LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 April titles public library staff across the country love:
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan (Berkley, $15.99, 9780593101629). "Having built the Shameless platform to teach people how to find their own pleasure, Naomi wants to take that sex positivity to a lecture circuit, but no one will hire her. Enter Ethan, a young, handsome rabbi with a struggling synagogue. A seminar series on modern intimacy seems like a good way to build a sense of community and attract a younger congregation. What happens is their own lesson in intimacy, as two people passionate about their work and trying to make the world a better place sizzle with chemistry. Give to fans of The Roommate, The Kiss Quotient, and Meet Cute." --Hebah Amin-Headley, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park, Kan.
Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson (Holt, $27.99, 9781250077035). "Lawson is a hot mess of depression and anxiety. She is also funny as hell. In this book she lays herself open. She celebrates all those awkward and difficult parts of herself and invites you to celebrate your own. She will make you laugh until you cry, and then she wraps up the episode with some profound truth that catches you unaware. For readers who like David Sedaris and Ali Wong." --Beth Morrill, Canton Public Library, Canton, Conn.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Berkley, $16, 9780593333037). "Meddy's blind date doesn't end as planned, and she now has a corpse to dispose of. Her mother's solution: call in the three aunties. What follows is a roller coaster ride of a weekend with the Chan family trying to get rid of the body while working at a high profile wedding. A fast-paced and darkly humorous debut with sweet romantic moments throughout. For fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer and Get a Life, Chloe Brown." --Laura Eckert, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, Ohio
Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez (Forever, $15.99, 9781538715666). "Jimenez hits it out of the park again. She combines real-world issues with the get-the-girl, lose-the-girl dynamics of a romance. In this case, Adrian has a good chance of losing Vanessa to ALS. They both have multiple family issues including a hoarding father, an abandoning parent, a sister with addiction issues, and a baby niece that needs attention. Give to fans of Mia Sosa and Josie Silver." --Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro, Mass.
Malice: A Novel by Heather Walter (Del Rey, $27, 9781984818652). "Alyce is the sole Dark Grace in Briar, a kingdom whose people love their Graces (the magical ladies who give them special elixirs). But Briar has a problem with their princesses: they die at 21 unless they kiss their one true love. Princess Aurora doesn't seem to be interested in any of the princes. This LGBTQ re-telling of Sleeping Beauty is creative and fun, with a perfect ending. For fans of Spinning Silver and Gods of Jade and Shadow." --Carrie Minthorne, Cedar Mill Library, Portland, Ore.
The Music of Bees: A Novel by Eileen Garvin (Dutton, $26, 9780593183922). "Beekeeper Alice is an older widow who is working to save her small town from big corporate greed. She forms an alliance with two young adults who both find unexpected joy in nature. For those who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine." --Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, Wis.
The Night Always Comes: A Novel by Willy Vlautin (Harper, $26.99, 9780063035089). "Lynette is trying to buy the family home from her landlord as housing prices rise around her. At the last moment, her mother says she will not cosign for the loan and Lynette does not qualify on her own. In a last-ditch effort, Lynette sets off on an odyssey of collecting old debts and a miniature crime spree. For readers who like Raymond Chandler, John Banville, and Elmore Leonard." --Mary Robinson, Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire, Ill.
Second First Impressions: A Novel by Sally Thorne (Morrow, $15.99, 9780062912855). "Ruthie Midona, twenty-something, works in a retirement community and feels like she fits in more with the residents than with her peers. Enter an attractive tattooed man assistant hired by the eccentric 90-year-old Parloni Sisters. This romance is filled with heart and laughter. For readers of Helen Hoang and Jasmine Guillory." --Melissa Stumpe, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, Ind.
To Love and to Loathe: A Novel by Martha Waters (Atria, $16.99, 9781982160876). "This enemies-to-lovers Regency romance takes Diana, Lady Templeton, and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham, from engaging in a no-strings-attached affair to their happily ever after. For readers who love Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Jennifer Crusie (contemporary, but witty dialogue and hilarious hijinks)." --Kathleen Fais, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y.
You Love Me: A You Novel by Caroline Kepnes (Random House, $28, 9780593133781). "In this, the third installment in the You series, Joe Goldberg moves to the cozy island of Bainbridge in the outskirts of Seattle and sets his sights on the town librarian, who becomes his new obsession. For fans of Behind Her Eyes and The Silent Patient." --Joann Im, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, Calif.