By Ashley Harrod, Cashmere Library

As librarians, we love talking to anyone and everyone about books we’ve read, books you’ve read, books we’d like to read, but that never seem to leave our to-be-read piles, and books that haven’t yet been published, but that we are edge-of-our-seats excited about!

There are so many wonderful books published in a calendar year, so below we’re sharing with you some of NCW Libraries Staff’s most anticipated books from January – March 2021. Add these books to your list, keep an eye out for them on our shelves, or make your own suggestions for books you’d like NCW Libraries to purchase by filling out a purchase suggestion form! Find out how to fill out a purchase suggestion form here.

Interested in reading these authors’ previous titles? Click on the author’s name to navigate to our catalog and place a hold! Note: We may not have an author’s previous books currently in our catalog. If you would like to put in a purchase suggestion for a particular title, please see the link above or call your local NCW Libraries Librarian for help.

January

The Scorpion’s Tale by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

The second book in the best-selling authors’ Nora Kelly series, begun with Old Bones, this fresh installment features a new mystery for archaeologist Nora Kelly and rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson, set in New Mexico and placing the two in danger once again. And, for those of us wondering, will there perhaps be another cameo from the exalted Agent Pendergast?

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

In this second installment in The Hate U Give series, Angie Thomas takes us back seventeen years to explore the life of Maverick Carter as he struggles to make a life for himself and his family in a way that is true to himself.

We Free the St ars by Hafsah Faizal

The end of Faizal’s Sands of Arawiya duology, We Free the Stars continues to follow Nasir and Zafira as they fight to bring magic back to their lands, and to hold on to each other. Will they succeed?

 

Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Daniele Geller

An account of the author’s late mother’s life and how her decisions affected the author throughout her life, Dog Flowers is a moving memoir that explores the author’s Navajo heritage, her family ties, and how these things have impacted and shaped her own life.

February

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah has captured many a heart with her writing, and we are excited to read The Four Winds – a tale about the resilience of women under incredible pressure and the drive to do anything for your family, no matter the cost.

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Harper brings us another thrilling tale, following our main character, Keiran, and set on the coast of Tasmania, where secrets from the past may end up tearing a family apart in the present. What does the death of a college student have to do with Keiran’s family, and is this somehow connected to his missing brother?

Spoils of the Dead by Dana Stabenow

Stabenow offers us another thrilling adventure alongside Trooper Liam Campbell in the Alaska wilderness as he works to uncover the perpetrator behind the murder of an archaeologist. This title is the fifth installment in the author’s Liam Campbell novels, and promises to be just as enjoyable as the first four!

Missing and Endangered by J.A. Jance

The most recent installment in Jance’s Sheriff Joanna Brady suspense novels, this tale makes it personal when Joanna’s daughter gets involved. Can Sheriff Brady help her daughter’s new roommate, or will things spiral too far out of anyone’s control?

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Charlie Vega’s life isn’t always easy – her mom is always trying to get her to lose weight, she’s a brown girl living in a white world, and she’s tired of everyone trying to force her to be different than she is. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a powerful coming-of-age story that seeks to prove the point that everyone is worthy of love and respect.

March

Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie Sampson was born a free Black woman during the Reconstruction Era, and her mother had high hopes for her future career in medicine. But Libertie is drawn on a different path and her own fight for freedom and equality.

Laundry Love by Patric Richardson and Karen B. Miller

If, like many of us, you dread laundry day – this book is for you! A fun and informative manual on how best to clean your clothes (and have fun doing it)!

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Barduo

Leigh Bardugo has entranced readers with her previous books, including her Shadow and Bone trilogy (set to become a Netflix series), her Six of Crows duology, Ninth House (Alex Stern #1), and the first installment in her King of Scars duology. Rule of Wolves is the conclusion to the King of Scars duology and follows Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina as they continue their fight to save their country.

The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan

From the author of the popular children’s book, Counting by 7’s, comes a tale of connection in the face of obstacles that seem insurmountable. While waiting for her mother’s immigration paperwork to come through, Sila finds herself coping by making new friendships and rescuing a circus elephant.

Camp Time in California by Mary Pope Osborne

In this magical adventure, Jack and Annie travel back in time, meet President Theodore Roosevelt, and participate in one of the most famous camping trips ever!

 

We hope you’re as excited as we are for all of the new books we’ll get to read this year, and we hope you’ll share the books you love with us as well!

Happy Reading!

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