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LibraryReads October 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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October 2019 LibraryReads List

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson

Published: 10/15/2019 by Doubleday Books
ISBN: 9780385539302

“A fascinating look at the human body and how it functions. Each historical tidbit is well-researched and thoroughly cited. Interesting stories, such as how diseases, cells, nerves, and organs were discovered, are woven throughout. For readers who like narrative nonfiction such as Gulp by Mary Roach, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and Guts by Giulia Enders.”

Carolynn Waites, Manvel Library, Manvel, TX
NoveList Read-alike: Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman


The Art of Theft

by Sherry Thomas

Published: 10/15/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451492470

“In this fun, playful series, Thomas has created a female version of Holmes who is vibrant, real, relatable, and intelligent. This fourth book has Holmes and Watson travel to France, with twists and turns the reader won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series and Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series.”

Carrie Pedigo, Tippecanoe County Public Library, Lafayette, IN
Novelist Read-alike: Jem Flockhart novels by E.S. Thomson


The Butterfly Girl: A Novel

by Rene Denfeld

Published: 10/1/2019 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062698162

“Denfield’s writing is like lyrical poetry, with every word captivating. Add to this an amazing mystery, a plethora of suspense, and an ending that exceeds all expectations, and we have another 5 star book. For fans of What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan and Love You More by Lisa Gardner.”

Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT
NoveList Read-alike: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin


Cilka’s Journey: A Novel

by Heather Morris

Published: 10/1/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250265708

“A powerful follow-up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this story begins after the liberation of Auschwitz, when Cilka is sentenced by the Soviet liberators to 15 years in one of Stalin’s Siberian labor gulags. From one death camp to another–for doing what was needed to survive. For fans of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.”

Don Crankshaw, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN
NoveList Read-alike: House of Meetings by Martin Amis


Imaginary Friend

by Stephen Chbosky

Published: 10/1/2019 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781538731338

“Christopher and his mom run from an abusive boyfriend and seek peace and quiet in a new town. Instead, Christopher becomes agitated and sneaks out at night, doing anything a “nice man” tells him to do. This is pure horror, a classic battle of good and evil, and a must for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Paul Tremblay.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
NoveList Read-alike: The Stand by Stephen King


The Library of the Unwritten

by A. J. Hackwith

Published: 10/1/2019 by Ace
ISBN: 9781984806376

“The ideas of books never actually written possess dangerous potential and power. They are kept in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell. Determined librarians tend the library keeping watch for escaped characters, angels and demons. For fans of Genevieve Cogman or Neil Gaiman.”

Jessica Trotter, Capital Area District Library, Lansing, MI
NoveList Read-alike: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo

Published: 10/8/2019 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250313072

“Alex has always been able to see ghosts, and this talent uniquely qualifies her to become part of the Lethe, a group that regulates the eight magical societies at Yale. When a murder happens nearby the campus, Alex suspects that a society has their hand in this and it’s not just a normal homicide. For fans of urban fantasy and secret societies.”

Amy Verkruissen, Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Lake Charles, LA
NoveList Read-alike: Magic For Liars by Sarah Galley


Nothing to See Here

by Kevin Wilson

Published: 10/29/2019 by Ecco
ISBN: 9780062913463

“A funny, snarky narrator takes on the job of caretaker for kids with remarkable and strange abilities. Everyone involved learns that sometimes all we need after being repeatedly let down is someone to rely on. For fans of Chuck Kosterman and Gary Shteyngart.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList Read-alike: Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty


Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

by Jaquira Diaz

Published: 10/8/2019 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616209131

“Diaz was out of control. Her life was a never ending cycle of indifferent (or worse) parenting, street fights, abuse, drugs, arrests, alcohol, skipping school—all are detailed in this coming of age memoir. Reading this extraordinary memoir, I was reminded that no one can make you do something until you decide to on your own. For fans of Hunger by Roxane Gay and When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.”

Linda Tilden, Mt. Laurel Public Library, Mt. Laurel, AL
NoveList Read-alike: Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden


Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

by Kate Racculia

Published: 10/8/2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780358023937

“Engaging characters set off to follow the mysterious clues of the will of an elderly, wealthy eccentric for a chance at winning the grand prize. Young grief and loss, family guilt, secrets, and hilarity are featured throughout. Plus: ghosts! For readers who liked The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson and Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst.”

