Here is a list of books our TAB members have read and loved recently! The call numbers have been included so you can come and check them out at Reston Regional Library. (All summaries are taken from Novelist unless stated otherwise.)
Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones (JFIC JON)
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan (FIC KWA)
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son’s relationship with an American girl.
Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin (YFIC GAR)
A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.
Atomic Habits, James Clear (158.1 C 2018)
One of the world’s leading experts on habit formation reveals practical strategies that will teach readers exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo (YSF BARDUGO LEIGH)
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
The Radium Girls, Kate Moore (363.1799 M 2017)
Recounts the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to radium while working factory jobs during World War I, describing how they were mislead by their employers and became embroiled in a battle for workers’ rights.
Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela (B MANDELA 1994)
The leader of South Africa’s antiapartheid movement chronicles his life, including his tribal years, his time spent in prison, and his return to lead his people.
Shipwrecks, Akira Yoshimura (FIC YOS)
Isaku is a nine-year-old boy living in a remote, desperately poor fishing village on the coast of Japan. His people catch barely enough fish to live on, and so must distill salt to sell to neighboring villages. But this industry serves another, more sinister purpose: the fires of the salt cauldrons lure passing ships toward the shore and onto rocky shoals. When a ship runs aground, the villagers slaughter the crew and loot the cargo for rice, wine, and rich delicacies. One day a ship founders on the rocks. But Isaku learns that its cargo is far deadlier than could ever be imagined. – Goodreads
Breakout, Kate Messner (JFIC MESSNER KATE)
Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same. – Goodreads
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (SF MCG)
Shares the story of Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, relating their experiences in a childhood world of monsters, mad scientists and fateful choices.