Alessandra’s Favorites 2017

Previously posted on our social media pages, these are LML director and children’s librarian Alessandra Nicodemo’s favorite books of 2017. Not all of them were published in 2017, but that is when she read them.

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Alessandra’s Top Adult Fiction of 2017
Every Heart A Doorway & Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #1 & #2) by Seanan McGuire
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #2 & #3) by V.E. Schwab
Saga Volumes 6 & 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
When It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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Alessandra Top Adult Nonfiction of 2017
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
Courage is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama edited by Nicholas Haramis
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton
On Living by Kerry Egan
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White American by Michael Eric Dyson
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of Whitehouse Photographer by Amanda Lucidon
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits by Mihaela Noroc
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Alessandra’s Top Young Adult Books of 2017
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Warcross by Marie Lu
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein & Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Spell on Wheels, Volume 1 by Kate Leth, Megan Levens & Marissa Louise
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Monstress, Volume 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

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Alessandra’s Top Middle Grade Books of 2017
Refugee by Alan Gratz
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Little Women: Bold Leaders in Black History of Vashti Harrison
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

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Alessandra’s Favorite Picture Books of 2017
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins & Chris Appelhans
Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney & Carmen Saldana
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
Dance is for Everyone by Andrea Zuill
When the Moons Comes by Paul Harbridge & Matt James
Escargot by Dashka Slater
On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest & Jenni Desmond

Alessandra 20 Missed20 Notable Books of 2017 I Haven’t Found Time for Yet
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited Mavesh Murad
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together by James Blake and Carol Taylor
200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World by Ruth Hobday, Geoff Blackwell & Kieran Scott
Odd Girl Out: Being Autistic in a Neurotypical World by Laura James
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menan
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide by Patrice Banks
Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Guide to Getting Out There by Morra Aarons-Mele
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get on the Mat. Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley
What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan