Top Ten Staff Favorites Part 1

The end of the year is upon us and, as you might expect, we booksellers read a fair number of books. So, just for fun, we're compiling lists of our top ten favorite books of the year.  This is just part one, and I'm putting them in alphabetical order starting with....


Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
Dominic by William Steig
Inferno by Dante
Desires and Dreams and Powers: Collected Stories by Rosamund Hodge
Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell
The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo







In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Exhalation by Ted Chiang 
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate 
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman







Grand Union by Zadie Smith
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Bicycle Day by Brian Blomerth
Waterland by Graham Swift
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell
Brat by Michael Deforge
Overpour by Jane Wong







This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers
Conscious by Annaka Harris
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie







Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Jackpot by Nic Stone
blended by Sharon Draper
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Unpresidented by Martha Brockenbrough
If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano







Underland - Robert Macfarlane
Taboo - Kim Scott
Stay & Fight - Madeleine ffitch
Nothing to See Here - Kevin Wilson
Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The People in the Trees - Hanya Yanagihara
Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams
Trust Exercise - Susan Choi
Pnin - Vladimir Nabokov







The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Aug 9 - Fog by Kathryn Scanlon
Dig by A.S. King
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab








Moon of the Crusted Snow Waubgeshig Rice
The Salt Path Raynor Winn
Heavy Kiese Laymon
The Gone Dead Chanelle Benz
Year of the Monkey Patti Smith
Flash Count Diary Darcey Steinke
Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead
There, There Tommy Orange
Educated Tara Westover
Red, White, and Royal Blue Casey McQuiston






This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Belzebubs by AP Ahonen
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Frankly in Love by David Yoon







Chestnut Man by Soren Sveisrup
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
Double Life by Flynn Berry
Expats by Chris Pavone
Old Bones by Preston & Child
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Cold Storage by David Koepp
Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
Godmother by Hannelore Cayre