May Staff Picks

April showers bring May flowers... and May staff picks! Here's what we're reading this month. Need more bookspiration? Check out last month's picks here.

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The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250200358
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 2nd, 2019

Don't overlook this book because you think you won't or don't read "romance." Love story? Yes. But it's a love story with interesting, original, and compelling characters. You won't be able to put it down. You won't forget the story, and you will love the characters-faults and all. The cover art is beautiful. It's worth every second you spend reading it ... and you won't regret staying up all night to finish it. If you like to read, you will love this book.


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Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062844132
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2018


I would a million times recommend anything by Jeremy Fink. The most recent one I’ve read “Alice Isn't Dead” and it was absolutely my favorite one. Fink writes with such abnormal topics from aliens to governmental conspiracies and without his sardonic characters then his plot would be almost horror movie like. I normally stay away from science fiction novels but Fink brings in almost every genre to create a wholistic novel with something for everyone.

— Chloe

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534438378
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

What better way to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month than to dive into the amazing To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by fellow Virginian Jenny Han? Part coming of age, part love story, part love letter to all things kitsch, this popular young adult series will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over (and craving the perfect chocolate chip cookie). You’ll get through these quickly, so if you’re missing Lara Jean and company, check out the fun film adaptation on Netflix and see if you can spot the author cameo. Get excited for the sequel coming out this year!

— Mika

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A Corner of the Universe (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439388818
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 1st, 2004

I really enjoyed this book. The story is different and a little sad, but also very good. One of the main characters, Adam, has a mental illness, but I like that the author never told us exactly what it was. She never made a big dal about it or had a teacher or someone else in the book give a speech about it to explain it. Instead you got to know Adam and like him. His illness was just a part of who he was. This was a great book. I'm so glad I read it.


Diary of a Wombat Cover Image
By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547076690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 23rd, 2009

— Alastair ("Wombat"), the Book Bunny