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LibraryReads January 2021: top ten books librarians love!


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

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

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
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: 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

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

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 December 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 December 2020 LibraryReads List

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

by Denise Williams

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

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

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

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: 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

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 November 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 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

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

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

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


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

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: 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

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

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 October 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 October 2020 LibraryReads List

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

by V. E. Schwab

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

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

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

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
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

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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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

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

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

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 September 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 September 2020 LibraryReads List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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


 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

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


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

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Courtesy of LibraryReads Hall of Fame Authors