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Each month, Beaumont Library District staff members offer recommendations on some of their favorite books. 

Find out what the staff recommends each month by viewing the list below.

Each recommendation is followed by a comment on why the title was suggested. 

Click on the title to see if the item is available to check out!

July 2021

Recommended by Allison
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth GeorgeA classic British mystery.
The Uninvited by Cat Winters1918 flu pandemic, love, and loss.

Recommended by Annyah
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan PatonEmotional and thought provoking with characters you care about.

Recommended by Bronwyn
The Girls by Lori LansensA fictional yet poignant look from the viewpoint of conjoined sisters.

Recommended by Devon
Exhalation by Ted ChianPhilosophical sci-fi short stories that make you think for far longer than they took to read.Snow Crash by Neal StephensonThe definitive post-cyberpunk novel. Equal parts prescient, funny, & very, very smart.

Recommended by the Director
News of the World by Paulette JilesA great story that became a major motion picture with Tom Hanks.

Recommended by Jasmine
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThis book was a spooky, dark and magical ride set in 1950's Mexico.

Recommended by Julia
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam JenoffHighlights the contributions of the female resistance fighters of WWII.

Recommended by Sarah
The Loop by Ben OliverThink Matrix" meets "Black Mirror" and Amazon original "The Wilds.

Recommended by Tamara
Eat & Run by Scott JurekLove the combination of author's running journey and vegan journey/recipes.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'MalleyInteresting graphic novel which shows the consequences of getting a second chance at life.

August 2021

Recommended by Allison
Mystique by Amanda QuickMedieval romance by a prolific author.

Recommended by Annyah
The Personal Librarian by Marie BenedictA glimpse into a hidden life; it made me want to learn more about this fascinating woman. 

Recommended by Jasmine
Wild at Home by Hilton CarterPlant lover's paradise of ideas. Great inspo pics and beautiful greenery!

Recommended by Tamara
A Street Cat Named Bob by James BowenTouching book showing the transformative power of having a pet in one's life.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. JamesGreat combination of ghost story/mystery set in 1982 & 2017.

September 2021

Recommended by Jasmine
Go With the Flow by Lily WilliamsEmpowering graphic novel about four teens who are fed up with their school's lack of supplies for menstruation.
There There by Tommy OrangeUnforgettable novel revolving around 12 people as the attend the Oakland Pow Wow.

Recommended by Tamara
Challenger Deep by Neal ShustermanA touching novel focusing on a teen boy's experience with mental illness and how it impacts his family and friends.
Humans by Brandon StantonLove the combination of stories, quotes, and photos from around the world.

October 2021

Recommended by Allison

The Turn of the Screw, and Other Short Novels by Henry James
A classic ghost story perfect for Halloween!

Recommended by Devon

La Casa by Paco Roca
Una hermosa novela grafica sobre la familia, la perdida y los recuerdos.  

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa
The greatest action/adventure story ever printed in comic form.

Recommended by Jasmine
Enchantress by James MaxwellAn entire new fantasy world with enchanters and magic. This is book 1 or a 4 book series. So good!!!
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin DoughtyFascinating book about death rituals around the world! Highly recommend this book!

Recommended by Sarah
The Smashed Man of Dread End by J.W. OckerA creepy and spine chilling middle grade read perfect for Halloween.

Recommended by Tamara

High on the hog : a culinary journey from Africa to America
Fascinating book showing how foods from Africa shaped the culture of America.The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto UrreaEpic novel that focuses on two days in the life of Mexican-American family involving a funeral & a birthday.
Still Alice by Lisa GenovaA touching & heartbreaking novel of a woman's decline after an early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis at the age of fifty.


November 2021

Recommended by Jasmine
Boys Run the Riot. Vol. 1 by Keito GakuThis book is about a transgender teen is such a great read. I loved the heartfelt storyline and drama.

Recommended by Tamara
The Charmed Wife by Olga GrushinAn interesting novel that deconstructs the Cinderella fairy tale and shows a tired housewife eager to escape her marriage.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth AcevedoA teen novel written in verse that tells the story of two teen girls joined together by shared grief.
Dead Girl Running by Christina DoddA gripping novel involving a woman on the run, a murder at a resort, and someone determined to get revenge.

December 2021

Recommended by Jasmine

The Decent Proposal by Kemper DonovanI could not put this modern romance down! Set in L.A. with lots of twists and turns.

The Nickel Boys by Colson WhiteheadBook based on a true story of a boys reform school in Jim-Crow era Florida. A must read!

Recommended by the Library Director

Made in California: the California-Born Burger Joints, Diners, Fast Food & Restaurants that Changed America by George Geary50 famous fast food and specialty food chains started in CA.

Recommended by Tamara

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall SmithAn enchanting novel about a Scottish food writer's adventure in Tuscany using an unusual mode of transportation.

They Called Us Enemy by George TakeiA riveting personal account of an unknown chapter in U.S. history involving the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans after the bombing of Peral Harbor.

January 2022

Recommended by Allison

And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieA scary and classic British mystery.

Recommended by Annyah
Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World by Danielle FriedmanFun and invigorating to read!

