These winter reads will take you back in time, immerse you in mystery, and pull you into adventure! Place a hold today.
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Amanda and Clay are looking forward to a calm vacation in an isolated area outside of New York City. Then the owners of their rental home arrive, bringing news of a blackout that has swept the city. With no cell phone service, TV, or internet, the couple have no choice but to believe them. For fans of suspense, racial and social issues, and page-turning mysteries.
If you liked: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
In 1714, Addie makes a bargain that allows her to live forever. The catch: she will be forgotten by everyone she meets. After centuries of living in this lonely way, Addie is shocked when she enters a bookstore and meets a young man who remembers her name. For those who enjoy historical fiction, a bit of fantasy, and a lot of adventure.
If you liked: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper
In 1969, ambitious 23-year-old Jane Britton was murdered by her professor after she threatened to come forward about their affair. Forty years later, author Becky Cooper unravels the details of the crime, including the toxic gender inequality at Harvard that allowed this tragedy to occur. True crime buffs will not want to miss this one.
If you liked: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara or The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
The lives of eight strangers at an open house are altered forever when a bank robber bursts in and takes them hostage. Told through flashbacks as the hostages are interviewed by police and the media swarms around the case, an unexpected chain of events unravels. This is a book of fascinating and quirky characters, with Backman’s trademark humor and wit.
If you liked: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liana Moriarty or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Benson and Mike love each other, but their relationship is stuck in a rut. When Mike finds out his father is dying, he travels to Japan to say goodbye. Meanwhile, Benson stays at home in Houston with Mike’s mother, Mitsuko. During their time apart, the men realize what they want out of their relationship, as well as out of life. This is a beautifully written, moving love story for fans of literary fiction.
If you liked: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara or The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai