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LibraryReads List April 2018
Announcing the April 2018 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and April's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Circe by Madeline Miller
(Little, Brown and Company)
"Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as
she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of
Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood,
mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological
drama or anyone who loves a strong female lead."
George, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake, UT
the rest of the LibraryReads April Top 10:
Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
"The story follows a stay-at-home mom. There
is a satisfying rhythm to the book. Crazy things happen, and the next
day the kids have to get to school and soccer practice. The shifting
point of view, from the mother to various people living in the town
is successful in imparting a snarky tone, bringing to life the
gossipy small town setting."
“The latest from psychological thriller master
Swanson is a whirlpool of darkness, taboos, and secrets. When his
father commits suicide, Harry Ackerson returns home to Maine. Harry
finds more questions than answers as he faces his attractive young
stepmother, the attentions of a seductive stranger, and the many
questions posed by the local investigators.”
Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library,
Huntington Station, NY
How to be Safe A Novel by Tom McAllister
"This novel uses fiction as a tool to show how
guns and violence are affecting contemporary society. Anna’s
fictional experiences illustrate the real-life hypocrisy, lack of
leadership, and fear of expressing controversial opinions.
Great fiction for readers who tend to stay in the nonfiction
Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI
Then She Was Gone
A Novel by Lisa Jewell
"Part psychological fiction, part ghost story,
both tragic and uplifting. A decade after the disappearance of her
teenage daughter, Laurel Mack meets a charming single father with two
daughters, the youngest of whom reminds Laurel deeply of her lost
daughter Elle, and she becomes obsessed with her unanswered
Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield,
Unbury Carol A Novel by Josh Malerman
“This horror novel, set in the Old West, is creepy,
atmospheric, and suspenseful. A husband has nefarious plans for his
comatose wife Carol. James Moxie, a legendary outlaw, sets off on The Trail to save
her. Hot on James’ tail is a sinister hit man with a thirst for
murder-by-fire and a supernatural entity, Rot, who wants to collect
Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library,
The Female Persuasion A Novel
by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead Books)
"A complex coming of age story. A college
student finds herself transformed by her experience with a renowned
feminist and activist in the center of the women’s movement. This is
a story of women finding their way and making mistakes in the world
of men. This is a novel that makes you feel and think in equal
Chris Markley, Hawkins County Libraries,
You Think It, I'll Say It Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
(Random House) "A collection of ten short stories from the
author of Eligible.
Literary fiction with young adult appeal. Well-developed characters
in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and
cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form."
Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library,
My Lady's Choosing An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and
"A choose-your-own-adventure romance with Jane
Austen flair. You are a spirited but penniless heroine in
eighteenth-century society and courtship season has begun.
Victoria Catron, Neva Lomason Memorial Library,
The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What
Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
“Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of
her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister
fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa,
looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her
harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a refugee.”
Janet Kowal, Connetquot Public Library, Bohemia, 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…