Best of 2016

Although many of us are probably glad to see the end of such a crazy year, it’s time to look back. But we promise we’ll only look at something we can all get behind – books!

The “Best of” lists are out, and it’s always interesting to see the differences in opinion among those in the book world. Each year, we look through the lists of, The New York Times, and Publishers Weekly and create another list of the books they highlight that TFPL actually owns (and, we’re proud to say, we usually carry most of them). So, if you’re interested in picking up a highly-recommended read, peruse one of these lists:


Another tradition at this time of year is to survey our staff and ask what their favorite reads were for the past year. Whether we have read something published in 2016 or in years past, we’re always happy to share (and recommend) what we’re reading. Here’s what we loved this past year:



Alamo All-Stars – Nathan Hale (Stephanie)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet: Book 1 – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Katie)

Calamity – Brandon Sanderson (Cody)

Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow – Rainbow Rowell (Erica)

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena (Susan)

The Crown – Kiera Cass (Sarah W.)

The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make – Erin Gleeson (Kasi)

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles (Jennifer)

Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard (Hannah)

Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (Erica)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (Hannah)

The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman (Jessica)

Joan of Arc: A History – Helen Castor (Gerson)

Kill 6 Billion Demons – Tom Parkinson-Morgan (Sara S.)

League of Dragons – Naomi Novik (Stephanie)

Love and Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch (Amy)

My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout (Jennifer)

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen (Susan)

The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey Through Pearl Harbor and the World of War – Jim Downing (Katie)

The Passenger – Lisa Lutz (Sara S.)

The Secret History of World War II: Spies, Code Breakers, and Covert Operations – Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop (Rebekah)

Traces of Guilt – Dee Henderson (Amy)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World – Rachel Ignotofsky (Kasi)

You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice – Tom Vanderbilt (Cody)



$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America – Kathryn J. Edin and Luke H. Shaefer (Jennifer)

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (Jessica)

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Stephen E. Ambrose (Katie)

Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (Sarah W.)

Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (Jennifer)

Contact – Carl Sagan (Kasi)

Deep Secret – Diana Wynne Jones (Sara S.)

The Four Feathers – A.E.W. Mason (Gerson)

Golden Son – Pierce Brown (Jordan)

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs (Cody)

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust – Livia Bitton Jackson (Rebekah)

Letters from Skye – Jessica Brockmole (Susan)

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (Rebekah)

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom (Susan – audio version)

Morning Star – Pierce Brown (Jordan)

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson (Erica)

The Painter’s Daughter – Julie Klassen (Amy)

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (Hannah)

Red Rising – Pierce Brown (Jordan)

The Selection – Kiera Cass (Emily)

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo (Erica)

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut (Kasi)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith (Sarah W.)

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved my Life – James Bowen (Stephanie)

Terrier – Tamora Pierce (Stephanie)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han (Emily)

Uprooted – Naomi Novik (Sara S.)

With Every Letter – Sarah Sundin (Katie)

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