Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with 25 of Our Favorite LibraryReads
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when all libraries nationwide join the American Library Association to remind everyone about why libraries matter, what libraries do, and how important having access to libraries are in our local communities. Libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our communities. With a library card, you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs to downloading e-books and audiobooks to your mobile devices and streaming movies online. There is so much you can access with a library card and most things you can do from the comfort of your home!
To help you get in the spirit we are sharing our favorite LibraryReads books that have been published so far in 2020. LibraryReads is “the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction.” Each month they share the top ten books published that library staff across the country love. From the 90 books selected to date for 2020, we have curated a list of our 25 books that we have read and loved! For the full LibraryReads list, don’t forget to check out their archive.
Long Bright River A Novel by Liz Moore
Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters’ childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naive teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill, but no one could figure out what was wrong with her. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar. After serving five years in prison, Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score. Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling.
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today–what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?–as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
The dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.
Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin
A dark, witty page-turner about a struggling young musician who takes a job singing for a playgroup of overprivileged babies and their effortlessly cool moms, only to find herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men and no dating.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia HIbbert
Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy.
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
In this thought-provoking, wise and emotionally rich novel, New York Timesbestselling author Susan Wiggs explores the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself as she asks the question, If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
An ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives–two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl — in nineteenth-century Australia.
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
A true-crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoingis a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
A gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning.
What do you think about these books?
Have you read any of these books? Are any on your TBR? What are your favorite reads from this list?