We recently took a staff survey of our favorite books, movies, and CDs from the past year. We had a ton of nominations, and found that we agree most on movies! Here are the results:

Top Ten 2017 Releases:

  1. Thor: Ragnarok
  2. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by MacKenzi Lee
  3. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett
  4. Wonder Woman
  5. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Get Out
  9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  10. (tie) Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Melodrama by Lorde


We had so many other favorites and we want to share those with you too! Look below to find a staff recommendation you'll love!

Things to Read:

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

By Your Side by Kasie West

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Sharif

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American West by Tom Clavin

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick by Brick by Gerard Way

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

Enraged: Why Violent Times Need Ancient Greek Myths by Emily Katz Anhalt

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (read by Eddie Redmayne)

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

The Flintlock Musket: Brown Bess and Charleville 1715-1865 by Stuart Reid

Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism by Camille Paglia

Frogkisser! By Garth Nix

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading by Anne Gisleson

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by MacKenzi Lee

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

Hunger: A Memoir by Roxane Gay

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

It’s Shoe Time! By Mo Willems

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Powell

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

Motor Girl Vol. 1 by Terry Moore

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam’s Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen

Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

Snotgirl, Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Maley

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Struggle by Jennifer Armentrout

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger Hodge

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

This is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection form the Palestine Festival of Literature

This is Our Constitution: Discover American with a Gold Star Father by Khizr Khan

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Til Death by Jennifer Armentrout

Triangle by Mac Barnett

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brachares

Whose Moon is That? by Kim Krans

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Word by Word: the Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie


 Things to Listen To:

Call Me by Your Name (Soundtrack)

Crack Up by Fleet Foxes

Ctrl by SZA

Damn by Kendrick Lamar

El Dorado by Shakira

Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator

Flying Microtonal Banana by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Humble by Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama by Lorde

Now that the Light is Fading by Maggie Rogers

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear

Polygonwandaland by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Rainbow by Kesha

This Old Dog by Mac Demarco

You Want it Darker by Leonard Cohen


Things to Watch:

Beauty and the Beast

The Big Sick

Call the Midwife


Fire at Sea

Get Out

The Girl on the Train

The Good Place

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2



Spider-Man: Homecoming

Star Trek: Discovery

Thor: Ragnarok

The Vietnam War

The Walking Dead Season 7

Wind River


Wonder Woman