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LibraryReads January 2021: top ten books librarians love!

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January 2021 LibraryReads List

Cover image for The Wife UpstairsThe Wife Upstairs:  A Novel

by Rachel Hawkins

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN:  9781250245496

“Mild-mannered Jane cobbles together a living as a dog walker for the wealthy
residents of Thornfield Estates, when an encounter with Eddie Rochester turns
into a whirlwind romance. But plain Jane has a mysterious past…and so does
everyone else in this upscale neighborhood. Loosely inspired by Jane Eyre, this
domestic suspense novel features the twists and turns that fans of the genre
expect. Perfect for fans of Liv Constantine and Louise Candlish.”

Nanette Donohue, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Winters by Lisa Gabriele


Cover image for The children's blizzard :The Children’s Blizzard: A Novel

by Melanie Benjamin

Delacorte Press
ISBN:  9780399182280

“A deadly snowstorm roared through the Great Plains on January 12, 1888, at a time when many children were in school with teachers little older than themselves. Based on actual oral histories of survivors, and told from
perspectives of teachers, students, and the media, this book is perfect for readers who enjoy historical fiction by Ariel Lawhon and Marie Benedict.”

Wendy Paige, Shelby County Public Library, Shelbyville, KY
NoveList read-alike: Answer Creek by Ashley E. Sweeney


Cover image for The Ex TalkThe Ex Talk

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Berkley Books
ISBN:  9780593200124

“Shay’s lifelong dream has been to be in radio, and she’s been working at a Seattle NPR station since she was 19. Ten years later, she and new wunderkind
Dominic create a show around the idea that they’re exes talking about relationships. The burn between Shay and Dominic is slow, intense, and HOT. Give to fans of The Kiss Quotient and The Hating Game.

Jessica Werner, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
NoveList read-alike: Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park


Cover image for The House on Vesper SandsThe House on Vesper Sands

by Paraic O’Donnell

Tin House Books
ISBN:  9781951142247

Three stories—a mysterious suicide, a wayward young man searching for his uncle, and a young journalist investigating the story behind several missing girls—unfold before finally converging. The dark mood is palpable as
Inspector Cutter, Gideon Bliss, and Octavia Hillingdon travel through Victorian London to fit the puzzle pieces together. Perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Jane Steele.”

Maribeth Fisher, Scotch Plain Public Library, Scotch Plains, NJ
NoveList read-alike: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Cover image for OutlawedOutlawed

by Anna North

Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781635575422

“Bank robberies and women’s health may not seem like natural companions, but North weaves them together seamlessly in this alternate history Western. Cast out of her hometown for failure to get pregnant after a year of marriage, Ada joins the notorious Hole in the Wall Gang and becomes an outlaw,
all the while seeking real information about pregnancy and fertility. For fans of Inland and The Power.”

Emily Calkins, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
NoveList read-alike: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey


Cover image for The Perfect GuestsThe Perfect Guests

by Emma Rous

Berkley
ISBN: 9780440000488

“When down-on-her-luck Sadie is offered a lucrative weekend acting job at a sumptuous Raven Hall, as a guest in a period mystery event, she jumps at the chance. Before the weekend is over, Sadie and the other “perfect guests” will learn about Raven Hall’s tragic past.”

Cynthia Hunt, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo, TX
NoveList read-alike: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Cover image for The push :The Push:  A Novel

by Ashley Audrain

Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
ISBN: 9781984881663

“Blythe comes from a longline of women not cut out to be mothers. When she falls in love with a man who wants nothing more than a happy family she tells herself she can be a good mother.When her daughter is born however she finds that motherhood is just not that simple. For readers who enjoyed The Woman in theWindow (Finn) or Baby Teeth (Stage.)”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList read-alike: The Unprotected by Kelly Sokol


Cover image for Remote ControlRemote Control

by Nnedi Okorafor

Tor.com
ISBN:  9781250772800

“As a girl living in a future version of Ghana, Yatima was given an object from space that gave her the ability to emit a green light that brings death to all she touches. Now, as a young teen, she occasionally leaves death behind her as she searches for the alien object that was stolen from her.  Africanfuturism, sci-fi, and magic.  For readers who enjoyed The Fifth Season and Monstress.”

Katie Kalil, Sterling Library, Sterling, VA
NoveList read-alike:  The Deep by Rivers Solomon


Cover image for ShippedShipped

by Angie Hockman

Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982151591

“Graeme and Henley are competing for the same job at their adventure cruise company. When their boss sends them on afamiliarization trip of the company’s cruise in the Galapagos the enemies to lovers’ plot gets steamy.  For readers who enjoyed A Sweet Mess (Lee) and The Unhoneymooners (Lauren).

Laura Bonds, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX
NoveList read-alike: Simmer Down by Sarah Smith


Cover image for Siri, who am I?Siri, Who Am I?:  A Novel

by Sam Tschida

Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781683691686

“Mia awakes in a hospital in a gold cocktail dress, a cape covered in her blood, a head wound and her cellphone, and no memory of who she is or how she got there. She uses her Instagram account to begin to piece together her life. For readers who enjoyed Surprise Me (Kinsella) and What Alice Forgot (Moriarty).”

Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD
NoveList read-alike: The One that Got Away by Leigh Himes

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LibraryReads December 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 December 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for How to fail at flirtingHow to Fail at Flirting:  A Novel

by Denise Williams

Tove
ISBN:  9780593101902

“Naya, a straight-laced professor, meets charismatic Jake at a bar. He might check off one item on Naya’s boundary-pushing to-do list—if only he wasn’t in charge of defunding her department at the university.  How can they balance a relationship and a professional career? For fans of The Kiss Quotient, The Wedding Date, and The Hating Game.”

Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
NoveList read-alike: The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel


Cover image for The Arctic FuryThe Arctic Fury: A Novel

by Greer Macallister

Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN:  9781728229058

“Virginia Reeve is a take-no-prisoners adventurer and trailguide when she’s asked by a mysterious benefactor to lead agroup of 12 women to find the lost captain of the shipwrecked vessel “The Franklin.” Not for the squeamish or easily offended, this thrilling read is recommended for those who enjoyed Into the Wild and In the Kingdom of Ice.”

Joy Matteson, Downers Grove Public Library, Downers Grove, IL
NoveList read-alike: The North Water by Ian McGuire


Cover image for How to catch a queenHow to Catch a Queen

Runaway Royals

by Alyssa Cole

Avon
ISBN:  9780062933966

“Shanti and Sanyu are in anarranged marriage, thrown together as his father the King lays dying. As they begin to work together to better the kingdom, they grow closer. Cole weaves humor into the storyline in a way that does not undercut the themes of political action, equity, and adaptation. And as always, Cole’s female characters are driven, smart, sexy, and savvy. For fans of Talia Hibbert and Alexa Martin.”

Sarah Skrobis, Staunton Public Library, Staunton, VA
NoveList read-alike:  The Betting Vow by K.M. Jackson


Cover image for Marion Lane and the Midnight MurderMarion Lane and the Midnight Murder: A Novel

by T.A. Willberg

Harlequin Books
ISBN:  9780778389330

“Marion is a new recruit of a detective agency that works undercover and under the streets of London. When she gets involved in investigating the death of one of their own agents, she is not sure who she can trust, or what forces are working against her. This is a great start to a new series that is perfect for Agatha Christie and Harry Potter fans alike.

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library,Huntington Station, NY
NoveList read-alike: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart


Cover image for Pretty Little WifePretty Little Wife: A Novel

by Darby Kane

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780063016408

“When Aaron doesn’tshow up for work and no one hears from him, an unofficial investigation begins. What secrets is Lila, his beautiful wife, keeping?  The more the police discover, the more questions they have. A thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Last Mrs. Parrish.”

Chris Markley, Kingsport Public Library, Kingsport, TN
NoveList read-alike: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison


Cover image for Take it backTake It Back: A Novel

by Kia Abdullah

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9780316422048

“Jodie, a teen with facial deformities, accuses four Muslim boys of raping her after a party. Jodie’s mom, her best friend, and her classmates don’t believe her.  The only one who believes her is Zara Kaleel, a former high powered attorney who now works as a sexual assault advocate.  For fans of The Holdout and Night Swim.”

Yvonne Selander, Somerset County Public Library, Bridgewater, NJ
NoveList read-alike: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim


Ten Rules for Faking ItTen Rules for Faking It

by Sophie Sullivan

St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN:  9781250624161

“Anxious Evelyn becomes a sudden podcast star and the romance she was sure was a one-way street, maybe isn’t anymore. She can’t let her nerves get in the way of happiness.  Did I mention that the leading man is completely swoony? For readers who enjoyed The Roommate.”

Emily Flynn, Berkeley County Library System, Summerville, SC
NoveList read-alike: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai


Cover image for Ten Things I Hate about the Duke: A Difficult Dukes NovelTen Things I Hate About the Duke: A Difficult Dukes Novel

by Loretta Chase

Avon
ISBN: 9780062457400

“In the second book of the Difficult Dukes series, Cassandra Pomfret has a reputation for having strong opinions and not keeping them to herself.  Lucius,the Duke of Ashmont, is a devastatingly handsome trouble maker.  Let the battle of wills begin. For readers who enjoyed The Rules of Scoundrels series or the Bow Street Bachelors series.”

Jessica McGee, Red Wing Public Library, Red Wing, MN
NoveList read-alike: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman


Cover image for This Time Next YearThis Time Next Year

by Sophie Cousens

Putnam
ISBN:  9780593191200

“Minnie Cooper and Quinn Hamilton were born in the same hospital on January 1,1990. After a series of missed connections, theyare about to meet again onNew Year’s Day 2020. This Time Next Year hits the perfect note for readers who enjoyed Bridget Jones’ Diary and the original Shopaholic.”

Janet Schneider, Peninsula Public Library, Lawrence, NY
NoveList read-alike: One Day in December by Josie Silver


Cover image for The Wrong FamilyThe Wrong Family: A Thriller

by Tarryn Fisher

Harlequin Books
ISBN: 9781525806377

“The Crouches—Winnie, Nigel, and their teenage son Samuel—are perfect on the outside.  In reality, Winnie is controlling, Nigel is tuned out, and confused Samuel is trying to forge his own identity. Juno, a former therapist who has become attracted to the Crouches, gets caught up in their family drama and takes the story in a surprising direction. For fans of RuthWare and B. A. Paris.”

Connie Laing, Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN
NoveList read-alike: Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

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LibraryReads November 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 November 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Miss Benson's beetleMiss Benson’s Beetle: A Novel

by Rachel Joyce

Dial Press
ISBN:  9780593230954

“Two very different women set off on a journey to New Caledonia to find a Golden Beetle, and discover so much more. A story of friendship and women breaking out of what is expected and being who they really are.  By turns humorous, heartbreaking, and triumphant, you’ll find yourself cheering for Miss Benson. For fans of Fredrik Backman, Elizabeth Berg, and Gail Honeyman.”

Janine Walsh, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes


Cover image for Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Original)Before the Coffee Gets Cold:  A Novel

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Hanover Square Press
ISBN: 9780593199305

“A cafe has something magical—if someone sits in a particular chair and a cup of coffee is poured, they can travel to the past.  In this slender story, the lives of visitors and staff intertwine, and four hopeful people sit in the chair. While this book deals with different kinds of loss, it’s ultimately warm and uplifting. For fans of The Immortalists and Oona Out of Order.”

Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima, WA
NoveList read-alike: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami


Cover image for The Boy ToyThe Boy Toy

by Nicola Marsh

Berkley
ISBN:  9780593198629

“Hot Aussie alert! After a bitter divorce (cheating husband with a pregnant nineteen year old mistress), Samira left Australia for L.A. Now her cousin has convinced her to return for 6 months. On a night out, Samira is saved from a weirdo by a cute boy much younger than she is, and she’s in for the surprise of a lifetime with her new Boy Toy. For fans of Ayesha at Last and TheWedding Party.

Afton Finley, Waseca Public Library, Waseca, MN
NoveList read-alike: The Right Swipe by Alisha Ra


Cover image for The Burning GodThe Burning God

The Poppy War, Book 3

by R.F. Kuang

Harper Voyager
ISBN:  9780062662620

“In this satisfying finale to the Poppy War series, Kuang beautifully weaves in much Chinese history while maintaining a distinct story line. Rin’s similarities to Chairman Mao are fully realized by this third book, yet she remains a unique character with complex emotions of both rage and empathy. For fans of series fantasy such as Chakraborty’s Daevabad trilogy and Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty.”

Richard Lawhorn, East Cobb Library, Marietta, GA
NoveList read-alike: The Burning Series by Evan Winter


Cover image for Murder in Old Bombay: A MysteryMurder in Old Bombay

by Nev March

Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250269546

“James Agnihotri has recovered from a war injury when here ads about the “suicide” of two ladies. His first interview as anew journalist is with the husband of one of the women, who wants to know who murdered his wife and sister.Jim follows clues, interviews observers of the tragedy, and travels through India.  For readers who like intrigue, other cultures, and romance, along with fans of Kate Atkinson and Laurie R. King.

Gail Christensen, Kitsap Regional Library, Bremerton, WA
NoveList read-alike: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee


Cover image for The office of historical corrections :The Office of Historical Corrections:  A Novella and Stories

by Danielle Evans

Riverhead
ISBN:  9781594487330

“A novella about the first African-Americans in Wisconsin and the lives of their descendants today along with several other haunting short stories. Recommended for fans of Jodi Picoult.”

Heather McIntosh, Botetourt County Libraries, VA
NoveList read-alike: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

 


Cover image for The Star-Crossed Sisters of TuscanyThe Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

by Lori Nelson Spielman

Berkley
ISBN:  9781984803160

“Emilia is a devoted daughter,the second daughter in her family, and second daughters are cursed to never marry.Aunt Poppy, another second daughter, invites her on a trip to Italy promising to break the curse. For readers who enjoyed The Old Drift and It’s Not All Down Hill From Here.”

Chris Markley, Kingsport Public Library, Kingsport, TN
NoveList read-alike: The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswa


Cover image for This time next year we'll be laughing  :This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing

by Jacqueline Winspear

Soho

IBSN:  9781641292696

“The author of the beloved Masie Dobbs novels shares both madcap and poignant stories of her nuclear and extended family, giving insight into the humor and hardships that shaped her imagination and work. For readers who enjoyed Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir and How To Write an Autobiographical Novel.”

Joy Robinson, Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway, NJ
NoveList read-alike: My History: A Memoir of Growing Up by Antonia Fraser


Cover image for White IvyWhite Ivy: A Novel

by Susie Yang

Simon& Schuster
ISBN:  9781982100599

“A coming of age immigration story, Ivy, is obsessed with her privileged classmate and will do anything to win his love. For fans of You and Gone Girl.”

Joann Im, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
NoveList read-alike: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

 


Cover image for Written in the StarsWritten in the Stars: A Novel

by Alexandria Bellefleur

Avon
ISBN:  9780063000803

“Darcy, a buttoned-up actuary, convinces quirky astrologer Elle to fake a relationship for a couple of months to get her brother (and Elle’s new business partner) off her back. For fans of The Kiss Quotient and You Had me at Hola.”

Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI
NoveList read-alike: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

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LibraryReads October 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 October 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for The invisible life of Addie LaRueThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

by V. E. Schwab

Tor
ISBN:  9780765387561

“Addie is an adventurer and not ready to settle for village life, so she makes a deal with the devil. Instead of relinquishing her soul, however, she becomes immortal, and also completely forgotten by anyone who meets her. Then, after a lonely 300 years, she meets Henry. For fans of the Shades of Magic series, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Life after Life.”

Patti Lang, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
NoveList read-alike: The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North


Cover image for Black SunBlack Sun

by Rebecca Roanhorse

Gallery/Saga Press
ISBN:  9781534437678

“Fans of epic fantasy looking for something new will surely love the amazing world-building and strong characters in this pre-Columbian Americas story about prophecy, destiny, politics, and revenge, all with a healthy dose of magic.  For fans of Gods of Jade and Shadow and the Broken Earth series.”

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC
NoveList read-alike: The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley Beaulieu


Cover image for Confessions on the 7:45 : novelConfessions on the 7:45:  A Novel

by Lisa Unger

Park Row Books
ISBN:  9780778310150

“Serena finds out that her husband is sleeping with the nanny, and then confides in a mysterious woman she meets on the train. The woman continues to contact Serena as her world implodes. Who is this strange woman, and is she responsible for the mess Serena finds herself in? Full of twists, turns, and many POVs, this page turner is perfect for those who like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins.”

Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Goodrich, MI
NoveList read-alike: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 


Cover image for Goodnight BeautifulGoodnight Beautiful:  A Novel

by Aimee Molloy

Harper
ISBN:  9780062881922

“Dr. Statler, a psychologist, reformed womanizer, and new husband, is staring down his demons and trying to be a better man. Sam and Annie relocate to upstate New York to try their hand at a simpler life and to care for his dementia-ridden mother.  One night Sam leaves his office and never makes it home. For fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Silent Patient.”

Vanessa Phillips, Pelion Branch Library, Pelion, SC
NoveList read-alike: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz


Cover image for Leave the world behind :Leave the World Behind: A Novel

by Rumaan Alam

Ecco
ISBN: 9780062667632

“What appears on the surface to be a simple story of a family on vacation morphs into a narrative about humanity, shared fear, misconceptions of people, and more. Amanda, Clay, and their two children rent an AirBnB. Then homeowners Ruth and G.H. appear on the doorstep in a panic, and suddenly nothing is normal. For readers who
enjoyed Station Eleven and The Children’s Bible.”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Library, Commerce Township, MI
NoveList read-alike: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy


Cover image for The Once and Future WitchesThe Once and Future Witches

by Alix E. Harrow

Redhook
ISBN: 9780316422048

“In a world where women and magic have been burned and bound, three sisters set about to bring power and rights back to women and in doing so, find their way back to each other. For fans of Uprooted and Circe.”

Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT
NoveList read-alike: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Cover image for Plain Bad HeroinesPlain Bad Heroines: A Novel

by emily m. danforth

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062942852

“A horror-comedy centered around a New England boarding school, follows characters across four different time periods exploring themes of sexuality, female agency, authenticity, and self-worth. For readers who enjoyed Bunny.”

Alicea Porterfield-Block, New York Public Library, New York, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman


Cover image for Ring ShoutRing Shout

by P. Djèlí Clark

Tor.com
ISBN: 9781250767028

“Set in 1920s Georgia, this fantastical horror story follows Maryse Boudreaux. a bootlegger seeking revenge for the killing of her family who joins a motley group of soldiers in a battle against the Ku Klux Klan. For fans of Friday Black.

Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA
NoveList read-alike: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

 


Cover image for Spoiler AlertSpoiler Alert: A Novel

by Olivia Dade

Avon
ISBN:  9780063005549

“Marcus, the star of a fantasy TV series, secretly writes fanfiction and becomes online friends with April, who he asks out on a date after a post of her cosplay costume goes viral. This delicious romance deals with topics like fatphobia, dyslexia and toxic families in a way that feels real and grounded, but which does not damper the triumphant happiness of the ending. For fans of Dangerous Curves Ahead.”

Christi Hawn, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL
NoveList read-alike: Well Played by Jen DeLuca


Cover image for The Wonder Boy of Whistle StopThe Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

by Fannie Flagg

Random House
ISBN:  9780593133842

“Revisits the small town of Whistle Stop, Alabama. Dot, the postmistress, sends out a yearly Christmas letter and brings the former residents up to speed with one another. Each chapter focuses on a different year, from the thirties through the present day, tied together with Dot’s annual letter. For readers who enjoyed Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Sharon Hutchinson, Keytesville Library, Keytesville, MO
NoveList read-alike: The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore

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Cover image for When No One Is WatchingWhen No One Is Watching: A Thriller

by Alyssa Cole

William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062982650

“The gentrification of her beloved Brooklyn neighborhood has long time resident Sydney Green mourning what’s lost. Striking up an uneasy alliance with new neighbor Theo, she starts research for a walking tour to highlight the area’s rich history and diversity but quickly comes to realize that something far more sinister is going on. A sense of mounting dread and some startling twists and turns will keep readers turning the pages. Where HAVE all those old neighbors gone? For fans of An Unwanted Guest, The Woman in Cabin Ten, and Watching You..”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
NoveList read-alike: BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels


Cover image for Battle GroundBattle Ground

by Jim Butcher

Ace
ISBN: 9780593199305

Battle Ground has more at stake than any previous book in the Dresden Files series, and more changes for Harry.  Filled to the brim with non-stop action, this entry has Harry and almost every supernatural being he knows coming to defend Chicago from a mad Titan bent on reshaping reality.  For fans of Mercy Thompson series (Briggs) and the Iron Druid Chronicles (Hearne).”

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC
NoveList read-alike: The Brimstone Files series by Jason Sean Ridl


Cover image for The Midnight LibraryThe Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

Viking
ISBN:  9780525559474

“At a seminal moment in her life, Nora visits a unique library. Every book she chooses is one that she becomes part of and is a possible life she might have led. There are adventures, close calls, and joy. Give this totally engrossing page turner to fans of Here and Now and Then (Chen) and Life after Life (Atkinson). “

Deborah Margeson, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
NoveList read-alike: Or What You Will by Jo Walton


Cover image for MONOGAMY.Monogamy: A Novel

by Sue Miller

HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062969651

“Annie and Graham have been married for 30 years.  When Graham unexpectedly dies, Annie finds out he had a recent affair. As she reevaluates her relationship and deals with feelings of anger and betrayal, a few secrets in her own past are revealed. This story of grief, sadness, and acceptance is perfect for fans of Hausfrau and Unsheltered.”

Laura Fowler, J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford, MA
NoveList read-alike: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich


Cover image for PiranesiPiranesi

by Susanna Clarke

Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781635575637

“Piranesi is the sole inhabitant of a mysterious “house” with endless rooms full of statues and a surging ocean below.  With lyrical and hypnotic writing in his journal, he guides readers through his beloved labyrinthine home and introduces “The Other,” a sporadic visitor and the only other living human being…or so he thought. For fans of The Starless Sea and The Bedlam Stacks.”

Catherine Tarver, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
NoveList read-alike: Little, Big by John Crowle


Cover image for A rogue of one's ownA Rogue of One’s Own

by Evie Dunmore

Jove
ISBN: 9781984805706

“The second book in the League of Extraordinary Women series revolves around Lady Lucie and her old nemesis Lord Ballentine. Their love/hate relationship is passionate and steamy. For fans of the Royal Wedding series and Dukes Behaving Badly series.”

Natalie Peitsinovski, Roselle Public Library, Roselle, NJ
NoveList read-alike: The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan


Cover image for The RoommateThe Roommate

by Rosie Danan

Berkley
ISBN:  9780593101605

“When Clara decides to move from New York to LA to live with her forever crush/childhood best friend Everett, he tells her he is going on the road with his band all summer, but not to worry, he has a roommate lined up for her.  This roommate, it turns out,works in the adult entertainment industry. For readers who enjoyed My Favorite Half-Night Stand (Lauren).”

