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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame December 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  December 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly LibraryReads list since 2013. When their third title places on the list via library staff votes, the author moves into the Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for The Dark ArchiveThe Dark Archive: an Invisible Library novel

by Genevieve Cogman

Ace
ISBN: 9781984804785

“Time-traveling librarian/spy Irene Winters is having a week: dodging assassins, training a Fae intern, and contending with her dragon lover’s meddling brother. Colorful characters, a lightning pace, and a surprising revelation will please fans of Cogman’s Invisible Library series.”

Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City County Library, St. Peters, MO

Read-alike: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Read-alike: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Read-alike: Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore edited by Paula Guran


Cover image for The Mystery of Mrs. ChristieThe Mystery of Mrs. Christie: A Novel

by Marie Benedict

Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492682721

“Taking the 11 days that Agatha Christie went missing in the 1920s and adding a fictional twist, Benedict produces this gem of a historical novel with psychological thriller overtones. This novel appeals on so many levels; there is much to love and discuss here.”

Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD

Read-alike: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
Read-alike: The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
Read-alike: And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall


Cover image for Perestroika in ParisPerestroika in Paris: A Novel

by Jane Smiley

Knopf
ISBN:  9780525520351

“Smiley writes the perfect book to help you escape: Like Charlotte’s Web for grown-ups (but no spiders die!). Lovable, charming animals–an adventurous racehorse, a lonely dog, a know-it all raven, a pair of ducks–interact with one another and with the compassionate humans they encounter in the City of Lights.”

Nancy Wiseman, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

Read-alike: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Read-alike: Sirius by Jonathan Crown
Read-alike: A Dog’s Life by Peter Mayle

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame November 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  November 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly LibraryReads list since 2013. When their third title places on the list via library staff votes, the author moves into the Hall of Fame.

 

Archangel’s Sun

by Nalini Singh

Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9780593198124

“This excellent addition to The Guild Hunters series reveals the backstory of mentally wounded angel Sharine (a.k.a.Hummingbird) and archangel Titus as they battle the evil remnants of a devastating war. Singh’s fans will not be disappointed with her latest paranormal romance.”

Karen Garris, Wayne County Public Library, Goldsboro, NC

Read-alike: Sin Eaters by Kai Leakes
Read-alike: A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day
Read-alike: Binding Shadows by Jasmine Silvera


Cover image for Moonflower murdersMoonflower Murders:  A Novel

by Anthony Horowitz

HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062955456

“Retired publisher Susan Ryeland returns to London to shed light on a woman’s recent disappearance, which may be connected to a novel written by Susan’s former client. Agatha Christie fans will devour this story within a story, brimming with red herrings and deliciously devious suspects.”

KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT

Read-alike: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Read-alike: The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Read-alike: The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame October 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  October 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for Crazy Stupid BromanceCrazy Stupid Bromance

by Lyssa Kay Adams

Berkley
ISBN:  9781984806130

“Another enjoyable addition to the Bromance Book Club series. One of the elements I like about this series is how the author uses the book club as a tool to analyze various themes within the romance genre.  This one was particularly good because it dealt with abandonment and forgiveness.”

Erica Naranjo, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA

Read-alike: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Read-alike: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie


Cover image for In a holidazeIn a Holidaze

by Christina Lauren

Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982123949

“Mae and Andrew’s families always vacation together at Christmas. This year’s no different, except Mae keeps experiencing the same days over and over, à la
Groundhog Day. Can she get out of the loop long enough to tell Andrew she’s in love with him? Christina Lauren doesn’t disappoint!”

Michelle Magnotta, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

Read-alike: Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Read-alike: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez


Cover image for Invisible girl :Invisible Girl:  A Novel

by Lisa Jewell

Atria Books
ISBN:  9781982137335

“A teenage girl disappears. A loner living where she was last seen is taken into custody. Case closed? Nothing is this book is that simple.  Jewell is a master at complex characters and plots that keep the reader constantly guessing.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Read-alike: The Party by Robyn Harding
Read-alike: The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen


Cover image for Love your life :Love Your Life:  A Novel

by Sophie Kinsella

Dial Press
ISBN: 9780593132852

“Ava and Matt’s whirlwind romance at a writers’ retreat turns upside down when they return to London and really get to know one another. Kinsella delivers another charming rom-com full of quirky characters and lighthearted humor.”

Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL

Read-alike:  Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Read-alike:  Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall


Cover image for Magic lessonsMagic Lessons:  The Prequel to Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Simon & Schuster
ISBN:  9781982108847

“In the 1600s, witch/healer Hannah Owens finds a baby girl abandoned in a basket guarded by a crow. The resulting tale provides the backstory to the ‘Owens curse’ central to Hoffman’s 1995 novel. Those who’ve read Practical Magic will want a re-read after devouring this prequel.”

Donna Ballard, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

Read-alike: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Read-alike: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry


Cover image for The searcherThe Searcher:  A Novel

by Tana French

Viking
ISBN:  9780735224650

“Cal is an ex-Chicago cop now living in a small Irish town. His hopes for a quiet retirement are dashed when he’s drawn into local intrigue. With intricate plotting and an atmosphere thick as fog, this standalone combines the attitude of the Dublin Murder Squad with the politics of small town life.”

