Off the Shelf: The Ten Best Books of the Month in LibraryReads

By Sharon Saye on March 07, 2018 from Off the Shelf via

LibraryReads is published monthly listing the top ten books published that month that librarians across the country love.  The purpose is to connect our favorite books to as many readers as possible. 
Anyone who is regularly employed in a U.S. public library may participate by nominating books.  Whatever ten books get the most nominations goes on the list.  The book with the most nominations of all becomes the #1 pick.  These books are published throughout the month so not all the books on the March list are immediately available. 
March’s list contains both better-known authors and debut writers.  This list is a mixture, a combination of fantasy, mystery, thriller and romance.  One of the better-known authors, Chris Bohjalian, returns with “The Flight Attendant,” the story of a flight attendant with a drinking problem who wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai next to a dead body.
Patricia Briggs is well known for her Mercy Thompson series about a shapeshifter in love with a werewolf.  Her latest, “Burn Bright,” is another installment in a related series known as “Alpha and Omega” about two members of the Pack trying to head off war between humans and werewolves.
“Sunburn” by Laura Lippman follows Polly after she abandons her family on vacation and ends up in Delaware.  LibraryReads describes it as a “twisted novel that will suck you in.”  Another psychological thriller is by Alice Feeney; “Sometimes I Lie” is described by the reviewer as needing “a whiteboard to keep track of the twists and turns.”
“Let me Lie” by Clare Mackintosh is another thriller in which what appears to be her parents’ suicides may not be that at all.  “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan was compared to Hitchcock in its tale of friendship in college that suddenly bursts into the present.
Lisa Genova’s “Every Note Played” follows a marriage as the concert pianist husband is diagnosed with ALS.  Anna Quindlen’s “Alternate Side” shows the increasing disparity between wealthy Manhattanites and their employees from the outer boroughs.
“Girls Burn Brighter” by Shobha Rao also follows a family beset by problems as Poornima tries to care for her siblings and prepare for her arranged marriage.
For all those looking for something new to read the monthly lists are a great place to keep up.  Just Google “LibraryReads,” and browse through the current lists and all the previous recommendations.

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