If you’re like us, you love getting recommendations from other people on what to read and watch. We love it so much that every year we ask staff to assist us in making a top five list of our favorite books, music, and movies that were released that year. However, often the items on that list are checked out and have large numbers of holds, which is no good when you need something right now to beat the winter blues. If this happens to you, here’s a handy back-up list of more 2016 favorites that didn’t quite have enough points (or were too new to be in the collection) to make the original list, but were still highly recommended and loved by library staff.
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead (P Stead): In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood.
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (J Grimes): Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading–anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes.
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood (J 784.206 H7617): From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash.
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Pinkney (J 921 Keats): A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (T Tahir): Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (Fellowes): A secret unravels behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond’s new legendary ball, one family’s life will change forever.
The Nix by Nathan Hill (Hill): An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own.
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (Jemisin): Essun–once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger–has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power–and her choices will break the world.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything In-Between by Lauren Graham (921 Graham): This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing-up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling work years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.
A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead (Pop/Rock Radiohead)
Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 by Jack White (Pop/Rock White)
Vinyl, Vol. 1: Music from the HBO Original Series (Shows Vinyl)
Arrival: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
Florence Foster Jenkins: A New York socialite dreams of becoming a great opera singer. While the voice she hears in her head is beautiful, to everyone else it is hilariously awful. Her husband and biggest fan, St. Clair Bayfield, is determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence stages a huge concert at Carnegie Hall, he faces his greatest challenge to make sure her performance is a rousing success.
The Lobster: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obligated to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
The Nice Guys: In 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March and hired enforcer Jackson Healy must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
Zootopia: Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy.