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We are happy to share the wonderful news that public library staff across the nation have selected three Random House titles for the October 2015 LibraryReads Top Ten list, including the top pick! And congratulations to our colleagues at Penguin for their picks: After You, A Banquet of Consequences, and The Secret Chord.

Click to prepare for your October Readers’ Advisory.

City on Fire: A Novel (#1)
by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)
“WOW! An excellently executed work with intricate plot lines and fascinating characters. It’s a story of how the stories of many different people of New York City in the late seventies crash into each other like waves on rocks. This work may encapsulate the whole of New York City, as it has wealth, love, filth, passion, aimless angst, and the myriad of other aspects of humanity swirling in that amazing city.”―Racine Zackula, Wichita Public Library, Wichita, KS

After You: A Novel (#2)
by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books)
“I loved Me Before You and thought it ended in the perfect place, but any doubts I had about continuing the story were quickly erased when I started this sequel. Jojo Moyes is a master at tugging on your heartstrings. I laughed, I cried, and I nearly threw my Kindle against the wall at one point. Give this to anyone in your life who has experienced a tragic loss. With a box of tissues.” ―Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH

A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel (#3)
by Elizabeth George (Viking)
“Still reeling from a previous fall from grace, police detective Barbara Havers has a chance to redeem her standing–if she can unravel the very twisted threads that led to the murder of a prominent English feminist. Meanwhile, her superior officer Thomas Lynley pursues a love interest even as he keeps a sharp lookout for any slip-ups by Havers. This is the strongest addition to the series in years.”― Starr Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, Falls Church, VA

Slade House: A Novel (#4)
by David Mitchell (Random House)
“Every nine years, Slade House appears in a little alley in London, and every nine years, someone disappears into it, never to be seen again. Fans of The Bone Clocks will inhale this compact, six-part work that draws on Mitchell’s established mythology and reintroduces a familiar character or two. New readers, however, won’t be lost. Literary fiction, fantasy, and a dose of horror combine here to make a deeply satisfying book.”―Jenny Arch, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel (#5)
by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)
“The premise of Atwood’s latest is interesting, grounded strongly in current social and economic issues. The writing is as elegant and beautiful, as always with Atwood. I recommend this book because it is a wonderful and thought-provoking novel. People who have enjoyed other Atwood works should definitely take a look at this one.”―Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

The Secret Chord: A Novel (#6)
by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
“Brooks does it again, in this fascinating and richly detailed fictionalized account of the life and times of King David. We see David as he might actually have been: a charismatic leader of men, both brutal and conflicted. This is perfect for historical fiction readers who enjoy lots of detail and believable characters. It transports you to the times and places inhabited by David.”―Marilee Cogswell, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

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For more information about the program, or to learn how to vote for your favorite upcoming books, visit LibraryReads.org. And, don’t forget, voting for the November LibraryReads list ends 9/20/15!

October 2015 LibraryReads Top Ten List Announced!

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  • Four of these are on my must read list.

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