As many of you may know, June is pride month. It’s a time to both celebrate who you are and to promote love and respect throughout the community. This ties in well with this year's Summer Reading theme: “All Together Now.” So let’s take some time to read with pride! Check out the post below for some lists and recommendations on what to read during this time. Don’t see anything you like? Check out the library’s catalog to find something new and exciting to read!
|Popular Reads from 2022:||Titles From 2022 With the Most Checkouts:|
Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (19 checkouts)
CGPL’s Popular LGBTQ+ Books:
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (39 checkouts)
Less by Andrew Sean Greer (34 checkouts)
The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (31 checkouts)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (29 checkouts)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (24 checkouts, 19 checkouts)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (23 checkouts)
The Friends We Keep by Jane Green (23 checkouts, 14 checkouts)
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (22 checkouts)
The Guncle by Steven Rowley (19 checkouts)
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune (19 checkouts)
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (19 checkouts)
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (18 checkouts)
The Very Marrow of Our Bones by Christine Higdon (18 checkouts)
Titles to Look For in 2023:
Black Forest by Laramie Dean
In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune
Flux by Jinwoo Chong
The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor
The Celebrants by Steven Rowley
Homebodies by Tembe Denton-Hurst
Paige Boy: A Memoir by Elliot Page
Check out the featured items below for some of my own personal favorites!
This is my absolute favorite book and I love sharing it with anyone who will listen. It follows Patroclus and Achilles from beginning to end. How they met, how they fell in love, and ultimately how they died. The story is told from Patroclus' point of view as he tells their story from the time that they were boys, how they grew up, and how they went to war with Troy and with Fate. How does a human man compare to the son of a sea goddess? Miller does wonders with history, mythology, and her own storytelling to give us a heartbreakingly beautiful story about two people set against the inevitable. -Kayla Thompson, Adult Services Coordinator
"There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads. When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past--both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart." --Publisher description.
Laini Taylor, a magical detective, dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above. An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother's life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can't resist-the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves. To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago's most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await"-- Provided by publisher.
Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.
"In just over a year's time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick--not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name. For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster--the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down... but even the most powerful men can be defeated. Ryia's path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster's stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it's not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all... but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own..."--Dust jacket flap.
"Esther is a stowaway. She's hidden herself away in the Librarian's book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her-a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing"-- Provided by publisher.
"The witch is back and ready for revenge with a little help from her friends in this fresh, sizzling rom-com by Lana Harper. Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one-in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoor, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams. But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She's determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago. On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov-an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts-who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoor. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden-unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in? But most concerning of all: Why can't she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?"--