Librarian Reading

This monthly column, by our own Sara Marks, will feature new books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.

Let me start with an introduction.  I’m not just a writer, but also a librarian.  I’m specifically an academic librarian.  That means I don’t get to suggest pleasurable reading to people.  Academic librarians help you write research papers and find evidence to support points you’re making in said papers.  I read SO many books.  I am sent SO many books from publishers.  I want you to read ALL the books.  Welcome to the column where I get to fill this hole in my heart by suggesting books to you.

Each month I will share two books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.  They will always be new releases, but I may not have read them.  Yes, I sometimes get previews of books, but I also have a TBR bookshelf full of books to be read.  I’ll be giving you the blurb, some genre details, and why it caught my attention.

I got both these books this summer as previews to be able to suggest to readers.  One I haven’t gotten a chance to read yet.  The other I read as soon as it arrive in my mail box.

An American MarriageAn American Marriage by Tayari Jones (coming out on February 6th) is a book I was going to gift to someone until I read the blurb on the back for a second time.  Here it is:

“Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.”

This is contemporary fiction about the New South, racism, and life after prison.  It is something to consider taking to your book club this year!


Mister Tender's GirlMister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (coming out on February 13th) is one I loved.  I love horror books, especially ones about the horrors we do to each other.  It has already been optioned to be a TV series!    Here’s the blurb:

“How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.”

Unlike other upcoming Slender Man inspired stories, this one focuses on what would happen to a victim who survived such a terrible attack.  Then it adds in the suspense and horror of what happens to her as an adult.  It was powerful and bananas!  This is one that might keep people up late at night either to read more of it or… well, with nightmares!

Those are my two picks for the month.  Come back and tell me, in the comments, what you thought of these picks!  Feel free to suggest others books for me to read too!

Want more?  Check out Sara’s blog, Book Club of 1, where she talks about her own experiences as writer and sometimes suggests books to her readers.  Her column will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month.  Want to see more books suggested by librarians, check out Library Reads.

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