Staff Picks: Which Fictional Library Would WE Want to Get Lost In?

By Rachel Tran | April 9 2024 | NewsStaff Picks

What better way to spend National Library Week than dreaming about getting lost in the stacks of ancient, vast, and downright magical fictional libraries?

Rachel's Pick

The Starless Sea
A Novel
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus comes a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Miriam's Pick

A Cryptic Clue
A retired librarian gets back to the books—and into a devilish murder case—in acclaimed author Victoria Gilbert’s new series, the perfect literary adventure for fans of Kate Carlisle and Jenn McKinlay.

Jen R.'s Pick

The Secret Library

Read by Nekia Martin

Travel through time with National Book Award Finalist Kekla Magoon in a page-turning fantasy adventure about family secrets and finding the courage to plot your own life story.  Equal parts mystery and adventure—with a biracial child puzzling out her identity alongside the legacy of the past—this masterful middle-grade fantasy rivets with crackling prose, playful plot twists, and timeless themes. A satisfying choice for fans of Kindred and When You Reach Me.

Age 8-12 years

Sharnell's Pick

You Love Me
A You Novel
The "fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny" (Paula Hawkins) third thriller in Caroline Kepnes's hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show—a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller Joe Goldberg. He's back. And he’s going to start a family—even if it kills him.

Elizabeth's Pick

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Read by Jesse Bernstein

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets A Night in the Museum in this action-packed New York Times Bestseller from Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson!

“Narrator Jesse Bernstein expertly brings to life each character.”—School Library Journal

Age 8-12 years

Jen C.'s Pick

A Novel

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness that provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from the acclaimed Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author.