Library's favorite books read in 2023

We asked our staff what they loved reading this year. Here are their answers.
 Book TitleGenreAuthor(s)Staff comments/name
 The Eleventh Hour
The Adventure Zone: The Eleventh Hour
Fantasy/HumorClint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, Carey PietschFun adventure based on a Dungeons & Dragons Podcast! -- Emmi, Library Specialist
I'm Glad my mom died by Jennette McCurdy book cover
I'm Glad My Mom Died
BiographyJennette McCurdyA Haunting biography about parental abuse and child fame. My heart broke for her over and over again. -- Autumn, Library Specialist
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Fourth Wing
FantasyRebecca YarrosThis book kept me hooked from page one! High fantasy, epic world-building and characters you root for make this book a must read! -- Autumn, Library Specialist 
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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
Historical Non-fictionDavid GrannA historical thriller, suspenseful and engaging. David Grann is a master storyteller, drawing on a trove of firsthand accounts. -- Debbie, Library Specialist
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Crow Mary
Montana Historical FictionKathleen GrissomA historical saga inspired by the true story of Crow Mary. This is an ambitious account of bravery and initiative of a Crow woman who married a white fur trader in the late 1800s Montana. -- Debbie, Library Specialist
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Murtagh (Sequel to the Inheritance Series)
YA FantasyChristopher PaoliniA great reunion for Eragon fans, this follow-up will not disappoint. Murtagh is well characterized and he causes the story to happen and moves the plot through his actions and choices. -- Debbie, Library Specialist
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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Civil RightsIsabel WilkersonI found this book to be fascinating, informative and heartbreaking. Although I have read many books in this genre, this book presented a lot of new info and history. -- Amanda, Library Specialist
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The Blood of Olympus
YA/FantasyRick RiordanAn amazing conclusion to the second Percy Jackson series. I'm not ashamed to say that this book made me cry more than once while reading! -- Ian, Resource Sharing Coordinator
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YA Fiction/poetryLisa FippsA short, powerful book. A great read for anyone who has ever felt like they take up too much space. It proves there is room for everyone! -- Ian, Resource Sharing Coordinator
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System Collapse
Science FictionMartha WellsThe latest book in Martha's Murderbot Diaries series is a spectacular entry in a spectacular series full of Murderbot's iconic snark. This is a book that changed my brain chemistry! -- Reed, Library Specialist AND Susie, Library Director 
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah book cover
The Nightingale
Historical FictionKristin HannahThis book made me laugh out loud, cry in front of strangers and gasp in horror. It is an absolute masterpiece. -- Sarah, Community Engagement Coordinator
Many Daughers of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford book cover
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
FictionJamie FordJamie Ford weaves narratives together between multiple time periods, and multiple characters yet you never feel lost. I couldn't put this down! -- Jake, Communications Coordinator
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The Saturday Night Ghost Club
FictionCraig DavidsonThere's so much more to this book than you'd assume by its cover. It is easily one of my favorites! An adult brain surgeon is reflecting on spooky childhood experiences and reveals how vulnerable our minds can be! -- Jess, Bookmobile Coordinator
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These Infinite Threads
FantasyTahereh MafiThis is book two in the Woven Kingdom series. It has great romance, magic and an enchanting seamstress. -- Susie, Library Director
The Olympian Affair by Jim Butcher book cover
The Olympian Affair
FantasyJim ButcherThe second book in the Cinder Spires series, it has talking cats, magic and pirates! -- Susie, Library Director
The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik book cover
The Golden Enclaves
FantasyNaomi NovikA fantastic finale to the Scholomance Series. See how Galadriel survives graduation and saves the world! -- Susie, Library Director
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate book cover
Myth of Normal
Non-fictionGabor MatéAn insightful look at the causes of illness - understanding trauma and the connections to physical health. -- Susie, Library Director
 Native Peoples
The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History
HistoryNed BlackhawkThis book rewrites US history from the point of view of the Indigenous People who were on this continent millennia before the Europeans colonized. I recommend reading it and taking it seriously! -- Jessica, Board Member
He who fights monsters
He Who Fights With Monsters
FantasyTravis Deverell

This is a book for anyone who is a fan of isekai, video games, and flippant Aussie humor. A hilarious yet genuine, epic fantasy story. -- Reed, Library Specialist

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Sufficiently Advanced Magic
FantasyAndrew Rowe

With a story where the epic fantasy machinations take a backseat to personal goals, friendships and allegiances are never unchanging. This book kept me guessing for the whole read. -- Reed, Library Specialist

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FantasyWill Wight

The final book in the Cradle series does an amazing job of tying up the whole series, showcasing the epic atmosphere of a cultivation/xianxia story's finale. -- Reed, Library Specialist 

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Great Falls, MT : Fast Times, Post-punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again
Memoir/HumorReggie WattsReggie's love letter to Great Falls is filled with spectacular insight into his upbringing and what made him who he is. It's a refreshing side to the man that other comics rarely show with such honesty and wit. -- Jake, Communications Coordinator
We Had a Little Real Estate Problem by Kliph Nesteroff book cover
We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: the Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy 
Creative NonfictionKliph Nesteroff

This book tells the little known history of Native Americans in comedy, how they helped influence the landscape of modern comedy, and emphasizes the importance of laughter and joy across Native cultures. -- Reed, Library Specialist 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
FictionAlix E. HarrowI really enjoyed this book! -- Isa, Library Clerk, Technical Services
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, book cover
A Deadly Education
FictionNaomi NovikAnother Fantastic book! -- Isa, Library Clerk, Technical Services
Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder book cover
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
AutobiographyGene WilderThis is a must-read for anyone who may be feeling disheartened by humanity. Gene Wilder was a loving, genuine, and hilarious man! -- Jake. Communications Coordinator
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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
Historical FictionShannon Chakraborty A genre buster! Historical fiction and fantasy. Magic and mayhem on the high seas; a female pirate on the Indian Ocean. -- Debbie, Library Specialist