Your Plano Public Library staff are virtually recommending their favorite reads.
Below is the list of these titles, with additional read-alikes you can check out.
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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Recommended by: Andrea C. at Haggard Library
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Description from Novelist: Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Howl’s Moving Castle Read-alikes:
Author Ed Brubaker
Available as: Print
Recommended by: Erik K. at Parr Library
Genre: Graphic Novels (Adult and Young Adult)
Description from Novelist: Inspired heavily by classic crime fiction, Ed Brubaker penned several acclaimed books for DC before following in Brian Michael Bendis’ footsteps to become a major writer at Marvel Comics. Brubaker’s work often veers between (or combines) dark, conspiracy-heavy superhero tales for teens and suspenseful works of crime noir for adults. Often employing first-person narration, Brubaker’s characters usually find themselves in over their heads with the walls closing in around them, pushed to or past their moral limits as they struggle to survive.
Ed Brubaker Read-alikes:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Recommended by: Amy B. at Parr Library
Description: Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. As misfortune begins to stalk the village, she must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
The Bear and the Nightingale Read-alikes:
The Bone Mother by David Demchuk, available as Print
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Recommended by: Sarah O. at Haggard Library
Description: In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school; of struggling with her mother’s high expectations; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent at her grandmother’s in Seoul. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer when Michelle was 25 that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.
Crying in H Mart Read-alikes:
Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima
Available as: Print
Recommended by: Nikki S. at Harrington Library
Genre: Children’s picture book
Description from Novelist: When a house believes she is haunted, she tries everything in her power to stop it in order to get people to move in–until she realizes that she is fine just the way she is.
Hardly Haunted Read-alikes:
Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins, available as Print
A Teeny Tiny Halloween by Lauren Wohl, available as Print