Plano Reads: Book Selfies, Episode 5
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Plano Reads: Book Selfies, Episode 5

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. 

See all Book Selfies posts here.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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

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 

The Absent One by Jussie Adler-Olsen 
Save Me from Dangerous Men by Saul Lelchuk 
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo 

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 

My Weird School series by Dan Gutman 
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne 
How to Be a Supervillain series by Michael Fry 

Author Christopher Moore 

Recommended by: Erik at Davis Library 

Genre: fiction, fantasy, humor, mystery

Titles includeLove Story series, Fool series, A Dirty Job series and others

Christopher Moore Read-alikes 

Books by Douglas Adams 
Books by Seth Grahame-Smith 
Books by Kurt Vonnegut 

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 

The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken 
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner 

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 

你我 by 朱自清 
长恨歌 (Song of Regret) by 王安忆 
床畔 by 严歌苓 

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Recommended by: Melanie from Haggard Library, available as an eBook and eAudiobook

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

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Hi, Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold eBook | eAudiobook
The Bad Seed by Jory John

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One thought on “Plano Reads: Book Selfies, Episode 5

  1. I love mystery books, so I’ll have to give The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a read! Another good mystery book is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I couldn’t put the book down!

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