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LibraryReads August 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 August 2020 LibraryReads List

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

by Alexis Daria

ISBN:  9780062959928

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

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

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

by Isabel Wilkerson

Random House
ISBN:  9780593230251

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

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

Cover image for The ExilesThe Exiles: A Novel

by Christina Baker Kline

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062356345

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

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

Cover image for Harrow the ninthHarrow the Ninth

by Tamsyn Muir

ISBN:  9781250313225

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

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

Cover image for The Night SwimThe Night Swim: A Novel

by Megan Goldin

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250219688

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

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

Cover image for No Offense.No Offense: A Novel

by Meg Cabot

ISBN:  9780063007123

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

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

Cover image for The Silent WifeThe Silent Wife: A Novel

by Karin Slaughter

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062858108

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

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

Cover image for Squeeze MeSqueeze Me:  A Novel

by Carl Hiassen

ISBN:  9781524733452

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

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

Cover image for The SwitchThe Switch:  A Novel

by Beth O’Leary

FlatIron Books
ISBN:  9781250769862

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

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

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

by Roselle Lim

ISBN: 9781984803276

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

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


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LibraryReads: 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 July 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 July 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Peace TalksPeace Talks

by Jim Butcher

ISBN:  9780451464415

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

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

Boyfriend Material

by Alexis Hall

Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN:  9781728206141

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

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

Crooked Hallelujah

by Kelli Jo Ford

Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802149121

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

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

The Heir Affair

by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9781538715918

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

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

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

by Susan Wiggs

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062914095

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

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

Memorial DriveMemorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

by Natasha Trethewey

ISBN:  9780062248572

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

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

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

by Kate Stayman-London

Dial Press Trade
ISBN: 9780525510444

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

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

Cover image for The Only Good IndiansThe Only Good Indians

by Stephen Graham Jones

Sage Press
ISBN: 9781982136451

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

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


Cover image for Survivor SongSurvivor Song: A Novel

by Paul Tremblay

ISBN:  9780062679161

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

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


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

by Katherine Center

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250219367

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

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


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LibraryReads: 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

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

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

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 June 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 June 2020 LibraryReads List

Mexican Gothic

by  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Del Ray
ISBN:  9780525620785

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

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

The Boyfriend Project

by Farrah Rochon

ISBN:  9781538716625

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

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

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

by Max Brooks

Random House
ISBN: 9781984826787

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

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

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

by S.A. Chakraborty

Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062678164

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

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

The Girl From Widow Hills: A Novel

by Megan Miranda

Simon & Schuster
ISBN:  9781501165429

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

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

The Guest List: a novel

by Lucy Foley

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062868930

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

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


The Last Flight: a novel

by Julie Clark

Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781728215723

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

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

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

by Emily Giffin

ISBN: 9780399178955

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

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


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

by Talia Hibbert

ISBN:  9780062941237

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

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

Cover image for The Vanishing HalfThe Vanishing Half:  a novel

by Brit Bennett

ISBN:  9780525536291

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

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


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LibraryReads: 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 May 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 May 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Something to talk aboutSomething to Talk About

by Meryl Wilsner

ISBN:  9780593102527

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

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

Cover image for All Adults HereAll Adults Here: A Novel

by Emma Straub

Riverhead Books
ISBN:  9781594634697

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

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

Cover image for Beach ReadBeach Read

by Emily Henry

ISBN:  9781984806734

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

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

Cover image for BIG SUMMER.Big Summer

by Jennifer Weiner

ISBN: 9781501133510

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

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

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

by Kimberly McCreight

ISBN:  9780062367686

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

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

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

by Laura Hankin

ISBN:  9781984806239

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

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

The Jane Austen SocietyThe Jane Austen Society: a Novel

by Natalie Jenner

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250248732

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

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

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

by Martha Wells

ISBN: 9781250229861

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

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

Cover image for Recipe for PersuasionRecipe for Persuasion:  A Novel

by Sonali Dev

ISBN:  9780062839077

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

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

Cover image for The Wife StalkerThe Wife Stalker

by Liv Constantine

ISBN:  9780062967282

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

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


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LibraryReads April 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 April 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for The southern book club's guide to slaying vampiresThe Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel

by Grady Hendrix

Quirk Books
ISBN:  9781683691433

“Hendrix’s latest novel, possibly his darkest yet, addresses racism, sexism, and the mistaken belief that housewives are dull. Patricia and friends, all genteel Southerners, start a true crime book club. They have to apply what they’ve learned when a vampire moves into town. Patricia grows from a mildly dissatisfied homemaker to a vampire-fighting dynamo who thinks three steps ahead and takes ownership of her life. With perfect pacing, there’s never a moment where readers can let their guard down. An excellent choice for horror fans of Joe Hill, David Wong, and Christopher Moore.”

Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Public Library, Corona, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Cover image for A bad day for sunshineA Bad Day for Sunshine: A Novel

by Darynda Jones

St. Martins Press
ISBN:  9781250149442

“Jones follows up her Charley Davidson series in a spectacular fashion with a new series featuring police chief Sunshine Vicram. A fun, UN-PUT-DOWN-ABLE read with a large cast of lovable, diverse characters, several mysteries to solve, and laugh-out-loud humor. Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich and J.A. Jance.”

Pamela Steinke, Mott Public Library, Mott, ND
NoveList read-alike: The Dime by Kathleen Kent

Cover image for The Book of LongingsThe Book of Longings: A Novel

by Sue Monk Kidd

ISBN: 9780525429760

“Ana is Jesus’s wife and a force in her own right. Monk does not sensationalize her writing about a fictional marriage for Jesus, but rather goes into great historical detail and imagines what it would be like to be a woman in that time. If you have been waiting for a book like The Red Tent for the past 20 years, this is it. Give to fans of Anita Diamant and Marilynne Robinson.”

Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
NoveList read-alike: The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman

Cover image for The book of lost friends :The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel

by Lisa Wingate

Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781984819888

“Another fantastic, hard-to-put-down book by Wingate. The story moves back and forth from the post Civil War era where freed slaves are searching for lost family to the modern day South where a struggling new teacher is trying to engage her students. A must read for those who enjoyed Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi or On Agate Hill by Lee Smith.”

Cindy Ritter, Hamilton North Public Library, Cicero, IN
NoveList read-alike: Cane River by Lalita Tademy

Cover image for Chosen onesChosen Ones: A Novel

by Veronica Roth

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN:  9780358164081

“Some years back, five teens were picked, after they fulfilled a prophecy, to fight the Dark One. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that battle, they find out that the Dark One is still alive in a parallel universe. Do the young heroes have what it takes to fight him again? Packed with action, suspense, and breath-taking twists and turns. A good choice for fans of Lev Grossman and N.K. Jemisin.”

Trisha Perry, Oldham County Public Library, LaGrange, KY
NoveList read-alike: Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Cover image for Girl Gone ViralGirl Gone Viral: A Novel

by Alisha Rai

ISBN:  9780062878137

“When a random guy sits at Katrina’s cafe table, a nearby woman shares the exchange on social media with her own interpretation that soon goes viral. Katrina can’t care less because she’s been crushing on her bodyguard, Jas, for years. Now to save her from the media blitz, Jas needs to hide her away somewhere — maybe his house in Northern California? For fans of The Right Swipe and Christina Lauren.”

Jessica C. Williams, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin, OH
NoveList read-alike: Revealed to Him by Jen Frederick

Cover image for The Happy Ever After PlaylistThe Happy Ever After Playlist

by Abby Jimenez

ISBN: 9781538715642

“Sloan, still recovering from the sudden death of her fiancé finds a stray dog and brings him home. She calls the number on the tag but there is no response. Once she has fallen for the dog, the owner shows up and Sloan gets a second chance at love. For lovers of romantic comedies like Less by Andrew Sean Greer and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.”

Theresa Bond, Middlesex Public Library, Middlesex, NJ
NoveList read-alike: About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

Cover image for He started itHe Started It: A Novel

by Samantha Downing

ISBN: 9780451491756

“A funny, twisted, scary story about Beth, Eddie, and Portia, siblings who are required to recreate a fateful road trip in order to claim their inheritance. For readers who enjoyed The Kill Club and Eight Perfect Murders.”

Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH
NoveList read-alike: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Cover image for Little SecretsLittle Secrets: A Novel

by Jennifer Hillier

St. Martins Press
ISBN:  9781250154224

“This fast-paced thriller opens on the kidnapping of a young boy. More than a year after her son’s disappearance, Marin discovers her husband is having an affair and begins down a path of secrets and betrayal. For readers who enjoyed Lady in the Lake and Lock Every Door.”

Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL
NoveList read-alike: Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell

Cover image for Undercover BromanceYou Deserve Each Other

by Sarah Hogle

G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN:  9780593085424

“Naomi realizes she is only 18% in love with Nicholas, but doesn’t want to be the one to break it off, so she devises a plan to force him to break up with her. For readers who liked The Wedding Party and Well Met.”

Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD
NoveList read-alike: To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters


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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.


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  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


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


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


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


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LibraryReads March 2020: top ten books librarians love!


