As you can expect, the librarians and staff at APL read a lot of books in 2019. While it was hard to narrow down a select few from the hundreds that we read, here are a few of our favorite books from 2019:
It’s that time of the year again when Goodreads readers vote on their favorite books published in 2019. Over 4.6 million Goodreads users voted for books across 20 different categories. Here are the winners:
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal follows multiple generations of a family in Minnesota and their struggles and successes as they work to survive. Edith and her younger sister, Helen, aren’t particularly close growing up and that distance only grows after their father leaves his entire inheritance to Helen, cutting Edith out. While Helen builds a successful brewery, Edith squeaks out a meager living baking award-winning pies at various jobs and working extra shifts at Arby’s, eventually bringing her teenage granddaughter, Diana, into her home. The three women lead very different lives that all come to the same conclusion: beer.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota is a sweet, sometimes bitter and emotional story brimming with strong female characters that are easy to root for. You’ll learn more about brewing and the craft beer revolution than you ever expected. Stradal’s down-to-earth writing really makes this book. And while he didn’t craft the most complex characters you’ll see in fiction, you’ll find yourself cheering alongside them as they find their way.
Interested in brewing your own beers? Learn more about homebrewing here and the craft beer revolution here.
The 2019 Reading Challenges are here! Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.
We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book by two (or more!) authors.”
What’s better than a book with one author? A book with two (or more) — the more the merrier! Below, we’ve highlighted some great books that really show two (or more) heads are better than one!