LibraryReads May 2021 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).

PS. For even more LibraryReads content, check out this recording from yesterday’s Library Love for LibraryReads webinar.

Top Pick
People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry


Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala
The Bookshop of Second Chances, by Jackie Fraser
The Guncle, by Stephen Rowley
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, by Colleen Oakley
Mary Jane, by Jessica Anya Blau
The Newcomer, by Mary Kay Andrews
Talk Bookish to Me, by Kate Bromley
While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams
The Woman with the Blue Star, by Pam Jenoff

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 May 2021 are:
Chris Bohjalian, author of Hour of the Witch (Fourth title on the LibraryReads list!)
Alyssa Cole, author of How to Find a Princess
Mary Kubica, author of Local Woman Missing
Andy Weir, author of Project Hail Mary
Christina Lauren, author of The Soulmate Equation (Seventh title on the LibraryReads list!)


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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