 March 2020 LibraryReads List

Cover image for My Dark VanessaMy Dark Vanessa: a novel

by Kate Elizabeth Russell

ISBN:  9780062941503

“A Lolita for the #MeToo era, it’s unsettling, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think.  The narrative shifts from 2000, when Vanessa gains admission to an elite New England prep school, to 2017, when she tries to come to terms with yer experience, her role in it, how it’s affecting her present, and the choiices she faces to find resolution and move forward.  For fans of Notes on a Scandal (Heller), Trust Exercise (Choi), and His Favorites (Walbert)”

Michelle Sampson, York Public Library, York, ME
NoveList read-alike:  The Coming Storm by Paul Elliott Russel

Cover image for The glass hotel :The Glass Hotel: a novel

by Emily St. John Mandel

ISBN:  9780525521143

“A gorgeously written, immersive book about how easy it is to cross lines into questionable moral territory.  At its center is Vincent, who loses her mother when she’s13 and as an adult makes her way into the heart of the Country of Money in New York City. Narrated by a number of well-drawn characters in a shifting timeline. For fans of A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Goldfinch.”

Diana Armstrong, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
NoveList read-alike: The Luminous Heart of Jonah S by Gina Barkhordar Nahai

Cover image for Darling rose goldDarling Rose Gold

by Stephanie Wrobel

ISBN: 9780593100066

“Terrific psychological suspense based on an actual case where a mother deliberately made her daughter sick for years. The story is told in alternating perspectives from the points of view of Rose Gold and her mother, Patty, complex characters who are masterfully drawn, seeming sympathetic at some points and unsympathetic in others. For readers who liked The Silent Patient and The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.”

Alice Kober, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO
NoveList read-alike: Mother, Mother by Karen Zalickas

Cover image for A Good NeighborhoodA Good Neighborhood

by Therese Anne Fowler

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250237279

“When a local businessman removes several old trees to build a mini-mansion, he isn’t seen favorably by his new neighbor Valerie, an ecology professor. When their teenagers begin to secretly date you know it’s not going to end well. Told from multiple viewpoints(including the neighborhood chorus), this heart-wrenching novel explores class, race, and what it means to be a good neighbor. For those who enjoyed Commonwealth, The Hate U Give, and A Place for Us.”

Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL
NoveList read-alike: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Cover image for If I Never Met YouIf I Never Met You: a novel

by Mhairi McFarlane

William Morrow
ISBN:  9780062958501

“When Jamie and Laurie become trapped in an elevator, they conjure up a fake relationship in order to get what they want from work and make an ex jealous. They end up falling for each other…but can they trust it? An enjoyable romance with characters you care about.  For readers who liked Not the Girl You Marry and The Flatshare.”

Melissa Stumpe, Johnson County Public Library, Greenwood, IN
Novelist read-alike:  The Betting Vow by K.M. Jackson

Cover image for In five years :In Five Years: novel

by Rebecca Searle

Atria Books
ISBN:  9781982137441

“An ambitious young lawyer disregards a prophetic dream that doesn’t fit into her five-year plan until she meets the man of her dreams five years later. Love has a plan of its own. For readers who enjoyed Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella, You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley, and The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory.”

Kristin Friberg, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
NoveList read-alike: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Cover image for A Murderous RelationA Murderous Relation

by Deanna Raybourn

ISBN: 9780451490742

“Veronica Speedwell and her partner, Stoker, find themselves involved in a mystery that coincides with the killing spree of Jack the Ripper. For fans of the Ladies Travelers Guide series and the Amelia Peabody mysteries.”

Stacy Tomaszewski, Alameda County Library, San Jose, CA
NoveList read-alike: The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

Cover image for The returnThe Return

by Rachel Harrison

ISBN: 9780593098660

“The story of a creepy hotel, a mysterious disappearance and reappearance, and the complexities of friendships. For fans of Stephen King and Thomas Harris.”

Kate Currie, Hennepin County Library, Hennepin County, MN
NoveList read-alike:  My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


Cover image for The two lives of Lydia Bird :The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: a novel

by Josie Silver

Ballantine Books
ISBN:  9780593135235

“A beautifully written exploration of heartbreak and grief, that takes place over the course of 18 months after Lydia loses her fiance Freddie in a tragic accident. For fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan.”

Ashley Giangregorgio, Virginia Beach Public Library,Virginia Beach, VA
NoveList read-alike: Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

Cover image for Undercover BromanceUndercover Bromance

by Lyssa Kay Adams

Berkley Books
ISBN:  9781984806116

“Take one romance-reading hero, his bromance book club, and add a wickedly strong heroine. This one strikes the right balance of snark, heart, and humor. For fans of Alexa Martin and Julie James.”

Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL NoveList read-alike: The Full Series by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes

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