2019 Recommended Pride Reads

The Darkest Part of the Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316213080
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy by author Holly Black

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....

The Love Interest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250158642
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Published: Square Fish - April 10th, 2018

A thrilling YA debut about teen spies disguised as "love interests"—whoever gets the girl lives; but the one she rejects, dies.

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Survivor's Guilt and Other Stories: Tales of Mystery and Suspense Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635554137
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - April 16th, 2019

The Price of Salt, or Carol Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393325997
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2004

"A great American writer…Highsmith's writing is wicked…it puts a spell on you." —Entertainment Weekly

Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.

Blind Goddess: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book One (A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel #1) Cover Image
By Anne Holt, Tom Geddes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781451634761
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2012

The first book in Edgar-nominated Anne Holt’s international bestselling mystery series featuring detective Hanne Wilhelmsen, last seen in 1222.

A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody but refuses to talk.

The Dime (Betty Rhyzyk Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316489287
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 29th, 2019

Brooklyn's toughest female detective takes on Dallas -- and neither is ready for the fight.

A Grave Talent: A Novel (A Kate Martinelli Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250046550
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Published: Picador - January 7th, 2014


Fall of Man in Wilmslow: A Novel of Alan Turing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101970416
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 4th, 2017

Known best to us as the author of Girl in the Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz has just released a fascinating read about Alan Turing. The story begins with Turing's alleged suicide in June of 1954. A young detective constable, Leonard Corell, (who himself has had a love of mathematics) believes there's more to his death than suicide. It is known that several British Nationals have defected to Russia, and as Corell digs deeper into the life and work of Turing, he becomes convinced Turing did not commit suicide.  Was Turing's death politically motivated?  This fast-paced explosive thriller is really a page-turner!  Very well done! - Brenda

Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Hap and Leonard Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455383
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - January 6th, 2009

Savage Season is the basis for the first season of the Sundance TV series Hap and Leonard

A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem.

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062382818
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

Henry "Monty" Montague is on a tour of the continent gone very wrong... His father has given him one more chance to get his act together, and he's failing miserably. There's a ticked off Duke, pirates, highwaymen, alchemists, and tons of adventure. Reading this one was a delicious treat! Perfect for Gail Carriger or Juliana Gray fans! - John

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The Last Place You Look: A Mystery (Roxane Weary #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250181305
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 1st, 2018

P.I. Roxane Weary is troubled, on the way to washed up, and likes to drink. Roxane is hired by the sister of a death row inmate who thinks she has seen Sarah Cook who went missing fifteen years ago; whose family her brother is accused of murdering.  Reluctantly taking the case, Roxane finds herself going down a rabbit hole of other missing girls and trying to determine if they are all the work of the same person. Roxane is a great flawed character, you're rooting for her to get her act together as she finally starts figuring out the case.  Also, a strong start to a series (the second has just come out)!

— Sally

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Black Wings Beating (The Skybound Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374306823
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 25th, 2018

Alex London's Black Wings Beating does everything that a great fantasy novel can do. He's created a fascinating new world, and also told a very moving story. At its core, Black Wings Beating is about finding your place, both in the world, and with your family. Kylee has an innate skill with birds, but she can't wait to leave the business behind. Brysen doesn't have Kylee's skills, but wishes he did. He would love nothing more than to be a master falconer, and not just to prove his abusive father wrong. When Brysen makes an impossible promise to save the boy he loves, it will take all of his skills, and lot of help to keep it. London masterfully uses alternating viewpoints to tell his story, and I can't wait for the next in the series. I didn't want this one to end. 

— John

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ISBN: 9781250143921
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Published: Square Fish - January 9th, 2018

In this middle-grade novel, Marco's in love with Benji, but winning his heart may be mission impossible.

Lay Your Sleeping Head (Henry Rios Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945521003
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Published: Korima Press - November 30th, 2016

Thirty years ago, The Little Death introduced Henry Rios, a gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer who became the central figure in a celebrated seven novel series.

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ISBN: 9780062839367
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Like A Love Story broke me and fixed me at the same time. Set in NYC in 1989, it chronicles the lives of three teens as they navigate the AIDS crisis. Nazemian captures perfectly what it felt like to be both excited and repelled by the thought of finding another gay kid to share experiences with, as well as the constant fear of wondering if AIDS was inevitable for all young gay men. He also nailed the joy of discovering your first diva, and realizing it was about so much more than the music. I finished Like A Love Story with tears streaming down my face. They were tears of recognition, of seeing myself so accurately reflected on the pages of a book. 

— John

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

Why has Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo briefly stepped back into the spotlight to auction of some of her most famous gowns? And why has insisted on an unknown reporter to tell her story? Monique asks herself the same question as she meets with Evelyn. This book is exquisite. It's moving, it's dishy, it's heartbreaking. Evelyn Hugo is so fully realized that you will forget that she's a fictional character. She's completely in control of her destiny, sometimes to her own detriment, and you can't help but root for her. I picked this up because I wanted a fun read, and found myself incredibly moved in a way I wasn't expecting. Having finished the book, I'm sad that I can't have an Evelyn Hugo movie marathon. Taylor Jenkins Reid has taken the trope of the Old Hollywood biography and infused it with heart. - John

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ISBN: 9781250155825
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 29th, 2019

Margo Channing isn't your stereotypical bored socialite. Oh she's bored, and she's got more money than she knows what to do with, but she's also a cat burglar with a crew of kick boxing drag queens pulling jewel heists all over LA. Socialites, drag queens, and jewel heists? What's not to love?! Roehrig wrote some of my favorite thrillers of 2018, and now he's written the most fun heist novel of 2019! - John (also HIGHLY recommended by Rebecca)


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ISBN: 9781250129673
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Published: Square Fish - April 24th, 2018

Flynn's girlfriend is missing. As he starts to ask questions he discovers he didn't know her at all. But January wasn't the only one keeping secrets...

Roerig writes fantastic, well-plotted thrillers about people who have learned their lives are changed, and they have to solve the mystery in front of them before they can start puttings things back together. - John

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White Rabbit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250294753
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Published: Square Fish - January 29th, 2019

Rufus was already having a bad night when his sister called and said, "I don't know to do. I'm so scared. I think I - HELP ME!" When Rufus finds her she's lying next to her boyfriend, knife in hand, and covered in his blood. Now Rufus needs to team up with his ex to clear April's name. Roehrig creates a real sense of danger for his characters as they try to piece together this well-plotted mystery. It's one of the best thrillers I've read in a while.

— John

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Keep This to Yourself Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807541517
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Published: AW Teen - May 21st, 2019

What a fantastic thriller! A year after a serial killer traumatized a small town, a young man starts asking questions, trying to find out what really happened to his friend.  Tom Ryan's Keep This To Yourself felt like an updated Christopher Pike or Lois Duncan thriller. It was one of the best plotted thrillers I've read in a while, and I did not see the twist coming! I inhaled this one. - John

— John

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Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128717
Availability: Special Order
Published: Plume - March 1st, 2016

1843, New York City... Walt Whitman is a young reporter trying to clear the names of two friends wrongly accused of murder. Whitman finds himself up against corrupt sheriffs, body snatchers, and a public terrified of having their remains stolen after death. This debut is the perfect mix of Lyndsay Faye's trilogy and C.S. Harris's Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. I really enjoyed this debut and can't wait to see what Sanders does with the series. 

— John