How to make a good book list – visit your library!

I’m surrounded by books at my library job and, as I travel through the stacks, I’m inspired by the many books on display. I also do a lot of book talking with my work friends and with people who come up to the desk. Yesterday, I walked over two miles and the sights were good!  Here’s a list of the books I’ve seen or heard about during my recent travels.

Take a look and be sure to check out the linked reviews by our fellow WordPress bloggers – it’s a great way to connect with readers!


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – reviewed by HappymessHappiness
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – reviewed by Bookshelf Fantasies
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – reviewed by Traveling with T
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – reviewed by Cover to Cover
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reis – reviewed by Jenna Bookish

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly – reviewed by Dressed to Read
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – reviewed by Hannah and Her Books
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – reviewed by Ally Writes Things
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – reviewed by By the Book Reviews
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – reviewed by BooksPlease

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – reviewed by Simone and Her Books
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – reviewed by Angie Dokos
There There by Tommy Orange – reviewed by I’ve Read This
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – reviewed by Rainy Days and Mondays
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – reviewed by Fictionophile


Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery – reviewed by Shelf Love
Hunger by Roxane Gay – reviewed by Taking on a World of Words
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – reviewed by Kavish and Books

I’ll be reading Lab Girl for my book club and I know I’ll get to the rest one day – just a matter of time! What are you reading right now? What do you recommend?

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33 thoughts on “How to make a good book list – visit your library!

  1. Love this list/idea! And thanks for including me. I will check out the other reviews as well. ❤

  2. I’ve read 3 on this list. My favorite of these is A Gentleman in Moscow. SO, SO very good! Eventually I hope to read them all. Thanks for this list and the links!

      1. Ah well, I know from my own library experience that there are many people working behind the scenes. I get some time off the desk and when I’m in the back office, I get a lot of work done!

  3. Smiled when I saw your list, since I read the first three and was feeling cocky. 🙂 A couple of weeks ago I read Where the Crawdads Sing and that one is staying with me for a long time. Also just finished the newest John Lescroart novel (The Rule of Law) because his mystery/suspense novels are all set in S.F., my favorite city. AND I also just finished A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, recommended to me by my …. librarian! My favorite library in NE now sends out a sheet (if you want to play) where you explain what genre you enjoy, what kinds of books have been your favorites, etc., and then once a month a bag is waiting for you at the library with three books the resource librarian has selected for you. How cool is that?

    1. I want to read Where the Crawdads Sing – one of my friends is reading it and you’ve reminded me to ask her how she is liking it! It’s great to hear that a librarian recommended a book you liked! That’s a great idea your library has – I may share that at mine! Thanks for reading and commenting, Pam. Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

      1. Good weekend here – last night had dinner with friends, and the woman of the couple had just read…. Where the Crawdads Sing. She loved the book and we both got to talk about it, which was fun.

  4. Barbara, I’ve always wondered if librarians become distracted with all those tempting books – good idea to keep a list! You’ve given us a feast of books to look at … I saw Lynne’s review of Where the Crawdads Sing and this is on my list already – bet I’ll be adding some more! Happy Book Travels!

    1. Hi Annika – yes it is very distracting and it’s not like we can sit there and read while we’re at work. All we can do is make lists of the ones we want to read! I definitely want to read Where the Crawdads Sing. There’s a lot of hype about it. Thanks for visiting!

  5. I think I’ve become spoiled because my husband works at my local library so he picks up my holds for me, which means I browse the shelves a lot less than I used to. But whenever I go in, I end up with a huge stack and great ambitions reading ALL of them.

    I’m currently reading “Spaceman” by astronaut Mike Massimo (non-fiction). So far, I’d recommend it and would highly recommend “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig (fiction).

    1. Hi Tammie – yes I see lots of people loading up on books when they come in. I wish I had more time to do that. It’s great that your husband can pick up your holds – makes sense too since he works there! I haven’t heard of Spaceman or How to Stop Time – I look into those too. Thanks for the visit. Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

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