Announcing the August 2023 LibraryReads List

By Rachel Mann | July 17 2023 | NewsLibraryReads

Public library staff across the nation have spoken! Congratulations to the books selected for the August 2023 LibraryReads Top Ten List.

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For more information about the program, or to learn how to vote for your favorite upcoming books, visit And, don’t forget, voting for the September LibraryReads list ends 8/1!

Check out which September titles we’re loving.


Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club)
A Novel

“During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, 20-year-old Mia is adjusting to lockdown and living back at home. When her father goes missing during a walk in a nearby park, only her younger brother, Eugene—who has special needs and does not speak—knows what happened. Readers will enjoy this delightful and thought-provoking look at family secrets.”—Portia Kapraun, Delphi Public Library, IN
NoveList read-alike: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave


Vampires of El Norte

“Nena, a ranch owner’s daughter, and Nestor, a peasant, know their love is impossible, but they still dream of marrying one day. That is until one night a terrifying beast attacks Nena. Believing her dead, Nestor flees in panic. Ten years later Nestor is back to help defend against Texas invaders and the supernatural creatures attacking their village. Set in 19th-century Mexico, this vibrant novel combines historical fiction, horror, and romance to tell a thrilling story.”—Migdalia Jimenez Chicago Public Library, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store
A Novel

“In a small town where Jewish and Black Americans have prospered, four adults decide to help hide a young boy, which brings trouble to their doorstep. McBride has a gift for warm and witty dialogue spiced with scenes that both disgust and delight in their humanity. For readers of the character-rich stories of Amor Towles, Ann Patchett, and Jamie Ford.”—Kimberly McGee Lake Travis Community Library, TX
NoveList read-alike: Before All the World by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Mister Magic
A Novel

“When castmates from a children’s program are brought back together to record a podcast about the show, the group feel like they are back where they belong. But soon they begin to wonder, are they here by choice, or have they been lured into a trap much more sinister than could ever be imagined? A terrifyingly creepy and realistic tale.”—Ninoshka Aviles, Osceola Library, FL
NoveList read-alike: Burn the Negative by Joshua Winning


The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp
A quirky group of seniors attempts to solve one murder while covering up another—with the help of an enterprising tortoise—in this twisty, darkly funny mystery from the author of Three Bags Full.