December Book-o-scopes

December 7th, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a book for you based on your star sign. Each book listed is one of the best of 2018! Check out the other titles.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Part adventure story, part historical fiction, you’ll dive into this tale of an 11-year-old slave in 1880s Barbados who escapes with the plantation owner’s brother in a hot air balloon.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
You’re a hopeless romantic – fall into the romance between Carlos and Nik, who meet after Nik’s boyfriend (of 5 months) proposes to her on a JumboTron at a baseball game.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Lies by T.M. Logan
Treat yourself to this fast-paced pageturner where Joe Lynch is trying to figure out what in his life is real—or if everything’s based on lies.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Florida by Lauren Groff
You’re an Earth sign that loves luxurious language, so Groff’s short stories set in Florida will surely delight.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
Each chapter in O’Farrell’s beautiful memoir describes her close experiences to death—each one will pull you in.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
You enjoy reading about people’s experiences, so pick up emotional, eye-opening memoir about a working-class family in Kansas.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
You like twisted, dramatic, and unlikable characters – so meet Maurice Swift, obsessed with becoming famous in the literary world—no matter the cost.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
You’re a fan of stories with strong, compelling characters. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy’s lives are brought to a halt when Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and sent to prison.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
You love learning about new perspectives, so try this memoir about a Korean-American girl adopted by a white family in Oregon.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Try this inventive murder mystery—the only way for Aiden Bishop to prevent Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder is by identifying the killer… however, each day, he wakes up in a different house guest’s body.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
You’ll love this darkly comic tale of a Nigerian women who has a younger sister who ends up killing her boyfriends.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year-Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
You love reading and learning, so pick up this spellbinding narrative about the worst sea disaster that killed more than 1,000 men in 1945.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online, or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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October Book-O-Scopes

October 15th, 2018

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Your next read is in the stars!. It’s the spookiest time of the year. Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a scary book for you based on your star sign!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
The Listener by Robert R. McCammon

Set in the Great Depression, this historical horror novel features a young black man who has a special talent for hearing things that aren’t there—including a child’s cry for help, which gets him involved in a dangerous kidnapping scheme.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Two decades after the lead singer of a heavy metal band skyrocketed to fame and left his bandmates in the dust, the story gets complicated when the bandmates find out their former friend’s success may have come at the cost of a person’s soul.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Fall into this story of 1970s teen detectives reuniting as adults in the 1990s. It’s a twisty, paranormal mystery that will make you nostalgic.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Set in 1868, this is a prequel to “Dracula” that reveals both the author and the famous book’s origins. Written by a relative of Bram Stoker, and based on found notes and texts.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Written in dual narratives, one in Vermont in 1950, and the other in 2014, the book centers around a boarding school with a haunted past that a journalist wants to re-visit.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
The Garden of Blue Roses by Michael Barsa
You’ll be entranced by this gothic story about Milo, who is haunted by the creations of his dead father’s horror stories.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror by Joyce Carol Oates

You’ll obsess over these six haunting stories, including one about a boy’s obsession with a doll after his cousin’s tragic death.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
A reimaging of the fated Donner Party story, one of the most deadliest and disastrous western adventures in American history.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Jake and his girlfriend are on a road trip to see his parents, when there is a detour. Written from the girlfriend’s point of view, you’ll be treated to a twisty, thrilling story centered around relationships and fear.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
From the author of the Newsflesh trilogy comes a new series about a young scientist Victoria and her crew who set out to find out why a film crew disappeared in the ocean while researching ancient sea creatures.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Get transported to Night Vale, a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and conspiracies are all commonplace. Based on the popular podcast.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The real life horror of the Golden State Killer, whose disturbing crimes were left unsolved until this year, comes alive in McNamara’s true crime account.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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