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Monday, May 16, 2022

LibraryReads: June 2022

 It's LibraryReads 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 LibraryReads is the compound interest it is earning. We now have hundreds and hundreds of titles worth suggesting right at our fingertips through this archive OR the sortable master list allowing you to mix and match however you want.
  3. You have no excuse not to hand sell any LibraryReads 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 upcoming 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.
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.

Please remember to click here for everything you need to know about how to participate. Click here to see a database of eligible diverse titles sorted by month.

And finally, here is LibraryReads' extremely helpful Resources page.

Now let's get to that list.... 


June 2022 LibraryReads List!

The Woman in the Library: A Novel 

by Sulari Gentill

Poisoned Pen Press

“Freddie is at the Boston Public Library when a murder occurs. While waiting for the police, she strikes up a conversation with others at her table. The four become friends, but could one of them be the murderer? Much misdirection and an unreliable narrator make for a tight little thriller that will have you sure you know whodunnit until you don't. For fans of The Body in the Library, Magpie Murders, and The Hunting Party.”

—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX 
NoveList read-alike: The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

Now the rest of the list...

The Dead Romantics 

by Ashley Poston


“What would you do if your editor demands that you deliver a finished romance novel tomorrow, but you think romance is dead? And what if he turns up as a ghost on your doorstep the next day? An unputdownable romance that is also about family and death, reconciliation and creativity, stress and the supernatural. For fans of The Love Hypothesis and Go Hex Yourself.”

—Rebecca Whalon, Lakeland Public Library, Lakeland, FL 
NoveList read-alike: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick

Fake It Till You Bake It: A Novel

By Jamie Wesley

St. Martin’s Griffin

“When fashionable, privileged Jada is cut off by her parents, her NFL-team-owning grandmother suggests that she work at a cupcake shop–one that happens to be owned by player Donovan Dell, the sexy but stuck-up guy Jada insulted previously. Neither of them counted on the sweet and spicy vibes that grow between them. A frothy, fun read perfect for fans of Ten Rules for Faking It and The Dating Plan.”

—Laura Eckert, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, OH 
NoveList read-alike: A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Cana

Flying Solo: A Novel

by Linda Holmes

Ballantine Books

“Laurie faces a crossroads. She has just canceled a seemingly perfect wedding and flown across the country to deal with a beloved aunt's estate. Among her aunt’s things, she finds a wooden duck decoy that sends her on a journey to discover its origins, and in the process, herself. A terrific follow up to Evvie Drake Starts Over and great for fans of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.”

—Ron Block, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
NoveList read-alike: Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny

Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting: A Novel 

by Clare Pooley

Pamela Dorman Books

“Iona is a bold woman of a certain age who navigates life without hesitation. When she breaks one of her rules, and speaks with her fellow train passengers, it leads to all sorts of wonderful connections. Iona strives to fix the lives of others, never suspecting that she might be the one in need of friendship, support, and advice. For fans of Oona Out of Order and Anxious People.”

—Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

The Lies I Tell: A Novel 

by Julie Clark

Sourcebooks Landmark

“Journalist Kat befriends con artist Meg in hopes of exposing her in revenge for a past wrong. As they get close, the shifting points of view reveal layers of deception between two masterful manipulators. For fans of fast-paced thrillers in the vein of Mary Kubica and Jessica Knoll.”

—Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library District, Stickney, IL 
NoveList read-alike: Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

The Measure: A Novel 

by Nikki Erlick

William Morrow

“Imagine receiving a mysterious string that tells you exactly how long you’ll live. Now imagine everyone in the world getting their own string. This is the type of book that changes your thoughts on life and lingers for a long time. Perfect for book clubs who loved The Immortalists and The Age of Miracles.”

—Karen Troutman, Walton Tipton Township Library, Walton IN 
NoveList read-alike: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Nora Goes Off Script 

by Annabel Monaghan

G.P. Putnam's Sons

“Nora Hamilton is a TV writer who pens a script based on her disaster of a broken marriage. Next thing she knows, a film crew arrives at her country home with two famous actors in tow. What follows is one of the funniest, heartbreaking-ist and most endearing stories you will read. For fans of Jasmine Guilory and Emily Henry.”

—Stephanie Piro, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NH 
NoveList read-alike: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes: A Novel 

by Cat Sebastian


“Marian, Duchess of Clare, just shot her husband. (He deserved it.) The only person who can help her now is highwayman, con artist, and all-around cheerful villain, Rob Brooks. Rob and Marian have madcap escapades and hijinks as they flee London in this Georgian romance that’s absolute perfection. For readers of KJ Charles and Evie Dunmore.”

— Lindsey Bray, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE
NoveList read-alike: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander: A Bisexual Regency Romance by Ann Herendeen

Tracy Flick Can't Win: A Novel 

by Tom Perrotta


“Tracy Flick is back and better than ever. Or, at least, she WOULD be if she could just nab that job as high school principal. With wry commentary on the education scene and the politics of "having it all,” this sequel to Election will entrance Gen X readers and a whole new generation, too. For fans of Gary Shteyngart and Curtis Sittenfeld.”

—Erin Downey Howerton, Wichita Public Library, Wichita, KS
NoveList read-alike: Everything Is Just Fine by Brett Passel

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly LibraryReads list since 2013. When their third title places on the list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

Click here to access the Hall of Fame Archive with annotations and readalikes

The Hotel Nantucket

by Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown and Company

The House Across the Lake: A Novel 

by Riley Sager


The Locked Room 

by Elly Griffiths

Mariner Books

Wicked Beauty 

by Katee Robert

Sourcebooks Casablanca

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