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.
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (SF BRA)
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Dancing Men, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (MYS DOY)
Sherlock Holmes investigates the appearance of some strange drawings.
Land of Stories, Chris Colfer (JFIC COL)
An illustrated nursery rhyme and fairy tale collection features the classic tales that Alex and Conner fall into in the Land of Stories series.
Lord Of the Flies, William Golding (FIC GOL)
The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (822.3 U)
Shakespeare’s classic tale about two star-crossed lovers.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix Harrow (FIC HAR)
A woman navigating the out-of-place artifacts in her caretaker’s sprawling early 20th-century mansion discovers a mysterious book that reveals impossible truths about the world and her own past.
Lincoln at Gettysburg, Garry Wills (973.7 W)
An account of Lincoln’s revolutionary speech describes how, in the space of 272 words, the President brought to bear the rhetoric of the Greek Revival, the categories of transcendentalism, and the imagery of the Rural Cemetery Movement.
The Tyrant’s Tomb, Rick Riordan (JFIC RIO)
In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (SF MCG)
Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions,emerging somewhere … else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
The Lunar Chronicles: Winter, Marissa Meyer (YSF MEY)
Cinder and her allies are joined in the plot to overthrow Queen Levana by the queen’s stepdaughter, Winter, who has long been defying her evil stepmother’s wishes by harboring feelings for her personal guard whom she is forbidden from marrying.
Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman (YFIC SHU)
A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia.
Slay, Brittany Morris (YFIC MOR)
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.
The Other Side Of the Sky, Farah Ahmedi (B AHMEDI)
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan at the peak of the war between the Soviet Union and the mujahideen, a young woman’s memoir intertwines the story of her childhood in the war-torn country with her experiences as a Afghan American adolescent in Chicago.
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray (YFIC BRA)
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
Magic, Madness, and Mischief, Kelly McCullough (JFIC MCC)
A 12-year-old boy uses his new magical powers and the help of a snarky fire hare to defeat his evil stepfather in a magical version of St. Paul.