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LibraryReads List March 2018
Announcing the March 2018 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and March's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
"For readers who enjoyed Mackintosh’s I Let You Go and I See
You, you most certainly
will enjoy her latest suspenseful thrill ride. Anna has been struggling
to get on with her life after her parents' suicides when she starts to
receive clues that maybe her parents did not carry out the heinous act
that everyone believed they committed."
the rest of the LibraryReads March Top 10:
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
"Parallel narratives, one set in Vermont 1950
and the other in Vermont 2014, are woven together in this intricate
mystery. Timely themes of violence toward women and abuses of power
resonate throughout. A well-crafted and unsettling tale for fans of
Gothic horror and female centered thrillers."
Kate Currie, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis,
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
"Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant with a
drinking problem. Rock bottom comes when she wakes up in a hotel room
in Dubai with a dead man next to her. Warning: do not read this on a
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library,
Commerce Township, MI
Sometimes I Lie A Novel by Alice Feeney
"For fans of the recent psychological
Woman In the Window and The Wife Between Us, comes
another one that will keep you on your toes. I felt like I needed a
whiteboard to keep track of the twists and turns."
Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library, Salem,
by Patricia Briggs
"The latest installment in the Alpha and Omega
series. The tension between humans and werewolves is ramping up and
Charles and Anna are becoming more deeply involved in Pack business.
For readers who enjoy Ilona Andrews and Kelly Armstrong."
Shana Harrington, Las Vegas Clark County Library
District, Las Vegas, NV
Sunburn A Novel by Laura Lippman
“Polly leaves her husband and child while on a
beach vacation and winds up in a small town in Delaware with almost
nothing. She gets a job at the local bar and starts a relationship
with Adam, someone who seems to have landed in the town by accident
as well. As the novel progresses, we learn of Polly's past and soon
you won't know what to believe. Sunburn
is a twisted novel that will suck you in.”
Annice Sevett, New Hanover County Public Library,
Every Note Played
by Lisa Genova (Gallery/Scout Press)
"Richard is a successful concert pianist who
has contracted ALS and now his right arm is paralyzed. His wife
Katrina takes on the role of reluctant caretaker. Theirs is a
marriage filled with secrets, blame, loneliness, and disappointment.
The book is beautifully written and visceral in its description of
the progression of ALS. Most moving to this reader was both
characters’ impassioned relationship to music."
Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North
Girls Burn Brighter A Novel by Shobha Rao
(Flatiron Books) "A beautiful tale of survival despite
overwhelming destructive forces all around. After her mother’s death,
Poornima is left to care for her siblings and father until her
arranged marriage. When a free spirited Savitha enters, Poornima
begins to imagine a different life. Told in alternating perspectives,
the girls' ambition keeps them going through unimaginable
Darla Dykstra, Mid-Continent Public Library,
Alternate Side A Novel by Anna Quindlen
“This book really captures contemporary New York,
the increasing disparity between the wealthy Manhattanites and those
who work for them and live in the outer boroughs, and the obsessive
search for parking. The title hits exactly the right tone as
“alternate side” has several meanings in this novel." Rosemarie Borsody, Lee Library Association, Lee, MA
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
“This novel brings to mind Hitchcock. This is
the story of two women, friends in college, until an accident
drives a wedge between them. Years later, Alice is living in
Tangier with her husband when Lucy shows up. A twisted tale told in
alternating points of view."
Terri Smith, Cornelia Habersham County
Library, Cornelia, GA
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…