Librarian Picks: 6 Recent Books I Love to Recommend

Hey everybody!  I’m Bill and I am a librarian here at Scott County Public Library.  I absolutely love to recommend books to our patrons and am here today to share with you 12 of my favorite recent titles that you should definitely try.  I am a big mystery fan but I also a good young adult fiction story or middle grade fiction story.  Some of these titles you will find on OverDrive or Libby and the others you can put on hold to pick up with your library card.  Most of the titles were published in the last few years.

In this post, I am going to share the summary of the book from Goodreads, PLUS give you three reasons I loved each book.

Check them out or give us a call at 812-752-2751 and our staff will be happy to assist you with some of these titles.   Let’s get started and I hope there is something you would love to try here.

 

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Mark T. Sullivan

3 reasons why I loved this book:

It is based on a true story.

World II dramas are definitely intense and interesting.

It is a great coming-of-age story for the main character.

 

Summary:

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.  — Goodreads.com

Find it in Evergreen

Not currently available on OverDrive.

 

The Butterfly Girl

Rene Denfeld

Three Reasons I Loved This Book:

It is an intense mystery involving runaways and the homeless that is sharp, brave, and intense and needs to be told.

The main character is likeable, very human and flawed.

The setting is perfect for the story.

Summary:

After captivating readers in The Child Finder, Naomi—the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children—returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark, gritty streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young, homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.

From the highly praised author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted comes The Butterfly Girl, a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?  — Goodreads.com

Find it in Evergreen

Find it on OverDrive

 

The Blinds

Adam Sternbergh

Three Reasons (in this case words) why I liked this book:

Weird

Spooky

Unique

Summary:

A blistering thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of Shovel Ready—a speculative modern Western with elements of Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, and the Coen brothers that is wickedly funny, razor-sharp, and totally engrossing

Imagine a place populated by criminals-people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don’t know if they’ve perpetrated a crime, or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead.

For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace—but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her—and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway. It’s simmering with violence and deception, aching heartbreak and dark betrayals.  —  Goodreads.com

Find it in Evergreen

Not currently available on OverDrive

 

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys

3 Reasons Why I Loved This Book

This book is based on the history surrounding the sinking of The Lusitania

The characters are well-developed and interesting.

It is researched and thorough.  The author did her homework.

Summary:

While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The ship was overcrowded with more than 10,500 passengers — the intended capacity was approximately 1,800 — and more than 9,000 people, including 5,000 children, lost their lives.

Sepetys (writer of ‘Between Shades of Gray’) crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy. Joana, a Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian, a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia, a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy, converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert, a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur, assigned to the Gustloff decks.  — Goodreads.com

Find it on OverDrive

Find it in Evergreen

 

Aurora Rising

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

3 Reasons Why I Like This Book:

It’s an interesting take on a mission into space in the year 2380.

The characters are a riot.  I really enjoyed the interaction.

The finale definitely leaves you anxious to go to the next book in the series.

Summary:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.  — Goodreads.com

Find it in Evergreen

Find it on OverDrive

 

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Dan Gemeinhart

3 Reasons Why I Like This Book:

One of the best middle-grade books I read in 2019.

It is an excellent story of love and grief and memories.

The characters are relatable and you come away feeling like you were part of their lives.

Summary:

Five years. That’s how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, crisscrossing the nation. It’s also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished – the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box – she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days…without him realizing it.

Along the way, they’ll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there’s Gladys….

Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all…but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after”.  — Goodreads.com

Find it in Evergreen

Find it on OverDrive

 

That’s the tip of the iceberg for me.  I have lots more that I can recommend.  In the meantime, if you need a reading suggestion of what you should check out next, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the library at 812-752-2751 or send us an email here at readingadvised@gmail.com.

 

 

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