LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 October titles public library staff across the country love:
All the Feels: A Novel by Olivia Dade (Avon, $15.99, 9780063005587). "Alex is an actor on a Game of Thrones-type TV show entering its final season. Lauren's job is to keep him out of trouble. Their relationship develops over forced proximity, a road trip, and tons of fanfic tropes (only one bed!). This steamy romance, with flawed, genuine characters and sensitive treatment of mental health and body issues, is a delight from start to finish. For fans of Spoiler Alert, Girl Gone Viral, and One to Watch." --Lauren Mitchell, Neenah Public Library, Neenah, Wis.
Cackle by Rachel Harrison (Berkley, $27, 9780593202029). "Annie is floundering after an unexpected breakup and a subsequent move to a small, quirky town. Her new friend Sophie is a little strange, but Annie is so happy to have someone who has chosen her that she ignores her concerns. This delightfully creepy fall story will work well for those who like paranormal fiction and light horror, and fans of The Year of the Witching and The Deep." --Rebecca Swanson, Fitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, Wis.
Death at Greenway: A Novel by Lori Rader-Day (Morrow, $16.99, 9780062938046). "In this departure from Rader-Day's usual thrillers, two young women, hired as nurses to care for a group of children, are evacuated to Agatha Christie's country estate during World War II. Then a dead body shows up, and suddenly there's no telling what is safe and who can be trusted. For fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny." --Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Conn.
The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel by Caitlin Starling (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250272584). "Jane, a sensible young woman, decides that she must get married. Her first choice is Dr. Lawrence, but she soon discovers his dark, terrifying secrets and becomes engulfed in a tangled mystery of magic, ghosts, demons, and bizarre rituals. A well-written story for fans of gothic fantasy and horror like Gideon the Ninth and Mexican Gothic." --Sandra Allen, South Community Library, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Last Girl Ghosted: A Novel by Lisa Unger (Park Row, $27.99, 9780778311041). "Wren meets Adam on a dating app, and they seem to hit it off. After she tells him a secret, though, he ghosts her. She refuses to let it go and starts searching for him. What she finds is shocking, but she can match him in the secret department. Chilling, twisty, and hard to put down. Give to fans of Ghosted and The Couple Next Door." --Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Goodrich, Mich.
The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles (Viking, $30, 9780735222359). "In 1952, castoffs from a Nebraska juvenile detention camp embark on a road trip that takes them in different directions than initially intended. There's so much genuine sweetness and aching loss in this exuberant book full of characters you'll care about deeply. For fans of John Irving and Ann Patchett." --Diana Armstrong, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (Tor Nightfire, $19.99, 9781250759412). "This short, creepy haunted house tale, brimming with Japanese folklore, cleverly reveals the monstrousness in ordinary human callousness--we're awful not from horrendous actions or beliefs, but because we just react and shout each other down. For fans of My Heart Is a Chainsaw and The Toll." --Matthew Galloway, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, Colo.
Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi (Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99, 9781728239828). "In this classic fairytale with a twist, a prince and princess who became a cursed king and queen are given a second chance at a future. The storyline and characters are engaging, but it's the beautiful, flowing writing that really stands out. Recommended for readers of Stardust and Kill the Farmboy." --Sandra Woodbury, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Mass.
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper (Berkley, $16, 9780593336069). "Emmy reluctantly returns to her hometown to serve as arbiter of a magical tournament. But the town now seemingly has much more to offer, including a gorgeous witch. Will she be enough incentive for Emmy to stay? Romance and a well-developed magical system make this perfect for fans of TJ Klune and Seanan McGuire." --Alicia Ahlvers, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, Va.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (Tor, $17.99, 9781250765352). "Harrow delights with a queer fractured fairy tale novella. Zinnia Grey, forever obsessed with the Sleeping Beauty story, gets a spindle for her 21st birthday. When she pricks her finger, she's transported to another dimension and finds a princess who'd rather not marry the dashing prince. For fans of Naomi Novik and Margaret Atwood." --Jill Minor, Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Va.