Afton Finley, Waseca Library, Waseca, MN
NoveList read-alike:  The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


Cover image for Transcendent KingdomTranscendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi

Knopf
ISBN: 9780525658184

“Gyasi is a force of a writer and in her new novel, Gifty is a Ph.D student of neuroscience fueled by the need to understand her brother’s addiction and mother’s depression. For fans of Imagine Me Gone (Haslet) and Chemistry (Wang).”

Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
NoveList read-alike: A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin


Cover image for Well PlayedWell Played

by Jen DeLuca

Berkley
ISBN:  9781984805409

“Upon hearing of Simon and Emily’s engagement, best friend Stacey is jolted into reevaluating her own life. Stacey reaches out to her old Ren Faire flame, Dex, but accidentally connects with Daniel, Dex’s cousin. When their friendly messages turn into something more, Stacey is faced with a surprise upon learning of the identity of her online paramour. For readers who enjoyed 99 Percent Mine (Thorne).”

Morgan Malyn, Clermont County Public Library, Cincinnati, OH
NoveList read-alike:  Attachments by Rainbow Rowe


Cover image for The writer's library :The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

HarperOne
ISBN:  9780062968500

“As someone who loves reading, books, and talking about books this was perfect for me. I found it fascinating to get a glimpse of what books influenced such an eclectic group of writers. It made me look at my own reading history and at books and reading in a different way. For fans of My Life with Bob (Paul).”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH
NoveList read-alike: My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force & Jane Mount

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 August 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for You Had Me at HolaYou Had Me At Hola: A Novel

by Alexis Daria

Avon
ISBN:  9780062959928

“This romance by a RITA award-winning writer is a sizzling hot and fun ode to soap operas. Jasmine, a soap opera actor, and Ashton, a telenovela actor, have been cast on a popular TV show that catapults each of them to stardom. They quickly give in to temptation and indulge in a torrid affair that means more to them than either wants to admit. When the paparazzi expose a shocking secret, Jasmine is forced to reevaluate the trust she put in Ashton, and he must to come to grips with his traumatic past. Firmly rooted in Latinx culture, this novel covers issues of language, colorism, and identity while also managing to be upbeat, entertaining,and super-steamy. Recommended for fans of Take a Hint, Dani Brown, Something To Talk About, and Not the Girl You Marry.

Migdali Jimenez, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
NoveList read-alike:  Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters


Cover image for Caste :Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

Random House
ISBN:  9780593230251

“A magisterial overview of how caste has been implemented in three different places. This is an important look at how the U.S., Nazi Germany, and India implemented caste and how it affects each country. Don’t think that this is a dry academic read; Wilkerson is a genius with words and incorporates her own experiences throughout the book. For readers of Stamped and The New Jim Crow.”

Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA
NoveList read-alike: White Trash by Nancy Isenberg


Cover image for The ExilesThe Exiles: A Novel

by Christina Baker Kline

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062356345

“In her extremely readable fashion, Kline has created another masterpiece of historical fiction. This time she takes readers on a journey from England to Australia, where prisoners were exiled in the 19thcentury.  The riveting story becomes personal as Kline engages readers in the individual stories of the enslaved women. Perfect for book groups and fans of Lisa Wingate and Kristin Hannah.”

Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI
NoveList read-alike:  The Secret River by Kate Grenville


Cover image for Harrow the ninthHarrow the Ninth

by Tamsyn Muir

Tor
ISBN:  9781250313225

“This follow-up to Gideon the Ninth is a fantastic gothic mystery, peopled with aristocrats vying to be the Undying Emperor’s new Lyctor. Muir switches up the POV, and because Harrow’s body and mind are failing her, she’s an unreliable narrator. The story moves around in time, so when events from the first book are revisited, the perspective changes. And there’s still that looming, unwinnable battle. A rare and beautiful gem for fans of The City We Became and Dune.”

Laura Eckert, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH
NoveList read-alike: Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace


Cover image for The Night SwimThe Night Swim: A Novel

by Megan Goldin

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250219688

“The author has expertly woven the stories of two crimes that occurred in a small town 25 years apart.  Rachel, an investigative podcast reporter, is covering the trial of a young man accused of the latest crime.  While there, she is pulled into the past by the earlier victim’s sister, Hannah, who has been haunted by it for a very longtime. For fans of Then She Was Gone and Sometimes I Lie.”

Debbie Lease, Hillsdale Public Library, Hillsdale, NJ
NoveList read-alike:  Conviction by Denise Mina


Cover image for No Offense.No Offense: A Novel

by Meg Cabot

HarperCollins
ISBN:  9780063007123

“In the second book in the Little Bridge Island series, we meet Molly, a children’s librarian who is new to the island, and John, the newly installed island sheriff. Their lives become intertwined when Molly finds a newborn baby in the library bathroom and the two work to find the mother.  For readers who enjoy It’s In HIs Kiss by Jill Shalvis and The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.”

Laura Hanson, Waukee Public Library, Waukee, IA
NoveList read-alike: Love Overdue by Pamela Mors


Cover image for The Silent WifeThe Silent Wife: A Novel

by Karin Slaughter

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062858108

“A brilliantly conceived story about a psychopath that preys on young women and a chance encounter that turns up a connection to another series of unsolved murders years back. A fast-paced,suspenseful thriller for fans of the Kick Lannigan series.”

Paul Lane, Palm Beach County Library, West Palm Beach, FL
NoveList read-alike: Prey series by John Sandford


Cover image for Squeeze MeSqueeze Me:  A Novel

by Carl Hiassen

Knopf
ISBN:  9781524733452

“Angie runs her own business,Discreet Captures, in Palm Beach, FL where she traps and relocates wildlife. She receives a call from the caretaker of a local estate about a giant python and manages to remove the snake without offending party guests.  But what happened to Kiki Pew,the wealthy hostess who seems to have vanished from the event? For fans of satirical thrillers and Florida.”

Linda Tilden, Mt. Laurel Public Library, Mt. Laurel, NJ
NoveList read-alike:  Florida Man by Tom Cooper


Cover image for The SwitchThe Switch:  A Novel

by Beth O’Leary

FlatIron Books
ISBN:  9781250769862

“Finding herself with a two-week sabbatical from work, Leena and her grandmother Eileen decide to switch homes for the duration. In London, Eileen starts an affair and builds friendships across generations.  In a Yorkshire village, Leena learns how her grandmother is the center of village activity and takes on all Eileen’s projects. For fans of Evie Drake Starts Over and The Love Story of Missy Charmichael.”

Paula Pergament, Lincolnwood Public Library, Lincolnwood, IL
NoveList read-alike:  The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez


Cover image for Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea ShopVanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

by Roselle Lim

Berkley
ISBN: 9781984803276

“Vanessa is an accountant with the power of clairvoyance.  She travels to a tea shop in Paris to learn to control her predictions with the help of her Aunt Evelyn. There, she finds a new purpose by connecting the people around her and just might find true love for herself. Sweet, romantic, and cozy. For readers who enjoyed Number One Chinese Restaurant and Kitchens of the Great Midwest.”

Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD
NoveList read-alike: Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger

 

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LibraryReads July 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 July 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Peace TalksPeace Talks

by Jim Butcher

Ace
ISBN:  9780451464415

“Eagerly awaited by wizard Harry Dresden’s legion of fans, this 16th book in the series is definitely worth the wait. Wonderful scenes feature magical illusions, and many familiar characters return for peace talks in Chicago. Not much is peaceful for Harry, as the wizards might kick him off the White Council, faerie Queen Mab wants him to do a couple of favors for vampire Lara, and Harry’s half-brother is in prison after an assassination attempt. For series fans of The Hollows, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and The Nightside.

Brenda O’Brien, Woodridge Public Library, Woodridge, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Arcadia Project series by Mishell Bake


Boyfriend Material

by Alexis Hall

Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:  9781728206141

“Incredibly proper Oliver and drama-laden Luc are extreme opposites. Despite a case of annoyance at first sight, the two antagonists reluctantly agree that faking a relationship might help each of them out of a bind. Hall crafts a well-paced relationship that will have readers completely invested in a happy ever after. Perfect for fans of If I Never Met You and Red, White, and Royal Blue.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library,Huntington Station, NY
NoveList read-alike: Jilted by Lilah Suzann


Crooked Hallelujah

by Kelli Jo Ford

Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802149121

“A well-crafted story of identity, survival, and loyalty that explores the terrain of love and heartbreak, loss and displacement for four generations of Native American women across four decades. Finding their own sources of strength, these proud, fierce women magnetically draw the reader in. For readers who enjoy Louise Erdrich and Diane Glancy.”

Janet Schneider, Peninsula Public Library, Lawrence, NY
NoveList read-alike: Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobso


The Heir Affair

by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781538715918

“This sequel to The Royal We follows Nick and Bex through the first years of their marriage–a challenging time for anyone, let alone a royal couple whose wedding was disrupted by a sex scandal.  As they settle into their new home, they uncover a secret that could change the future of Britain. Fans of Royal Wedding (Cabot) and Royals (Hawkins) will enjoy this funny and sensitive novel.”

Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC
NoveList read-alike: American Royals by Katherine McGee


Cover image for The Lost and Found BookshopThe Lost and Found Bookshop: A Novel

by Susan Wiggs

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062914095

“Personal tragedy turns Natalie’s life upside down and leads her back to her childhood home,including her family’s beloved homegrown bookstore. Natalie faces the decline of her grandfather’s health, a building in need of repair, and a business in the red but also finds unexpected love. Give to readers who liked How to Find Love in a Bookshop and The Readers of Broken Wheel.”

Joyce Livingston, Collinsville Community Library,Brogue, PA
NoveList read-alike: The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson


Memorial DriveMemorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

by Natasha Trethewey

Ecco
ISBN:  9780062248572

“Explores the author’s relationship with her mother, piecing together events that led up to her mother’s murder at the hands of her stepfather. For fans of No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder and The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson.”

Mary Bell, Wilbraham Public Library, Wilbraham, MA
NoveList read-alike: Blood by Allison Moorer


One to Watch by Kate Stayman-LondonOne to Watch:  A Novel

by Kate Stayman-London

Dial Press Trade
ISBN: 9780525510444

“In this hilarious and poignant rom-com debut, Bea Schumacher is a highly influential, body positive, heartbroken fashion blogger, who one day writes a blistering, viral, blog post about the lack of diversity on her favorite reality tv dating show, Main Squeeze. For readers who enjoyed Bridget Jones’s Diary and Me Before You.”

Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR
NoveList read-alike: Insert Groom Here by K.M. Jackson


Cover image for The Only Good IndiansThe Only Good Indians

by Stephen Graham Jones

Sage Press
ISBN: 9781982136451

“An own voices horror novel that begins with four young Native American men on a hunting trip that will haunt each of them in unimaginable ways. For fans of Owl Goingback’s Coyote Rage.”

Sarah Fetzer, West Palm Beach City Library, West Palm Beach, FL
NoveList read-alike: Boy in the Box by Marc E. Fit

 


Cover image for Survivor SongSurvivor Song: A Novel

by Paul Tremblay

HarperCollins
ISBN:  9780062679161

“The gripping story opens with a rampant strain of virus (in this case rabies), followed by quarantines, lockdowns, fear, and irrational behavior. It hits alarmingly close to home. For fans of Severance by Ling Ma and Contagion by Robin Cook.”

