Plano Reads: Book Selfies, Episode 1

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All books mentioned in the video above are listed below, along with similar titles available through Overdrive or the Libby app! What book do you recommend?

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Recommended by: Tenille at Haggard Library, available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Genre: fiction, fantasy

Description from Overdrive: In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January Read-alikes

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (eBook | eAudiobook)
The Binding by Bridget Collins (eBook)
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (eBook)
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (eBook | eAudiobook)
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (eBook | eAudiobook)


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Recommended by: Andrea at Haggard Library; available as an eBook

Genre: picture book fiction, humor

Description on Overdrive: The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor— and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

I Want My Hat Back Read-alikes

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (eBook | eAudiobook)


Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

Recommended by: Amy B. at Haggard Library; available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Genre: fiction, young adult, fantasy

Description on Overdrive: In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Wicked Saints Read-alikes

The Young Elites (The Young Elites Series #1) by Marie Lu (eBook | eAudiobook)
King of Scars (Kind of Scars Series #1) by Leigh Bardugo (eBook)
Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark Series #1) by Veronica Roth (eBook | eAudiobook)


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Recommended by: Erik at Davis Library; available as an eBook and eAudiobook

Genre: fiction, fantasy

Description on Overdrive: … tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

The Alchemist Read-alikes

Life of Pi by Yann Martel (eBook | eAudiobook)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (eAudiobook)
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (eBook | eAudiobook)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (eBook)


呼兰河传 (Tales of Hulan River) by 萧红 (Xiao Hong)

Recommended by: Amy C. at Davis Library; available as an eBook

Genre: fiction

Description on Overdrive: Tales of Hulan River is Xiao Hong’s final masterpiece, a classic novel with autobiographical properties, and “a narrative poem, a colorful local condition painting, a series of sad ballads”.

呼兰河传 (Tales of Hulan River) Read-alikes

远山朦胧 (Hazy Mountain in the Distance) by 张志远 (eBook)
人生如书 (A Book-like Life) by 刘利群 (eBook)
我的阴阳两界 (My World and Hell) by 王小波 (eBook)
商市街 by 萧红 (eBook)

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