Popular Fiction Collection

We have handpicked a special collection of diverse, award-winning, best-selling fiction books from the last five years in order to provide you with current and transformative reading material.

The collection’s physical location is on the first floor of the library, just to the left of the main staircase. Items are first come, first serve; what you see is what you get. We hope you enjoy these titles. Happy Reading!

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Blind Date with a Book

Iron Widow

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LGBTQ+ fiction, science fiction, giant robots.

Murder in Westminster

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Detective mysteries, or Regency Era.

The Last Cuentista

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Sci-fi, or dystopian novels.

Newly Added Books:

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

A scientist from the 1960s career takes a stark u-turn as she becomes a chef. 

Read if you love… comedy, or feminism. 

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, an ambitious wedding planner has to deal with her social ambitions, absent mother, and her Puerto Rican roots. 

Read if you love… Hispanic fiction or literary fiction.

Author’s first name is pronounced “So-Cheel”. 

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Martha has a midlife crisis in the midst of her divorce. 

Read if you love… comedy, or divorce fiction.

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

Maali Almeida has seven moons to lead the two people he loves most to the photographs that will rock Sri Lanka. One problem: he’s dead. 

Read if you love… satire

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield.

Read if you love… psychological fiction

Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

B. Rosenberger Rosenberg finds a film that is destroyed except for a single frame and he must find a way to recreate the lost masterpiece.

Read if you love… metaphysical fiction and comedy.

Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

It’s the golden age, when a ship is destroyed in hyper space and the shrapnel threatens the entire galaxy and throws everything into the Dark Side.

Read if you love… Sci-fi or Star Wars.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Nora Stephens agrees to go to Sunshine Falls when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away–with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story, but Nora keeps running into a rival instead of a new lover. 

Read if you love… romance and enemies to lover. 

Scattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada

Welcome to the not-too-distant future: Japan, having vanished from the face of the earth, is now remembered as “the land of sushi.” and as Hiruko searches for anyone who can still speak her mother tongue, she soon makes new friends

Read if you love… dystopian fiction, climate change fiction, or Alice in Wonderland.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e, a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm

Read if you love… epics, and fantasy

The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade

The Five Wounds spans a baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and disapproving Tíve, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family’s history. Each brings expectations that Amadeo, who often solves his problems with a beer in his hand, doesn’t think he can live up to.

Read this if you love… Hispanic-American fiction, or slice of life.

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot giant transforming robots that can battle the aliens that lurk beyond. 

Read if you love… YA fiction , sci-fi, lgbtq+ fiction

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

A Black woman from Oakland stumbles into a justice system conspiracy. 

Read if you love… literary fiction or Black-American fiction. 

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Bird Gardner goes on a life-changing adventure to find out what happened to her by using her banned books. 

Read if you love… Chinese-American literature, or dystopian fiction.

Author’s last name is pronounced “-ing”.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara is an artificial friend waiting for someone to come buy her. 

Read if you love… dystopian books or sci-fi.

A thousand Steps into Night by Traci Chee

Miuko is cursed to turn into a demon and she must go on a quest to find a way to reverse it. 

Read if you love… Japanese mythology and fantasy.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Petra is the last human who remembers what Earth was like, and she is the only one able to stop the Collective from erasing all the history of it. 

Read if you love… Sci-fi, dystopian novels, and Hispanic-American stories.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Guests gather on an island to celebrate the union of two people, but as the ceremony winds down, someone turns up dead. 

Read if you love… murder mysteries.

True Biz by Sarah Novic

At a residential school for the deaf, Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy; and February, the hearing headmistress who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact.

Read if you love… Coming of Age.

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

This book traces the lives of two young Taiwanese-American women as they navigate friendship, sexuality, identity, and heartbreak over two decades. 

Read if you love… Literary Fiction and Taiwanese-American fiction.

Stories from Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

Root for this tight-knit cast of characters as they weave in and out of one another’s narratives, working to escape their pasts and blaze new paths forward for themselves and the people they love

Read if you love… urban city life fiction and short stories.

Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley

Lady Abigail Worthing, a black noblewoman, finds her neighbor murdered on her lawn and she cannot give her alibi as she was at an abolitionist meeting. Her neighbor’s husband decides to lie for her while Abigail works to find the murderer

Read this if you love…regency era fiction, or detective mysteries.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

When one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

Read this if you love… friendship, or literary fiction.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, this book follows Coriolanus Snow as he mentors a district 12 tribute. 

Read if you love… YA fiction, or the Hunger Games series.