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LibraryReads October 2020 Picks

Every month, library staff from across the country have the chance to vote on upcoming adult titles that they loved reading and cannot wait to share. Participation is open to everyone who works in a public library, whether they are senior staff or new arrivals, in any area of the library. LibraryReads is designed to be inclusive and diverse, representing a broad range of reading tastes and showcasing a variety of new titles, including buzzed-about debuts, genre favorites, best-selling authors, and lesser-known midlist titles that public library staff are raving about.

Each month, the Top Ten list is announced via their e-mail newsletter and on the LibraryReads website, and we’ll be featuring it here on Booklist Reader, along with some extra lists now and again. (You can also download the list as a PDF here).

LibraryReads October 2020

Top Pick
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V. E. Schwab

Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse

Confessions on the 7:45, by Lisa Unger

Goodnight Beautiful, by Aimee Molloy

Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam

The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow

Plain Bad Heroines, by emily m. danforth

Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark

Spoiler Alert, by Olivia Dade

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, by Fannie Flagg

Hall of Fame

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via votes, the author moves into the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame authors for October 2020 are:

Lyssa Kay Adams
Tana French
Alice Hoffman
Lisa Jewell
Sophie Kinsella
Christina Lauren

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About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She was formerly the Editor, Reference and Collection Management, for Booklist Publications.

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