Pamela Gardner, Medfield Public Library, Medfield, MA
NoveList Read-alike: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

 

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LibraryReads September 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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September 2019 LibraryReads List

Red at the Bone: A Novel

by Jacqueline Woodson

Published: 9/17/2019 by Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9780525535270

“A rich, multigenerational weaving of two families, starting at Melody’s coming-of-age party. She wears the dress her mother didn’t get to wear because she was pregnant with Melody at the time. Alternating narration moves forward and backward in time, reflecting on family, desire, identity, and parenthood. For fans of Jesmyn Ward and Brit Bennett.”

Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima Valley, WA
NoveList Read-alike: Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate


Bringing Down the Duke

by Evie Dunmore

Published: 9/3/2019 by Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9781984805683

“Oxford student Annabelle is knee deep in the suffragette movement. The Duke is wary of supporting a cause not in the crown’s best interest, but can’t deny his attraction to Annabelle. A well-done version of the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story. Perfect for fans of Juliana Gray and Amanda Quick.”

Amanda Brill, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC 
Novelist Read-alike: Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner


Don’t You Forget About Me

by Mhairi McFarlane

Published: 9/10/2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062958464

“Aspiring writer Georgina, broke and a mess, gets a job at a bar owned by Lucas, whose heart she broke in high school. This fresh, funny story has just the right amount of sexual tension, and well-developed, relatable characters. A must-read for rom-com fans of Jane Green and Mary Kay Andrews.”

Theresa Bond, Middlesex Public Library, Middlesex, NJ 
NoveList Read-alike: One Day in December by Josie Silver


The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Published: 9/24/2019 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062963673

“For siblings Danny and Maeve, the Dutch house is much more than a structure. It is the bones of their family, a symbol connected to love, loss, achievement, and abandonment. They are connected to this house all their lives, even after being flung out of it. For fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
NoveList Read-alike: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy


The Long Call

by Ann Cleeves

Published: 9/3/2019 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250204448

“In this new series, the introspective detective Matthew Venn of Devon and his team search for an itinerant worker’s murderer. Connections emerge to Venn’s estranged parents’ religious community and his partner’s workplace. A solid, almost cozy British mystery for fans of Kate Atkinson and Elly Griffiths.”

Carol Melichar, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL
NoveList Read-alike: Reverend Clare Fergusson mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming


No Judgments

by Meg Cabot

Published: 9/24/2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062890047

“Bree moves to the Florida Keys after a devastating breakup. When a hurricane threatens to wipe out the town, she refuses to evacuate and scrambles to protect the pets her neighbors were forced to leave behind. I don’t know if Little Bridge Island is a real place or not but it officially has a place in my heart. For contemporary romance fans like Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.”

Amber Greenwood, Edgewood Public Library, Edgewood, MD 
NoveList Read-alike: First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan


The Secrets We Kept: A Novel

by Lara Prescott

Published: 9/3/2019 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780525656159

“Inspired by a true story of Dr. Zhivago. Pasternak had finished his controversial novel and needed to get it out of Russia to be published. A CIA agent posing as a typist is trained by another female operative and the two work to save the Cold War masterpiece. For readers who enjoyed The Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.”

Mamie Ney, Auburn Public Library, Auburn, MA 
NoveList Read-alike: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee


This Tender Land

by William Kent Krueger

Published: 9/3/2019 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781476749297

“Odie and company escape a sadistic boarding school and travel through Depression-era America, meeting angels, devils– and everyone in between–along the way. It’s like Huck Finn and friends meet the Odyssey. For fans of Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy and Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.

Lori Hench, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD
NoveList Read-alike: 99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai


The Water Dancer: A Novel

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published: 9/24/2019 by One World
ISBN: 9780399590597

“A gorgeous novel blending historical fiction and magical realism to create a powerful portrait of the people who made up the Underground Railroad. For readers who enjoyed Beloved by Toni Morrison and She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore.”

Mara Bandy-Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
NoveList Read-alike: Kindred by Octavia Butler


Well Met

by Jen DeLuca

Published: 9/3/2019 by Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9781984805386

“Emily has been through a rough patch and needs a new start. Where better to start than a small town that puts on a Ren Faire every year. At first she thinks it’s silly, but a handsome pirate soon changes her mind. For fans of Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.”

