Public library staff across the nation have spoken! Congratulations to the books selected for the May 2022 LibraryReads Top Ten List.
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
In a humorous, charmingly wise novel perfect for fans of Fredrik Backman and TJ Klune, the forced retirement of a shy, closeted postman in northern England creates the opportunity for him to track down his lost love, embrace his true self, connect with his community, and finally experience his life’s great adventure…
“This quietly touching novel follows Albert, a closeted gay mail carrier who’s lived life as a perpetual outsider. His job provides comfort, but impending retirement leaves him at a crossroads: can he find a way to go on and be accepted for who he really is? Cain takes readers on a moving and hopeful journey. For fans of The Guncle and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. ”—Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
NoveList read-alike: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches…
“In this slow-burn Gothic novel, Beatriz joins her new rich husband at his family’s dilapidating estate, where she dreams of a better life. But the rumors of her husband’s first wife’s death and unsettling supernatural incidents have Beatriz fearing for her own life. Her only hope of survival is a witchy priest. For fans of Mexican Gothic and the film Crimson Peak.”—Kari Bingham-Guiterrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
NoveList read-alike: The Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro
The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.
“This delightful cozy mystery features characters from Jane Austen and introduces sleuths Jonathan Darcy (son of
Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam) and Juliet Tilney (daughter of Catherine and Henry). Jonathan and Juliet are well matched as amateur investigators and, of course, as potential romantic partners. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Barron and Anna Dean.”—Amy Norton, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, IL
NoveList read-alike: Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, beloved New York Times bestseller Emma Straub offers her own twist on traditional time travel tropes, and a different kind of love story.
“On the day before Alice turns 40, her father is near death. She then wakes the next day to find that it’s her 16th birthday and her dad is young and healthy. Is there anything she’d change about the past, now that she has the chance? A poignant look at the paths we choose in life. For fans of Fredrick Backman and Rebecca Serle.”—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Hide by Kiersten White
A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“The premise: fourteen strangers are invited to compete in a game. The setting: an abandoned theme park. The goal: remain hidden for 7 days. The payoff: $50,000. As the contestants are found by “seekers,” and the group gets smaller, it becomes a wild, blood-pumping ride. Soon, the line between competition and survival begins to blur. For fans of Survive the Night and The Final Girls Support Group.”—Lindsey Colon, Charleston County Public Library, Charleston, SC
NoveList read-alike: Reprieve by James Han Mattson
HALL OF FAME:
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all, from Abbi Waxman, USA Today bestselling author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
An insightful, delightful new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
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 June LibraryReads list ends 5/1!