The libraries may be closed, but our love of reading and recommending never ends!
Your Plano Public Library staff are virtually recommending our latest favorite reads, and below is the list of these titles, with additional read-alikes you can checkout on Overdrive and the Libby app.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Genre: fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Description from Overdrive: Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Read-alikes
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
Recommended by: Sarah O. at Haggard Library, available as eBooks and eAudiobooks
Genre: juvenile fiction, humor
Description from Overdrive: Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor.
Wayside School series Read-alikes
Christopher Moore Read-alikes
This Mortal Coil Trilogy by Emily Suvada
Recommended by: Amy B. from Haggard Library, available as an eBook
Genre: young adult fiction, science-fiction, thriller
Description from Overdrive: Seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.
This Mortal Coil Trilogy Read-alikes
Strings of Life by Shi Tiesheng
Recommended by: Amy C. at Davis Library, available as an eBook
Genre: fiction, Chinese literature
Description from Overdrive: The book is a collection of the novella Strings of Life and the prose essay In the Temple of Earth, both written by China’s contemporary writer Shi Tiesheng. Strings of Life unveils the profound life philosophy and reveals the significance of human survival self-redemption out of plight and fulfilling process aiming at the pointless target. In the Temple of Earth is the writer’s eulogy on the mother’s love. With the temple of earth as a carrier, the essay expresses a desperate man’s seeking of hope, and the remembrance of his mother.
Strings of Life Read-alikes
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Genre: juvenile fiction
Description from Overdrive: Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone in the town of Napville. But whenever he tries to share his safety tips, nobody listens – until the day the Napville Police Department buys a police dog named Gloria, who has her own way of demonstrating safety tips.
Officer Buckle and Gloria Read-alikes