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Teen Winter Reading: Trending on #BookTok

Winter Reading is in full swing for adults and teens! Anything you read, including books, graphic novels, or even audiobooks can be logged from January 1 – February 28 via Beanstack. Visit mppl.org/winterreading to sign up or to log your books today.

What books have everyone talking on #BookTok? Click on our curated list to see what’s trending now.

Winter Reading: Reading is Sweet! Adults and Teens (Grades 6 through 12): January 1 through February 28
 
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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

After unleashing forbidden magic, being banished by her stepmother and unable to speak or her brothers will die, Shiori’anma must find a way to save them with the help of a paper bird, a mercurial dragon and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry.

High fantasy / Romantic / Suspenseful

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

Science fiction / Escalating suspense / Heart wrenching

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why — or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch — and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Mystery / Fast-paced / Twists and turns

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Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realized.

Graphic novel / Romance / Likable characters

Winter Reading Suggestions: Winter Thrillers

Winter Reading: Reading is Sweet! Adults and Teens (Grades 6 through 12): January 1 through February 28
 

Winter Reading is in full swing for adults and teens! Anything you read, including books, graphic novels, or even audiobooks can be logged from January 1 – February 28 via Beanstack. Visit mppl.org/winterreading to sign up or to log your books today.

Looking for a snowy, cold setting perfect for thrills and chills? Below we’ve put together some of our favorite winter thrillers. Click for a full list of options to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. You’ll earn a prize ticket for Winter Reading in no time!

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These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

Mickie Lambert creates “digital scrapbooks” for clients, ensuring that precious souvenirs aren’t forgotten or lost. When her latest client, Nadia Denham, dies from an apparent suicide, Mickie honors the old woman’s last wish and begins curating her peculiar objets d’art. Mickie has been receiving threatening messages to leave Nadia’s past alone. Discovering the truth means crossing paths with a long-dormant serial killer and navigating the secrets of a sinister past.

Surprise-filled / Clever plot / Lively dialogue

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The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Accompanying family members to an isolated Swiss Alps hotel to recuperate from a traumatizing case, a woman detective uncovers the fates of long-ago tuberculosis patients who went missing from the property years earlier when it operated as a sanatorium.

Vivid setting / Chilling / Grisly

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One by One by Ruth Ware

When an offsite company retreat is upended by an avalanche that strands them in a remote mountain chalet, eight coworkers are forced to set aside their corporate rankings and mutual distrust in order to survive.

Adrenaline-fueled / Suspenseful / Intensifying

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

Trapped at a Colorado rest stop with four strangers during a snowstorm, Darby Thomas must figure out which of them kidnapped the girl locked in a crate in the van parked next to Darby’s car.

Page-turner / Relatable heroine / Suspenseful action

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The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

Contacted by the desperate adoptive parents of the child she gave up 15 years earlier, Nora teams up with her mutt companion and embarks on a search through the streets of Vancouver only become enmeshed in a puzzling conspiracy.

Dryly witty / Violent / Thought-provoking

New Fiction in January

New Fiction in January
 

New year, new reads! Browse below or click here for our expanded January list to kick off 2022 with a fresh story to match your current reading mood. No matter what strikes your fancy, all adult and young adult reads are eligible for a prize through our Winter Reading Program from January 1 to February 28! Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for titles curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 

From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, comes Reckless Girls, a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

Thriller / Suspenseful / Addictive 

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The Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

Sharing the dream of being the best horsewoman in the world, Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter champion riders, break their vow of never going up against each other when they both participate in the competitions leading up to the Olympics.

Sports fiction / Energetic / Romantic

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Olga Dies Dreaming by Zochitl Gonzalez

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, must confront the effects of long-held family secrets when she falls in love with Matteo, while other family members must weather their own storms.

Domestic fiction / Passionate / Likeable characters

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Violeta by Isabel Allende

Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.

Historical fiction / Sweeping timeline / Inspiring

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The Maid by Nita Prose

When she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.

