Top 5×5 Reads for Adults

The Top 5×5 Reads for Adults presentation at #CLA2017 was a hit! Attendees walked away with 25 recommendations of books published in the last 5 years. We hope to continue this program in 2018 and beyond. Thank you to everyone who attended, everyone who voted on the Top Community Reads (to be posted shortly), Helen McAlary for the initial push and excitement, and everyone below who helped make this program a success.  Here you’ll find the slides, the list and the links to the must-follow readers on GoodReads.

Presenters:  Shawn Thrasher, Genesis Hansen, Shawn Townsend, Brendle Wells, and Cathy Crosthwaite.

Thanks also to Jill Patterson for sharing information about the CLA Collection Development Interest Group.

View the Top 5×5 slides here or in the conference app. Hint: use the right arrow at bottom to advance the embedded presentation.


Shawn Thrasher, Ontario City Library

  1. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. My Real Children by Jo Walton
  3. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
  4. Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmundson
  5. SPQR by Mary Beard 

Cathy Crosthwaite, Sacramento Public Library

  1. The Highway by CJ Box
  2. Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley
  3. Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
  4. IQ by Joe Ide
  5. The Dry by Jane Harper

Genesis Hansen, Mission Viejo Library

  1. The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
  2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
  5. Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Shawn Townsend, LS&S Libraries

  1. The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey
  2. George Smiley novels by John Le Carre
  3. Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi
  4. Collapsing Empire series by John Scalzi
  5. Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin

Brendle Wells, Sacramento Public Library

  1. Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
  2. The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron
  3. Where it Hurts by Reed Coleman
  4. Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie-Anne Long
  5. Rez Life by David Treuer

Julianna Robbins

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