Are you in the mood for… vampires? wizards? magical libraries? or children who spontaneously combust?  We’ve got some staff picks for you!

Early Riser Jasper Fforde (2019)

Charlie Worthing is a first-winter employee with the misfit Winter Consuls, who protect the world’s hibernating masses until an outbreak of viral nightmares starts triggering mysterious deaths.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (2019)

Discovering a mysterious book of prisoner tales, a Vermont graduate student recognizes a story from his own life before following clues to a magical underground library that is being targeted for destruction.

Golden in Death by J.D. Robb, Eve Dallas #50 (2020)

Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates the springtime murder of a beloved pediatrician by an unknown killer who hid a deadly toxin inside of a small golden egg.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (2019)

Agreeing to help her former college roommate care for two stepchildren who possess the ability to spontaneously combust when agitated, Lillian endeavors to keep her young charges cool in the face of an astonishing revelation.

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, Discworld #33 (2009)

The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.

Soulless by Gail Carriger, Parasol Protectorate #1 (2009)

When she accidentally kills the vampire who attacked her, Alexia Tarabotti, a spinster with no soul, is being held responsible by Queen Victoria for the unexpected appearances and disappearances of vampires and must use her abilities to find out what is really happening to London’s high society.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse  by K. Eason, Thorne Chronicles #1 (2019)

Princess Rory Thorne must use the fairy blessings gifted to her at birth to change the multiverse–or possibly destroy it. A feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination–how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

Anathem  by Neal Stephenson (2008)

Raz, a mathematician, is among a cohort of secluded scientists and philosophers who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe.

If you are in the mood for a more down to earth reading experience, here are some other staff picks:

Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner (1943)

Bo Mason and his family move from place to place as he endlessly searches for his fortune from 1906 to 1942.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (2016)

A live news reader traveling the antebellum south is offered $50 to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, back to her family in San Antonio. 

Drop City by T.C. Boyle (2003)

The members of the Drop City commune clash with Alaskan homesteaders who live near where the commune has recently moved, as both groups struggle to for love, nourishment, and shelter. 

The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003)

Jones’s ambitious novel, which ranges between the past and future and back again to the present, weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians — and allows readers a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

The Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013)

Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra pursue vastly different lives–Udayan in rebellion-torn Calcutta, Subhash in a quiet corner of America–until a shattering tragedy compels Subhash to return to India, where he endeavors to heal family wounds.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (2013)

Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (2019)

A sequel to Olive Kitteridge finds Olive struggling to understand herself while bonding with a teen suffering from loss, a woman who gives birth unexpectedly, a nurse harboring a longtime crush and a lawyer who resists an unwanted inheritance.

 

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (2015)

Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower each living alone, forge a loving bond over their shared loneliness, provoking local gossip and the disapproval of their grown children in ways that are further complicated by an extended visit by a sad young grandchild.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (2016)

A five-decade saga tracing the impact of an act of infidelity on the parents and children of two Southern California families traces their shared summers in Virginia.

If you would like more reading recommendations, contact us at 725-5242 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com.  We are happy to help!