* Asterisk denotes a local author or Indiana connection

Children and Young Adult

1. “Love You Forever,” Robert Munsch

2. “The Wide Window: Series of Unfortunate Events #3,” Lemony Snicket

3. “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup & a Spool of Thread,” Kate Dicamillo

4. “The Reptile Room: Series of Unfortunate Events #2,” Lemony Snicket

5. “The Bad Beginning: Series of Unfortunate Events #1,” Lemony Snicket

6. “Carve the Mark,” Veronica Roth

7. “Nightjohn,” Gary Paulsen

8. “The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Surprising Stories About Inventions,” Don L. Wulffson

9. “Thomas’ Snowsuit,” Rob Munsch

10. * “Minion,” John David Anderson

11. “Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher,” James Dean

12. “LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Eric Carle

13. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Roald Dahl

14. “Witch’s Boy,” Kelly Barnhill

15. “Tiger Rising,” Kate DiCamillo

Adult Non-Fiction (H for hard cover, P for paperback)

1. “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Sam Quinones (P)

2. “Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Midwest,” David A. Sibley (P)

3. “The Little Book of Mindfulness: Focus. Slow Down. De-Stress,” Elizabeth Linley (H)

4. “With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division and the Battle for Montfaucon,” Gene Fax (H)

5. “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” Amy Ellis Nutt (P)

6. “Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise,” Arthur Rosenfeld (P)

7. “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu (H)

8. “Alexander Hamilton,” Ron Chernow (P)

9. “Hidden Figures: The American Dream & the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” Margot Lee Shetterly (P)

10. “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,” Carl Safina (P)

11. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” J.D. Vance (H)

12. “Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana’s Local Legends and Best-Kept Secrets,” Mark Marimen (P)

13. “The Magnolia Story,” Chip Gaines (H)

14. “IN Writing: Uncovering the Unexpected Hoosier State,” Douglas A. Wissing (P)

15. “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living as Awesome Life,” Jen Sincero (P)

Adult Fiction (H for hard cover, P for paperback)

1. “The Great Santini,” Pat Conroy (P)

2. “A Man Called Ove,” Fredrik Backman (P)

3. “The Invention of Nature,” Andrea Wulf (P)

4. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book,” Diane Muldrow (H)

5. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans,” Bruce Cameron (P)

6. “Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1,” Joseph Fink (P)

7. “Milk and Honey,” Rupi Kaur (P)

8. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (P)

9. “Whistler,” John Grisham (H)

10. “All That’s Left to Tell,” Daniel Lowe

11. “A Dog’s Journey (A Dog’s Purpose, #2),” Bruce Cameron (P)

12. “Twain’s End,” Lynn Cullen (P)

13. “Sympathizer: A Novel,” Viet Thanh Nguyen (P)

14. “Old Heart,” Peter Ferry (P)

15. “The Little Paris Bookshop,” Nina George (P)

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.