Top 10 in 2019: Adult & Kids Reading

It's the time of year where every once in a while, it's nice to just curl up and read a good book at home.

These are stories ranging from how Michelle Obama became one of the most powerful women in the country, to a group of perfect strangers, and a good dog teaming up with an evil cat for the greater good.

Here are our top picked books from the past year:

Cover art of Becoming by Michelle Obama

1. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

Obama chronicles the experiences that shaped her life from the South Side of Chicago to Princeton and Harvard Law and on to the White House.

2. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

A young hermit known as the “Marsh Girl” is pulled back into the world when a handsome young man is found dead in this heartbreaking coming-of-age story.

3. "Nine Perfect Strangers" by Liane Moriarty

Nine guests at a secluded spa begin to have doubts about what’s really happening and why they are there. 

4. "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover

Westover’s harrowing memoir of growing up the child of religious survivalists in Idaho, but wanting an education.

5. "The Reckoning" by John Grisham

A Southern Gothic legal thriller in which Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son commits a shocking crime.

6. "Look Alive Twenty-Five" by Janet Evanovich

The last three managers at the Red River Deli have disappeared leaving only one shoe. Enter Stephanie Plum to fill the manager’s shoes and figure out what’s going on.

7. "Long Road to Mercy" by David Baldacci

The series starting thriller introducing FBI Agent Atlee Pine, the lone agent assigned to protecting the Grand Canyon.

8. "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris

A novel based on interviews with Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Ludwig Sokolov who used his position to try and help fellow prisoners.

9. "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

Leni’s damaged former POW father moves the family to Alaska in search of a new beginning, but his increased instability leaves them unprepared for a long hard winter.

10. "The Woman in the Window" by A. J. Finn

An agoraphobic woman witnesses something she shouldn’t while spying on her neighbors. Soon to be a movie featuring Amy Adams.


Top Kids Picks

1. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio

This incredible story about a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity challenges readers to stand up for kindness, empathy and compassion.

2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J. K. Rowling

Originally published in 1997 under the British title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, this novel starts the boarding school magic series involving the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Harry Potter series, Book 1)

3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney

School’s out for summer and Greg Heffley’s mom has just roped the whole family into going on a family vacation via an overloaded minivan. All manner of absurd events arise. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Book 9)

4. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year after a hideous summer with his unkind family. A spirit named Moaning Myrtle is just one of the many troubles this new school year. (Harry Potter series, Book 2)

5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley and his family need to escape for the holidays, but paradise in the sun is more like pestilence with no fun. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Book 12)

6. “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood after learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Book 1)

7. “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

New and old characters appear in this new visit to Camp Half-Blood where friends work together with demigods to ward off evil lords. (The Heroes of Olympus series, Book 1)

8. “Lord of the Fleas” by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man is a funny graphic novel series involving a character who is on a quest for justice. When baddies come to town Dog Man gets help from a kitten, a robot and most unexpectedly, from Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. (Dog Man series, Book 5)

9. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney

After getting pressure from his mom to back off from video games, Greg Heffley recruits his best friend Rowley, to film a scary movie. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Book 11)

10. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are young wizards that investigate an escaped prisoner from Azkaban who may be in cahoots with Lord Voldemort. (Harry Potter series, Book 3)

 New Year, New Reads

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