October 2020 LibraryReads
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"Addie is an adventurer and not ready to settle for village life, so she makes a deal with the devil. Instead of relinquishing her soul, however, she becomes immortal, and also completely forgotten by anyone who meets her. Then, after a lonely 300 years, she meets Henry. For fans of the Shades of Magic series, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Life after Life."
Patti Lang, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
NoveList read-alike: The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse"Fans of epic fantasy looking for something new will surely love the amazing world-building and strong characters in this pre-Columbian Americas story about prophecy, destiny, politics, and revenge, all with a healthy dose of magic. For fans of Gods of Jade and Shadow and the Broken Earth series."
Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC
NoveList read-alike: The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Confessions on the 7:45: A Novel by Lisa Unger"Serena finds out that her husband is sleeping with the nanny, and then confides in a mysterious woman she meets on the train. The woman continues to contact Serena as her world implodes. Who is this strange woman, and is she responsible for the mess Serena finds herself in? Full of twists, turns, and many POVs, this page-turner is perfect for those who like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins."
Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Goodrich, MI
NoveList read-alike: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Goodnight Beautiful: A Novel by Aimee Molloy"Dr. Statler, a psychologist, reformed womanizer, and new husband, is staring down his demons and trying to be a better man. Sam and Annie relocate to upstate New York to try their hand at a simpler life and to care for his dementia-ridden mother. One night Sam leaves his office and never makes it home. For fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Silent Patient."
Vanessa Phillips, Pelion Branch Library, Pelion, SC
NoveList read-alike: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Leave the World Behind: A Novel by Rumaan Alam"What appears on the surface to be a simple story of a family on vacation morphs into a narrative about humanity, shared fear, misconceptions of people, and more. Amanda, Clay, and their two children rent an AirBnB. Then homeowners Ruth and G.H. appear on the doorstep in a panic, and suddenly nothing is normal. For readers who enjoyed Station Eleven and A Children’s Bible."
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Library, Commerce Township, MI
NoveList read-alike: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow"In a world where women and magic have been burned and bound, three sisters set about to bring power and rights back to women and in doing so, find their way back to each other. For fans of Uprooted and Circe."
Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT
NoveList read-alike: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel by Emily M. Danforth"A horror-comedy centered around a New England boarding school, follows characters across four different time periods exploring themes of sexuality, female agency, authenticity, and self-worth. For readers who enjoyed Bunny."
Alicea Porterfield-Block, New York Public Library, New York, NY
NoveList read-alike: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark"Set in 1920s Georgia, this fantastical horror story follows Maryse Boudreaux, a bootlegger seeking revenge for the killing of her family who joins a motley group of soldiers in a battle against the Ku Klux Klan. For fans of Friday Black."
Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA
NoveList read-alike: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Spoiler Alert: A Novel by Olivia Dade"Marcus, the star of a fantasy TV series, secretly writes fanfiction and becomes online friends with April, who he asks out on a date after a post of her cosplay costume goes viral. This delicious romance deals with topics like fatphobia, dyslexia and toxic families in a way that feels real and grounded, but which does not dampen the triumphant happiness of the ending. For fans of Dangerous Curves Ahead."
Christi Hawn, Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL
NoveList read-alike: Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop: A Novel by Fannie Flagg"Revisits the small town of Whistle Stop, Alabama. Dot, the postmistress, sends out a yearly Christmas letter and brings the former residents up to speed with one another. Each chapter focuses on a different year, from the thirties through the present day, tied together with Dot’s annual letter. For readers who enjoyed Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe."
Sharon Hutchinson, Keytesville Library, Keytesville, MO
NoveList read-alike: The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore
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