Caitlin Loving, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH

Read-alike: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Read-alike: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

 

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame September 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  September 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for Anxious people :Anxious People: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

Atria
ISBN:  9781501160837

“What happens when a group of house hunters is taken hostage by an incompetent bank robber? Not what you expect. Filled with quirky, troubled characters, Backman’s latest shows us what most people need is kindness, understanding and one another.”

Janine Walsh, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

Read-alike:  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Read-alike:  Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Read-alike:  A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby


Cover image for The book of two ways :The Book of Two Ways:  A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Ballantine
ISBN: 9781984818355

“This deeply felt story oscillates between past and present in the life of Dawn McDowell, a death doula and former Egyptologist. Rich with metaphor and fascinating Egyptology, the novel benefits from being told solely from Dawn’s point of view, pulling readers deep into her world.”

Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH

Read-alike: Cries From The Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Read-alike: My Real Children by Jo Walton
Read-alike: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson


Cover image for A Deadly EducationA Deadly Education:  A Novel

by Naomi Novik

Del Rey
ISBN:  9780593128480

“Scholomance is an elite school of magic where only the strongest survive, literally. Deadly beasts hide around every corner, and the spells learned in class could save your life.  Adventure, world-building, friendships formed in adversity,and a murderous school? Irresistible!

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

Read-alike: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Read-alike: Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Read-alike: Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey


Cover image for Don't look for meDon’t Look For Me

by Wendy Walker

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN:  9781250198709

“Years after Molly accidentally kills her young daughter in a car accident, her family remains torn apart by grief.  When she vanishes one stormy night,the authorities determine she ran away. But when her elder daughter investigates, she realizes the truth may be more sinister.”

Vanessa Phillips, Pelion Branch Library, Pelion, SC

Read-alike: The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Read-alike: The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Read-alike: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Down


Cover image for One by oneOne by One

by Ruth Ware

Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN:  9781501188817

“This delicious locked-room thriller is set amid a group of wealthy tech startup entrepreneurs snowbound at a ski chalet in the French Alps.  It’s And Then There Were None updated for our tech era. Highly recommended for suspense fans.”

Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

Read-alike: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Read-alike: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Read-alike: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall


Cover image for Tools of EngagementTools of Engagement: A Novel

by Tessa Bailey

Avon
ISBN:  9780063034846

“The third entry in the Hot and Hammered series brings back supporting characters Bethany and Wes for their own steamy enemies-to-lovers romance set in the world of HGTV-styler enovation. The book also is notable for its positive portrayal of Bethany’s struggles against anxiety.”

Bethany Dietrich, Bastrop Public Library, Bastrop, TX

Read-alike: The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Read-alike: The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Read-alike: The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel

 

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame August 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  August 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for Emerald Blaze: A Hidden Legacy Novel

  Emerald Blaze:

a Hidden Legacy Novel

by Ilona Andrews

Avon
ISBN: 9780062878366

“While investigating a murder, Texas deputy warden Catalina Baylor must again work with handsome Alessandro Sagredo, a fellow mage who’ll do anything to keep her safe. Another urban fantasy home run for Andrews–the leads are perfect together and the world-building is phenomenal.”

Caroline Quintanilla, Seminole County Public Library, Sanford, FL

Read-alikes:

 Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
 The Sea King by C.L. Wilson
The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

Cover image for The lions of Fifth Avenue :

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

A Novel

by Fiona Davis

Dutton
ISBN: 9781524744618

“A glimpse into women’s lives in 1913 and 1993, with the narrative centering on the New York Public Library. Davis always places female characters from the past and present in an iconic New York building. This book was especially wonderful as it’s a love letter to librarians.”

Donna Ballard, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

Read-alikes:

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
Magician’s Lie by Greer MacAllister
Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame July 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  July 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

Cover image for MalorieMalorie: a Bird Box Novel

by Josh Malerman

Del Rey
ISBN:  9780593156858

“It’s been several years since Malorie and her two young children arrived at The Janet Tucker School For the Blind.  Olympia and Tom, now teenagers, crave to see the world.  But at what cost? Malerman is a master of suspenseful terror and escalating mistrust.  Unlike Birdbox, this latest installment is also filled with hope.”

C Davis, Fairfield Woods Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Read-alike: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Read-alike: The Fireman by Joe Hill
Read-alike: The Changeling by Victor LaValle


Cover image for OutsiderOutsider:  A Novel of Suspense

by Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books
ISBN:  9781250142894

“Kate Burkholder comes to the aid of an old colleague who’s now on the run from her own vice unit in this slow-burn crime thriller. Many series start to lose steam when they’ve been around as long as this one, but Castillo just keeps improving with every book.”

