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Reading Roundup: Top Picks of the Month

DECEMBER 2017

Indie Next
FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD by Louise Erdrich
THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty
YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg
RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor
A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS by Ashley Hay
THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
INTO THE DROWNING DEEP by Mira Grant
THE WHISPERING ROOM: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz
THE ICE HOUSE by Laura Lee Smith
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US: Essays, by Hanif Abdurraqib
SILENCE: In the Age of Noise, by Erling Kagge
THE VANISHING SEASON by Joanna Schaffhausen
IMPROVEMENT by Joan Silber
MRS. CALIBAN by Rachel Ingalls
ELMET by Fiona Mozley
ULTRALUMINOUS by Katherine Faw
EXACT THINKING IN DEMENTED TIMES: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science, by Karl Sigmund
STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST by Jessica Keener
SIGNAL LOSS: A Hal Challis Investigation by Garry Disher

LibraryReads (Favorite of Favorites 2017)
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
THE RADIUM GIRLS: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman
NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
THE DRY by Jane Harper
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman

Target Book Club
THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS by Jason Rekulak

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty


 

NOVEMBER 2017

Indie Next
THE END WE START FROM by Megan Hunter
WONDER VALLEY by Ivy Pochoda
ARTEMIS by Andy Weir
IT DEVOURS!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner
STRANGE WEATHER: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
AMERICAN WOLF: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
IT'S ALL RELATIVE: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs
MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL by Samantha Silva
HIDDENSEE: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
IN THE MIDST OF WINTER by Isabel Allende
BONFIRE by Krysten Ritter
UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
SPINELESS: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, by Juli Berwald
MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry
THE USUAL SANTAS: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers foreword by Peter Lovesey
WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, by Gabrielle Union
SMILE by Roddy Doyle
THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman

LibraryReads
ARTEMIS by Andy Weir
THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty
THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg
THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
SOMEONE TO WED: A Westcott Novel, by Mary Balogh
THE MIDNIGHT LINE: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD by Louise Erdrich
HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason

Target Book Club
MY HUSBAND'S WIFE by Jane Corry

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
WHERE THE PAST BEGINS: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan


 

OCTOBER 2017

Indie Next
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash
MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
THE TWELVE-MILE STRAIGHT by Eleanor Henderson
THE GLASS EYE: A Memoir, by Jeannie Vanasco
GOING INTO TOWN: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill by Jim Fergus
CAROLINE: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
FOREST DARK by Nicole Krauss
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE LAST CASTLE: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
FIVE-CARAT SOUL by James McBride
THE TIGER'S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera
LOGICAL FAMILY: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin
THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR WRONGS by Janet Peery
CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
THE PRAGUE SONATA by Bradford Morrow
LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz

LibraryReads
SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornak
THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine
THE LAST BALLAD by Wiley Cash
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman
THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, by Gabrielle Union
STRANGE WEATHER: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan

Target Book Club
LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille



SEPTEMBER 2017

Indie Next
MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld
YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward
THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES by John Boyne
FEVER by Deon Meyer
MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS: A Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart
THE WORLD OF TOMORROW by Brendan Mathews
THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES by Daren Wang
DON'T CALL US DEAD: Poems by Danez Smith
RANGER GAMES: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum
THE RED-HAIRED WOMAN by Orhan Pamuk
THE OTHER ALCOTT by Elise Hooper
THE HISTORY OF BEES by Maja Lunde
SWALLOWING MERCURY by Wioletta Greg, translated by Eliza Marciniak
GEORGE AND LIZZIE by Nancy Pearl
UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent

LibraryReads
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford
THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld
THE SALT LINE by Holly Goddard Jones
HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Christopher Meades
CAROLINE: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
GEORGE AND LIZZIE by Nancy Pearl

Target Book Club
THE OTHER EINSTEIN by Marie Benedict

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
GHOSTS OF WAR: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor



AUGUST 2017

Indie Next
THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson
THE READYMADE THIEF by Augustus Rose
IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE by Leah Weiss 
THE DARK NET by Benjamin Percy
THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by M. J. Rose
GIRL IN SNOW by Danya Kukafka 
MRS. FLETCHER by Tom Perrotta
FIERCE KINGDOM by Gin Phillips 
SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt 
THE HALF-DROWNED KING by Linnea Hartsuyker
THE BEDLAM STACKS by Natasha Pulley
SONS AND SOLDIERS: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson
THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis
HAPPINESS: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
THE TALENTED RIBKINS by Ladee Hubbard
BEAST by Paul Kingsnorth
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie
WHAT WE LOSE by Zinzi Clemmons
THE MARRIAGE PACT by Michelle Richmond

LibraryReads
YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP by Veronica Henry
IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE by Leah Weiss
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
MORNINGSTAR: Growing Up With Books by Ann Hood
THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
THE BURNING GIRL by Claire Messud
THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel H. Wilson

Target Book Club
FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST by Ann Hood



JULY 2017

Indie Next
THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland  
THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz
MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
SPOONBENDERS by Daryl Gregory
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne
WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL by David Williams
THE GRAYBAR HOTEL: Stories by Curits Dawkins
THE WINDFALL by Diksha Basu
THE FORCE by Don Winslow
THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE by Matthew Quick
SOUTH POLE STATION by Ashley Shelby
HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS by Bianca Marais
DRUNKS: An American History by Christopher M. Finan
THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates
GUIDE TO RELATIVE STRANGERS: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History by Camille T. Dungy
A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE: Essays by Shawn Wen
MADE FOR LOVE by Alissa Nutting

