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Looking for something to watch, read or listen to? Check out some of our favorite books, DVDs, and music from 2017. 

All titles are available at the La Crosse Public Library (check the library catalog for availablity or to make a reservation), or can be accessed electronically from one of our digital library services

Lists compiled by La Crosse Public Library staff:


Favorite Books of 2017
by Dawn, Youth Services Manager

  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (teen)
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman (adult fiction)
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (teen)
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (teen)
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  (Juvenile)
  • Little Robot by Ben Hatke  (Juvenile)
  • Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Holt (Juvenile)
  • This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (adult)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Juvenile)
  • The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick (Juvenile)
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (teen)
  • We Are Growing by Laurie Keller (Beginning reader)
  • Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perleman (adult cookbook)


Favorites of 2017
by Scott, Archivist, La Crosse Public Library Archives

  • Nonfiction
    • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
    • Endurance: a Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
    • The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chief of Staffs Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple
    • Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
    • The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA by Doug Mack
  • Fiction
    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    • Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen
    • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson
    • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuval
    • Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
    • The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
    • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
    • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    • The Dry by Jane Harper
    • Conclace by Robert Harris
  • DVDs
    • A Ghost Story
    • Baby Driver
    • Rogue One
    • Get Out
    • 20th Century Woman
    • Hidden Figures
    • Moonlight
    • Nocturnal Animals
    • Arrival
    • Fences


Favorite Fantasy Novels Read in 2017
by Sandie, Library Assistant

  1. Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  2. Sip by Allen Carr
  3. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  4. Children of the Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  6. Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan
  7. Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy by Brian Staveley


    Favorite Books Read in 2017
    by Bridget, Library Assistant

    • Fiction
      • Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
      • Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
      • Gods and Angels by David Park
      • How I Became North Korean by Krys Lee
      • Human Acts by Han Kang
    • Nonfiction
      • A Colony in a Nation by Christopher Hayes
      • Drawdown: the Most Comprehensive Plan ever Proposed to Reduce Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken
      • Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters by Louis Uchitelle
      • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
      • Whereas by Lavli Long Soldier


    Favorites from 2017
    by Noreen, Electronic Resources & Periodicals Librarian

    • Fiction
      • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: a thrilling fantasty novel (first in a series) with a Russian setting
      • The Old Man by Thomas Perry: a 60-year-old retiree finds himself back on the run when someone associated with a 35-year-old army intelligence operation gone wrong discovers he's still alive
      • After the Crown by K.B. Wagers: Gunrunner-turned-empress Hail Bristol has to defend her throne from challenges on-planet and off in this sequel to 2016's Behind the Crown. Wagers is a masterful action writer who also creates characters with enough vulnerability to draw you in.
    • Cookbooks
      • My Master Recipes by Patricia Wells: Wells provides a master recipe to illustrate a particular technique (braising, simmering, grilling, etc) and lists a number of variations to give a coko more confidence in the kitchen
      • Simple Green Suppers by Susie Middleton: By pairing fresh in-season produce with staple ingredients (eggs, noodles, grains, beans, greens, etc), Susie Middleton makes vegetarian suppers easy to pull off. With some made-ahead ingredients, most of the recipes come together in under 30 minutes.
    • Audiobooks from Overdrive
      • The Irish Country Series  by Patrick Taylor (An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village and An Irish Country Girl): These are not new, but they were new to me in 2017. The Irish accents make these audiobooks a joy to listen to. My favorite of the three titles is An Irish Country Girl, which is the best ghost story I've ever heard.


    Favorites from 2017
    Peter, Library Assistant

    • All the Beauty in this Whole Life by Brother Ali (sound recording)
    • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville
    • The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time by Brooke Gladstone
    • Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele (video recording)


    Favorite Christian Authors and Novels of 2017
    by Carla, Associate Archives Librarian

    • Top Five Christian Fiction Authors
      1. Lynn Austin
      2. Francine Rivers
      3. Lisa Wingate
      4. Randy Singer
      5. Robert Whitlow
    • Top Five Christian Novels of 2017
      1. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
      2. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin
      3. A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow
      4. High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin
      5. What the Bishop Saw by Vanetta Chapman


    Favorite Young Adult Fiction
    by Linda, Teen Librarian

    • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
    • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon
    • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
    • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
    • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani


    Favorite Music and Movies
    by Joe, Communications Coordinator

    • New Music Available on Hoopla
    1. Bedouine (Self-titled debut album)
    2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
    3. 50 Song Memoir by the Magnetic Fields
    4. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
    5. Melodrama by Lorde
    • Favorite DVDs of 2017
    1. mother!
    2. The Handmaiden
    3. Moonlight
    4. A Ghost Story
    5. Personal Shopper
    6. Beatriz at Dinner
    7. Loving
    8. Certain Women
    9. Get Out
    10. Wonder Woman