This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and March’s is chill blue. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!
If you love domestic fiction with a magical realism twist:
Roselle Lim’s Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop (2020)
Vanessa Yu has the ability to read people’s fortunes in tea leaves. It’s not an ability she wants, but she has it all the same. She switches to serving coffee in the hopes she’ll avoid seeing fortunes that way, but no luck. When she sees her own fortune–and it’s not a happy one–she bolts and escapes to Paris, where an elderly aunt runs her own tea shop. Along the way, she might learn more about herself and her abilities and find a little romance of her own.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Jasmine Guillory, Abbi Waxman, and Jenn McKinlay.
If you want a literary thriller:
Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind (2020)*
Amanda, Clay, and their two children are looking forward to a quiet weekend at a rural luxury Long Island home that they’ve rented. It will be a nice break from their bustling lives in New York City. That is, until the owners–an older couple–show up and tell them that the city has been hit by a massive blackout. They have no way to check the information and are unsure of whether to trust the strangers and the news they bear. What happened and will they all be safe as they ride out the emergency together?
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Diane Chamberlain.
*Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
If you enjoy YA science fiction:
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two (2020)**
Ready Player One was a big hit when it was first released 10 years ago. In that book in the far distant future of 2044, things are pretty bleak, and teenager Wade spends most of his time hiding in the virtual world of the game OASIS. He keeps trying to uncover clues embedded in the game–clues that could lead to a fortune for whomever deciphers them. Without spoiling too much of what goes on in the first book, Ready Player Two picks up in the aftermath, with a new puzzle for Wade to solve. Not a sequel you can just pick up and read with no familiarity of the first book but definitely of interest to fans of the series.
Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Andy Weir, Pierce Brown, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman.
**Ebook and audiobook also available on Libby.
If you prefer an audiobook:
Beth Harbison’s The Cookbook Club: A Novel of Food and Friendship (2020)
Margo, Trish, and Aja all meet through a new cookbook club. On the surface, the women have little in common besides the club–Margo’s marriage is unraveling while Trish is a one-time attorney turned new restaurateur and Aja is hiding a pregnancy from her wealthy boyfriend and his mother. Still, they all quickly bond with each other, and the book traces the growth of their friendships with each other. Oh and the delicious food they make as part of the cookbook club. 🙂
Recommended for those who enjoy the works of Jill Shalvis and Abby Jimenez.
What books with chill blue covers are you reading? What are you reading for March? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.