In our jam-packed January episode, the superfriends recap/emote about our favorite 2016 reads and gush about the books we’re looking forward to in 2017. Special guest Johanna Albrecht, Children’s Book Manager at Flyleaf Books, joins us in Studio Bag End to class up the place. Superfriend Amy mixes a drink that does not disappoint (finally!) and as always, we talk about what we’re crushing on this month. Be forewarned: listening to this episode will make you blow your book budget in the first month of the year. Don’t miss it! Show Notes... Best YA Reads of 2016: WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna Marie McLemore; ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit; EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill; FEED by MT Anderson; ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Best Middle Grade Reads of 2016: THE CHRESTOMANCI SERIES by Diana Wynne Jones; IMPYRIUM by Henry H. Neff; LIKE MAGIC by Elaine Vickers; UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones (Author) and Katie Kath (Illustrator); HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith. Best Picture Book Reads of 2016: TODAY by Julie Morstad (Author/Illustrator); MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD by F. Isabel Campoy (Author), Theresa Howell (Author), and Rafael López (Illustrator); CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED by Camille Andros. Superfriends Choice: LOVE AND ROCKETS Comic book series by Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, and Mario Hernandez; DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell; WEETZIE BAT and WITCH BABY by Francesca Lia Block; FINDING PERFECT by Elly Swartz; LOCKWOOD & CO., THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud; THE CROSSOVER audio book by Kwame Alexander (narrated by Corey Allen); ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. What We’re Looking Forward to in 2017: THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE by Corey Ann Haydu; GRENDEL'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A. E. Kaplan; YOU'RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner; STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor; ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL by Leah Henderson; THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller; THE UNICORN IN THE BARN by Jacqueline Ogburn; PAX AND BLUE by Lori Richmond (Author/Illustrator); BIG MACHINES: THE STORY OF VIRGINIA LEE BURTON by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author), John Rocco (Illustrator); LORD OF MONSTERS by John Claude Bemis; DAUGHTER 4254 by Leigh Statham; THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas; THE MESMERIST by Ronald L. Smith; THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING by Jeff Giles; JADA JONES ROCK STAR by Kelly Starling Lyons. Other books discussed: GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier; THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna Marie McLemore; THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak; CHICKEN BOY and SAM THE MAN AND THE CHICKEN PLAN by Frances O’Roark Dowell; SWAN: THE LIFE AND DANCE OF ANNA PAVLOVA by Laurel Snyder (Author) and Julie Morstad (Illustrator); ORPHAN ISLAND by Laurel Snyder; DRUM DREAM GIRL: HOW ONE GIRL'S COURAGE CHANGED MUSIC by Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López (Illustrator); PAPER GIRLS comic; SIMON AND THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA audiobook by Becky Albertalli (narrated by Michael Crouch); AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger; A TASTE FOR MONSTERS audiobook by Matthew J. Kirby (narrated by Anna Mountford); THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander; GHOST and AS BRAVE AS YOU by Jason Reynolds; THE SERPENT KING and GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner.