Throughout the year you depend on our booksellers to steer you towards your next favorite book. And during the holidays, we're here to recommend that special book for your Father-in-Law who's always into the latest kitchen craze, or your best friend who insists that you watch every episode of the Golden Girls. I imagine that many people assume recommending books is as easy as handing someone your favorite book and calling it good. But some of us have really weird taste and not everyone is going to like that book about an alternate history US in which the bayou is overrun by feral hippos and patrolled by a bunch of mercenary hippo wranglers (which is really too bad, 'cause it's GOOD). As booksellers we often have to reccomend books outside our natural reading inclinations; we have to actively supress that love of feral hippo river fight scenes in order to make sure we get the right book in your hands.
But the end of the year, that's all for us. The end of the year means bookseller top ten lists. Lists made up of our favorite books, with not a care given to whether or not those books will appeal to anyone else... though they usually do, and you'd be remiss to ignore them, because in the end, we really do have pretty good taste in books.
I'll be rolling out our individual lists throughout the next couple weeks, but I wanted to give you a little teaser of our collective favorite books of the year. I've polled our nearly 50 employees across three stores and come up with a pretty amazing list of our Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.
Here they are in not much of any order: