10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in March

There’s a light at the end of that winter tunnel! While you’re waiting for spring to finally arrive, why not hunker down with a good book? There are some great ones coming to our shelves in March!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for March are:

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  2. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  3. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  4. The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
  5. Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
  6. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  7. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
  8. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
  9. The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford
  10. Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in February

February. This quote from the Old Farmer’s Almanac pretty much sums it up:

“Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spittin’; if you’re not mitten-smitten, you’ll be frostbitten!”

We recommend curling up with a good book. Getting swept up in a good story can make the days fly by!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for February are:

  1. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  2. A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
  3. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
  4. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
  5. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  6. Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
  7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  8. A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
  9. The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
  10. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in January

What better way to start off the new year than with some new books? Lucky for us, there are some terrific ones coming our way in January.

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for January are:

  1. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
  2. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
  3. The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister
  4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  5. Golden Son (Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy) by Pierce Brown
  6. The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag
  7. The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
  8. Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
  9. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  10. Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

 

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014

The top ten titles that public library staff most enjoyed recommending in 2014 have been announced. As part of LibraryReads first-year celebration,  library staff members across the country voted on their favorite LibraryReads’s picks from the monthly lists beginning with the first one in September, 2013.

The resulting list, in order of most votes received, is:

1. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher’s rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.

2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. Follow the unlikely pair in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of unexpected joys, discovery and love.

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 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.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer, and fall in love for the first time.

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Readers who love the novelist for her richly developed, dark, multi-layered characters and thoroughly researched topics will not be disappointed. Tartt pulls together many threads of a story across a long span of pages and into a complete masterpiece.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. 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.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living?

8. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. A single mom, her math genius daughter, her eye-shadow-wearing stepson, a wealthy computer geek and a smelly dog all get into a car…it sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually another charming novel from Jojo Moyes.

9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace.

10. Longbourn by Jo Baker. Using Pride and Prejudice’s familiar setting and characters, Baker tells a very different story of family, love and self-discovery.beautiful, uplifting novel full of mystery, hope and romance. Highly recommended for Austen fans and historical fiction readers.

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in November

It’s November, time to put on a sweater, throw another log on the fire, and give thanks for a lot of great new books coming your way!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for November are:

  1. Us by David Nicholls
  2. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
  3. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
  4. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  5. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  6. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
  7. The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
  8. In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King
  9. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas  by Stephanie Barron
  10. Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet