As the seasons change, it's a great opportunity to pick new reading selections.
Paired with a crisp fall morning, afternoon or evening, these titles give you a great excuse to skip your to-do list, snuggle on the couch and 📖. Recommended by our staff, they were recently featured in an issue of Columbia Living Magazine.
After a broken engagement, Molly Montgomery has moved from Colorado to Florida to become the children’s librarian at the Little Bridge Island Public Library. When Molly finds a large cardboard box in a locked stall in the girls’ restroom, she is really hopeful it is filled with adorable kittens, but what she finds instead is a newborn baby girl. Sheriff John Hartwell is called to the library to investigate the abandonment of the baby, to which Molly takes exception since she’s pretty sure that the child wouldn’t have been left at such a safe place as the library if there weren’t mitigating circumstances. Needless to say, Molly and John start off on the wrong foot with each other. Meg Cabot’s signature wit and humor shines in this romantic comedy that is equal parts sweet and steamy, perfect for a little summer front porch reading!
Grady Hendrix perfectly captures the oppressive SC summer heat, Southern suburbia and 90s nostalgia in this horrifyingly captivating novel. A group of housewives in Mount Pleasant gather monthly for a true crime-themed book club, and our protagonist, Patricia, wishes something more exciting would happen in their lives. But when James Harris, a charmingly handsome man, moves into the neighborhood, Patricia is attacked, children begin to go missing and even more bizarre events start to happen. Patricia knows James isn’t the charismatic man everyone makes him out to be, but how can she convince anyone to take her seriously? Slightly satirical and delightfully disturbing, this is not your typical vampire book. As Hendrix lets you know from the beginning, this one ends in blood.
Are you interested in delving into a book series? “Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows” (book one) by Tom DeLonge (of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves) and A.J. Hartley (Shakespearean and New York Times bestselling author) delivers a thrilling military science fiction novel that blends fact and fiction. This book centers around the idea that there are secret space programs, and the story is based on actual sources within the military and intelligence community. It draws from reported sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena. Moving back and forth in time, the novel spans many decades and is told through four main characters whose interesting stories interlock: Major Alan Young (a pilot), Jennifer Quinn (an heiress), Timika Mars (an investigative journalist and blogger) and Jerzy Stern (a survivor of the Holocaust and former prisoner of war). If you like secret mysteries, you will love this series.
Dominican American writer Julia Alvarez is back with her first adult novel in almost 15 years. Retired English professor Antonia Vega has suddenly lost her husband. Now, one of her sisters is missing, and Mario, an undocumented Mexican man who lives in her neighborhood, needs her help getting his fiancée from Colorado to their town in Vermont. Once she arrives, there are more problems, and Antonia is pulled between a sense of duty to her family and her wish to help someone survive in an unfamiliar country. Passages from literature and poetry that loop through her mind help her make sense of her grief and the struggles of life in contemporary America.
New York Times columnist David Carr, who died in 2015, was widely admired for his incisive writing on the changing media landscape, politics and much else, but he is perhaps best known for his harrowing 2008 memoir, “The Night of the Gun,” which detailed his years-long struggles with addiction. This collection, edited by his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, showcases writing from his beginnings with a Minneapolis alternative weekly through his editorship of Washington City Paper and other stops along the way to the Times. It also features a gracious foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates, whom Carr mentored when Coates was a City Paper intern. This title is highly recommended for readers interested in contemporary culture and journalism.