Your Reference Librarians' Top Picks from 2023

Friends and family members often comment that it must be nice to "read at work all day". While that's definitely not the case, we do get through plenty of books, movies, and TV shows in our free time! Below, you'll find some of the Adult Reference Librarians' favorite books, movies, and shows of the year. Did you know that we also provide custom reading, watching, and game recs that are tailored to your tastes? To learn more, click HERE.

Annalisa's Picks

America Fantastica by Tim O'Brien

Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Girls and Their Horses by Eliza Jane Brazier

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones by Dolly Parton

Barbie, film by Greta Gerwig

Erin's Picks

Knockout by Sarah Maclean

Identity by Nora Roberts

Vengeance of the Pirate Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

Exes and O's by Amy Lea

Jen's Picks

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

PawPrint Cats: A New Understanding (Libby magazine)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Your Cat (Libby magazine)

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

Karen's Picks

Landlines by Raynor Winn

Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater by Peggy Orenstein

Old God's Time by Sebastian Barry

The Lock-Up by John Banville

Berlin by Bea Setton

And Finally: Matters of Life and Death by Henry Marsh

What You Are Looking for is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

The Secret Hours by Mick Herron

Kate's Picks

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Hang the Moon by Jeanette Walls

Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes

Everyone in My Family has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney

Krista's Picks

The Paleontologist by Luke Dumas

The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Chinese Groove by Kathryn Ma

Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline

Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

Summer Reading by Jenn McKinlay

None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

Lydia's Picks

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian

The World Wasn’t Ready for You by Justin C. Key

The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter

Witch King by Marsha Wells

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon

Happiness Falls by Angie Kim