that circulated the most this year throughout the JMRL system:

ADULT FICTION

  1. 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.
  1. Camino Island by John Grisham – After being laid off from her teaching position, Mercer Mann is approached by a mysterious woman with a generous offer to go undercover and infiltrate bookstore owner Bruce Cable’s life to learn his secrets.
  1. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – A five-decade saga tracing the impact of an act of infidelity on the parents and children of two Southern California families traces their shared summers in Virginia and the disillusionment that shapes their lasting bond.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

  1. The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas – After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Confined to her home because she is allergic to the outside world, a teenage girl’s life changes when she begins a romance with the new boy next door that challenges everything she’s ever known.

JUVENILE FICTION

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney – In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother’s other ideas.
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney – Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts, after his return to middle school, to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg’s most humiliating experience of the summer.
  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A New Play 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.

NONFICTION

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance – Shares the poignant story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.
  1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
  1. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets of Happy Living by Meik Wiking – A guide to the Danish philosophy of well-being shares advice and ideas for taking healthy breaks, living in the moment, creating positive atmospheres, building relationships, and finding the richness of life in everyday small comforts.

EBOOK DOWNLOADS

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance – Shares the poignant story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past.
  1. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict – A tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein follows the experiences of Mitza Mari, a female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity.
  1. The Martian by Andy Weir – Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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