Syndetics Unbound has partnered with LibraryReads to deliver favorites from librarians around the country. As LibraryReads recommends books before they arrive in most libraries, the list below is drawn from the last three months of LibraryReads.
Updated March 12, 2023
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Demon Copperhead
Barbara Kingsolver
Paper Book
A NEW YORK TIMES "TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2022" An Oprah's Book Club Selection * An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller * A #1 Washington Post Bestseller  "Demon is a voice for the ages--akin to Huck Finn or Holden...
Our Missing Hearts
Celeste Ng
Paper Book
An instant New York Times bestseller * A New York Times Notable Book of 2022 * Named a Best Book of 2022 by People, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and Oprah Daily, and more * A Reese's Book Club Pick ...
Babel, Or, The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution
R.F. Kuang
Paper Book
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of The Poppy War   "Absolutely phenomenal. One of the most brilliant, razor-sharp books I've had the pleasure of reading that isn't just an alternative fantastical history, but an interrogative one; one that grabs colonial...
The Bullet That Missed
Richard Osman
Paper Book
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A new mystery is afoot in the third book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman.  "The quartet of aging amateur sleuths...remain wonderful company," --the New...
Daisy Darker
Alice Feeney
Paper Book
*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* "Alice Feeney is great with TWISTS and TURNS." --Harlan Coben The NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Rock Paper Scissors returns with a locked-room mystery when a family reunion leads to murder in a...
Other Birds
Sarah Addison Allen
Paper Book
The New York Times Bestseller From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home. Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of...
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
Sangu Mandanna
Paper Book
Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, and is used to keeping her head down with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos 'pretending' to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously. But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and...
Anywhere You Run
Wanda M. Morris
Paper Book
As Seen on The TODAY Show! Called One of the Best Crime Novels of the Year by New York Times * NPR * New York Post * Washington Post * Buzzfeed * South Florida Sun-Sentinel * Library Journal * CrimeReads From the award-winning author of All Her Little Secrets comes yet...
The American Roommate Experiment
Elena Armas
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Cosmopolitan, Goodreads, PopSugar, and more! From the author of the Goodreads Choice Award winner The Spanish Love Deception, the eagerly anticipated follow-up...
Laurie Lico Albanese
Paper Book
Named a Most Anticipated Book for Fall by Goodreads * Washington Post * New York Post * BuzzFeed * PopSugar * Business Insider * An October Indie Next List Pick * An October LibraryReads Pick "A hauntingly beautiful--and imagined-...
The Family Game
Catherine Steadman
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE * "A powerful family and a deadly game. Be prepared for a nail-biting, roller-coaster of a ride in Catherine Steadman's classy and ingenious new thriller."--B. A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors  ...
The Ways We Hide: A Novel
Kristina McMorris
Paper Book
" From the New York Times bestselling author of Sold On A Monday--over a million copies sold!--comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path. As a little girl...
Erin E. Adams
Paper Book
A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white rust belt town. But she's not the first-and she may not be the last. . . . "I read this thriller that is Get Out meets The Vanishing Half in one night."-BuzzFeed ...
Spells for Forgetting
Adrienne Young
Paper Book
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "Lush with secrets, magic, and a past that won't stay where it belongs, this novel is (quite fittingly) spellbinding."--JODI PICOULT, author of Wish You Were Here A deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at...
Douglas, Claire
Paper Book
"Tense, twisty, fraught with emotion and packed with secrets, The Couple at Number 9 is Claire's best thriller yet."--Gilly MacMillan, bestselling author of What She Knew The internationally bestselling author of Do Not Disturb and Just Like the Other Girls delivers a heart-pounding...
The Last Housewife
Ashley Winstead
Paper Book
"Deliciously unputdownable." --The Washington Post "A stunning, disturbing thriller that will have your mind and heart racing." --Samantha Downing From the author of the acclaimed In My Dreams I Hold a Knife comes a pitch-black thriller about a woman determined to destroy a powerful...
Lavender House
Lev AC Rosen
Paper Book
A "Best Of" Book From: Amazon * Buzzfeed * Rainbow Reading * Library Journal * CrimeReads * BookPage * Book Riot * Autostraddle A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.<...
Ramona Emerson
Paper Book
Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer. Her excellent photography skills have cracked many cases - she is almost supernaturally good at capturing details. In fact, Rita has been hiding a secret: she sees the ghosts of crime victims who point her toward clues other investigators overlook. Rita's...
Mistakes Were Made
Meryl Wilsner
Paper Book
"This blazing-hot forbidden romance manages to sensibly, and compassionately, capture the complexities of starting adult life after college and finding love and your identity in middle age. Cassie and Erin's romance is by turns delightfully raunchy and deeply emotional. This reader hopes...
A Merry Little Meet Cute
Julie Murphy
Paper Book
Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone--a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy ...
Rochon, Farrah
Paper Book
"Pure romance gold that ticks all my favorite boxes: enemies to lovers, sexual chemistry, competence kink, delicious banter." --Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain  Successful pediatric surgeon London...
Ghost Eaters
Clay Chapman
Paper Book
"A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page."-Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents One of Vulture's Best Horror...
Carty-Williams, Candice
Paper Book
The author of the "brazenly hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is first novel" (Oprah Daily) Queenie returns with another witty and insightful novel about the power of family--even when they seem like strangers. If you could choose your
The Kiss Curse
Erin Sterling
Paper Book
The follow-up to Erin Sterling's New York Times bestselling hit The Ex Hex features fan favorite Gwyn and the spine-tinglingly handsome Wells Penhallow as they battle a new band of witches and their own magical chemistry. Gwyn Jones is perfectly happy with her life...
Husband Material
Alexis Hall
Paper Book
Wanted: One (very real) husband Nowhere near perfect but desperately trying his best Two years ago, Luc O'Donnell and Oliver Blackwood met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and...
Station Eternity
Mur Lafferty
Paper Book
From idyllic small towns to claustrophobic urban landscapes, Mallory Viridian is constantly embroiled in murder cases that only she has the insight to solve. But being surrounded by death also makes you a suspect and a social pariah. So when Mallory gets the opportunity to take refuge on a sentient...

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