GoodReads Choice Awards 2019

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The very popular book tracking/reviewing site GoodReads polls all their readers every year to find out which book in each genre is their favorite. Here are their results.


Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers
Description: "Lyrics to seventy-five songs from the children's television programs Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and The Children's Corner, collected and presented as an illustrated treasury of poems. Lyrics explore topics such as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, and imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 811.6 Rog
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox, Paul Brissman, Ted Allen
Description: Antoni Porowski, the food guru and breakout star of the Netflix smash hit "Queer Eye," unveils the stylishly accessible, healthy recipes fans have been waiting for.
Call Number: 641.5 Por
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Description: "Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she's pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Ali Wong
Description: Ali Wong offers sharp insights and humor are quite personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Won
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Description: "Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: YA FIC Lip
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Rachel (Event planner) Hollis
Description: "I believe we can change the world. But first, we've got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are." Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they're afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. [A]uthor and founder of a [...] media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people -- whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee -- instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.
Call Number: 158.1 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Leigh Bardugo
Description: "Galaxy 'Alex' Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless 'tombs' are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Jonathan Van Ness
Description: Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? It hasn't always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn't understand why he was so over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the fact that he was gay, Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma--yet none of it crushed his effervescent spirit. Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. Jonathan shares never-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. There's much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.
Call Number: B Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks, Sarah (Colorist) Stern
Description: "Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different -- Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn't ready to let him. She's got a plan: What if -- instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut -- they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he's been mooning over for three years ... What if their last shift was an adventure? Writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place -- and a person -- with no regrets."-- Amazon.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Blake Crouch
Description: New York City cop Barry Sutton investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome--a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. Neuroscientist Helena Smith dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it. But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them? -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Casey McQuiston
Description: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids. The plan for damage control: stage a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex soon discovers that beneath Henry's Prince Charming veneer, there's a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her re-election bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC McQ
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Laurie Halse Anderson
Description: Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.
Call Number: YA 811 And
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Hallie Rubenhold
Description: The untold story of the women killed by Jack the Ripper--and a portrait of Victorian London. Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from some of London's wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods, from the factory towns of middle England, and from Wales and Sweden. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped human traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century newspapers have been keen to tell us that 'the Ripper' preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Rubenhold sets the record straight, revealing a world of Dickens and Queen Victoria, of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 364.15 Rub
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
Description: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents, telekinesis, and telepathy, who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, 'like the roach motel,' Kalisha says. 'You check in, but you don't check out.' In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Alex Michaelides
Description: Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia's refusal to talk or give any kind of explanation turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the spotlight of the tabloids at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His search for the truth leads him down a terrifying path and threatens to consume him.
Call Number: FIC Mic
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Margaret Atwood, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi
Description: This sequel to The Handmaid's Tale picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
Call Number: FIC Atw
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Rick Riordan
Description: "It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced." -- amazon.com
Call Number: YA FIC Rio
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Holly Black, Caitlin Kelly
Description: Jude must keep her younger brother safe and to do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Cardan does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains strong. Someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves. She must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz
Description: Licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. Doughty's new book blends her scientific understanding of the body and the history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five urgent questions posed by her youngest fans. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.9 Dou
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 10, 2019
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: GoodReads Choice Awards 2019
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood : The Poetry Of Mister Rogers
Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers
J 811.6 Rog
Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston
FIC McQ
Antoni In The Kitchen
Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox, Paul Brissman, Ted Allen
641.5 Por
Shout [Audiobook]
Laurie Halse Anderson
YA 811 And
Daisy Jones & The Six : A Novel
Taylor Jenkins Reid
FIC Rei
The Five : The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper
Hallie Rubenhold
364.15 Rub
Dear Girls : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice For Living Your Best Life
Ali Wong
B Won
The Institute [Audiobook]
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
FIC Kin
Five Feet Apart
Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
YA FIC Lip
The Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides
FIC Mic
Girl, Stop Apologizing : A Shame-free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals
Rachel (Event planner) Hollis
158.1 Hol
The Testaments [Audiobook]
Margaret Atwood, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi
FIC Atw
Ninth House
Leigh Bardugo
FIC Bar
The Tyrant's Tomb
Rick Riordan
YA FIC Rio
Over The Top : A Raw Journey To Self-love
Jonathan Van Ness
B Van
The Wicked King [Audiobook]
Holly Black, Caitlin Kelly
YA FIC Bla
Pumpkinheads
Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks, Sarah (Colorist) Stern
YA FIC Row
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? : Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death
Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz
306.9 Dou
Recursion : A Novel
Blake Crouch
FIC Cro