An initiative of the American Library Association

The October 2018 LibraryReads List

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

And introducing Hall of Fame, a special new designation that honors authors who have had more than two books hit the LibraryReads list. Jodi Picoult's A Spark of Light is the inaugural selection.


The Proposal

by Jasmine Guillory

“A disastrous public wedding proposal results in a chance meeting between Nik and Carlos. What follows is a delightfully humorous and sweet story about two people falling for each other while remaining seemingly unaware of their blossoming romance. The book sets itself apart by portraying a self-aware, feminist woman who enjoys positive relationships with female friends. An engaging and upbeat multicultural romance.” —LaNiesha Bowles, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Berkley Jove, 2018.

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter

by Kate Morton

“Events that occurred in the late 19th century at Birchwood Manor cast their shadows over the next 150 years, with various mysterious voices explaining how those events affected their lives. Attentive readers will be rewarded as clues are revealed. Atmospheric and perfect for gothic fiction fans of Sarah Waters and Beatriz Williams.” —Virginia Holsten, Vinton Public Library, Vinton, IA

Atria, 2018.

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by J. R. Ward

“This first book in Ward’s newest series featuring firefighters in New Brunswick, NJ, includes well-crafted macho heroes, tough female characters, and believable relationships. Readers will be excited to see where this series goes. For fans of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and readers who like gritty and steamy suspense.” —Kelsey Hudson, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI

Gallery Books, 2018.

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The Dream Daughter

by Diane Chamberlain

“In 1970, young and recently widowed Carly learns that the baby she is carrying has a fatal birth defect. Enter her quirky but lovable brother-in-law, who proposes a highly improbable solution: travel to the future where a medical procedure exists to save her unborn child. This twisty story with well-developed characters is highly recommended, but with a trigger warning for mothers. A good crossover title for domestic fiction and science fiction readers, and fans of Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Chris Bohjalian.” —Erica Naranjo, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA

St. Martin's Press, 2018.

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The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

“An investigation of the fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986 evolves into a page-turning history of the immense impact libraries and books have had throughout time. Profoundly moving and enlightening, and a clear call to readers to appreciate and support their libraries. For readers who enjoy high-quality narrative nonfiction.” —Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA

Simon & Schuster, 2018.

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November Road

by Lou Berney

“Set in the weeks just after JFK’s assassination, a mob hit man on the run meets a woman who has just impulsively left her alcoholic husband. A beautifully written suspense novel that’s hard to put down, with well-developed, sympathetic characters and plenty of intrigue. Fans of John Hart and Dennis Lehane will appreciate this fast-paced thriller.” —Jill Smith, Bayport Public Library, Bayport, MN

William Morrow, 2018.

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One Day in December

by Josie Silver

“An enjoyable page-turner, with a romance that begins with a chance connection at a bus stop and brews in secret over a number of years. More literary romance than chick-lit, this title would be a good choice for readers who enjoy books by Meg Donohue or Erica Bauermeister.” —Marlyn Beebe, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA

Broadway Books, 2018.

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by Barbara Kingsolver

“Willa and her college professor husband made all the “right” decisions, yet are nearing retirement holding an empty bag. The rise of the service economy, materialism, middle-class disenfranchisement, a labyrinthine health care system, immigration–even Charles Darwin–all factor into this relevant story about social upheaval and an ever-changing American Dream.” —Lori Hench, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD

Harper, 2018.

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Virgil Wander

by Leif Enger

“Virgil Wander survives a car crash with some speech and memory problems, and encounters a kite-flying stranger searching for information about his long-lost son. Enger explores and intricately layers the feelings and stories of an entire town full of people, each trying to survive their own life-changing experiences. A good pick for readers who enjoy quirky characters and for fans of Kent Haruf.” —Elizabeth Isabelle, DeKalb County Public Library System, DeKalb, GA

Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018.

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The Witch Elm

by Tana French

“This standalone novel has all the things readers love about the Dublin Murder Squad books–well developed characters, exquisite plotting, and deep explorations of human nature. Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.” —Laura Bovee, Chicopee Public Library, Chicopee, MA

Viking, 2018.

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Hall of Fame

“Thank you, librarians and LibraryReads for bestowing me with this wonderful honor—a Hall of Fame selection for my new novel, A Spark of Light! Libraries have been a special place for me for as long as I can remember, as both a reader and a writer. My first job was as a page in a library (maybe that was a self-fulfilling prophecy!)! I’m so grateful for your support of my novels over the years and look forward to contributing new books to fill your shelves for many years to come." —Jodi Picoult


A Spark of Light

by Jodi Picoult

"This harrowing and insightful novel unwinds backwards in time over the course of a day during a tense hostage situation at a Mississippi women’s clinic and is told through multiple points of view: the gunman, the hostage negotiator, patients, clinic staff, and a right to life advocate. All sides of the abortion issue are explored with compassion through the characters’ stories, helping readers empathize and connect. Fans of Picoult’s issue-driven novels will not be disappointed.” —Catherine Coyne, Mansfield (MA) Public Library

Ballantine Books, 2018.

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