Announcing the September 2023 LibraryReads List

By Elizabeth Camfiord | August 15 2023 | NewsLibraryReads

Public library staff across the nation have spoken! Congratulations to the books selected for the September 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 October LibraryReads list ends 9/1!

Check out which October titles we’re loving.



The September House

“Margaret believes in following the rules.
Four years after moving into a haunted
Victorian, she knows how to avoid the
dangerous ghosts. But her husband can’t
take it anymore and leaves when the
paranormal activity escalates to
excessive levels. Now their estranged
daughter—who’s never been to the
house—is coming to visit, and Margaret
doesn’t know how to explain (much less
keep her child safe from) the specters’
violent antics.”
—Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Lib Dist, MO
NoveList read-alike: How to Sell a Haunted House
by Grady Hendrix


Perfectly Nice Neighbors

“This domestic thriller is about
the dynamic and ongoing
battle between neighbors,
giving readers a suspenseful
and exciting conclusion that
they won’t see coming. The
commentary about race and
social media is relatable to
the world we live in. The
battle between these
neighbors may make readers
think twice about moving to
the suburbs.”
—Tabrizia Jones, The New York Public Library, NY
NoveList read-alike: Our Best Intentions by Vibuti Jain

The Vaster Wilds
A Novel

“This stunningly haunting, lyrical
novel is set in the New World
settlement of Jamestown, when
colonists established an outpost
neighboring the Powhatan natives.
Disease, conflict, and drought
loom, with death soon following.
In this period known as the
Starving Time, sadly resulting in
cannibalism, a servant girl flees,
traveling deep into the woods.
Escaping only with a few
possessions, she eats what she
can, desperate to survive.”
—KC Davis, LibraryReads Ambassador, CT
NoveList read-alike:  Song for Almeyda and Song for
Annino by Gayl Jones

The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic
A Novel

“A light, witchy novel where
the relationships aren’t just
romantic—there are family
issues for the main character
to work through as well. The
magic system is a favorite
cozy trope—herbs and
baking—and there are lots of
tasty-sounding recipes to try
throughout. Readers will look
forward to more to come
from Randall. ”
—Josephine Incolla-Moore, Frederick Cty Urbana Branch, MD
NoveList read-alike: The Very Secret Society
of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna


Land of Milk and Honey
A Novel

The award-winning author of How Much of These Hills is Gold returns with a rapturous and revelatory novel about a young chef whose discovery of pleasure alters her life and, indirectly, the world.


The Wake-Up Call

NoveList read-alike:
The Ex Talk
by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Last Devil to Die
A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

NoveList read-alike:
Marlow Murder Club series
by Robert Thorogood


Amor en juego / The Long Game
LA AUTORA QUE ENAMORA AL MUNDO ES ESPAÑOLA. Llega la nueva novela de Elena Armas, autora best seller internacional con más de 270.000.000 de menciones en TikTok. Adalyn Reyes siempre ha estado centrada en su carrera dentro de los Miami Flames. Sin embargo, su impecable recorrido se ve afectado cuando el vídeo de un altercado con la mascota del equipo se hace viral. En consecuencia, el dueño del club (que es también su padre) la envía a un pueblo en mitad de la nada para reflotar el equipo de fútbol local y Adalyn está dispuesta a dejarse la piel para conseguirlo. Pero no contaba con que sus jugadores serían un grupo de niñas de nueve años. Además, Cameron Caldani, exportero y leyenda del fútbol, también está en el pueblo y su presencia allí es todo un misterio. Cam es el candidato perfecto para ayudarla, pero después de un primer encuentro un tanto accidentado, en los planes del futbolista de élite solo entra deshacerse de ella cueste lo que cueste.ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONA disgraced soccer exec reluctantly enlists the help of a retired soccer star in coaching a children’s team in this smalltown love story in the vein of Ted Lasso and It Happened One Summer —from the New York Times bestselling author of The Spanish Love Deception.Adalyn Reyes has spent years perfecting her daily routine: wake up at dawn, drive to the Miami Flames FC offices, try her hardest to leave a mark, go home, and repeat. But her routine is disrupted when a video of her in an altercation with the team’s mascot goes viral. Rather than fire her, the team’s owner—who happens to be her father—sends Adalyn to middle-of-nowhere North Carolina, where she’s tasked with turning around the struggling local soccer team, the Green Warriors, as a way to redeem herself. Her plans crumble upon discovering that the players wear tutus to practice (impractical), keep pet goats (messy), and are terrified of Adalyn (counterproductive), and are nine-year-old kids. To make things worse, also in town is Cameron Caldani, goalkeeping prodigy whose presence is somewhat of a mystery. Cam is the perfect candidate to help Adalyn, but after one very unfortunate first encounter involving a rooster, Cam’s leg, and Adalyn’s bumper, he’s also set on running her out of town. But banishment is not an option for Adalyn. Not again. Helping this ragtag children’s team is her road to redemption, and she is playing the long game. With or without Cam’s help.