2021 Staff Favorites

The books, movies, television, and music we enjoyed this year! Titles are linked up to the catalog so you can easily read more about the tiles and/or place holds.

Adult Fiction
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig (paranormal)
Brood by Jackie Polzin (domestic, psychological)
Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar (thriller)
Come With Me by Ronald Malfi (thriller)
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (thriller)
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (romance)
The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (historical)
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly (historical)
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (thriller)
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (cozy mystery)
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin (domestic)
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena (thriller)
Off the Wild Coast of Brittany by Juliet Blackwell (historical)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (science fiction)
The Push by Ashley Audrain (thriller)
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary (romance)

Adult Non-fiction
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (essays)
The Babysitter: My Summers With a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman (true crime, biography)
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig (psychology, self-help)
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner (autobiography)
How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family by Sonora Jha (parenting, culture)
Liquids Till Lunch by MaryRuth Ghiyam (health)
Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Dye, Repair Love Your Wardrobe: A Slow-fashion Guide by Katrina Rodabaugh (domestic)
Rememberings by Sinead O’Connor (autobiography)
The Renunciations: Poems by Donika Kelly (poems)
Sincerely, Your Autistic Child (essays, parenting)
Steve Kerr: A Life by Scott Howard Cooper (biography)
An Unapologetic Cookbook by Joshua Weissman (cookbook)
What Cats Want by Yuki Hattori (animals)

YA Books
My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (historical)
The Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley (thriller)
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (mystery)
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (mystery)
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon (historical)
That Weekend by Kara Thomas (thriller)
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore (fantasy)

Easy Picture Book
Invasion of the Unicorns by David Biedrzycki (humorous)

Nobody (action, thriller)
Here Today (comedy)
12 Mighty Orphans(sports, historical)
A Quiet Place II
The World to Come

The Brokenwood Mysteries (mystery)
The Heart Guy (medical, drama)
Mare of Eastown (mystery)

Clickbait (Streaming on Netflix)
Dopesick (Streaming on Hulu)
History of Swear Words
(Streaming on Netflix)
Lupin (Streaming on Netflix)
Never Have I Ever (Streaming on Netflix)
Only Murders in the Building (Streaming on Hulu)
Squid Games
(Streaming on Netflix)
Ted Lasso (Streaming on Apple+)
You (Streaming on Netflix)

If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power by Halsey (pop, rock)
Long Lost by Lord Huron (rock)
Niratias by Chevelle (rock)
No Gods No Masters by Garbage (rock)
No One Sings Like You Anymore by Chris Cornell (rock)
Nowhere Generation by Rise Against (rock)
Obviously by Lake Street Dive (rock)
Soberish by Liz Phair (rock)
Van Weezer by Weezer (rock)
We Are by Jon Batiste (jazz)
When You See Yourself by Kings of Leon (rock)
Equals by Ed Sheeran (pop)
Human by OneRepublic (rock)

Honorable mentions (materials released in prior years but consumed in 2021)
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill (horror fiction, 2019)
The Durrells in Corfu (historical television show, 2016-2019)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (fantasy)
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (YA fantasy, 2002)
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (fantasy fiction, 2020)
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson and J. Conrad (science fiction, 2020)