2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

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 Testaments by Margaret Atwood
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Mystery & Thriller
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Historical Fiction
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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Science Fiction
Recursion by Blake Crouch
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The Institute by Stephen King
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
Memoir & Autobiography
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness
History & Biography
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Science & Technology
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
Food & Cookbooks
Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski


Graphic Novels & Comics
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson
Debut Novel
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Young Adult
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis
Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Middle Grade & Children’s
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
Picture Books
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers and Josie Carey with illustrations by Luke Flowers

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Book Review: The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal


The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

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.

Review by Sara McEachern, APL Support Librarian

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book By Two (or More!) Authors

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!
FaceOff by David Baldacci


The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Happy Reading!

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