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To the Kennels: And Other Stories

This is exceptional existential fiction.

The Worst Duke in London

A sexy romp for readers who enjoy charming historical romances with modern sensibilities.

Devils Kill Devils

Fans of Clive Barker’s dark fantasy will like the universe Compton teases, while readers who enjoy Nick Cutter’s gorgeously gory prose will love how Compton describes all the myriad ways that flesh and bone can come apart.

Love You a Latke

This holiday treat is as wonderfully sweet and gooey as the traditional Hanukkah doughnut.

Pony Confidential

Lynch’s (Sally Brady’s Italian Adventure) story of an odyssey is one of love and determination. Pony devotes his life to finding Penny in an account that will be appreciated by horse lovers, especially women who were horse-loving young girls.

Interesting Facts About Space

Austin’s (Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead) layered novel reveals resilience in the face of trauma and the possibility of connecting with others while coming to terms with one’s own differences.

Alien Clay

This engaging book is perfect for those who enjoyed Tchaikovsky’s Cage of Souls and for fans of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

Late Bloomer

Great for libraries with a large base of contemporary romance fans, especially those looking to feature LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent characters.

On Strike Against God

Vitriolic, vulnerable, polemical and devastatingly funny, Russ’s uncompromising tour de force bristles with trenchant truth-telling that will make it a life-changing encounter for many readers. Essential.

Love Can’t Feed You

Those who enjoyed Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation and Suzy Yang’s White Ivy will find much to appreciate from this new voice, and Sy leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

A Pair of Wings

An excellent choice for historical fiction enthusiasts, especially those interested in Black history and aviation.

Christmas Sweater Weather

Snowe (Snowed in for Christmas) writes another delightful holiday romance full of charming characters and steamy scenes.

The Axeman’s Carnival

To the oft-invoked online debate of man vs. bear, Tama offers a new question: man vs. bird. The magpie narrator offers more nuance and understanding to human relations than do most people. Chidgey (Pet) is a skilled storyteller and doesn’t stop surprising with this gorgeously haunting work. Endlessly faceted and highly recommended for book clubs.

Buried Deep and Other Stories

Fantasy, folk tales, and skillful storytelling come together in this delightful collection.

A Jingle Bell Mingle

Readers won’t be able to put down the third “Christmas Notch” story (following A Holly Jolly Ever After), a quirky, hot opposites-attract romance.

The Christmas Countdown

Christmas romance readers will rejoice with this latest from Cassidy (The Christmas Wager); it will have readers feeling that Christmas spirit, no matter the season.


Readers who can’t resist that world-weary voice, enjoy SF/mystery capers such as Suzanne Palmer’s “Finder Chronicles” and the soldier stories of John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series, or simply like their military SF with multiple twists will be thrilled by Butler’s latest misbegotten adventure.

Agnes Sharp and the Trip of a Lifetime

Recommended for fans of Richard Osman, Robert Thorogood, and Laurien Berenson’s “Senior Sleuth” series.

What Time the Sexton’s Spade Doth Rust

Flavia’s fans will rejoice at her return five years after The Golden Tresses of the Dead, but less-devoted readers will be confused by the scattershot methods of the young chemist and amateur sleuth. Primarily for series fans.

Hometown Vendetta

Abramson (“Saint Squad,” “Royals,” and numerous other series) was with the CIA for six years before beginning her prolific writing career. This is a skillfully done thriller with a dash of romance, lots of action, and even violence, but no sex or coarse language. The romantic ending is predestined.

A Reason To See You Again

Attenberg’s fans will enjoy this novel, as will those who like sharply observed dysfunctional mother-daughter stories.

The Accomplice

A unique crime with an appealing motive, great character development, and engrossing storytelling sustain this novel, but loose ends at its finale might not satisfy some readers. Will appeal to fans of Attica Locke, S.A. Cosby, and Joe Lansdale.

The Holiday Honeymoon Switch

A delightful addition to the holiday romance subgenre.

How To Help a Hungry Werewolf

Stein’s (When Grumpy Met Sunshine) delightful, steamy romance is full of surprises that will keep readers guessing. Give this one to romance fans who like their books hot and sweet.

You Belong with Me

McFarlane’s (Between Us) deft storytelling brings to life a cast of characters who resonate with wit, charm, and vulnerability. Through Edie and Elliott’s trials and triumphs, this novel offers a poignant exploration of love’s resilience and the tumultuous journey toward a happily-ever-after in the glare of the spotlight.

The Wood at Midwinter

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell nods towards Jane Austen, but this short story leans towards the Brontës. Clarke’s many fans will not be disappointed, other than in the story’s brevity.