Eve Hall, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, Hopkinsville, KY

Read-alike: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer Fleming
Read-alike: A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller
Read-alike: A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow


Cover image for Playing NicePlaying Nice:  A Novel

by J.P. Delaney

Ballantine Books
ISBN:  9781984821348

“Two babies are switched at birth in the NICU.  One has severe disabilities, the other doesn’t.  Two years later, the families learn of the mistake and their lives–and lies–become more entangled. Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers who are tired of typical plotlines.”

Kelly Verheyden, San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA

Read-alike: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Read-alike: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Read-alike: The Other Couple by Louise Candlish

 

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame June 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  June 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

Alpha Night

by Nalini Singh

Berkley
ISBN:  978-1984803627

“This continuation of the Psy-Changeling series features the shapeshifting wolves of Moscow and their pack alpha, Selenka, but it also brings back many characters from previous books. Another enjoyable, fast-paced paranormal romance from Singh.”

Cathy Shields, East Lyme Public Library, Niantic, CT

Read-alike: The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
Read-alike: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Read-alike: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Read-alike: The Last Wolf by Maria Vale


Cover image for DANCE AWAY WITH ME.Dance Away With Me:  a novel

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

William Morrow
ISBN:  978-0062973054

“Phillips’ slow-burn romance centers around a grieving young widow who is drawn into the life of a frustrated artist. The story’s darker turns are lightened by humor drawn from the small-town Tennessee setting. Highly recommended.”

Rose Miller, Orange Public Library, Orange, CA

Read-alike: Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman
Read-alike: Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne
Read-alike: Sanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers


Cover image for The DilemmaThe Dilemma

by B.A. Paris

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN:  978-1250151360

“If you knew something that was certain to change everything, would you keep it a secret to hold on to tranquility for one more day? Paris’ driving narrative, alternating between the perspectives of a husband and wife, guarantees your book group will be divided over this very question.”

Lorri Steinbacher, Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ

Read-alike: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Read-alike: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Read-alike: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough


Home Before DarkHome Before Dark: a novel

by Riley Sager

Dutton
ISBN:  978-1524745172

“Maggie’s father wrote a famous book about the family’s paranormal experiences when she was a child living at Baneberry Hall. Twenty-six years later she returns to the house to finally face what happened long ago. This suspenseful and compelling book keeps you guessing to the very end.”

Ashley Borer, Normal Memorial Library, Fayette, OH

Read-alike: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Read-alike: The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
Read-alike: The Invited by Jennifer McMahon


Party of Two

by Jasmine Guillory

Berkley
ISBN:  978-0593100813

“In the fifth book of the Wedding Date series, sparks fly between a smart, independent lawyer and a charming, impulsive senator. Guillory thoughtfully incorporates serious issues into her books while keeping the tone light and uplifting. Sweet, sexy, and a lot of fun.”

Jayme Hughes-Gartin, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, OH

Read-alike: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Read-alike: Rumor Has It by Cheris F. Hodges
Read-alike: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Read-alike: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame May 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  May 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for Rodham

 Rodham: a novel

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Random House
ISBN:  9780399590917

“What if Hillary Rodham heeded the red flags that came with dating Bill Clinton in the 1970s? Sittenfeld really captures the voice of a strong, brilliant, independent female narrator in this warm, whip-smart take on what could have been.”

—Lindsay Jensen, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN

Read-alike: The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller
Read-alike: The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
Read-alike: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame March 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  March 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for Eight perfect murders :

  Eight Perfect Murders

by Peter Swanson

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062838209

“Malcolm writes a blog post about eight crime novels featuring “perfect” murders. Years later,an FBI agent tells him a killer is mimicking the books on his list. In an homage to classic mysteries, Swanson creates an artful tale of murder.”

Amy Whitfield, Cary Regional Library, Cary NC

Read-alikes:

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

 

Cover image for The Honey-Don't List

The Honey-Don’t List

by Christina Lauren

Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982123918

“Imagine a world in which two HGTV-style design gurus have a terrible marriage and their assistants have to keep everything from falling apart. This is a super-fun, fast,and easy read.”

Maria Maia, River Forest Public Library, River Forest, IL

Read-alikes:

Playing House by Ruby Lang
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

 

Cover image for The Red Lotus

The Red Lotus: a novel

by Chris Bohjalian

Doubleday Books

ISBN:  9780385544801

“In the aftermath of her boyfriend’s disappearance in contemporary Vietnam, a New York ER doctor discovers the shocking truth about his secret life. This is an exciting edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you reading well into the night.”

Marion Sheehan, Canterbury Public Library, Canterbury, CT

Read-alikes:

Outbreak by Robin Cook
The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer
Life Support by Tess Gerritsen

 

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame February 2020

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  February 2020

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Cover image for The Sun Down MotelThe Sun Down Motel

by Simone St. James

Published by Berkley
ISBN: 9780440000174

“Another chilling ghost story from St. James, who seems to surpass the level of shiver with each book.  A young woman recovers old secrets and stirs up vengeful ghosts when she travels to upstate New York in search of an aunt who disappeared 35 years earlier.”

Patricia Utarro, Monroe County Library System, Rochester, NY

 

Read-alike:
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
The Vanishing by Wendy Webb
The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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