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All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your NPL library card.

Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.

Lumberjanes Vol. 1

Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis & Noelle Stevenson
Recommended by Mary C.
Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! (A BONUS BORROWS title) Hoopla

Murder with Peacock

Donna Andrews
Recommended by Shoshana F.
This first book in the Meg Langslow series is one of hoopla's BONUS BORROWS! Borrow it without it counting as one of your monthly credits. Hoopla

Network Effect

Martha Wells
Recommended by Beth M.
When Murderbot’s human associates are captured and need its help, it must choose between inertia and drastic action, in this first full-length novel in the Murderbot Diaries series about a humorously human artificial intelligence Security Unit. OverDrive


Amanda Bouchet
Recommended by Shoshana F.
Captain Tess Bailey and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who'll take them dead or alive. Tess's best hope is Shade Ganavan, but his motivations are far from clear... Book 1 in Endeavor series. Hoopla

Once & Future

Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
Recommended by Shoshana F.
King Arthur as you've never imagined. This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl — and she has a universe to save. OverDrive

One World

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Jhumpa Lahiri
Recommended by Monisha K.
Want to travel all over the world from your cozy sofa? Here is a wonderful collection of short stories written by great international authors. It is a window into other cultures and peoples, and captures the essence of that country. Hoopla

Radio Silence

Alyssa Cole
Recommended by Shoshana F.
When the ridiculously handsome Gabriel saves Arden Highmore's life in the apocalypse, she decides he can't be all bad... but there's a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, together or apart? Hoopla


Rebekah Weatherspoon
Recommended by Shoshana F.
After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do. Enter Rafe Whitcomb. Hoopla OverDrive

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline
Recommended by Danielle O.
In a time when learning, shopping, and entertainment are only available online, Wade, aka Parzival, scours vintage media to connect with someone who has died and compete with others around the world for a shot at a fortune and the perfect Oasis. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360


Nelson DeMille
Recommended by Monisha K.
A short story about one band of troops in the Vietnam War who are being eliminated one soldier at a time by a ruthless female sniper, Rendezvous is gripping, poignant, and depicts the horror of war. Hoopla Axis360

Rogue Princess

B.R. Meyers
Recommended by Shoshana F.
Sparks fly as this headstrong spaceship-stealing princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever. Hoopla OverDrive

Skyward Vol. 1: My Low-G Life

Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Fabela
Recommended by Shoshana F.
One day, gravity on Earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted. To Willa Fowler, who was born just after G-day, it's pretty awesome—as long as you don't get mixed up in a secret plan to bring gravity back that could get you killed… Hoopla

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Recommended by Jennifer W.
One woman's remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery-and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement. Hoopla

First Women

Kate Andersen Bower
Recommended by Lisa K.
Former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources—from residence staff and social secretaries to friends and political advisers—to tell the stories of the remarkable women who have defined the role of First Lady since 1960. Hoopla

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson
Recommended by Mary C.
In Furiously Happy, New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea... But terrible ideas are what Jenny Lawson does best. OverDrive

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for You and Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Recommended by Eva R.
From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day. OverDrive

Gratitude Daily

Nataly Kogan
Recommended by Eva R.
Experience more joy and less stress in a 21-day gratitude journey. In each 10-15 minute lesson, you'll not only learn how to do each practice, but why, as Nataly shares fascinating tidbits from psychology and neuroscience. Hoopla


Sarah Smarsh
Recommended by Mary V.
Described as "An essential read for our times" this eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country. OverDrive

Home Cooking

Laurie Colwin
Recommended by Lisa K.
Interweaving essential tips and recipes with hilarious stories of meals both delectable and disastrous, Home Cooking is a masterwork of culinary memoir and an inspiration to novice cooks, expert chefs, and food lovers everywhere. Hoopla

How to Raise a Reader

Pamela Paul & Maria Russo
Recommended by Lisa K.
A parent's guide to raising a lifelong reader, packed with practical ideas for engaging children of all ages in books, plus wonderful lists of books, arranged by age and subject matter, will keep the shelves stocked and young readers' interests high from birth through teens. Hoopla

Making Gay History

Eric Marcus
Recommended by Lisa K.
From the Boy Scouts and the U. S. military to marriage and adoption, the gay civil rights movement has exploded on the national stage. Eric Marcus takes us back in time to the earliest days of that struggle and carries us through the compelling five-decade battle that has changed the fabric of American society. Hoopla

At Home

Bill Bryson
Recommended by Karen L.
At Home traces the history gleaned by the author from his home in a Victorian England parsonage, documenting how the various rooms where he lives reflect key developments in areas ranging from cooking and hygiene to design and trade. Axis360