Sandra Woodbury, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, MA
NoveList read-alike: Sealed by Naomi Booth

 


Cover image for What you wish forWhat You Wish For: A Novel

by Katherine Center

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250219367

“Sam thought the dynamic Duncan Carpenter was out of her life forever, until he returns to the school at which she’s a librarian and makes her think she might just get her happily ever after. For fans of JoJo Moyes and Rebecca Serle.”

Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC
NoveList read-alike: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

 

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LibraryReads June 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 June 2020 LibraryReads List

Mexican Gothic

by  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Del Ray
ISBN:  9780525620785

“A perfect gothic mystery with an updated sensibility that will appeal to the modern
reader. Noemí is a Mexico City socialite in the 1950s. When her father receives a
disturbing letter from his niece, he sends Noemí to check on her cousin at the remote house where she is living–a grotesque and rotting English-style mansion, built on dirt imported from England by the colonialist eugenicist family she has married into. Lush descriptions and the creepy atmosphere make this a good choice for readers who liked The Witch Elm, The Little Stranger, or The Haunting of Hill House.

Lorena Neal, Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero


The Boyfriend Project

by Farrah Rochon

Forever
ISBN:  9781538716625

“In this contemporary romance, three women who were two-timed by the same man become friends. The unique, funny premise cleverly serves as a catalyst for why the women are trying to make changes in their lives. The romance is lovely and finds ways in which the couple struggles to be together. Give this to fans of Mia Sosa and Alisha Rai.”

Ann Carpenter, Brooks Free Library, Harwich, MA
NoveList read-alike: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai


Cover image for Devolution :Devolution:  A Firsthand Account of the
Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

by Max Brooks

Random House
ISBN: 9781984826787

 “Nobody imagines the end of the world quite like Brooks! Here he takes a group of privileged idealists, sets them in a beautiful utopia where they can escape the headaches of the city but suffer none of the inconveniences, and then brutally removes all the comforts they expect to be delivered. Throw in some hungry Sasquatch and things get really interesting. For fans of Blake Crouch and Jeff VanderMeer.”

Amy Hall, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO
NoveList read-alike: The Abominable by Dan Simmons


Cover image for The Empire of GoldThe Empire of Gold: a novel

by S.A. Chakraborty

Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062678164

“This is a story about colonialism and cycles of trauma, giving an in depth look at the politics and psychology of a land warred over by ethnic factions for centuries. Highly recommended to anyone looking for an imaginative fantasy with complex characters, well developed relationships, and insightful social commentary. For readers who enjoy N.K. Jemisin and Tasha Suri.”

Lauren Mitchell, Neenah Public Library, Neenah, WI
NoveList read-alike: Books of Ambha by Tasha Suri


The Girl From Widow Hills: A Novel

by Megan Miranda

Simon & Schuster
ISBN:  9781501165429

“Miranda returns with another engrossing psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story is primarily told from Olivia’s unreliable perspective. News reports, book excerpts, and other media are also used to fill out the story, which keeps the plot moving. For fans of Conviction (Mina) and The Other Mrs. (Kubica).”

Megan Coleman, Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, MD
NoveList read-alike: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber


The Guest List: a novel

by Lucy Foley

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062868930

“A wedding celebration on a remote island off the coast of Ireland turns eerie and
nightmarish in this gothic atmospheric mystery. A good choice for fans of Ruth Ware.”

Bill Anderson, Scott CountyPublic Library, Scottsburg, IN
NoveList read-alike: Go To My Grave by Catriona McPherson

 


The Last Flight: a novel

by Julie Clark

Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781728215723

“Claire and Eva both have reasons for wanting to disappear, so when they happen upon each other at the airport, they decide to take the other person’s flight. However, when one of the planes crashes, the danger they thought they were leaving isn’t far behind. For readers who enjoyed The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine and The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.”

Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
NoveList read-alike: Layover by David Bell


Cover image for LIES THAT BIND.The Lies That Bind: a novel

by Emily Giffin

Ballantine
ISBN: 9780399178955

“Cecily is fresh off a break up and meets a “too good to be true” stranger in a local dive bar. For fans of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.”

Stephanie Hall, Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS
NoveList read-alike: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

 


Cover image for Take a Hint, Dani BrownTake a Hint, Dani Brown: a novel

by Talia Hibbert

HarperCollins
ISBN:  9780062941237

“Dani and Zaf have been low-key flirting forever when a gallant moment is turned into a viral video and the pressure is on for these two to become a couple. This is a fabulously fun and meta take on a classic romance trope, the fake relationship. For fans of The Wedding Date and The Kiss Quotient.”

Jessica Trotter, Capital Area District Libraries, Lansing, MI
NoveList read-alike: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole


Cover image for The Vanishing HalfThe Vanishing Half:  a novel

by Brit Bennett

PenguinGroup
ISBN:  9780525536291

“Centering on two twin light-skinned black girls who grew up in a strange town in the Jim Crow south, this book explores racism, colorism, sexism, and familial relationships through the interweaving storylines of vivid and complicated characters. For fans of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.”

Pamela Gardner, Medfield Public Library, Medfield, MA
NoveList read-alike: A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

 

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LibraryReads May 2020: top ten books librarians love!

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 May 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Something to talk aboutSomething to Talk About

by Meryl Wilsner

Berkley
ISBN:  9780593102527

“Jo, a successful producer and screenwriter, asks her assistant Emma to attend
the SAG awards with her as a buffer to field questions. But after a red carpet
photograph, rumors start spreading about their romantic involvement. A
sweet, slow burn romance that gets steamy at the end between two people
who obviously respect and value the other, despite various communication
issues that arise. Give to readers who liked Girl Gone Viral (Rai),
The Hating Game (Thorne), and Red, White & Royal Blue (McQuiston).”

Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima, WA
NoveList read-alike: When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri


Cover image for All Adults HereAll Adults Here: A Novel

by Emma Straub

Riverhead Books
ISBN:  9781594634697

“The ripple effects of choices linger for years and ultimately shape matriarch Astrid and her children. As several generations grapple with their own truths, an opportunity to begin again ultimately draws them all closer.  This book asks the question, “Who is truth ultimately for, who benefits from it, and who does it hurt?” For fans of Clock Dance (Tyler) and The Most Fun We Ever Had (Lombardo).”

Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
NoveList read-alike: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santo


Cover image for Beach ReadBeach Read

by Emily Henry

Berkley
ISBN:  9781984806734

“Hooray for smart, emotional, well-written romance! Two old enemies meet by chance and decide to solve their writer’s block by swapping genres: Literary writer Augustus will trade his cynicism for a happily ever after, while January will try a “serious” novel where everyone ends up realistically miserable. What could go wrong?  For readers who like Susan Mallery and Jennifer Crusie.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY
NoveList read-alike: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn


Cover image for BIG SUMMER.Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

Atria
ISBN: 9781501133510

“Daphne is a plus-size Instagram influencer who is lovable, funny, and honest.
She is surprised when her former best friend–rich, beautiful, mean girl Drue–
asks her to be in her summer wedding on Cape Cod. Readers of modern romance,
women’s fiction, mystery, and beachy chic-lit will all find something here to ponder.
Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Emily Giffin.”

Kathleen Redfearn, Attleboro Public Library, Attleboro, MA
NoveList read-alike: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews


Cover image for A good marriage :A Good Marriage: A Novel

by Kimberly McCreight

Harper
ISBN:  9780062367686

“In Park Slope, everyone has a “good marriage.” Yet after an annual party that often involves partner swapping, one wife ends up dead. Her husband might not be the
best spouse, but he claims he didn’t kill his wife. If being a bad husband doesn’t make you a murderer, then who in this idyllic community is responsible? Liane Moriarty fans will love this one.”

Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS
NoveList read-alike: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


Cover image for Happy & you know itHappy & You Know It

by Laura Hankin

Berkley
ISBN:  9781984806239

“Claire is a musician whose former band became famous without her. She takes a gig
singing nursery rhymes for a playgroup, and her life takes a couple of sharp lefts from there! For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Elizabeth Berg.”

Danielle Hansard, Westland Public Library, Westland, MI
NoveList read-alike: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy


The Jane Austen SocietyThe Jane Austen Society: a Novel

by Natalie Jenner

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250248732

“Set in the small village of Chawton where Jane Austen lived at the end of her life, just after WWII. Add in a small farmer, the local doctor, a heartbroken widow, a movie actress and other assorted characters all of who love Jane Austen. For readers who enjoyed The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.”

Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList read-alike: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer


Cover image for Network Effect: A Murderbot NovelNetwork Effect: A Murderbot Novel 

by Martha Wells

Tor
ISBN: 9781250229861

“For the unfamiliar, The Murderbot Diaries is an action-packed, smart science fiction
series about a self-hacking robot searching for the meaning of life. This is the first full-length standalone in the series. Given time to develop characters, the peril was even more suspenseful. More than any of the other titles, this one has me hoping for a sequel. For fans of Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie.”

April Lammers, Huntington Beach Public Library, Huntington Beach, CA
NoveList read-alike: The Cassandra Kresnov novels by Joel Shepherd


Cover image for Recipe for PersuasionRecipe for Persuasion:  A Novel

by Sonali Dev

HarperCollins
ISBN:  9780062839077

“Ashna is trying to keep her father’s restaurant, Curried Dreams, from failing. An opportunity is presented to her to be a chef on a reality show, paired with a celebrity. Little does she know that the celebrity, Rico, a soccer star, maneuvered on the
show to be paired with her. For fans of Jasmine Guillory.”

Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY
NoveList read-alike: Savor You by Kristen Proby


Cover image for The Wife StalkerThe Wife Stalker

by Liv Constantine

HarperCollins
ISBN:  9780062967282

“Piper Reynard has moved to Connecticut to start over. She meets Leo, a handsome and successful lawyer who is married to Joanna, who has been waiting for Leo to start focusing on her and the kids again for quite some time. Joanna is determined to find the truth out about Piper, but no one wants to believe what she uncovers. For fans of B.A. Paris and A.J. Finn.”

Laura Sanders, LaFourche Parish Library, Thibodaux, LA
NoveList read-alike:  The Temp by Michelle Francis

 

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Find the Library At Your Place!

Every year, in the third week of April, we in library land invite you to celebrate National Library Week with us.   The novel coronavirus has caused libraries to close their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but we remain open for business online and continue to support our communities with resources, services and programs.

The Nevins Library has continued our services with an active social media feed (you can follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest); free online access to e-books, audio, and magazines through Libby (Overdrive) and free downloadable music from Freegal.   Some of the new databases we’ve added into our arsenal of resources you can access from home are:  Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an interactive kindergarten-readiness program; High School (Gale In Context)  to support student learning, papers, projects, and presentations; Ancestry From Home, perfect for anyone doing genealogy research; and now at-home access to The New York Times newspaper.

Don’t know what to read?  Try our “What Should I Read Next?” readers’ advisory service or check out our A Book A Day Tumblr for suggestions.  For browse-able collections, look through Libby (ebook and eaudio)NovelistPlus (fiction and nonfiction), the Audio Book Cloud (available through August 31, 2020), and the Romance Book Cloud for those addictive, steamy romances.

For the kiddos, our delightful children’s crew have put together some fun virtual storytimes.  So kids and parents, please continue to sing and read along with us!

If you don’t already have a library card and would like to access these resources, please contact Circulation Services and they will create a temporary card for you.

Thank you to all our library supporters!  We can’t wait to see you again and welcome you back to our physical building.  Until then, continue to use all of our virtual resources and stay in touch!