Lady Flyer

Recommended for historical fiction readers who enjoy both the WWII home front setting and learning about real-life remarkable women.

Wish I Were Here

In Wiesner’s (The Second Chance Year) latest, the combination of methodical workaholic Catherine and easygoing Luca makes for a compelling opposites-attract love story with a central message about finding meaning and happiness in life.

All I Want Is You

Ballard (Right on Cue) offers a sexy second-chance romance, perfect for the Christmas season.

To After That (TOAF)

Readers new to Gladman might better appreciate this elegy for her stillborn novel after first exploring her more conventionally unconventional fictions set in the surreal world of Ravicka, starting with Event Factory.


Cogman furthers the creation of this alternate history and tells a pulse-pounding tale of spies and swashbuckling that will thrill readers of Gail Carriger, Kim Newman, and the author’s own “Invisible Library” series, leaving them breathless in anticipation of the final volume in the trilogy.

All Signs Point to Malibu

Snow (A Lot Like Forever) writes a formulaic enemies-to-lovers romance with a speculative twist set in Southern California.

The Lovers

Readers will enjoy Faubion’s (Ellie Is Cool Again, written under the name Faith McClaren) novel about living and loving authentically, whether or not they usually read books that feature spiritual plotlines.

The Night Woods

Munier excels at multiple storylines in character-driven mysteries. This follow-up to Home at Night has a complex story that weaves together The Odyssey with murders and an account of returning veterans, such as Mercy and Elvis, who experience PTSD.

Villa E

Alison skillfully probes the nature of collaboration, influence, and credit in the world of architecture and design, as well as the often gender-confining roles of artists.

My Vampire Plus-One

This hilarious, sexy novel about a surprisingly quirky and charming couple is the perfect accompaniment to Levine’s equally vampire-filled debut, My Roommate Is a Vampire.

The Last Gifts of the Universe

Originally self-published and now picked up by a big publisher, August’s debut is a quick read that will appeal most to fans of character-driven sci-fi, such as the work of Becky Chambers.

Regency Glad Tidings

This book will appeal to readers seeking Regency short stories full of heartwarming holiday joy. Recommended for fans of Bronwyn Scott, Virginia Heath, and Carol Arens.

The Author’s Guide to Murder

Three pros unite again (after The Lost Summers of Newport) for this fun, dramatic mystery with an exotic setting and delightful characters. Readers who recognize and like satire will enjoy.


Godfrey’s (Campfire Macabre) latest blends horror, myth, and thriller in an unputdownable listen. A winner for fans of dread-filled novels like Christina Henry’s The Ghost Tree or Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing but Blackened Teeth.

Christmas Eve Love Story

Baird (The Holiday Mix-Up) creates a charming holiday romance in the vein of Hallmark Channel holiday movies. Recommended for libraries with patrons who enjoy G-rated romances.

Whenever You’re Ready

This slow-burn childhood-friends-to-lovers romance novel that grapples with history is a compelling pick for fans of the genre.

Rachel Weiss’s Group Chat

Despite a nuanced exploration of the struggles of maintaining friendships as an adult, this debut novel from Appelbaum struggles with its unlikable main character, stilted dialogue, and the uneven pacing in its romantic plotline.

The Undercurrent

Although the men in this book are underdeveloped, debut author Sawyer writes well-fleshed-out, dimensional women characters, in a novel that focuses on parent-child relationships.

Sick to Death

The eighth in this excellent PI series (following An Empty Grave) also stands alone. Recommended for fans of detectives with a troubled past and a nose for crime.

The Relentless Legion

The conclusion to “The Divide Series,” after The Exiled Fleet, maintains the action-packed pace and universe-wide setting of the previous books, while keeping the personal connection between the characters at the core of the story. Place this trilogy in the hands of readers who like the “Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey.

Someone in the Attic

A highly readable suspense novel in the style of Riley Sager, Alice Feeney, and Lisa Jewell, with a dash of Liane Moriarty thrown in for good measure.

Most Wonderful: A Christmas Novel

Reading this unique, delightful Christmas tale from Clark (Island Time) feels like curling up for a gossip session with an old friend and a mug of hot chocolate.

Candle & Crow

This follow-up to Paper & Blood is a rewarding ending to the quirky trilogy, best read in order. Readers of Benedict Jacka or Stephen Blackmoore might enjoy.


As the weather turns cooler, readers can count on being warmly led through this gentle witchy journey of self-worth.

Make the Season Bright

Featuring a hard-won happily ever-after and queer found family, this is a second-chance holiday romance to revel in.

