So many books, so little time! Even Library staff can't get to all the latest and greatest titles when they're brand new, so we're also sharing OC Public Libraries Top 5 Books Read in 2016 (any publication date):
1. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
Although it's a few years old already, this charming Swedish tale of a neighborhood's curmudgeon and the young family that breaks through his crusty shell has really taken off in 2016.
2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This powerful, intricate, and ultimately uplifting World War II saga won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015, and continues to be a book group favorite.
3. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
Hannah is well-loved for her contemporary fiction, and this venture into historical fiction has paid off; her story of two sisters encompasses the epic panorama of war as well as the intimate history and strength of women. With a movie adaptation coming soon, the popularity of The Nightingale should continue.
4. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
At once old fashioned and thoroughly modern, Tartt's massive saga of loss, grief, and the power of art is a love it or hate it ride through prep school, desert hallucinations, and organized crime.
5. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Brief but powerful, this is both a literary exploration of America's racial history and a deeply personal letter to the author's son about the risks and potential of having a black body in America. It's beautifully written (and read by the author on audio), and an important, if heartbreaking, read.