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Amanda's Best Ofs for 2017

December 28, 2017

Everybody does an end of the year Best Of list. But you've never seen one like this before!

So working at library offers me the opportunity to read A LOT of books each year. These are the ones that I liked the most. They might not be the most normal categories, but these books are awesome and you should read them.
1. Best Book I Read All Year: Most folks save their best for last, but this one is so good, I wanted to mention it first. This book is a slow-reveal that makes you fall in love with Eleanor while keeping you guessing. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. (Fiction)[[nid:3294]]
2. Best Book by an Astronaut Who's Also on TV: Admittedly this might be a pretty narrow category to have a lot of contenders, but I liked this book enough to mention it again. So watch The Big Bang Theory, read this one, and get your science geek on. (Nonfiction)[[nid:3295]]
3. Best Cookbooks (tie): Ok, I get that these two might not be political allies, but basiscally I just wanted to learn how to make challah, babka, and apfelkuchen. So far, everything I've tried has come out uber yummy. Mazel tov! [[nid:3296]] [[nid:3297]]
4. Best Book about a Guy Who Likes to Kill Things: Not usually my genre of choice, but I must admit I love me some Deadpool. I'm not a fan of the Mercs for Money run, but I'm totally shipping Shiklah and DP. I loved this one and can't wait for the movie. (Here is the best trailer you've ever seen.) (Graphic Novel) [[nid:3299]]
5. Best Thing that Wasn't a Book: It's soap-opera-y, features lots of good music, and I want to be like Cookie (without the whole going to jail for 17 years thing). I love this show and binged all of Season 3 from the library in 3 days. If you aren't watching this, you should be. (DVD) [[nid:3300]]
6. Best Other Fiction Book That I Wanted to Mention: By and large, I love Joshilyn Jackson and this one was no exception. Add in a main character comic book artist and a mega-twist at the end that I totally missed and you have the recipe for a really enjoyable read. (Fiction...duh) [[nid:3301]]
7. Best Book that I Read by Accident: I don't remember how I found this one, but as soon as I saw it I was intrigued. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Who knew that Rubik's Cube would be so captivating? (nonfiction) [[nid:3302]]
So that's my list. Looking back, these were a lot of fun to read over the year. Here's hoping 2018 is as good!

Happy reading in the New Year...
:) Amanda

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Amanda is a classically-trained pianist who loves to read. Like any good librarian, she also has two cats named after Italian cities. Amanda spends her free time sitting in Nashville traffic, baking, and running the Interlibrary Loan office at the Nashville Public Library.