There are a lot of favorite reads list going around this time of year, but ours is the best! Below are the favorite books PFL staff read this year.

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault

Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening by Peter Burke

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Ten On a Twig by Lo Cole

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr

Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem by Kate DiCamillo

Mike Bowditch Mysteries by Paul Doiron

“The highlight of my literary year was reading the entire series. Love the characters, the mystery (the ill-fated romance[s]) and, of course, the familiar Maine setting.” 

Boogie Boogie, Y’all by C. G. Esperanza

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Maphead by Ken Jennings

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

“Loved it so much that a quarter of the way into my ILL copy I had to go out and buy my own copy!”

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

“So well composed.”

The Sum of Us by Heather C. McGhee

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

The Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio

“Could not put it down for a second. I studied abroad in Cuba and it was fun to “travel back” there through this book.”

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

“I really loved this book. Not least because my parents lived through the Depression and I couldn’t help but wonder if they knew about these giraffes and followed the story as many did during these very difficult years.”

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

The Book of Eels By Patrik Svensson  

Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow 

Cutting for Stone and The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin

Frankly, in Love by David Yoon