You voted, we counted, and May's LibraryReads Favorite is:
We Were Liarsby E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press)
“This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction and a shocking twist that you won't see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.”
--Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr(Scribner)
"Set during World War II Europe, this novel is sobering without being sentimental. The tension builds as the alternating, parallel stories of Werner and Marie-Laure unfold, and their paths cross. I highly recommend this beautiful and compelling story."
--Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow(Sourcebooks Landmark)
“Two women's stories, separated by close to 100 years, connect through a patchwork quilt. Carolyn finds a quilt in her mother's attic and is intrigued by its origin, and quiltmaker Maria's story is told through transcripts. Trenow carefully stitches together a novel about family secrets, using many interesting details about fabrics, needlework, and textile conservation. A strong sense of place and well-told story make this book superior women's fiction.”
--Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg(Simon & Schuster)
"As Wizenberg tells the story of how she and her husband opened the successful pizza restaurant Delancey, I felt like I was hanging out with a close friend. She also shares delicious sounding recipes for the everyday food they made at home during the hectic days of launching the restaurant. Wizenberg's writing is so sincere and relatable."
--Michelle Marx, Eagle Valley Library District, Avon, CO
The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull(Ecco)
"This book is set entirely in a beehive, but the novel and its characters are so beautifully rendered that it could have been set anywhere. Societal codes and social mores combine with the ancient behavior rituals of bees, bringing forth a remarkable story that is sure to be a book club favorite."
--Ilene Lefkowitz, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ
Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman(Ecco)
"Close your eyes! Don't look! Something is out there that will drive you mad if you see it. Is it an alien invasion? An environmental toxin? Two sisters, Malorie and Shannon, embark on a journey seeking safety and other survivors. I was unable to put this book down. Horror at its best, not graphic, but truly creepy and scary. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense."
--Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX
Sixth Grave on the Edge: A Novel by Darynda Jones(St. Martin's Press)
"The continuing adventures of P.I. Charley Davidson and Grim Reaper (not as mutually exclusive as one would think) are just as delightful as in previous books, with new characters including a wonderfully snarky new demon. Jones expands on Charley's existing relationships and supernatural powers. It's the perfect paranormal-romance-mystery blend that you never knew you always wanted."
--Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl(Random House)
"Billie leaves college to take a job with a soon-to-be disbanded food magazine. What follows is an intriguing story involving dusty archives, long-forgotten letters written during World War II to the illustrious James Beard, and a young woman in New York City who learns to trust her culinary talents. This novel is a delectable feast."
--Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
Bittersweet: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore(Crown)
"As unlikely a pair of roommates as you’re ever likely to meet: plain, working class Mabel Dagmar and beautiful, privileged Genevra Winslow. Mabel spends the summer in the Winslows’ idyllic lakefront property in Vermont, dreaming of being one of them--only to discover that being a Winslow is not all sunshine, yachts, and ease. Being a Winslow means keeping very disturbing family secrets."
The Blessings by Elise Juska(Grand Central Publishing)
"This finely-crafted story is told through a series of Blessing family members' points of view over a two-decade span of time. A deceptively small book with very big themes, this novel is gentle and wise. It made me look at my own close and extended family with new eyes; now I see the ways in which we are alike, not the ways in which we are different. A transformative reading experience. Highly recommended."
--Janet Schneider, Great Neck Library, Great Neck, NY
Yes, we have the Witcher books! The basis for the next major Netflix series, this original story by Polish author Sapkowski could be as popular as the Game of Thrones.
The story-line is a fantasy, with the Witcher of Rivia as the main character who's job it is to slay monsters of all kinds on his own or with the help of wizards, sorceresses, elves, and occasionally humans. Subtlety and ingeniously inserted are references to the fairy tales we all grew up with.
After reading the first book I'm hooked and a fan. I hope that Netflix is up to the challenge of bringing this fantasy to life.
July 2019 LibraryReads
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
Published: 7/9/2019 by Berkley
“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
“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 read…