Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently. We’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.
Heretics Anonymous, Katie Henry — YFIC HEN
When nonbeliever Michael transfers to a Catholic school in eleventh grade, he quickly connects with a secret support group intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins – FIC HAW
Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.
The Secrets of the Wild Wood, Tonke Dragt – YFIC DRA
One of the King’s most trusted knights has vanished in the snow, so young Sir Tiuri and his best friend Piak must journey into the shadowy heart of the forest to find him. The Wild Wood is a place of mysteries, rumours and whispered tales. A place of lost cities, ancient curses, robbers, princesses and Men in Green.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – FIC SHE
Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.
Hamilton and Peggy, LM Elliott – YFIC ELL
Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family.
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton – YFIC HIN
Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents’ death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves “outsiders.”
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – FIC LEE
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout’s carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.
The Crucible, Arthur Miller – 812 MILLER
As a wave of anti-communist investigations swept across American society during the 1950s, Miller exposed the horror of such witch-hunts by retelling the story of the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692.
Othello, William Shakespeare – 822.3 T7
The destructive effects of jealousy underlie this tale. Othello, a man of quality and superior intelligence, is brought down by his suspicions of his wife, Desdemona.
Richard III, William Shakespeare – 822.3 X5
The deformed Richard weaves a web of intrigue, removing all obstacles that stand between him and the throne of England. An atmosphere of insecurity pervades, no one dare reveal their thoughts and danger lurks in the shadows. Once Richard achieves his goal, will danger turn its gaze on him? – goodreads
The Interrogation of Gabriel James, Charlie Price – YFIC PRI
As an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks.
Hamlet, William Shakespeare – 822.3 S7
Grieving for the recent death of his beloved father and appalled by his mother’s quick remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet, heir to the Danish throne, struggles with conflicting emotions, particularly after his father’s ghost appeals to him to avenge his death.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain – FIC TWA
The classic story of the adventures of a nineteenth-century boy and a runaway slave as they float down the Mississippi River on a raft.
The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien – FIC TOL
In the concluding volume of the trilogy, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron.
Hitler’s Canary, Sandi Toksvig – JFIC TOK
Ten-year-old Bamse and his Jewish friend Anton participate in the Danish Resistance during World War II.