Your Favorite Authors Picks!

Ever wonder what your favorite authors enjoy reading? Literary website, Book Riot, recently published a list of the favorite books currently being read by popular authors and what they are sharing on Instagram. Here are some author favorites that you can find at our library. For the full article, visit

Jill Santopolo: After the End – Clare Mackintosh
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers–unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son.

Elin Hilderbrand: Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses–the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

Brene Brown: City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert
In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters.

Christina Alger: Disappearing Earth – Julia Phillips
One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls — sisters, eight and eleven — go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Flash Count Diary – Darcey Steinke
By weaving together her personal story with philosophy, science, art, and literature, the author provides an exploration into aspects of menopause that have rarely been written about, including the changing gender landscape that reduced levels of hormones brings, the actualities of transforming desires, and the realities of prejudice against older women.

Adam Silvera: Girl Gone Viral – Arvin Ahmadi
For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She can build entire worlds from scratch. But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.

Betsy Cornwell: Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

Helen Hoang: The Lemon Sisters – Jill Shalvis
Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Jasmine Guillory: The Right Swipe – Alisha Rai
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules.

Alwyn Hamilton: Three Dark Crowns
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose … it’s life or death.


What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.


For the little children who have just learned to read we have two of La Rue’s books now– In Animal Land and Under the Story Tree. For other children a book of Russian Folklore–White Duckling and Other Stories, translated by Dole.

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The Christopher Robin Story Book by A. A. Milne
Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. This book has been given the John Newberry prize as the most outstanding juvenile book of the last year.

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Ben, the Battle Horse by Walter A. Dyer. A story of the great war.
The Silver Tarn by Katharine Adams. A story for older girls.

For grownups we now have:
The Adams Family by James Truslow Adams.
Contract Bridge by Work. This includes the latest official laws for beginners, average players and experts.

Knights of the Air by Lester J. Maitland. A history of the different branches of aviation, written by the aide to Assistant Secretary of War in charge of aviation.

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Second Book of Operas by Krehbiel
Loyal Lover by Margaret Widdemer
Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
Margaret Yorke by Kathleen Norris
The Selbies by Green
Very Good Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.
–Flora G. Coen.

For Fans of Stranger Things

Stranger Things, the incredibly popular Netflix series, is about a small town that uncovers a mystery involving experiments, supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl, all after a young boy vanishes. Here are some books that you can find in the library, if you’re a fan of Stranger Things and enjoy books with mystery and supernatural themes.

Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero
Summer 1977: The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery and unmasked the Sleepy Lake monster – another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his hands on the riches hidden in Deboën Mansion.

Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
On the island of Sawkill Rock, horses graze in pastures and waves crash against the cliffs. Kids whisper the legend of a monster at parties and around campfires. And girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight. Until now…

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
Two boys’ lives are changed forever when a sinister travelling carnival stops at their Illinois town.

The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor Lavalle
Charles Thomas Tester struggles to put food on table and keep a roof over his father’s head. When he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

The Body – Stephen King
Made into the acclaimed film Stand by me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore – Kim Fu
A group of young girls at summer camp find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or to guide them home.

Local Favorites: July 11th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found on our library shelves.

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are NYPD rookies assigned to the same precinct. They aren’t close friends, but end up living next door to each other. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
The lives of the Foss children are forever changed when their parents leave them alone on the family shanty boat one night. 12 year old Rill Foss must protect her four younger siblings as they are torn apart from their home and into the care of Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

Park Avenue Summer – Renee Rosen
Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to bring in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

The Last Pirate of New York – Rich Cohen
Handsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known around the most dangerous neighborhood in maritime Manhattan. For years, he stayed out of the public eye. When his criminal career peaked in 1860, he was hired under an alias, in a local oyster boat. His plan was to rob the ship and leave, but the plan didn’t go as planned and led to his last desperate flight.

The Most Fun We Ever Had – Claire Lombardo
A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they’ve built.

The Pioneers – David McCullough
Recounts the story of the settlers who began America’s migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America’s highest ideals.

The Scholar – Dervla McTiernan
When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run, she calls her boyfriend Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl has an ID that will put her at the forefront of a scandal — she is Carline Darcy, heir to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company.

The Unbreakables – Lisa Barr
It’s Sophie Bloom’s 42nd birthday and she’s ready to celebrate with her husband and friends. Dinner is served with a side of gossip, including whose Ashley Madison dating site profiles were hacked. 32 million cheaters worldwide have been exposed…including Sophie’s husband.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Kya Clark, known as the “Marsh Girl” of the North Carolina coast. Abandoned at a young age, she learned to survive on her own. Drawn to two young men, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya.

Women’s World Cup 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 U.S. Women’s World Cup for their win over the Netherlands! Here are a selection of books about the Women’s World Cup and women in soccer.

Forward – Abby Wambach
Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.

When Nobody Was Watching – Carli Lloyd
The celebrated star of the U.S. women’s national soccer team chronicles her amazing journey to the top

The Women’s World Cup 2019 Book – Shane Stay
This book provides all the information you would want to know about the World Cup, including in-depth detail about all the teams, background information on each French stadium that will host a game, and even information on past World Cups.

Women’s World Cup 2019 – Illugi Jokulsson
This special volume of World Soccer Legends is the ultimate unofficial guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Learn all about the top countries heading into the tournament, the best players on the U.S. team, the history of the Women’s World Cup, and host country France.

What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.



The passing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle early this week will bring renewed interest in his ever popular books.

In his early manhood he was a good family physician, and then he became famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes in fiction. During the last few years of his life he turned to study of the spirit world.

Sir Arthur was knighted for his book on The Great Boer War.


Among his popular titles are the following, which we have:
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
Tales of Sherlock Holmes
Hound of the Baskervilles
Study in Scarlet and Sign of the Four
White Company.

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-Flora G. Coen

What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.


07-04-1930Now is the time to read one of those interesting biographies that you have always meant to ready when you found time. Some of them are:
The Americanization of Edward Bok, an autobiography by Edward Bok
Grandmother Brown’s Hundred Years, 1827-1927 by her daughter-in-law Harriet Connor Brown
Skyward: Man’s Mastery of the Air by Commander Byrd
Byron by André Maurois
Disraeli by André Maurois
Meet General Grant by William E. Woodward
A Labrador Doctor: The Autobiography of Wilfred Thomason Grenfell by Wilfred Grenfell
Henry the Eighth by Francis Hackett
Trader Horn by Journeyer
Revolt in the Desert by  British soldier T. E. Lawrence
Up Stream; An American Chronicle by Ludwig Lewisohn
Count Luckner the Devil by Lowell Thomas
Benito Mussolini – The Man by Jeanne Bordeux

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The Story of General Pershing by Everett Tomlinson
A Victorian Village by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Schumann-Heink The Last of the Titans by Mary Lawton
The Yankee of the Yards; the biography of Gustavus Franklin Swift by L. F. Swift and Arthur Van Vlissingen Jr.
Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey
Voltaire, Genius of Mockery by Victor Thaddeus
-Flora G. Coen