Need some new ideas for what to check out from the library? Try one of these February favorites!
By April Henry
Waking up in a ransacked cabin with no recollection of her identity and overhearing two men who are preparing to kill her, Cady is accidentally saved by haphazard companion Ty and endures a harrowing cat-and-mouse chase for survival.
Recommended by Kim, Beavercreek Community Library: "This is book is a teenage thriller. You will be at the edge of your seat, hoping she will remember who she is and why she was kidnapped."
By Anita Shreve
Struggling to start over again after being divorced and widowed while still in her twenties, Sydney tutors the daughter of a wealthy couple during a New Hampshire summer but finds herself caught up in a bitter family squabble involving her charge’s two grown brothers.
Recommended by Dora, Fairborn Community Library: "This is an older book, but in true Anita Shreve fashion, I cared for the female main character and enjoyed the ride through a year of her young life. We also own the audio version of this book. I think I will listen to it sometime soon too. I hope I hear waves of water and sea gulls."
By Box Brown
A history of the popular and addictive game explores how the creation of a USSR government computer scientist spurred a bidding war that involved clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, and outright theft.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
Directed by Shôgo Furuya & Satoshi Kon
A Christmas miracle in Tokyo! A homeless trio consisting of an alcoholic, an ex-drag queen, and a runaway girl rediscovers love for their family and hope for their lives through a series of unexpected events when they discover an abandoned baby.
Recommended by Kevin, Technical Services
By Karen Russell
A collection of stories features a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe, and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.
Recommended by Caty, Beavercreek Community Library
Beyonce’s sixth studio album is a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing.
Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "I'm not a huge Beyoncé fan, but this album has songs on it, all with different sounds. There is a rock-sounding song and even one that sounds like a country song! It's an album that I've listen to repeatedly. I went on a road trip with my best friend and I think we listened to this 3 times in a row. Also, if you've ever been cheated on, this really hits home."
By Kiiro Yumi
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Forces ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!
Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "This is a super fun manga series about a group of librarians who are at war with those in the government who want to ban and censor books! As someone who works in the library, I really appreciate this. Also, there's a really fun love story in it. So if you like romance, action, and libraries, I recommend this!"
By Gillian Flynn
After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.
Directed by Matthew Brown
The story of pioneer Indian mathematician Srinivasas Ramanujan and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy, at Cambridge University.
By Francesca Zappia
Struggling with a form of schizophrenia that challenges her ability to discern reality from delusion, Alex unexpectedly falls for a boy and begins to experience typical teen rites of passage that change her perspectives.
Recommended by Rachel, Fairborn Community Library
By C.S. Harris
In Brighton, England, in 1811, when the beautiful wife of an aging marquis is found dead in the arms of the Prince Regent, wearing an ancient necklace with mysterious ties to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, Sebastian turns sleuth to investigate the woman’s death and follows a deadly trail of murder and conspiracy that threatens his own identity and the monarch itself.
Recommended by a Staff Member, Xenia Community Library
By Teresa Messineo
A novel commemorating the unsung heroines of World War II traces the experiences of two military nurses who fight for survival and care for others in a makeshift medical unit and a POW camp, enduring dangerous existences while waiting for the war to end.
Recommended by Sue, Cedarville Community Library: "For fans of Lilac Girls, this novel follows two American nurses at the end of WWII and is a story of sacrifice and survival. Seven years of research went into this debut novel and is well worth the read for the perspectives of the often unsung heroes of war—the nurses."