Recommended by Julia
The Masterpiece by Fiona DavisHistorical fiction set in NYC's Grand Central Terminal in an art school.
Her Last Flight by Beatriz WilliamsGreat read inspired by Amelia Earhart and reimaging her life.
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori GottliebFunny and insightful.

Recommended by Kelly

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternNot your average circus!
Sourdough by Robin SloanFor those who consider sourdough your best friend.

Recommended by Tamara

Black Widow by Leslie Gray StreeterA sad yet humorous book chronicling the journey of a woman through unexpected widowhood at the age of forty-four.

February 2022

Recommended by Allison

Collected Stories by Roald Dahl
Great adult stories! The opposite of his kid novels.

Recommended by Jasmine

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Inspiring story of a young black girl living in poverty and fighting for free speech through hip-hop;her salvation.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Debut novel that is a captivation Jane Eyre/Ethiopian inspired fantasy! Excellent!

Recommended by Julia

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett never disappoints, be it fiction or essays. This is a beautiful collection.

Recommended by Sarah

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
A feminist/darker retelling of "Lord of the Flies."

Recommended by Tamara

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
A whimsical novel that shows the results of grief, the consequences of long kept secrets, & the life changing power of forgiveness.

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
A quick & concise unconventional novel telling the story of a relationship presented as dictionary entries.

This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products by Patrick Di Justo
Insightful book about ingredients in popular food & non-food items.

March 2022

Recommended by Jasmine

The Last Wish by Andrezej SapkowskiAudiobook read by Peter Kenny who does an excellent job with voices and characters! This is book 1 in the series and just fabulous!

Spy x Family, Vol. 1Hilarious graphic novel about a spy an assassin and a telepath.

Recommended by Julia

Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily KingSome challenging content, included in beautiful text, in these short stories.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 
Engaging story, I am not a huge fantasy fan, but the author makes that element work.

Recommended by Sarah

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Allen MarshallAn excellent camp ghost story. Small town folklore, lost girls and ghosts. It's very reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project.

Recommended by Tamara

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane BuxtonAn interesting novel that presents a literal "bird’s eye view" of the apocalypse as well as a journey of self discovery and awareness.

Larger than Life by Maria ShermanA must read book for fans of boy bands presenting history from the mid-1800s to 2020.

April 2022

Recommended by Allison

The Enemies of My Country by Jason KasperA great thriller! Perfect for fans of Brad Thor and Brad Meltzer

Recommended by Jasmine
Running with Sherman: the Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougallWonderful story of adoption of an abused donkey and his special owners.Wish by Barbara O'ConnorHeartwarming story of finding love in an unlikely place. Great to read to your kid(s.)

Recommended By Julia
Into Thin Air by Jon KrakauerSo engrossing you'll have a hard time putting it down.The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona DavisSet inside the New York Public Library with connecting stories. One in 1913, one in 1993.

Singapore Sapphire by A.M. StuartInteresting mystery set in 1910 in Singapore.

Recommended By Sarah

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks
A heartwarming story about connection, loss and the meaning of home.

Recommended By Tamara

Make Your Own Sunshine by Janice Dean
A literary ray of sunshine to brighten a world that has been darkened by COVID-19 & other personal tragedies.

Million Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
Great read for fans of choose your own adventure books with 1 beginning and 150 possible endings!

The Museum of Rain by Dave EggersShort book with a message on aging, memory, and connecting with others while on a walk with family in the California Central Coast.

May 2022

Recommended by Allison

Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory
An early beach read for summer.

Recommended by Devon

Remina by Junji Itō
An absolutely insane cosmic horror. So bleakly over-the-top, it wraps back around to the 
hilarious. 

Recommended by Jasmine

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver
Charming self-discovery rom-com with a forced proximity trope. Fun new adult read!

Recommended by Sarah

Swallow by Sam SchillHad avery 90's teen horror vibe. A high school revenge story that is terrifying!

Recommended by Tamara
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. WatsonIntriguing & suspenseful novel involving Christine Lucas, a woman who wakes up 
everyday with no memory of who she is.
Lady Death: the Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper by Li︠u︡dmyla Mykhaĭlivna Pavlychenko Impressive memoir written by first female front-line sniper who fought for Soviet Union 
during Word War II.

June 2022

Recommended by Jasmine
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika SánchezBeautiful story of loss and love in a first-gen Mexican-American teen's life.
 Lots of Mexican folklore and drama. 

Tidesong by Wendy Xu
Beautiful graphic novel that any age can enjoy! Magic, water dragons, & friendship!

Truth or Beard by Penny ReidFun book that starts the series of men with beards. 
This is Duane's story. Bikers, romance, & beards!

Recommended by Julia

Death with a Double Edge by Anne PerryAfter enjoying the Thomas & Charlotte Pitt novels, it's fun to read with the son as the 
protagonist.

Recommended by Tamara

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele RichardsonA beautiful but difficult novel inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky 
and the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Service of the 1930's. 

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin 
A hilarious book on the heavy topic of racism presented through life experiences 
had by Amber Ruffin’s older sister Lacey.