Public library staff across the nation have spoken! Congratulations to all the books selected for the April 2016 LibraryReads Top Ten list!
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Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (Top Pick!)
By Curtis Sittenfeld
“Love, sex, and relationships in contemporary Cincinnati provide an incisive social commentary set in the framework of Pride and Prejudice. Sittenfeld’s inclusion of a Bachelor-like reality show is a brilliant parallel to the scrutiny placed on characters in the neighborhood balls of Jane Austen’s novel, and readers will have no question about the crass nature of the younger Bennets, or the pride—and prejudice—of the heroine.”―Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY
The Obsession (#2)
By Nora Roberts
“Readers who love romantic thrillers will be mesmerized by the latest Roberts offering. The suspense kept me up all night! Naomi Carson, a successful young photographer, has moved across the country and fallen in love. She thinks she has escaped her past, but instead finds that the sins of her father have become an obsession. The serial killer premise makes it a tough read for the faint-hearted, but sticking with it leads to a thrilling conclusion.”―Marilyn Sieb, L. D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI
The Murder of Mary Russell: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#3)
By Laurie R. King
“Worried about Mary Russell? Well, you should be. She’s opened her door to the wrong man and deeply troubling secrets are set to tumble out, rewriting her history and putting herself and the people she loves in a dangerous spot. Once again, King spins a tantalizing tale of deception and misdirection for her readers’ delight and scores a direct hit in her latest Russell-Holmes mystery.”―Deborah Walsh, Geneva Public Library District, Geneva, IL
‘Til Death Do Us Part (#4)
By Amanda Quick
“Gothic atmosphere meets tender romance in Quick’s latest Victorian era tour de force. Calista Langley asks crime novelist Trent Hastings for assistance in unmasking a twisted secret admirer that seems to have singled her out, and the two become tangled up in more than just an investigation. Quick perfectly balances setting, characters, plot, and relationship development–the end result being a story that will delight her legion of fans, as well as earn her new ones.”―Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY
Lilac Girls: A Novel (#5)
By Martha Hall Kelly
“This is story of the Ravensbruck Rabbits: seventy-four women prisoners in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Using alternating first-person narratives, the characters relate their experiences from 1939 through 1959. Drawing upon a decade of research, Hall reconstructs what life was like in Ravensbruck. More than a war story, this is a tale of how the strength of women’s bonds can carry them through even the most difficult situations. Lilac Girls is a solid, compelling historical read.”―Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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