The Best Books: Book Recommendations from the Multnomah County LibraryAdults

Given by Multnomah County Library

157 Works 56,011 Books 2,316 Reviews ½ 4.0
Best Books is the library’s list of our favorite titles of the year — the books our staff and volunteers have loved. Whether you’re a fan of beautifully illustrated picture books, suspense show more stories that will keep you guessing, or the latest graphic novels, we have you covered.

Use the tags on the left to narrow the choices to find exactly the kinds of books that you enjoy. And if you want more suggestions, or a list of titles based on your reading tastes, feel free to reach out to us through our My Librarian service. Happy reading!
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Categories:
All, Adults (157), Kids (74), Teens (67)
Years:
All, 2023 (137), 2022 (20)
WorkYear
Fermenter: DIY Fermentation for Vegan Fare, Including Recipes for Krauts, Pickles, Koji, Tempeh, Nut- & Seed-Based Cheeses, Fermented Beverages & What to Do with Them by Aaron Adams
2023
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
2023
A Country You Can Leave by Asale Angel-Ajani
2023
The Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa
2023
Hoop Muses: An Insider’s Guide to Pop Culture and the (Women’s) Game by Seimone Augustus
2023
Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree
2023
Sure, I'll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere by Maria Bamford
2023
The Hexologists by Josiah Bancroft
2023
Hi Honey, I'm Homo! Sitcoms, Specials, and the Queering of American Culture by Matt Baume
2023
Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
2023
Wolfish: Wolf, Self, and the Stories We Tell About Fear by Erica Berry
2023
To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose
2023
Mimosa by Archie Bongiovanni
2023
Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley
2023
Strong Female Character by Fern Brady
2023
All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley
2023
Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family by Rabia Chaudry
2023
Catwoman: Lonely City by Cliff Chiang
2023
Carmilla: The First Vampire by Amy Chu
2023
Cursed Bunny: Stories by Bora Chung
2023
Monica by Daniel Clowes
2023
I Felt the End Before It Came: Memoirs of a Queer Ex-Jehovah's Witness by Daniel Allen Cox
2023
A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of The Endangered Species Act by Allen Crawford
2023
The Ferryman by Justin Cronin
2023
Running up that Hill: 50 Visions of Kate Bush by Tom Doyle
2023
Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden by Camille T. Dungy
2023
Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook by Sohla El-Waylly
2023
Saving Emma by Allen Eskens
2023
The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores
2023
What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo
2023
The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths by Brad Fox
2023
Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry by CMarie Fuhrman
2023
Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby
2023
Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld
2023
Maame by Jessica George
2023
The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: A Speculative Memoir of Transracial Adoption by Shannon Gibney
2023
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann
2023
Not Dead Yet!! by Ramon/a Gravez
2023
Red Rabbit by Alex Grecian
2023
Menewood by Nicola Griffith
2023
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
2023
Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty
2023
10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall
2023
Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology by Shane Hawk
2023
Games and Rituals: Stories by Katherine Heiny
2023
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
2023
Happy Place by Emily Henry
2023
Lou Reed: The King of New York by Will Hermes
2023
Grand Slam Romance by Ollie Hicks
2023
Okinawa (沖縄) by Shunchó HIGA
2023
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild
2023
Forest Park: Exploring Portland's Natural Sanctuary by Marcy Cottrell Houle
2023
Stay True by Hua Hsu
2023
Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital by Elise Hu
2023
How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler
2023
Quietly Hostile: Essays by Samantha Irby
2023
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
2023
I'm So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
2023
Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History by Bill Janovitz
2023
Don't Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones
2023
Best Men by Sidney Karger
2023
Foster by Claire Keegan
2023
Night's Edge by Liz Kerin
2023
Art of Custom Sneakers: How to Create One-of-a-Kind Kicks; Paint, Splatter, Dip, Drip, and Color by Xavier Kickz
2023
In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
2023
Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
2023
Book Bonding: Building Connections Through Family Reading by Megan Dowd Lambert
2023
Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha Lapointe
2023
Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
2023
Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane
2023
Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley by David G. Lewis
2023
LL COOL J Presents The Streets Win: 50 Years of Hip-Hop Greatness by L. L. Cool J,
2023
Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs by Jamie Loftus
2023
Boys Weekend by Mattie Lubchansky
2023
Thirst for Salt by Madelaine Lucas
2023
The Chinese Groove by Kathryn Ma
2023
I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai
2023
Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala
2023
The art and life of Fukuda Kodojin : Japan's great poet and landscape artist by Andreas Marks
2023
The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine by Katherine Marsh
2023
North Woods by Daniel Mason
2023
A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis
2023
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
2023
Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina
2023
Sammy Espinoza's Last Review: A Novel by Tehlor Kay Mejia
2023
A donde voy, el hogar viene conmigo: Wherever I go, home comes with me (Spanish Edition) by migranteelconocimien
2023
Mapping the Darkness: The Visionary Scientists Who Unlocked the Mysteries of Sleep by Kenneth Miller
2023
The Gay Who Turned Kaiju by Kazuki Minamoto
2023
The Tigers, They Let Me by Anis Mojgani
2023
Mending Life: a Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Nina Montenegro
2023
Linocut: Learn in a Weekend by Nick Morley
2023
Welcome me to the kingdom : stories by Mai Nardone
2023
Girl Juice by Benji Nate
2023
Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
2023
The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older
2023
The September House by Carissa Orlando
2023
Dungeon Club: Roll Call by Molly Knox Ostertag
2023
Chili Crisp: 50+ Recipes to Satisfy Your Spicy, Crunchy, Garlicky Cravings by James Park
2023
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
2023
The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
2023
No Gods For Drowning by Hailey Piper
2023
On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union by Daisy Pitkin
2023
Paint to Prosper: Transform Your Art Practice and Build a Modern Art Business by Amira Rahim
2023
Ma and Me by Putsata Reang
2023
The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC Rosen
2023
Fever House: A Novel by Keith Rosson
2023
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
2023
Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style by Paul Rudnick
2023
Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt
2023
The Yards Between Us: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Football by R.K. Russell
2023
Starter Villain by John Scalzi
2023
A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales
2023
We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian
2023
Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag by Craig Seligman
2023
Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon by Melissa L. Sevigny
2023
A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
2023
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
2023
Cold People by Tom Rob Smith
2023
The Fraud by Zadie Smith
2023
Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith
2023
Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
2023
The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson
2023
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
2023
A Pirate's Life for Tea by Rebecca Thorne
2023
Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle
2023
Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World by Padraig O Tuama
2023
Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World by Irene Vallejo
2023
Hamlet, Prince of Robots by M. Darusha Wehm
2023
Sins of the Black Flamingo by Andrew Wheeler
2023
Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead
2023
Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America by Matika Wilbur
2023
Now Let Me Fly: A Portrait of Eugene Bullard by Ronald Wimberly
2023
City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita
2023
Please Wait by the Coatroom: Reconsidering Race and Identity in American Art by John Yau
2023
Who Cares Anyway: Post-Punk San Francisco and the End of the Analog Age by Will York
2023
The Me You Love In The Dark, Volume 1 (Me You Love in the Dark, 1) by Skottie Young
2023
Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto by Zachary Zane
2023
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
2022
Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain
2022
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
2022
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
2022
The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe by Matthew Gabriele
2022
Colombian Psycho (Spanish Edition) by Santiago Gamboa
2022
After Tonight, Everything Will Be Different by Adam Gnade
2022
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
2022
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill
2022
A Hundred Lovers: Poems by Richie Hofmann
2022
The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings
2022
Baobab by Beth Moon
2022
antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano (Raised Voices) by Raquel Salas Rivera
2022
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
2022
All Day Is a Long Time by David Sanchez
2022
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
2022
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems by Warsan Shire
2022
Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens
2022
All the flowers kneeling by Paul Tran
2022
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
2022

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