NPR is a great resource for finding a new book. They have just released a list of some eye opening reads. These are books that you might have missed when they were released, but were highly regarded by book critics.
You can find many more book titles at https://www.npr.org/books/ and click on Book Concierge. Titles listed are ones that have been particularly popular and come highly recommended from NPR staff members and book critics from 2017. But you can go back as far as 2008 and see older recommendations too! You can find recommended books for all ages through this website.
A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge
In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare. Wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat.
Autumn – Karl Ove Knausgaard
The first entry in a planned four-part autobiographical series presents sensory letters written to the author’s unborn daughter that describe his childhood and daily life with his wife and older children in rural Sweden.
The Book of Dust (Vol. 1) “La Belle Sauvage” – Philip Pullman
Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy….
The Dark Dark – Samantha Hunt
The first collection of stories from a widely acclaimed novelist writing in the realm of the literary fantastical. They urge an understanding of youth and mortality, ghosts, ghost towns, doubling and loss, with the hope that we can know one another more deeply or at least stand side by side to observe the mystery of the world.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Combined with her unusual appearance, Eleanor has become a creature of habit and a bit of a loner.
The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
The event that launched the civil rights movement, the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till, now re-examined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial.
An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon
Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names. Now she only wishes there was more truth to them.
Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
This novel explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life.
Autumn – Ali Smith
Smith’s newest book, Autumn, is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal and separate, yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative.