April 2017 LibraryReads: Top Ten Books Librarians Love

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With Daylight Saving Time in full swing, you get a whole extra hour of light for your evening reading, and perfect timing, because April’s edition of LibraryReads is ready for your perusal! There are a number of best-selling authors with new books this month, as well as some lesser-known authors. With books ranging the genres, this list is handpicked by librarians across the country.


A Twist in Time book coverA Twist in Time” by Julie McElwain

“Time-traveling FBI Agent Kendra Donovan remains stranded in 1858 England. When her confidante and potential lover, Alec, is accused of murdering his former mistress, Kendra must use her modern investigative skills to work through the list of suspects and clear Alec’s name. Kendra must also decide whether to stay in the past with Alec or to continue to try to find a way back to the present. If she makes it home, what will be waiting for her? Highly recommended to readers of historical romance, romantic suspense, and time travel.”
Glenda Ramsey, Catawba County Library System, Newton, NC


Waking Gods book cover

Waking Gods” by Sylvain Neuvel

“The sequel to ‘Sleeping Giants contains just as much action and page-turning suspense. The story begins four years later and is told through interviews, memos and news reports relating to the first robot. Soon Earth is in an uproar and Themis and her crew are once again called upon to make contact. Read the first book before you tackle this one, but the good news is that you will have a shorter time than the rest of us waiting for the next installment.”
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin TX


Bear Town book coverBeartown” by Fredrick Backman

“Backman’s most complex novel to date takes place in the small, hockey-crazed village of Beartown. He deftly weaves together the stories of the players, the coaches, the parents and the fans as Beartown’s hockey team chases its dream of winning a championship. Weighty themes are explored. How high a price is too high for success? How deadly is silence? Who can you trust with your secrets? How far will you compromise your beliefs in the name of friendship? There are no easy answers. A great book club choice.”
Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Library, Cary, NC


The Shadow Land book cover

The Shadow Land” by Elizabeth Kostova

“Twentysomething Alexandra heads to Bulgaria to teach English and attempt to escape the pain of losing a family member. She ends up searching for a family when she realizes she accidentally kept one of their bags after helping them on her first day in the country. With the help of Bobby, a Bulgarian taxi driver, and many other entrancing characters, the search takes her all over Bulgaria and even back in time as she learns more about the family she is trying to find. Beautifully written and completely enthralling.”
Caitlin Loving, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH

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Happy holds-placing!