LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 December titles public library staff across the country love:
The Circus Train by Amita Parikh (Putnam, $17, 9780593539989). "Lena is a polio survivor whose father is an illusionist with a traveling circus. One day she rescues Jewish stowaway Alexandre. Growing to be more than friends with World War II looming, the two are torn apart when disaster strikes. A beautiful story mirroring the horrors of war with the innocence of young love, this is for fans of historical fiction and circus tales like Water for Elephants." --Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, Tex.
A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson (Berkley, $17, 9780593334461). "Moving back to his parents house after getting fired and dumped feels like failure to MBA graduate Xavier. He believes it is just a matter of time until he rebounds and gets his old life back. Then he meets Logan; chef, musician, father, utterly irresistible, and finds himself having to choose between love and his career dreams. You won't be able to put down this charming small town romance." --Alicia Ahlvers, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, Va.
The Ingenue: A Novel by Rachel Kapelke-Dale (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250834560). "Former piano prodigy Saskia returns home after her mother's death to find her family home has been bequeathed to someone else. Saskia is a believable and tragic figure as she searches for answers to questions that have been years in the making. What makes an ingénue and what destroys her? For fans of My Dark Vanessa." --Courtenay Reece, Millville Public Library, Millville, N.J.
The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Grand Central, $28, 9781538708279). "As the effects of climate change begin to overwhelm America, we meet Wanda, a girl born during and named after a devastating hurricane. With civilization faltering in the face of mounting challenges, she must learn to live differently. The depiction of climate change and its effects here are bone-chilling, but Wanda's resilience is inspiring. For fans of Station Eleven." --James Ludy, New Canaan Library, New Canaan, Conn.
Ms. Demeanor: A Novel by Elinor Lipman (Harper, $27.99, 9780063274341). "After a neighbor's complaint, Jane finds herself with her law license suspended and wearing an ankle monitor for six months. Her sister persuades her to try food blogging and soon Jane's cooking for another house-arrested tenant while trying to discover the identity of her accuser. This is a breezy fun read with a dash of romance and mystery for fans of Tom Perrotta and Jennifer Weiner." --Sharon Hutchinson, Keytesville Library, Keytesville, Mo.
Queen of Myth and Monsters by Scarlett St. Clair (Bloom Books, $25.99, 9781728259673). "Vampire King Adrian and his beloved Queen Isolde return in this searing erotic romance in which peril hides at every turn. St. Clair takes the reader on another high-stakes thrill ride as the couple works to establish their reign in a dark fantasy realm of mortals and immortals. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Guild Hunters." --Donna Rasmussen, Librarian-at-Large, Northern N.J. Libraries
Someone Had to Do It: A Novel by Amber and Danielle Brown (Graydon House, $16.99, 9781525899966). "An ambitious intern and a conniving rich girl clash in this riveting dual POV thriller set in the world of big New York fashion houses. A fun, fast-paced read with a villain who's a ton of fun to root against! For fans of All Her Little Secrets." --Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Ill.
The Sunshine Girls: A Novel by Molly Fader (Graydon House, $17.99, 9781335453488). "Clara and Abbie are mourning the loss of their mother, BettyKay, when a stranger named Kitty shows up. They attended nursing school, and through diaries and flashbacks, the reader learns about their loves, friendships, and secrets. Well developed characters made this an enjoyable story!" --Debbie Lease, Hillsdale Public Library, Hillsdale, N.J.
The Widowmaker: A Black Harbor Novel by Hannah Morrissey (Minotaur, $27.99, 9781250795977). "As the case of Clive Reynolds' disappearance 20 years ago unfolds, Detective Ryan Hudson discovers a link to his partner's murder. Skillfully woven together, the characters draw readers into a web of lies and deceitful actions that will keep them guessing who is the threat until the end." --Janet Makoujy, New City Library, New City, N.Y.
Witcha Gonna Do? by Avery Flynn (Berkley, $17, 9780593335215). "This is a very light magical romance. When a witch with no powers curses her witch family, she must work with her hot nemesis to save her family--and the world from domination." --Lou Ann Shoultz, Mattoon Public Library, Mattoon, Ill.