OC Public Libraries Best of 2016: The Best We Read from Previous Years

So many books, so little time! Even Library staff can't get to all the latest and greatest titles when they're brand new, so we're also sharing OC Public Libraries Top 5 Books Read in 2016 (any publication date):

1. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman 
Although it's a few years old already, this charming Swedish tale of a neighborhood's curmudgeon and the young family that breaks through his crusty shell has really taken off in 2016. 

2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr 
This powerful, intricate, and ultimately uplifting World War II saga won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015, and continues to be a book group favorite. 

3. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
Hannah is well-loved for her contemporary fiction, and this venture into historical fiction has paid off; her story of two sisters encompasses the epic panorama of war as well as the intimate history and strength of women. With a movie adaptation coming soon, the popularity of The Nightingale should continue.

4. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
At once old fashioned and thoroughly modern, Tartt's massive saga of loss, grief, and the power of art is a love it or hate it ride through prep school, desert hallucinations, and organized crime.

5. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Brief but powerful, this is both a literary exploration of America's racial history and a deeply personal letter to the author's son about the risks and potential of having a black body in America. It's beautifully written (and read by the author on audio), and an important, if heartbreaking, read.

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