Are you looking for some ideas of what to read now that winter is upon us? Want to try an author or genre you haven’t read before? Throughout our Winter Reading Program, we will be making recommendations to help you read more and expand your reading horizons.
Here are some titles from a variety of genres that were specifically recommended by NCW Libraries staff!
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Luc O’Donnell, reluctantly famous because of his musician parents, can’t quite seem to stay out of trouble — or the tabloids. When faced with the prospect of shaping up or losing his job, Luc needs to correct his bad boy image, and fast. Faking a relationship with the faultless Oliver Blackwood seems like the perfect solution, until Luc remembers that he and Oliver loathe each other. This laugh-out-loud romance features a fun cast of characters, and more depth than readers might expect. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston’s Red, White, and Royal Blue.
Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California by Matthew Specktor
For every star on the walk of fame, there are as many casualties. This author tells his story as well as others’ in an interesting, page-turning way.
Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science by Erika Engelhaupt
Mites that live on your face. Bodies that get donated to science (and what really happens to them afterwards). Crime scenes. Which of your pets is most likely to eat you after you die (hint: maybe Fluffy isn’t so friendly and cute after all)? Creepy clowns. Weird body parts. What do all these topics have in common? Besides being vaguely (or VERY) unsettling, they are all addressed in factual yet fascinating ways in this book. If you are a lover of the weird and strange, or always had morbid questions you were afraid to ask, this book answers them with real science — and plenty of humor.
For Young Adults
Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah
A reluctant heroine, a family in trouble, and a deadly competition with mythical beasts?!? Yes, please! Based on South Asian mythology, this book is fantastic for lovers of The Hunger Games, Red Queen, and many other favorite YA series.
For Middle Grade Readers
Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
A book centered on what true friendship really means. We loved the confidence building of the characters and the mystery surrounding an old house and children that show up in the middle of the night. A great discussion starter. Written by a local Cashmere author.