LibraryReads
THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown
THE MARRIAGE PACT by Michelle Richmond
FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
DOWN A DARK ROAD: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo
WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL by David Williams
THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson
THE WILDING SISTERS by Eve Chase
WIRED by Julie Garwood
HELLO, SUNSHINE! by Laura Dave

Target Book Club
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
KISS CARLO by Adriana Trigiani



JUNE 2017

Indie Next
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
THE LONG HAUL: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
SYCAMORE by Bryn Chancellor
THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry
DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton
SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
STEPHEN FLORIDA by Gabe Habash
EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES by Daniel Wallace
TOUCH by Courtney Maum
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
BLACKOUT by Marc Elsberg
MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE by Matthew Sullivan
CHEMISTRY by Weike Wang
SHADOW MAN by Alan Drew
STANDARD DEVIATION by Katherine Heiny
THE BRIGHT HOUR: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
RISE AND SHINE, BENEDICT STONE by Phaedra Patrick

LibraryReads
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh
THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
DO NOT BECOME ALARMED by Maile Meloy
THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn
THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO by Nina George
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE by Matthew Sullivan

Target Book Club
MISCHLING by Affinity Konar

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley


MAY 2017

Indie Next
BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
THE RADIUM GIRLS: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
GINNY MOON by Benjamin Ludwig
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P. Kiernan
SUNSHINE STATE: Essays by Sarah Gerard
SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan
FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan
PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS by Abbi Waxman
'ROUND MIDNIGHT by Laura McBride
THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve
THE LEAVERS by Lisa Ko
LAST THINGS: A Graphic Memoir of Love and Loss by Marissa Moss
MISS BURMA by Charmaine Craig

LibraryReads
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman
THE RADIUM GIRLS: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane
THE LEAVERS by Lisa Ko
GINNY MOON by Benjamin Ludwig
SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan
WHITE HOT: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews
SYCAMORE by Bryn Chancellor
ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
THE JANE AUSTEN PROJECT by Kathleen A. Flynn

Target Book Club
THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly


APRIL 2017

Indie Next
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck
THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti
SPOILS by Brian Van Reet
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad
THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman
MISSISSIPPI BLOOD by Greg Iles
THE SHADOW LAND by Elizabeth Kostova
OUR SHORT HISTORY by Lauren Grodstein
HOURGLASS: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro
THE REDEMPTION OF GALEN PIKE: Short Stories by Carys Davies
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah
MERCIES IN DISGUISE: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by Gina Kolata
A LITTLE MORE HUMAN by Fiona Maazel
GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister
THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day
MISS YOU by Kate Eberlen
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott

LibraryReads
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
WAKING GODS: Book 2 of the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel
MISS YOU by Kate Eberlen
THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve
AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
THE SHADOW LAND by Elizabeth Kostova
A TWIST IN TIME by Julie McElwain
GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen

Target Book Club
THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN by Lisa Jewell

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE NEST by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
 
 

 

MARCH 2017

Indie Next
EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid
THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline
CELINE by Peter Heller
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
ONE OF THE BOYS by Daniel Magariel
RABBIT CAKE by Annie Hartnett
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
THE HEARTS OF MEN by Nickolas Butler
CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Colleen Oakley
THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW by Susan Perabo
EGGSHELLS by Caitriona Lally
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George
ALL GROWN UP by Jami Attenberg
ILL WILL by Dan Chaon
THE WANDERERS by Meg Howrey
WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru
THE MOTHER'S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier

LibraryReads
THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck
THE WANDERERS by Meg Howrey
THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
THE HEARTS OF MEN by Nickolas Butler
EGGSHELLS by Caitriona Lally
SAY NOTHING by Brad Parks
THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber

Target Book Club
THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth J. Church

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

 


 

FEBRUARY 2017

Indie Next
ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai
PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney
THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS by Jason Rekulak
A SEPARATION by Katie Kitamura
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
PERFECT LITTLE WORLD by Kevin Wilson
SWIMMING LESSONS by Claire Fuller
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
300 ARGUMENTS: Essays by Sarah Manguso
DESPERATION ROAD by Michael Farris Smith
RISE: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
THE FIFTH PETAL by Brunonia Barry
INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders
HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL by Heather O'Neill
THE REFUGEES by Viet Thanh Nguyen

LibraryReads
I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella
ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai
A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline
GILDED CAGE by Vic James
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan
SETTING FREE THE KITES by Alex George
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter
GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie

Target Book Club
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING by Elizabeth Poliner

 


 

JANUARY 2017

Indie Next
HISTORY OF WOLVES by Emily Fridlund
THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden
THE DRY by Jane Harper
EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mindy Mejia
FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin, trans. by Megan McDowell
LUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran
DIFFICULT WOMEN by Roxanne Gay
BOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis
THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson
HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint
FREEBIRD by Jon Raymond
BURNING BRIGHT: A Peter Ash Novel by Nick Petrie
THE SLEEPWALKER by Chris Bohjalian
THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
LEOPARD AT THE DOOR by Jennifer McVeigh
THE MIDNIGHT COOL by Lydia Peelle

LibraryReads
THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden
THE DRY by Jane Harper
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
BOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe
THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers
THE FIFTH PETAL by Brunonia Barry
THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH by Lindsey Lee Johnson
HER EVERY FEAR by Peter Swanson
HEARTSTONE by Elle Katharine White

Target Book Club
A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart