We asked what you loved reading in 2017, what made you laugh out loud, what was meaningful and inspired change. What should your friends, family, and neighbors read next? And you shared...

Most entertaining books you read this year:

Most meaningful books you read this year:

What our librarians had to say

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irb

"'Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire.' These essays literally had me laughing out loud! Full of wit, charm, and self-deprecating humor, Samantha Irby's essays are deeply personal and raw. I especially enjoyed the essays that exposed her rocky childhood, her honesty about finances and adulthood, and of course the bachelorette application."
—Adult and Teen Digital Learning Librarian Rose Barnes

Born a Crime

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

"During my recent trip to Iceland, I listened to this audiobook and fell in love with Trevor Noah even more. He narrated the book himself, and you get to hear all of the various languages he knows. His life story is both hilarious and emotional, and I could see this being turned into a movie."
—Readers' Advisory Librarian Margita Lidaka

American War

American War by Omar El Akkad

"[It's] a powerful novel that follows a family in a post apocalyptic America where the traumatic events of a second civil war and a horrible plague push a young woman to make extreme choices."
—Materials Services Barbara Fitzgerald