Michelle Herring, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL 
NoveList Read-alike: Hard Day’s Knight by Katie Macalister

 

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LibraryReads August 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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August 2019 LibraryReads List

The Right Swipe: A Novel

by Alisha Rai

Published: 8/6/2019 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062878090

“An intelligent, multicultural contemporary romance. Rhi, CEO of the Crush dating app, and Samson, NFL star, embark on a joint project that turns into more than just talk. Issues of #MeToo in the tech industry and the NFL’s concussion problem are woven in. For readers of the Forbidden Heart series, Elle Wright, and Alyssa Cole.”

Jessica Werner, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA 
NoveList Read-alike: Fumbled by Alexa Martin


Ellie and the Harpmaker

by Hazel Prior

Published: 8/6/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9781984803788

“When Ellie walks into the Harp Barn, her life is bound to change. Dan the harpmaker is a sensitive soul who gives Ellie a harp. Ellie’s husband Clive thinks the gift is inappropriate and doesn’t support her desire to play, so she takes lessons behind his back. An engaging and tender book for fans of Fredrik Backman and Graeme Simsion.”

Kathleen Harriott, Punta Gorda Public Library, Punta Gorda, FL 
Novelist Read-alike: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce


Inland: A Novel

by Téa Obreht

Published: 8/13/2019 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812992861

“Obreht lays a mythical voice over an already dreamlike landscape of drought in Arizona. A mother and half-grown sons generate a powerful dynamic not often explored, and the youngest, who knows about scary beasts, brings magic and intuition. A journey into a barren world, inside and out. For fans of Larry Watson and Alice Hoffman.”

Katherine Phenix, Rangeview Library District, Adams County, CO 
NoveList Read-alike: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami


The Last Widow: A Novel

by Karin Slaughter

Published: 8/20/2019 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062858085

“A fast-paced thriller in the Will Trent series has Will and Sara trying to prevent a deadly epidemic. The book tells the story of what is happening to three different people during the same short time periods, as they are unaware of the actions of the others. For readers who enjoy Tana French and John Sanford.”

Susanne Guide, Union County Public Library, Liberty, IN
NoveList Read-alike: The Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge


Life and Other Inconveniences

by Kristan Higgins

Published: 8/6/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451489425

“Explores the complex relationships between caregivers and their children, as four generations of one family reflect on their past, and the failing health of the family matriarch looms large. For readers who like fully developed characters with real-world problems, and fans of Jennifer Weiner and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”

Amanda Kowalcze, Green Hills Public Library District, Palos Hills, IL
NoveList Read-alike: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos


Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel

by Ilona Andrews

Published: 8/27/2019 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062878342

“The fifth Hidden Legacy paranormal adventure requires middle sister Catalina, now head of House Baylor, to use all her skills and poise to make the right decisions for herself and her family. For fans of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called.”

Lynne Welch, Herrick Memorial Library, Wellington, OH 
NoveList Read-alike: The Lily Bound series by Yasmine Galenorn


The Swallows: A Novel

by Lisa Lutz

Published: 8/13/2019 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781984818232

“A dark, satirical book that centers around a school and the revenge that we seek in times of humiliation. It’s a twisty read that will have you following an investigation filled with secrets, lies, and threats. For readers who liked Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel.”

Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK 
NoveList Read-alike: The Red Word by Sarah Henstra


Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel

by Katherine Center

Published: 8/13/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250047328

“A traumatic event as a young woman has left firefighter Cassie with a hard shell which breaks apart as she learns about forgiveness, love, and friendship. With gripping firefighting scenes and a love story, this is perfect for fans of Jo Jo Moyes or Marissa de los Santos.

Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL
NoveList Read-alike: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes


The Warehouse: A Novel

by Rob Hart

Published: 8/20/2019 by Crown
ISBN: 9781984823793

“Paxton and Zinnia are new employees at Cloud where they work, live, and have their productivity and location tracked through their smartwatches. Gibson is the dying industrialist who created the Cloud company and is touring the country visiting his facilities. This near-future dystopian sci-fi thriller made me leery of ever shopping online again. For fans of The Circle by Dave Eggers and Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone.”

