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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.

Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell
Recommended by Becky P.
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter… and then she was gone. 10 years later, her mother Laurel is trying to put her life back together. But unanswered questions haunt her anew as she finds herself pulled into a new relationship and Ellie’s case remains unsolved. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab
Recommended by Mary C.
Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. Officially, he is the personal ambassador of Red London. Unofficially, he is a smuggler; a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

A Note of Explanation

Vita Sackville-West
Recommended by Shannon M.
A Note of Explanation is a previously unknown work by iconic writer Vita Sackville-West. Written in 1922, it was recently rediscovered as a miniature book in Queen Mary's dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Witty and stylish, the story recounts the antics of a time-traveling sprite who inhabits the dollhouse. This illustrated ebook edition presents the story for the first time since 1924. Hoopla

Aurora Rising

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Recommended by Shoshana F.
When Tyler Jones’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits rescues Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley from interdimensional space, it turns out she could be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making. OverDrive Axis360

Before She Knew Him

Peter Swanson
Recommended by Karen L.
From the author of “The Kind Worth Killing” comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder. OverDrive

Get a Life Chloe Brown

Talia Hibbert
Recommended by Shoshana F.
A witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being "boring" and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things-perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang! Hoopla OverDrive Axis360


Grady Hendrix
Recommended by Danielle O.
Ever wonder what a haunted Ikea would be like? After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined. OverDrive Axis360

How to Walk Away

Katherine Center
Recommended by Becky P.
From the author of "Happiness for Beginners" comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. Hoopla OverDrive

Kings of the Wyld

Nicholas Eames
Recommended by Danielle O.
Blues Brothers meets D&D; a fun ride getting the "band" back together. OverDrive

Lent: A Novel of Many Returns

Jo Walton
Recommended by Beth M.
This richly detailed historical novel re-imagines the story of Girolamo Savanarola as a fallen angel seeking through many lifetimes on earth to reunite with God in heaven. OverDrive

Let Me Be Frank with You

Richard Ford
Recommended by Monisha K.
Frank Boscombe muses about getting old, retirement, and relationships with characteristic humor and wisdom. As he connects with his ex-wife and others in coastal New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, we find that Frank is gentler, but still wry and grumpy! Hoopla OverDrive

Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Joe Hill
Recommended by Nicole S.
Locke and Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all. Hoopla


Jane Mount
Recommended by Shannon M.
A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms. Hoopla

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Caroline Criado Perez
Recommended by Jen R. & Shoshana F.
Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women's lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor's office, and more. OverDrive

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
Recommended by Shoshana F.
In Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being 'nice' or 'helpful.' They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness. OverDrive

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
Recommended by Shoshana F.
Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. OverDrive

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

Tori Telfer
Recommended by Shoshana F.
Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column "Lady Killers," this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages. OverDrive

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
Recommended by Shoshana F.
Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. In the tradition of great investigative journalism, “She Said” tells a thrilling story about the power of truth. OverDrive

(Don't) Call Me Crazy

Kelly Jensen
Recommended by Shoshana F.
To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, and there’s no single experience that embodies it. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, let’s get talking. Hoopla OverDrive

Yes, Please!

Amy Poehler
Recommended by Eva R.
Offering Amy's thoughts on everything from her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs"—Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

Anxious Art

Yaddyra Peralta & Elina Diaz
Recommended by Eva R.
Find inspiration and direction with this collection of ways to soothe anxiety through creativity. Hoopla

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Michelle McNamara
Recommended by Eva R.
I'll Be Gone in the Dark chronicles one woman's obsessive quest to connect the dots of the mysterious rash of killings perpetrated by the man who became known as the Golden State Killer. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung
Recommended by Lisa K.
With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up. This profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets is vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong. Hoopla

Always Look on the Bright Side: A Sortabiography

Eric Idle
Recommended by Rebecca T.
We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. OverDrive

Six Degrees of Separation

Will Smith
Recommended by Lisa K.
When compassionate Manhattan art dealers played by Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland take in a young man (Will Smith) who has been stabbed in Central Park, their world turns amusingly upside down. Hoopla

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Gainsbourg
Recommended by Christi H.
When orphaned governess Jane Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall, she's intrigued by her brooding, wealthy employer, Rochester. His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide forever. Hoopla

American Experience: The Last Days of Vietnam

Michael Murphy
Recommended by Lisa K.
As they began to realize the likely imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confronted a moral quandary: obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens, or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Hoopla

Motown: The Complete No. 1's

Various Artists
Recommended by Lisa K.
A star-studded collection of Motown classics. Hoopla

Freaky Friday (Soundtrack)

Various Artists
Recommended by Christi H.
The sometimes rock, sometimes pop soundtrack to the 2007 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Hoopla

A Star is Born (Soundtrack)

Lady Gaga
Recommended by Christi H.
"At its peaks, the album delivers on the promise of its star-wattage with some of the most affecting and emotionally overwhelming pop songs of the year." - Pitchfork Hoopla

Pride and Prejudice OST

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Recommended by Christi H.
The original soundtrack of the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, selected by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Hoopla

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Original Broadway Cast Recording
Recommended by Christi H.
"More than two dozen amazingly catchy songs of yesteryear are heard throughout Beautiful as Douglas McGrath’s smart script nimbly relates how King, still in her teens, and Goffin, scarcely older, teamed up to turn out hits for The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Monkees, and other stars of their 1960s rock ‘n’ roll era. " - New York Stage Review Hoopla

King of California

Recommended by Beth M.
After being released from a mental institution, an unstable dad tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. Hoopla

Bride and Prejudice

Gurinder Chadha
Recommended by Christy P. & Julia A.
A fun new twist on Pride & Prejudice offers music, laughter and a radiant Aishwarya Rai. Hoopla

10 Buildings that Changed America

Geoffrey Baer
Recommended by Shannon M.
10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. Hoopla Kanopy

In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

Recommended by Shannon M.
Explore the incredible life of the man behind The Muppets and so much more. Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and influential artists of his time. Kanopy

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

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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

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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.

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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)

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Seeds of America

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