Our Favorite Books of 2017

Workflow | Kendal Spires| February 06, 2018

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Learn which books from 2017 made the list of favorites among the librarians of Core Collections.

The Core Collections databases provide librarian-selected book recommendations to assist in collection development and weeding.  The librarians of Core Collections evaluate thousands of books each year to recommend the best titles for your collection development needs. Here are just six of Core Collections’ book recommendations from 2017.

1. Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell

This worthy entry in the wordless picture book canon beautifully illustrates the meeting and subsequent journey of a red-coated girl and a wolf pup, both lost in the middle of a blizzard.

2. The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin

Jemisin caps off her lauded Broken Earth trilogy, an epic fantasy set in a world plagued by cataclysmic earthquakes that follows three orogenes (people with the ability to control and direct tectonic forces). The first two books, The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, each won the Hugo Award for best novel the years they were released.

3. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Ng’s sophomore novel is a further showcase of her talent for closely observed family stories. When single mom Mia and her daughter Pearl move to Shaker Heights, Ohio, they become intimately wrapped up in the lives of the Richardson family.

The Core Collections databases provide librarian-selected book recommendations to assist in collection development and weeding.  

4. Miles Morales: Spider-Man, by Jason Reynolds

Marvel’s venture into YA prose novels featuring their popular superhero characters continues apace with Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales: Spider-Man, which sees teenage Spidey successor Miles struggling to balance his crime-fighting duties with school and family commitments.

5. The Cooking Gene, by Michael Twitty

This memoir/history/travelogue/cookbook offers a tour through the African-American culinary traditions of the South. Twitty provides a trenchant examination of both his own family history (through slavery and freedom and Africa and America) and the wider story of Southern cooking’s relationship to the region’s racial history.

6. Spinning, by Tillie Walden

Walden spent more than a decade of her young life as a competitive figure skater, and her graphic memoir Spinning details her mixed feelings toward the sport and how she gradually gathered the courage to quit when it became something she no longer wanted to do. She also reflects on a growing affinity for art and tentative steps into a relationship with her first girlfriend.

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Kendal Spires
Collection Development Analyst, EBSCO

Kendal Spires is a Collection Development Analyst on EBSCO’s Core Collections team, with a specialty in (and love for) comics/graphic novels and adult fiction. She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama and has served as a juror for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries.

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