Nominations for the January 2015 LibraryReads list (which also includes December 2014 titles this time) are due on November 20. Here’s what we recommend:
December 2014 titles
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Grace and Ted Chapman are a literary power couple whose marriage is anything but perfect. So it’s good news when the new assistant Beth arrives and gets everything under control—except maybe her motives aren’t entirely altruistic.
SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a NASA-sponsored National Underwater Robotics Competition.
FIVE by Ursula Archer
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. “The suspense builds until the shocking climax.” — Publishers Weekly
January 2015 titles
FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, GARDEN SPELLS, Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. “Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.” — Booklist, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject “First Frost.”
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
In the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about William Heming, a real estate agent who is most at home among a stranger’s private things. “[A] gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “A Pleasure and a Calling.”
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Masterman’s follow-up to her Edgar Award-nominated debut thriller RAGE AGAINST THE DYING. Brigid takes in her nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate after Gemma’s mom dies, but then dangerous things start happening. First someone tries to poison her dogs, then Brigid—is Gemma Kate to blame?
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
In the hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE BONE SEASON, Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject “Mime Order.”
DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm
The sinuous and provocative story of good cop Maureen Coughlin struggling painfully into her own on the streets of New Orleans.
For more December/January LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!
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