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Teen Winter Reading: Swoonworthy Reads

Winter Reading is in its final weeks for adults and teens! Try one of these titles just in time for Valentine’s Day to give you all the swoony feels. For more options, check out our extended list.

Remember, 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.

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Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

Romantic Comedy

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing, in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader. When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own.

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XOXO by Axie Oh

Fling with Someone Famous

Jenny never had much time for boys, K-pop, or really anything besides her dream of being a professional cellist. But when she finds herself falling for a K-pop idol, she has to decide whether their love is worth the risk.

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Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

Secret Relationship

Accepting a dare to date a new person every week, a popular teen is unexpectedly asked out by a boy and agrees to a secret five-day relationship that quickly becomes more real than he anticipated.

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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Love When Facing a Fatal Illness

Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.

New Fiction in February

New Fiction in February
 

Fall in love with a new read this February. New fiction titles just hit our shelves ready for you to discover. Click here for a full list of our favorite February releases!

With the colder temperatures and snow falling, it’s a great time to read! 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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Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started. To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago – a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin slash rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case – because it looks like one of them might be next.

Culinary mystery / Feuding family / Engaging

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Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb

The woman’s body was found on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child. Eve Dallas clearly is dealing with a killer whose childhood involved some sort of trauma. When Eve discovers that other young women—who physically resemble the first victim—have vanished, the clock starts ticking louder.

Police procedural / Clever / Dynamic plot

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Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. And then fate intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

Romantic comedy / Steamy / Witty

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Arriving in Paris to stay with her brother, Ben, Jess learns that he has gone missing, and to find him, starts digging into his life, realizing, even though she has come to the City of Lights to escape her past, it’s his future hanging in the balance.

Thriller / Twists and turns / Page-turner

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The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder–and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.

Historical mystery / Character-driven / Devilishly clever

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Steal by James Patterson  

When the son of the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund is thought to have committed suicide, but a body hasn’t been found, his father, believing that he is still alive, turns to Dylan Reinhart for help, drawing him into a world of multi-million-dollar secrets and danger.

Thriller / Action-packed / Suspenseful

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