Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke is the best book I've read this year maybe even ever. And yes, it is a picture book. I went into this book thinking that nobody did like a goblin. I sure didn't. By the end I really loved this goblin. Maybe it was his position of power. Maybe it was his good deeds. Maybe it was his adorable food choices.
This may also be a children's book. Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green is about a a red panda and hippo that live in a dump of a zoo. They decide to go get jobs elsewhere. They struggle with it but for totally opposite reasons and eventually they both find what they are looking for.
This is a YA book! I'm really growing as a reader. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a great story taking place in Portland, Oregon at non other than the Oaks Park skating rink. Super awesome! Astrid wants to be a roller girl but it alienates her from her best friend and she doesn't even know how to skate. But through many mistakes (learning experiences!) she finds her way.
I read some adult books too this year. Wasn't really in love with any of them. I'm going to try harder next year to pick some good ones.