Mystery / Sharp protagonist / Twisty

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How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan 

Grace Travis definitely has it all figured out. In between finishing interior design school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree. She’ll have her dream job. When an opportunity to fix up-and live in-an adorable little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door. Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. A real estate developer with a knack for betting and winning big, he’s not one to let a good opportunity slip away. So when a beachside house with great bones is ripe for a remodel and flip, Noah doesn’t hesitate. Except in order to spruce it up properly, he’ll need to take over the house next door. The house with the willful and combative and way-too-intriguing woman living in it. With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can turn out to be the person who shows you that home is always where the heart is.

Romantic comedy / Charismatic / Upbeat

New Fiction in December

End the year on a high note with one or more books hitting our shelves in December. Keep warm with a steamy romance, an action-packed thriller, or a hopeful fantasy featuring a talking cat! Choose from our spotlight selection below or explore more new titles. Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 
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Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods 

After a dangerous adventure has him traveling up and down the coast, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some down time at his Manhattan abode. But when an acquaintance alerts him to a hinky plot being hatched across the city, he finds himself eager to pursue justice.

Thriller / Action-Packed / Fast-Paced 

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A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson 

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love. She’s making a mistake. Ivy enters Kate’s Scottish fairytale cottage . . . and she doesn’t come out. She’s the first to go missing. She won’t be the last.

Psychological Suspense / Disturbing / Atmospheric

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The Love Con by Seressia Glass 

Kenya Davenport finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There’s just one catch: the challenge for the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants’ significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Roleplaying a couple in love will force them to explore what they’re hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she’s ever had?

Contemporary Romance / Heartwarming / Steamy 

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The Perishing by Natashia Deaon 

Lou, a young Black woman, wakes up in an alley in 1930s Los Angeles, nearly naked and with no memory of how she got there or where she’s from, only a fleeting sense that this isn’t the first time she’s found herself in similar circumstances. When she befriends a firefighter at a downtown boxing gym, Lou is shocked to realize that though she has no memory of ever meeting him she’s been drawing his face for years. Increasingly certain that their paths have previously crossed-perhaps even in a past life-and coupled with unexplainable flashes from different times that have been haunting her dreams, Lou begins to believe she may be an immortal sent to this place and time for a very important reason. 

Science Fiction Mystery / Haunting / Lyrical 

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The Cats Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa 

When a talking cat named Tiger demands that he help save books with him, high school student Rintaro Natsuki and Tiger embark on an amazing journey, liberating books from their neglectful owners and meeting a colorful cast of characters along the way. 

Fantasy / Hopeful / Offbeat 

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The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss 

After her sister exposes the family’s fraud and runs away to Hollywood, Harriet, who has only ever known life onstage posing as a conjoined twin in a vaudeville act, begins to form her first relationships outside her family, which forces her to make a difficult decision. 

Historical Fiction / Richly Detailed / Moving  

New Fiction in November

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Looking for something new to be thankful for? Check out new fiction in November! Devour one or more of the titles below, or feast your eyes on an expanded list for even more reads to fit your current taste.

Don’t see anything that matches your mood? Fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070.

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All Her Little Secrets by Wanda Morris

The lone black female corporate attorney in midtown Manhattan discovers her white boss, and lover, dead with a gunshot wound to his head, and must deal with office suspicions and gossip when she is promoted as his successor.

Thriller/Suspense, Intricately Plotted, Intensifying

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A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Robin Blyth is accidentally named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society and is forced to contend with the beauty and danger operating beneath normal reality while uncovering what happened to his predecessor.

Historical Fantasy, Atmospheric, Compelling

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The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard, investigating a New Year’s Eve murder along with an unsolved murder, teams up Detective Harry Bosch once again when their two cases–one old and one new–intersect, while an undetected killer watches their every move.

Police Procedural, Suspenseful, Gritty

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Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti

After receiving a brain cancer diagnosis at seventy, one of the world’s richest women tells her children that she wants to announce her death early so that she can read her obituaries, which ultimately reveal devastating secrets.

Domestic Fiction, Character-driven, Family Drama

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The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Romantic Comedy, Banter-filled, Steamy

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Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most.

Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Moving

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

A novel set in the decades between the two World Wars offers the story of a man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything.

Historical Fiction, Leisurely Paced, Likeable