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh, NC
NoveList Read-alike: 1984 by George Orwell


The Whisper Man: A Novel

by Alex North

Published: 8/20/2019 by Celadon Books
ISBN: 9781250317995

“Tom and his son Jake move to Featherbank to rebuild their life after the death of Tom’s wife; unknown to them, the town has a dark history and another little boy has gone missing and Jake begins to hear whispers in his new house. For fans of Joe Hill and Paul Tremblay.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ 
NoveList Read-alike: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

 

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LibraryReads July 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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July 2019 LibraryReads List

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

by Abbi Waxman

Published: 7/9/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451491879

“Nina likes her bookish life just fine. She works in a bookstore and is on a highly competitive trivia team. She is funny and snarky and great company (says this reader). Suddenly, a father she never knew dies and leaves her with a pack of brothers and sisters and Nina may be forced out of her comfortable reading chair. For readers who enjoyed Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey and The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald.”

Eileen Curley, Hagaman Public Library, East Haven, CT
NoveList Read-alike: The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland


The Book Charmer

by Karen Hawkins

Published: 7/30/2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781982135669

“Sarah is the librarian in a small Southern town called Dove Pond. Her magic is matching the right book to the right reader at the right time in their life. Grace is a city girl, new in town and in need of a little magic herself. For readers who enjoyed The Library of Lost and Found and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,.”

Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC 
Novelist Read-alike: Any Sarah Addison Allen


The Escape Room: A Novel

by Megan Goldin

Published: 7/30/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250219657

“Highly successful colleagues Sam, Vincent, Sylvie, and Jules are no strangers to the competitive world of high finance but after they become trapped in an elevator escape room they find themselves having to work together. For readers of Tana French, Karin Slaughter, and Harlan Coben.”

KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList Read-alike: Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski


Gods of Jade and Shadow

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Published: 7/23/2019 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780525620754

“In 1920s Mexico, a young woman unwittingly awakens a Mayan god and is pulled into his quest for vengeance. The odyssey that follows takes her through the jungles to Mexico City and the underworld as she realizes her inner strength and passion. For readers who enjoyed Uprooted and Circe.”

Emily Plagens, Allen Public Library, Allen, TX 
NoveList Read-alike: Deathless by Cathrynne Valente


How to Hack a Heartbreak

by Kristin Rockaway

Published: 7/30/2019 by Graydon House
ISBN: 9781525834257

“It’s no secret that women in the tech world are undervalued and have to work twice as hard for their success. This persistent problem in the tech industry is tackled here in a pithy and engaging way without diminishing its importance. For readers who liked The Assistants by Camille Perri.”

Josie Myers, Greenwood Public Library, Greenwood, IN 
NoveList Read-alike: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren


The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel

by J. Ryan Stradal

Published: 7/23/2019 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780399563058

“A heartwarming and witty novel with a distinctly Minnesotan feel, the author follows two sisters and their grandmother who become involved in the brewing industry. For readers who loved Where’d You Go Bernadette.”

Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
NoveList Read-alike: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler


Layover

by David Bell

Published: 7/2/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780440000860

“Joshua’s life has become a predictable pattern of departures and arrivals, a lot of his time spent in airports until he meets Morgan on a layover and there is an instant connection. during a layover, with whom he feels a deep connection. The next time he sees her is on the news as a missing person. For readers who liked Faithful Place by Tana French and Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker.”

Michelle Magnotta, Mamaroneck Public Library, Mamaroneck, NY 
NoveList Read-alike: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson


Lock Every Door: A Novel

by Riley Sager

Published: 7/2/2019 by Dutton
ISBN: 9781524745141

“A young woman gets a job house sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous apartments. A slow-burn full of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion. For readers who enjoyed The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window.”

Megan Alabaugh, Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, OH
NoveList Read-alike: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney


The Nickel Boys: A Novel

by Colson Whitehead

Published: 7/16/2019 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385537070

“An incredibly powerful story about an abusive boys’ reform school in the 1960s. Whitehead skillfully brings each character to life even as they suffer physical and emotional horrors. For fans of Panopticon by Jenni Fagan.”

Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL 
NoveList Read-alike: The Boys of the Dark: A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South by Robin Gaby Fisher


Wanderers: A Novel

by Chuck Wendig

Published: 7/2/2019 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399182105

“A pandemic is sweeping the nation that causes affected people to sleepwalk. They cannot be awoken and family and friends must accompany them on their journey while the CDC tries to find the cause and cure. For fans of Cryptonomicon and The Windup Girl.”

Kyle Sederstrom, Overbrook Public Library, Overbrook, KS 
NoveList Read-alike: The Stand by Stephen King

 

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LibraryReads June 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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June 2019 LibraryReads List

Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel

by Linda Holmes

Published: 6/25/2019 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780525619246

“Relationships are hard, whether with a spouse, a best friend, a new love interest, or ourselves. Evvie navigates all of these after a life-changing series of events. An engaging novel that explores relationship nuances without being too dark or too cutesy. For fans of Jenny Colgan, Cecilia Ahern, and Sophie Kinsella.”

Maribeth Fisher, Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains, NJ 
NoveList Read-alike: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman


Ayesha at Last

by Uzma Jalaluddin

Published: 6/4/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9781984802798

“Ayesha puts aside dreams of poetry and works in Toronto as a teacher to repay debts to her family. A deep-rooted family trauma ties Khalid to his controlling mother and gives him a rigid understanding of the world. Can these two young Muslims forge a healing path? A sweet modern romance perfect for readers of The Wedding Date and The Kiss Quotient.”

Ariel Yang, Forest Grove City Library, Forest Grove, OR 
Novelist Read-alike: The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli


Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel

by Deb Spera

Published: 6/11/2019 by Park Row
ISBN: 9780778307747

“Three strong women support each other through tough times in 1924 South Carolina. Gertrude, Retta, and Annie unite against injustice in their small town in this beautifully written story in which time and place come to life. For readers who enjoyed The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Invention of Wings.”

Suzy Card, Grapevine Library, Grapevine, TX 
NoveList Read-alike: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash


City of Girls: A Novel

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Published: 6/4/2019 by Riverhead
ISBN: 9781594634734

“Free-spirited Vivian recounts her life, focusing on her formative years in the 1940s. Nineteen and new to NYC, she became the costumer for her aunt’s struggling theater company. Colorful characters, misadventures, triumphs, and trials populate this fun, frolicking read. For fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL
NoveList Read-alike: The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard by Erin McGraw


Fix Her Up: A Novel

by Tessa Bailey

Published: 6/11/2019 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062872838

“After her brother’s best friend (and her longtime crush) Travis is injured, Georgie makes it her goal to bring him back to the land of the living. When he needs help cleaning up his wild image, she is happy to help…and maybe score some action on the side. A funny, endearing, and spicy romance. For readers of Christina Lauren.”

Jessica Batten, Marion County Public Library System, WV 
NoveList Read-alike: The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely


Kingdom of Exiles

by Maxym M. Martineau

Published: 6/25/2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492689386

“An epic fantasy love story that hooks readers from the beginning with its expert world-building. The characters are skillfully crafted, realistic and sympathetic. Readers will look forward to continuing the journey in this new series. For fans of Whims of Fae by Nissa Leder and Blood Oath by Raye Wagner.”

Leanna Frankland, New York Public Library, New York, NY
NoveList Read-alike: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet


Magic for Liars: A Novel

by Sarah Gailey

Published: 6/4/2019 by Tor Books
ISBN: 9781250174611

“A blend of fantasy and murder mystery. Magic meets noir, throw in some romance and some witty dialog and you have a great pick for summer reading. For fans of Jasper Fforde and the Charley Davidson novels.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH 
NoveList Read-alike: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley


Mrs. Everything: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

Published: 6/11/2019 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501133480

“A sweeping story about sisters Jo and Bethie, following them from their 1950s roots in Detroit to the present day. This novel is both heartwrenching and funny, and readers will cry and laugh with them along the journey. For fans of Juliet McDaniel’s Mr. and Mrs. American Pie.

Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twisnburg, OH
NoveList Read-alike: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See


Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

by Roselle Lim

Published: 6/11/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9781984803252

“Natalie inherits her grandmother’s restaurant in quickly-gentrifying Chinatown in San Francisco. A tea leaf reading tells Natalie she must cook three recipes from her Grandmother’s cookbook for her neighbors who are being pushed out in order for the restaurant to succeed. For fans of The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship and Like Water for Chocolate.

Meghan Marong, Lackawanna Public Library, Scranton, NY 
NoveList Read-alike: Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li


Recursion: A Novel

by Blake Crouch

Published: 6/11/2019 by Crown
ISBN: 9781524759780

“Compelling and accessible to the non-science-fiction reader. It is a suspenseful, thought-provoking book about altered memories, and how technology can be used for good, or for ill, or should never be used at all. For fans of Michael Crichton.”

