KCLS Staff Selects Best Books of 2017

When it comes to the hottest books of the past 365 days, who better to ask than the ravenous readers that work behind the counter at King County Library System branches?

Each year, the staff at KCLS endeavors to read lots of books and lots of book reviews to develop their Best Books List which outlines the year’s 25 best in fiction, non-fiction, teens, and kids literature.

“We want to represent the diversity of our collection, so we try to have something for everyone, but each book on the list was read and loved by KCLS staff,” said Readers’ Services Specialist Emily Calkins.

The process is not an easy one — after all reading is a subjective experience — but ultimately, the staff chooses books which are skillfully written with popular appeal which yields a list full of both well-known best sellers and hidden gems.

The hardest part of compiling the list is narrowing the choices down to just 25 books per category.

“In the end there are always more great books than we can possibly include,” Calkins said. “We’re looking for a balanced list that represents all the different aspects of our collection, so taking that balance into account becomes part of the way that things make the cut – or don’t.”

The 2017 list runs the gamut between suspenseful thrillers like Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders to hilarious memoirs like Alyssa Mastromonaco’s Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

The staff at KCLS said all the books on this year’s list are well-stocked and ready for check out. However, if you are unable to find an available copy, simply log into your KCLS account and place a hold on your book of choice. An automated email will be sent to you when your book is available for pick up at your local branch.

For the full list, visit KCLS online.

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