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Janice P. Nimura
Recommended by Shannon M.
In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. OverDrive

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson
Recommended by Karen L.
Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of the Lusitania disaster, whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. OverDrive Axis360

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig
Recommended by Jen R.
Lady Bird is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school. Kanopy

The Garden

Recommended by Jen R.
The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers. Kanopy

The Ultimate Collection

Michael McDonald
Recommended by Lisa K.
This collections of songs from the course of McDonald's long career offer what fans really want: his solo hits and Doobie Brothers successes on the same album. Hoopla

Hot Rocks: 1964-1971

The Rolling Stones
Recommended by Lisa K.
This 21-song collection mixes chart-toppers and album-track favorites for an overview of the hits and the Rolling Stones' evolving sound. Hoopla


Fleetwood Mac
Recommended by Lisa K. & Jen R.
The success of the 1977 album Rumours "made Fleetwood Mac a cultural phenomenon and also set a template for pop with a gleaming surface that has something complicated, desperate, and dark resonating underneath." - Pitchfork Hoopla

No Jacket Required

Phil Collins
Recommended by Lisa K.
"[Phil Collins'] sound mix, which basically consists of brash horns and hard, clipped rhythms, also gives Collins’ records a confident edge. Like his ’81 and ’82 outings... No Jacket Required is not an album that waits to be liked." - Rolling Stone Hoopla

About Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Various Artists
Recommended by Sarah M.
This album, featuring artists from Amy Winehouse to Ben Folds to the Cure is the indie soundtrack to the 2013 film "About Time." Hoopla

Margot at the Wedding

Recommended by Monisha K.
In this comedy, on the eve of her estranged sister Pauline's wedding to unemployed musician Malcolm at the family seaside home, Margot shows up to rekindle the sisterly bond and offer her own brand of "support". Kanopy

Julia Child!

PBS American Masters
Recommended by Shannon M.
This is the story of Julia's two loves-for her husband and for cooking. In an interview in her fabled kitchen, and rare images from family photo albums, Julia Child is revealed in this tribute and testament to a great American icon. Hoopla

Ne Zha

Recommended by Kiersten D.
The international hit, Ne Zha, tells the story of a young boy destined to destroy the world. He must fight to choose between good and evil in order to break the shackles of fate and become the hero he desperately wants to be. Hoopla

James Taylor: Greatest Hits

James Taylor
Recommended by Becky P. & Monisha K.
Wonderful collection of his greatest hits, like "How Sweet It Is" and "You've Got a Friend" --plus you can borrow this title without using any of your monthly Hoopla Borrows! Hoopla


Taylor Swift
Recommended by Becky P.
"'Reputation' is Taylor Swift's most intimate album – a song cycle about how it feels when you stop chasing romance and start letting your life happen. As one of the all-time great pop masterminds, she’s trying something new, as she always does." - Rolling Stone Hoopla

The Way of Kings

By Brandon Sanderson
Books in the Series: 3 currently - 10 planned

   OverDrive    Axis360

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book #1)

By Alexander McCall Smith
Books in the Series: 20 currently - Ongoing

   OverDrive    Axis360

In the Woods

By Tana French
Books in the Series: 6 in the Dublin Murder Squad series

   OverDrive   Axis360

Some Luck (Last Hundred Years, Book #1)

By Jane Smiley
Books in the Series: 3 including Early Warning and Golden Age

   OverDrive    Axis360

Lost and Found Sisters

By Jill Shalvis
Books in the Series: 6

   OverDrive    Axis360

The House of Earth and Blood

By Sarah J. Maas
Books in the Series: 3 books in the Crescent City series (so far)


A is for Alibi

By Sue Grafton
Books in the Series: 25 (A-Y) - Unfortunately the author died before she could write Z!



By Karen Marie Moning
Books in the Series: 11


Beneath this Mask (Beneath #1)

By Meghan March
Books in the Series: 7

   Hoopla    OverDrive

Leviathan Wakes

By James S.A. Corey (Pen name for writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)
Books in the Series: 8, plus several novellas and comics. The 9th and final novel is due out later this year.

   Hoopla    OverDrive    Axis360    rbdigital

Dead Until Dark

By Charlaine Harris
Books in the Series: 13.5 plus other short stories (The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, a.k.a. The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, a.k.a. The True Blood Novels)

   OverDrive    Axis360

Seeds of America

By Laurie Halse Anderson
Books in the Series: 3 (Chains, Forge, Ashes)