Will Harbauer, Toledo Library, Toledo, OH 
NoveList Read-alike: Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

 

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LibraryReads May 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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May 2019 LibraryReads List

The Bride Test

by Helen Hoang

Published: 5/7/2019 by Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9780451490827

“On the autism spectrum, Khai doesn’t feel anything for anyone. His mother recruits Esme, a young Vietnamese woman, to marry him. A realistic, humorous romance that reveals the slow path to love and a meaningful relationship. For those who loved The Kiss Quotient, The Rosie Project, and The Wedding Date.”

Jessica C. Williams, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin, OH
NoveList Read-alike: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel

by Kim Michele Richardson

Published: 5/7/2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492671527

“Blue-skinned Cussie brings books via horseback to rural, racially intolerant Kentucky in the 1930s. Her efforts demonstrate that people crave intellectual stimulation even when they are poverty stricken in a food desert. For fans of Sandra Dallas and Lee Smith.”

Courtenay Reece, Millville Public Library, Millville, NJ
Novelist Read-alike: Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks


The Farm: A Novel

by Joanne Ramos

Published: 5/7/2019 by Random House
ISBN: 9781984853752

“What sounds like an easy way to make money while indulging in a spa-like oasis propels young pregnancy surrogates into ethically complex decisions, racial inequities, and new friendships. For those who loved The Handmaid’s Tale and Future Home of the Living God.”

Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
NoveList Read-alike: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua


The Flatshare: A Novel

by Beth O’Leary

Published: 5/28/2019 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250295637

“In this entertaining and humorous romance, Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but have never met. Who says you can’t fall in love if your only communication has been through Post-It notes? For fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.”

Kelly Moore, Carrollton Public Library, Carrollton, TX
NoveList Read-alike: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


How Not to Die Alone

by Richard Roper

Published: 5/28/2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9780525539889

“Andrew’s Council job is finding people to pay for funerals for the recently deceased, and he seems bound to a similar lonely destiny. When lively Peggy joins the staff, he begins to wonder if there’s more to life than model trains. Give to fans of Jojo Moyes, Nick Hornby, and Gail Honeyman.”

Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Public Library System, Port Angeles, Washington
NoveList Read-alike: Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel

by Sonali Dev

Published: 5/7/2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780062839053

“Trisha Raje is a talented neurosurgeon, from an immigrant Indian family, descended from royalty. When she meets a patient’s brother we embark on a classic tale of enemies to lovers. With likable characters and an appealing story line, I highly recommend this book. For readers who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and The Wedding Party.”

Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY
NoveList Read-alike: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal


Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel

by Casey McQuiston

Published: 5/7/2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250316776

“First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is in his last semester of university and has an antagonistic relationship with Prince Henry of Wales. But friendship and then love blossoms when they are forced to pretend to be buddies after an embarrassing altercation. For fans of a good rom-com.”

Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD
NoveList Read-alike: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan


The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel

by Juliet Grames

Published: 5/7/2019 by Ecco
ISBN: 9780062862822

“The life story of Italian-American Stella Fortuna is told through an interesting conceit: the times she nearly died. We follow her through an impoverished childhood in rural Italy, coming to America as a teenager, and finally wife, mother, and widow in suburban Connecticut. For fans of The Stars Are Fire and Daughter of Fortune.”

Celia Morse, Berkley Public Library, Berkley, MA
NoveList Read-alike: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant


Storm Cursed

by Patricia Briggs

Published: 5/7/2019 by Ace
ISBN: 9780425281291

“Mercy Thompson has opened her garage again and is trying to get back to normal. Now that the Tri-Cities is neutral ground, all kinds of supernatural beings are heading her way. If you’re a Briggs fan, you’re going to love this book and look forward to the next. For fans of the Walker Papers and Weather Warden series.”

Helen Imre, Franklin Township Public Library, Somerset, NJ
NoveList Read-alike: The Jane Yellowrock novels by Faith Hunter


Sunset Beach: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews

Published: 5/7/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250126108

“After her mother’s death, Drue Campbell inherits her grandparent’s beach cottage in Sunset Beach, Florida where she takes a job with her estranged father who is married to her high school frenemy. For readers who enjoyed The Identicals and Life’s a Beach.”

Evelyn Janoch, Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, OH
NoveList Read-alike: The Perfect Coupleby Elin Hilderbrand

 

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LibraryReads April 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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April 2019 LibraryReads List

Lost Roses: A Novel

by Martha Hall Kelly

Published: 4/9/2019 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781524796372

“The Ferriday family (The Lilac Girls) returns in this story of love, loss, and triumph. The voices of four compelling female characters tell of the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and World War I. Highly recommended for book clubs and fans of Anthony Doerr, Susan Meissner, and Lauren Belfer.”

Mamie Ney, Auburn Public Library, Auburn, ME
NoveList Read-alike: The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck


The Girl He Used to Know

The Girl He Used to Know

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Published: 4/2/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250200358

“A college romance with an odd, quiet girl fades when she fails to follow him to New York after graduation as promised. Ten years later, a chance meeting in Chicago reunites them. An interesting story giving insight into the world of a high functioning autistic adult. For readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project.”

Virginia Holsten, Vinton Public Library, Vinton, IA
Novelist Read-alike: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh


The Invited: A NovelThe Invited: A Novel

by Jennifer McMahon

Published: 4/30/2019 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385541381

“Nate and Helen leave their teaching jobs to build their dream home in rural Vermont. Helen begins seeing ghosts, and Nate becomes obsessed with a white doe. An unputdownable thriller about a house with a tragic past. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly and Attica Locke.”

Terri Smith, Cornelia Library, Mt. Airy, GA
NoveList Read-alike: Mansion by Ezekiel Boone


Little Darlings: A NovelLittle Darlings: A Novel

by Melanie Golding

Published: 4/30/2019 by Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 9781683319979

“A creepy, beautifully written story about a new mother of twin boys who claims to have seen a strange creature who wants to steal her babies. Doctors and the police are dismissive. Then the unthinkable happens. For fans of modern myths, psychological suspense, and Fiona Barton.”

Amy Verkruissen, Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Lake Charles, LA
NoveList Read-alike: The Other Mother by Carol Goodman


Miracle Creek: A Novel

by Angie Kim

Published: 4/16/2019 by Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9780374156022

“When a medical treatment facility explodes, killing two people, the ensuing murder trial rocks the town while witnesses go to extremes to conceal their darkest secrets. Part family drama, part whodunit, Miracle Creek is a gripping debut. For fans of Celeste Ng and Liane Moriarty.”

Portia Kapraun, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
NoveList Read-alike: Defending Jacob by William Landay


The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-In-Law: A Novel

by Sally Hepworth

Published: 4/23/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250120922

Lucy hopes to have a good relationship with her husband Ollie’s mother, but Diana makes it difficult. When Diana is found dead of an apparent suicide, Lucy reexamines everything she knows about Diana and the rest of the family. For fans of The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand and The Lake House by Kate Morton.

Chris Markley, Kingsport Public Library, Kingsport, TN
NoveList Read-alike: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones


Normal People by Sally RooneyNormal People: A Novel

by Sally Rooney

Published: 4/16/2019 by Hogarth
ISBN: 9781984822178

“Follows the complicated relationship between Connell, a popular boy, and Marianne, a lonely and private girl, through their high school years and college. A great book club pick. For fans of Three Junes by Julia Glass and Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.”

Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
NoveList Read-alike: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear Mcbride


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

by Ruth Reichl

Published: 4/2/2019 by Random House
ISBN: 9781400069996

“Reichl’s captivating story about leaving her job as a New York Times restaurant critic to become Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine. Her writing is as luscious as the food she critiques. For fans of Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and My Life in France by Julia Child.

Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN
NoveList Read-alike: My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Southern Lady Code: Essays

by Helen Ellis

Published: 4/16/2019 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385543897

“A funny, spot-on collection of essays on topics ranging from marriage and manners, three-ways, and how to be a good friend in the middle of a murder trial. For fans of You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano and Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList Read-alike: Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley


Women Talking

by Miriam Toews

Published: 4/2/2019 by Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781635572582

“In a modern-day Mennonite community, eight women surreptitiously gather in a barn to decide their future after learning the truth behind two years of sexual assaults committed by neighbors and family members. Their circuitous, swooping two-day conversation touches on faith, autonomy, duty, anger, and their hopes for their lives and those of their children in this compelling and haunting read. For fans of Lauren Groff.”

Andrea Gough, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
NoveList Read-alike: The Natural Way Of Things by Charlotte Wood

 

 Courtesy of LibraryReads.org