Best Reads for Winter 2019/2020

Posted on December 16, 2019

by Amy H

Baby, it’s cold outside, and so now is the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with a great book! And earn an awesome prize!

“Read more books” is the fifth most-popular New Year’s resolution for people of all ages. This year, Toledo Lucas County Public Library will join the third annual national Winter Reading program. Jan. 1-31, we’ll join libraries around the world who are tracking reading to see who can log the most. Library logo gloves or mittens will be the immediate prize for completing the reading challenge (impress your friends with an amazing fashion statement! Be cozy AND trendy!) And if we log the most as a system, we win books from Penguin Random House and/or a surprise author visit! Woo!

Need reading ideas? You can get the usual best-sellers or, if you’re looking for some great sleeper hits, here are the best of the titles coming out this winter to choose from. Whether print, audio, or eBook, you can’t go wrong.

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By Erin Morgenstern

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Night Circus comes a timeless love story set in a secret underground world of books and storytellers – a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

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By Kevin Wilson

From the author of The Family Fang comes a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.

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By Mo Rocca

An insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now.

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By Phil Keith And Tom Clavin

The incredible story of the first African American military pilot in World War I who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer.

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By Mitch Albom

Best-selling author Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

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By Mike Rowe

Rowe presents 35 mysteries “for the curious mind with a short attention span.” Each story is a true-ish tale, delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit and ingenuity.

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By Lisa Jewell

Jewell, master of bone-chilling suspense, brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

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