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The Book Lists Have Launched!

Feel like you’ve exhausted your book list? Looking for new recommendations? Our new and improved book lists can help you find your next read.

These book lists are available under the “Books & More” tab and include summaries for each book with a link to print off the list. We also have printed book lists on our Bestsellers display to help make finding your next book a walk in the library.

Our book lists are organized by genre, staff picks, “If You Like”, holidays, or teens; to help you narrow down your search.

The “If You Like” book lists are great to help you find books or series similar to ones you already know you enjoy. For example, if you have read or watched Dune, go to the “If you like Dune” book list where we have compiled a list of 20 Space Operas that are similar to Dune. We also have thematic book lists such as “20 Great Beach Reads” or “20 Great Fairytale Retellings for Adults,” which can be found under the “fiction” tab.

We hope you enjoy and happy reading!

Book Review: Other People’s Clothes

This debut novel by Calla Henkel will have you glued to the pages. Other People’s Clothes follows two NYU art students on a study abroad trip to Berlin where they try to make a name for themselves while attempting to suss out the intentions of their infamous author landlord. This novel starts slow but morphs into a psychological thriller that will leave you with whiplash.

“Hoping to escape the pain of the recent murder of her best friend, art student Zoe Beech finds herself studying abroad in the bohemian capital of Europe–Berlin. Zoe, rudderless, relies on the arrangements of fellow exchange student Hailey Mader, who idolizes Warhol and Britney Spears and wants nothing more than to be an art star. On Craigslist, Hailey unknowingly stumbles on an apartment sublet posted by a well-known thriller writer. Feeling as though they’ve won the lottery, the girls move into the high-ceilinged prewar flat. Soon they realize that their landlady, Beatrice, who is supposed to be on a residency in Vienna, is watching them–and her next book appears to be based on their lives. Taking stock of their mundane routines–Law and Order binges and nightly nachos–Hailey insists they become people worthy of a novel. As the year unravels and events spiral out of control, they begin to wonder whose story they are living, and how will it end? Other People’s Clothes is brilliant on the sometimes dangerous intensity of female friendships, on millennial life in the city, on the lengths people will go to in order to eradicate emotional pain” (From SELCO catalog).

Other People’s Clothes is a character driven novel with wonderful atmosphere; perfect for the upcoming film adaptation!

Book Review: All the Feels

In Olivia Dade’s follow-up to her hit book Spoiler Alert, All the Feels follows Alex and Lauren as they traverse the world of Hollywood scandals and look at what it means to love someone despite their flaws. A fan-fiction filled romance complete with witty banter, steamy moments, and body positivity, All the Feels is a wonderful read that will have readers rooting for the heroes from beginning to end.

“Alexander Woodroe has a starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling. Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult, but the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep it professional, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness. When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants–her.” (SELCO Catalog)

Dade’s books are full of heart and honesty, and always end happily ever after. While this book doesn’t deep-dive into the issues surrounding body shaming and stereotyping, it does a good job of discussing the harm parents, partners, and family can have on people by negatively discussing body types. The body-love movement is slowly growing in the romance genre where authors like Dade are reclaiming their narratives and telling stories about plus-sized heroes. Everyone is worthy of love and acceptance, and books like All the Feels make sure that all body types are represented in the world of fiction.

Want to read the first book in this series? Check out Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade and get swept up in the swoon-worthy Hollywood romance.