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Best Reads for Winter 2019/2020

Posted 12/16/19 by Amy H

Baby, it’s cold outside, and so now is the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with a great book! And earn an awesome prize!

"Read more books" is the fifth most-popular New Year’s resolution for people of all ages. This year, Toledo Lucas County Public Library will join the third annual national Winter Reading program. Jan. 1-31, we'll join libraries around the world who are tracking reading to see who can log the most. Library logo gloves or mittens will be the immediate prize for completing the reading challenge (impress your friends with an amazing fashion statement! Be cozy AND trendy!) And if we log the most as a system, we win books from Penguin Random House and/or a surprise author visit! Woo!

Need reading ideas? You can get the usual best-sellers or, if you’re looking for some great sleeper hits, here are the best of the titles coming out this winter to choose from. Whether print, audio, or eBook, you can’t go wrong.

Cover of The Starless Sea

The Starless Seain Catalog

By Erin Morgenstern

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Night Circus comes a timeless love story set in a secret underground world of books and storytellers – a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Cover of Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Herein Catalog

By Kevin Wilson

From the author of The Family Fang comes a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.

Cover of Mobituaries

Mobituariesin Catalog

By Mo Rocca

An insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now.

Cover of All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spyin Catalog

By Phil Keith And Tom Clavin

The incredible story of the first African American military pilot in World War I who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer.

Cover of Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family in Catalog

By Mitch Albom

Best-selling author Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Cover of The Way I Heard It

The Way I Heard Itin Catalog

By Mike Rowe

Rowe presents 35 mysteries “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Each story is a true-ish tale, delivered with Mike's signature blend of charm, wit and ingenuity.

Cover of The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairsin Catalog

By Lisa Jewell

Jewell, master of bone-chilling suspense, brings us the can't-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

Cover of Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Agein Catalog

By Kiley Reid

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, this is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Cover of Regretting You

Regretting Youin Catalog

By Colleen Hoover

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did, and Clara absolutely doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. A family tragedy provokes resentment and misunderstandings, making mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever realize how much they need each other.

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Blitzedin Catalog

By Alexa Martin

Pro football player Maxwell Lewis has to make the play of his life in order to hurdle the defenses of the woman of his dreams.

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The Andromeda Evolutionin Catalog

By Michael Crichton And Daniel Wilson

Fifty years after The Andromeda Strain made Crichton a household name – and spawned a new genre, the technothriller – the threat returns in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.

Cover of The Confession Club

The Confession Clubin Catalog

By Elizabeth Berg

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for after one of the members reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club becomes Confession Club, where members share dinners, embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities and long-held regrets.

Cover of Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American History

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American Historyin Catalog

By Brian Kilmeade

Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, bringing to life a pivotal moment in American history.

Cover of The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed Our Understanding of Madness

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed Our Understanding of Madnessin Catalog

By Susannah Cahalan

In the 1970s, eight sane, healthy, well-adjusted volunteers went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. This watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis and treatment forever.

Cover of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghostsin Catalog

By Kate Racculia

A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art. This is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers and anyone yearning to escape into the extraordinary.

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Curious Toysin Catalog

By Elizabeth Hand

The Alienist meets The Devil in the White City: An intrepid young woman stalks a murderer through turn-of-the-century Chicago in this transfixing historical novel inspired by the story of the 1893 World's Fair killer.