Top Titles of 2018

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


  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – When a custody battle divides her town, Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences.
  1. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson – As enemies plan an unprecedented attack on American soil, Washington is gripped by uncertainty and fear as rumors spread of a traitor in the cabinet and the president himself comes under suspicion, before he goes missing.
  1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.


  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 that night.
  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Aza Holmes, a teen with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.
  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Keeping private love letters written to five secret crushes she has had, Lara Jean Song finds her personal life going from imaginary to out of control when the letters are unexpectedly mailed.


  1. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems – Gerald the elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.
  1. Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems – Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.
  1. Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems – When Gerald the elephant begins sneezing around his friend Piggie, he begins to suspect that he might be allergic to pigs and is afraid this could mean the end of their friendship.


  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. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – When a custody battle divides her town, Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences.
  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


  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 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.
  1. The Fix by David Baldacci – Amos Decker investigates a murder-suicide that occurred outside FBI headquarters and cannot connect the shooter and his victim, but he is ordered off the case, and it becomes clear that finding the link is a matter of national security.

Goodreads Choice Award Winners

Goodreads has announced the best books of 2018, chosen by readers on JMRL has all of these winning titles available for you to check out:

Fiction: Still Me by Jojo Moyes – Louisa Clark arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship while working a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.

Mystery & Thriller: The Outsider by Stephen King – When a young boy’s body is found in the town park, Detective Ralph Anderson finds the evidence and the witnesses all pointing to one of the city’s most popular citizens.

Historical Fiction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska, Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.

Fantasy: Circe by Madeline Miller – Follows the banished witch daughter of Helios as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

Romance: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – A 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger’s tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department.

Science Fiction: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – After her brush with death, Marcella Riggins targets the city of Merit using her new-found power while manipulating Victor Vale and Eli Ever into a battle against one another.

Humor: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish – The comedian and actress presents essays that reflect on her disadvantaged youth as a foster child, her discovery of her talent for comedy, and her struggles within the entertainment industry.

Nonfiction: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author’s determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.

Memoir & Autobiography: Educated by Tara Westover – Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

History & Biography: The Good Neighbor: The Life & Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King – Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children’s program host’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.

Science & Technology: The Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte – A narrative scientific history of the dinosaur eras examines their origins, habitats, extinction, and living legacy, chronicling their evolution from small shadow dwellers through the emergence of prehistoric ancestors that became more than 10,000 modern bird species.

Food & Cookbooks: Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen – Presents a collection of healthy, quick, and family-friendly recipes featuring multi-purpose sauces and condiments, comfort foods, and maximum flavor.

Graphic Novels & Comics: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen – In a humorous collection of comics, the author, an introvert, shares her experiences, which are at times weird, awkward and embarrassing, as she tries adulting on a daily basis.

Poetry: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace – A collection of evocative, relatable poems draws inspiration from the power, independence and resilience of the feminist witch archetype to encourage and embolden women.

Debut Author: Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – 17-year-old Zâelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince.

Young Adult Fiction: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – With prom and graduation around the corner, senior Leah Burke struggles when her group of friends start fighting.

Young Adult Fantasy: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – A conclusion to the best-selling series that includes Crown of Midnight reveals the end of infamous assassin Aelin Galathynius’ story in the aftermath of the shocking twist in Tower of Dawn.

Middle Grade & Children’s: The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – The Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth as the human teenager Lester Papadopoulos, and his demigod friends must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor (and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles) somewhere in the American Southwest.

Picture Books: I Am Enough by Grace Byers – A lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness for girls from every background that touches on themes of diversity, respecting others and loving oneself.

Christmas Murder Mysteries

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Consider picking up a Christmas-themed murder mystery from your local library if you’re looking for a book to help you “kill” some time this holiday season:

Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke – Juggling the responsibilities of opening her shop with the demands of Christmas, Hannah Swensen is surprised by the writing talents of an elderly local whose murder story chillingly comes true.

The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans – Still reeling from a scandal that ended her marriage, Maggie Walther finds renewal in a relationship with the kind man who owns the local Christmas tree lot and is also starting his life over, but just as she begins to trust him, she discovers a dark secret from his past.

Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown – When the Christmas Hunt is interrupted by the discovery of a body, Jane Arnold and her company of loyal hounds find their efforts to uncover the truth complicated by the meddling antics of loathsome Victor Harris.

A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry – When an orphan boy witnesses a woman’s kidnapping just days before Christmas, he is determined to save her, but the woman doesn’t want to be rescued and is taking steps to bring her captors to justice for crimes far worse than kidnapping. Continue reading