The Secret War of Julia Child

Written with flair and charm, Chambers’s novel really heats up whenever sex, danger, or dinner come into view. Any readers who enjoy fictional renderings of the private lives of famous women will want to peek into Julia Child’s psyche.

The Rose Arbor

Bowen is adept at writing mysteries filled with intriguing clues, satisfying solutions, expertly captured historical settings, and a little romance. A must-add to popular mystery collections.

My Kind of Trouble

Schwartz’s debut is a steamy, gender-swapped contemporary retelling of The Music Man, with excellent dialogue and lots of humor.

I’ll Be Gone for Christmas

With dual settings, interconnected storylines, and endearing characters, Boone’s debut offers a fast-paced, warm holiday romance with wide-ranging appeal.


Creating a cohesive novel that features nuclear physics, the sport of polo, the excitement of a world’s fair, and the dangers of unprotected sex is a gargantuan task. Stephenson leaves readers winded but satisfied.

The Little Lost Library

Adams’s fans and devoted readers of this type of novel will not be disappointed, but there is also enough substance and intrigue to satisfy fans of more hardboiled mysteries. Even non-series readers can jump right in as Nora encounters her latest adventure.

Witch Queen of Redwinter

The final volume of “The Redwinter Chronicles,” after Traitor of Redwinter, is an epic adventure across war-ravaged lands, where friendship is tested and twisted, and the fate of all lies in the hands of a few. Readers of George R.R. Martin might enjoy this series.

The Wedding Witch

This third entry in the “Graves Glen” series, after The Kiss Curse, is a charming and sexy grumpy-sunshine-meets-magic romp in the Welsh countryside.

The Grim Steeper

While the solution is convoluted in the sequel to Death by a Thousand Sips, it’s the appealing cast of characters and Phoebe’s attempts to control her magic that will attract readers.

The Mayfair Dagger

Will appeal to listeners seeking a cozy historical mystery about a lock-picking lady and her eclectic crew. Recommended for fans of Mary Winters, Kate Saunders, and Dianne Freeman.

We Need No Wings

Cardinal (The Storyteller’s Death) deftly blurs the boundaries between literary and relationship fiction, crafting a novel full of magical realism that unfolds with leisurely grace as it traces a plot that is deeply engaging. Swift yet reflective, intimate yet universal, this is a novel of deep rewards.


A haunting, kaleidoscopic portrait of a family whose ever-deepening faultlines threaten their tenuous bonds. Min is a writer to watch.

American Rapture

Those who loved Leede’s style in her debut, Maeve Fly, will enjoy this grimly complicated story.

Negative Girl

Cudmore’s (The Big Rewind) neo-noir is a well-crafted story that not only functions as an ode to great music but also assembles a plot that is consistently entertaining and satisfying.

Sunshine and Spice

Palit’s debut is a lovely fake-dating romance that mixes sweet moments with a bit of heat while also tackling the realities of cultural identity. Perfect for readers who enjoy the work of Denise Williams and Farah Heron.

Fangs So Bright & Deadly

Recommended for readers who like their urban fantasy to explore new magic or paranormal romance readers looking for something magical in their happy-ever-afters.

So True a Love

With her upbringing as a born-out-of-wedlock child in an actress’s home, Verity is a unique and admirable heroine, and readers will fall for Nathaniel’s tender side, especially with his parents. This novel is a stand-alone, but start with Barker’s A Heart Worth Stealing, as the protagonists play a supporting role.

A Pirate’s Life for Tea

As was true with the first in the delightful “Tomes & Tea” series, the pleasures of this novel are centered in the relationships and the ethics Key and Rain advance.

Trust and Safety

A clever yet thoughtful look at the insidious power of social media and consumerism.

The Life Impossible

Bestselling Haig (The Midnight Library) skillfully and humorously wraps a fantastical tale around his exploration of the transformative nature of emotions as individuals connect with each other, much like in the work of Fredrik Backman.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

The follow-up to The House in the Cerulean Sea is another heart-wrenching tale of being perceived as different, finding acceptance, and having a place in the world. Fans of Seanan McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series or the writings of Alix E. Harrow will especially want to pick up this duology for its emotional themes and Klune’s bittersweet prose.

Bull Moon Rising

A patently silly premise develops into a sincerely crafted, explicit romantasy.

The City in Glass

Vo’s (The Brides of High Hill) latest takes the lyrical, mystical, otherworldly, and frequently contentious relationship between the demon and the angel and creates the kind of push-pull duality of This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, then adds a splash of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to tell a romantic story about two beings on opposite sides of an eternal conflict who find common ground but never peace.

The Examiner

Where some suspense novels rely on one unreliable narrator to flesh out the mystery, Hallett builds intrigue with a cast of unreliable (though consistently intriguing) characters, which means the twists keep coming. Recommended for fans of academic mysteries and those who enjoy puzzle-within-a-puzzle mysteries such as Cara Hunter’s Murder in the Family and Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders.

The Nightmare Before Kissmas

While perfect for any time of year, Raasch’s (These Divided Shores) adult debut is definitely a book to put on display for the Christmas season.

The Courting of Bristol Keats

With a descriptive narrative and fantastic characters, Pearson expertly draws readers into the world of Elfhame. Great for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Heather Fawcett.

Fog & Car

The dark dreamlike veracity of Lim’s novel might be remindful of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, Murakami and Auster, but its moving and revelatory insights into the mysteries of human nature are wholly his own.

The Crescent Moon Tearoom

Readers who fell hard for Hazel Beck’s “Witchlore” series and Ann Aguirre’s “Fix-It Witches” books will be thrilled with these turn-of-the-century sister-witches in Sivinski’s debut.

The Beast Takes a Bride

This latest from Long (an LJ Best-Booked author) showcases her sharp skill for character detail, dialogue, pacing, and tone. A book to treasure.

The Last Dragon of the East

Kwan (Knives, Seasoning, and a Dash of Love) offers a low-heat, medium-violence romantasy based on Chinese folklore.

The Serial Killer Guide to San Francisco

This intriguing mystery from Chouinard (“Detective Jo Fournier” series) features strong women characters and gives research a leading role.

The Christmas Crush

Douglas’s debut is a gift for rom-com readers looking for more charm than heat.

Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places

This layered paranormal romance entertains with ghostly thrills even as it offers a thoughtful portrait of asexuality, friendship, and found families. A heartwarming rom-com for fans of Jenna Levine, April Asher, and Sarah Hogle.

The Lantern of Lost Memories

Hiiragi’s thoughtful English-language debut will send readers searching through their minds to excavate the forgotten moments that define them even now.

New Nigeria County

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a wild, witty work of fiction that highlights how backward social norms can be. Recommended for fans of Justin Simien’s Dear White People.

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

Full of tongue-in-cheek humor, excellent dialogue, and fantastic characters, this expertly crafted story from Carter (The Blonde Identity) is a heart-melting rivals-to-lovers romance combined with a delightful locked-room mystery.

The House That Horror Built

Henry’s novel draws readers in not by being terrifying but by being both fun and frightening. Perfect for horror fans who prefer playful eeriness over gore.

Karaoke Queen

A fresh queer rom-com with heart.


With bells, whistles, and dynamic, perfectly timed narration, this audiobook original makes full use of its medium. Fans of military aviation thrillers such as Dale Brown’s Eagle Station will be over the moon.

The Fortunate Fall

“Warm and human even as it’s post human,” as Jo Walton observes in her introduction, Reed’s remarkable debut skillfully blends mind-bending speculation with riveting intrigue, alluring romance and harrowing drama, set in a prescient de-souled future.

Hot Hex Boyfriend

Bloom (Must Love Cowboys) creates a delightfully cozy and magical Southern town that will make readers wish they could visit. Hand to those who enjoy a slow-burn romance with strong family ties; the humor compensates for the delayed start of the sizzling heat between Delia and Max.

Someone You Can Build a Nest In

A grimly funny blend of fantasy, romance, and horror, perfect for fans of Christopher Moore.

Men of Maize

An extraordinary, incomparable work of world literature that requires and rewards multiple readings.

Fang Fiction

A love letter to fandom, friendship, and freedom through allowing oneself to be seen fully. Equally recommended for fantasy and romance readers.

The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club

Charming historical fiction, recommended for listeners with an interest in the era or in courageous, rule-breaking women.

Prime Time Romance

Robb’s (This Spells Love) sophomore outing has a swoon-worthy romance that gets an extra kick with the unique supernatural twist.

The Last Hour Between Worlds

Clever, empathetic characters, an unusual world, and a rapidly paced story that keeps readers guessing will delight fans of Caruso’s (The Ivory Tomb) and create new ones.

I Made It Out of Clay

The breezy narration, millennial slang, and fast-paced story don’t quite make up for sloppy plot contrivances or the many loose ends either tied up too neatly or left hanging.

The Devil by Name

A must-buy for libraries that purchased Fever House or for those interested in modern horror. This duology is a delight for both horror readers and fans of apocalyptic fiction. Recommend to those who liked The Stand by Stephen King, Zone One by Colson Whitehead, or The Rising by Brian Keene.

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