January Recommendations

All the books listed here are available at the library. Stop in, give us a call, or use the online catalog to place a hold and check one out. 

Pop some popcorn and get ready for National Popcorn Day on Jan 19 with these book-movie adaptations coming out this year.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Cold Storage by David Koepp
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben: When Maya sees nanny-cam footage of her daughter playing with her husband, who was murdered two weeks ago, she can’t believe her eyes. While desperately wanting to believe he could somehow be alive,  she also needs to come to terms with her own past. Fool Me Once is set to be released on Netflix on January 1, 2024.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover: Lily hasn’t had the easiest life, so after moving to Boston and starting her own business, meeting Ryle seems too good to be true. When Atlas, her first love, reappears in her life, her relationship with Ryle is threatened. It Ends with Us is set to be released on Feb 9, 2024.

Cold Storage by David Koepp: Written by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park and described as a wild and terrifying adventure, Cold Storage follows three strangers who have to work together to contain a highly contagious and deadly organism. Cold Storage has an expected release date in 2024.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Set in 1975 Saigon, a captain in the South Vietnamese army is tasked with drawing up a list of those who will be allowed to flee the country amidst the chaos. While doing this, he is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.The Sympathizer has an expected release date in 2024 on HBO.

Celebrate JRR Tolkien Day, Jan 3, with books that immerse you into the story with creative worldbuilding.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Poppy War by RF Kuang
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: After finding a bewitched alchemical manuscript during her research at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana stirs up a magical underworld. Daemons, witches, and vampires descend upon the library and Diana is the only person who can break the spell. A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls series.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King: Begin the epic journey with Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger, as he pursues The Man in Black. Taking place in a desolate world that mirrors our own, Roland will encounter both good and evil. The Gunslinger is the first book in the Dark Tower series.

Poppy War by RF Kuang: In this historical, military fantasy we follow Rin as she goes from war orphan to student at the most elite military school in Nikan. As Rin begins to discover a lethal power in herself, she also learns that gods everyone thought were long dead are very much alive. The Poppy War is the first book in The Poppy War series.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: Bilbo Baggins is enjoying his comfortable, safe life until one day the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive at his doorstep to whisk him away on a journey through Middle-earth. He reluctantly joins their quest, unaware of all that he will come to encounter. The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings series.

Learn something new for the new year with these narrative nonfiction titles.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
An Immense World by Ed Yong

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: The inspirational true story of Louis Zamperini, who goes from athlete to airman to prisoner of war during the Second World War. He is driven to the limits of endurance while staying hopeful about his survival. 

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe: Dive into three generations of the Sackler family, whose names adorn the walls of Harvard, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, and the Louvre. One of the richest families in the world, but where did they get their money? The Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing OxyContin, a painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis. 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean: This book starts with the story of the fire at the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. Take a journey through the stacks and explore the institutions that provide more than just books for their patrons, and why libraries remain an essential part of the country. 

An Immense World by Ed Yong: Experience the world through the senses of animals. Each animal has its own unique sensory bubble that they perceive the world through. Ed Yong introduces us to a world that we wouldn’t be able to imagine otherwise.