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Monday, July 15, 2019

Library Reads: August 2019

Today is Library Reads day and that means four things here on RA for All:
  1. I post the list and tag it “Library Reads” so that you can easily pull up every single list with one click.
  2. I can remind you that even though the newest list is always fun to see, it is the older lists where you can find AWESOME, sure bet suggestions for patrons that will be on your shelf to actually hand to them right now. The best thing about Library Reads is the compound interest it is earning. We now have hundreds and hundreds of titles worth suggesting right at our fingertips.
  3. You have no excuse not to hand sell any Library Reads titles because there is a book talk right there in the list in the form of the annotation one of your colleagues wrote for you. All you have to say to your patron is, “such and such library worker in blank state thought this was a great read,” and then you read what he or she said.
  4. Every book now has at least 1 readalike that is available to hand out RIGHT NOW. Book talk the upcoming book, place a hold for it, and then hand out that readalike title for while they wait. If they need more titles  before their hold comes in, use the readalike title to identify more readalike titles. And then keep repeating. Seriously, it is that easy to have happy, satisfied readers.
    Also, the Library Reads Board has also started another great book discovery and suggestion tool for you, a monthly What We're Reading column. This means there are even more library worker approved titles, new and old, for you to choose from. 

    So get out there and suggest a good read to someone today. I don’t care what list or resource you use to find the suggestion, just start suggesting books.

    Also, please remember to click here for my Library Reads 101 recap for everything you need to know about how to participate. And click here to see a database of eligible diverse titles sorted by month. 

    August 2019 LibraryReads

    Don’t miss the August 2019 Hall of Fame Winners! Scroll down or visit the Hall of Fame page.

    The Right Swipe: A Novel

    by Alisha Rai

    Published: 8/6/2019 by Avon
    ISBN: 9780062878090
    “An intelligent, multicultural contemporary romance. Rhi, CEO of the Crush dating app, and Samson, NFL star, embark on a joint project that turns into more than just talk. Issues of #MeToo in the tech industry and the NFL’s concussion problem are woven in. For readers of the Forbidden Heart series, Elle Wright, and Alyssa Cole.”
    Jessica Werner, The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA 
    NoveList Read-alike: Fumbled by Alexa Martin

    Ellie and the Harpmaker

    by Hazel Prior

    Published: 8/6/2019 by Berkley
    ISBN: 9781984803788
    “When Ellie walks into the Harp Barn, her life is bound to change. Dan the harpmaker is a sensitive soul who gives Ellie a harp. Ellie’s husband Clive thinks the gift is inappropriate and doesn’t support her desire to play, so she takes lessons behind his back. An engaging and tender book for fans of Fredrik Backman and Graeme Simsion.”
    Kathleen Harriott, Punta Gorda Public Library, Punta Gorda, FL 
    Novelist Read-alike: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

    Inland: A Novel

    by Téa Obreht

    Published: 8/13/2019 by Random House
    ISBN: 9780812992861
    “Obreht lays a mythical voice over an already dreamlike landscape of drought in Arizona. A mother and half-grown sons generate a powerful dynamic not often explored, and the youngest, who knows about scary beasts, brings magic and intuition. A journey into a barren world, inside and out. For fans of Larry Watson and Alice Hoffman.”
    Katherine Phenix, Rangeview Library District, Adams County, CO 
    NoveList Read-alike: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

    The Last Widow: A Novel

    by Karin Slaughter

    Published: 8/20/2019 by William Morrow
    ISBN: 9780062858085
    “A fast-paced thriller in the Will Trent series has Will and Sara trying to prevent a deadly epidemic. The book tells the story of what is happening to three different people during the same short time periods, as they are unaware of the actions of the others. For readers who enjoy Tana French and John Sanford.”
    Susanne Guide, Union County Public Library, Liberty, IN
    NoveList Read-alike: The Helen Grace series by M.J. Arlidge

    Life and Other Inconveniences

    by Kristan Higgins

    Published: 8/6/2019 by Berkley
    ISBN: 9780451489425
    “Explores the complex relationships between caregivers and their children, as four generations of one family reflect on their past, and the failing health of the family matriarch looms large. For readers who like fully developed characters with real-world problems, and fans of Jennifer Weiner and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”
    Amanda Kowalcze, Green Hills Public Library District, Palos Hills, IL
    NoveList Read-alike: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

    Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel

    by Ilona Andrews

    Published: 8/27/2019 by Avon
    ISBN: 9780062878342
    “The fifth Hidden Legacy paranormal adventure requires middle sister Catalina, now head of House Baylor, to use all her skills and poise to make the right decisions for herself and her family. For fans of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called.”
    Lynne Welch, Herrick Memorial Library, Wellington, OH 
    NoveList Read-alike: The Lily Bound series by Yasmine Galenorn

    The Swallows: A Novel

    by Lisa Lutz

    Published: 8/13/2019 by Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 9781984818232
    “A dark, satirical book that centers around a school and the revenge that we seek in times of humiliation. It’s a twisty read that will have you following an investigation filled with secrets, lies, and threats. For readers who liked Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and Small Admissionsby Amy Poeppel.”
    Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK 
    NoveList Read-alike: The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

    Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel

    by Katherine Center

    Published: 8/13/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
    ISBN: 9781250047328
    “A traumatic event as a young woman has left firefighter Cassie with a hard shell which breaks apart as she learns about forgiveness, love, and friendship. With gripping firefighting scenes and a love story, this is perfect for fans of Jo Jo Moyes or Marissa de los Santos.
    Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL
    NoveList Read-alike: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

    The Warehouse: A Novel

    by Rob Hart

    Published: 8/20/2019 by Crown
    ISBN: 9781984823793
    “Paxton and Zinnia are new employees at Cloud where they work, live, and have their productivity and location tracked through their smartwatches. Gibson is the dying industrialist who created the Cloud company and is touring the country visiting his facilities. This near-future dystopian sci-fi thriller made me leery of ever shopping online again. For fans of The Circle by Dave Eggers and Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone.”
    Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh, NC
    NoveList Read-alike: 1984 by George Orwell

    The Whisper Man: A Novel

    by Alex North

    Published: 8/20/2019 by Celadon Books
    ISBN: 9781250317995
    “Tom and his son Jake move to Featherbank to rebuild their life after the death of Tom’s wife; unknown to them, the town has a dark history and another little boy has gone missing and Jake begins to hear whispers in his new house. For fans of Joe Hill and Paul Tremblay.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ 
    NoveList Read-alike: The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

    The Perfect Wife: A Novel

    by JP Delaney

    Published: 8/6/2019 by Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 9781524796747
    “Abbie wakes up with no memory of how she ended up in the hospital. Her tech wizard husband tells her that after a horrific accident, he spent five years trying to bring her back. But is Abby’s return a miracle of science, or a nightmare? Delaney’s latest psychological thriller keeps you guessing.”

    Joan Meis Wilson, Needles Public Library, Needles, CA
    Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
    How to Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman
    The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

    The Turn of the Key

    by Ruth Ware

    Published: 8/6/2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
    ISBN: 9781501188770
    “Rowan travels to northern Scotland to nanny for a rich, eccentric family; a seemingly perfect job until everything unravels. The isolated location, creepy gothic vibe, unreliable narrator, and brilliant twists keep readers on edge from start to finish in a pulse-pounding read.”
    Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT 
    Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
    While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
    The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

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