Books That Deserve To Be Read

There are more than half a million books published each year in the US alone. Not all of them make the best seller lists. We are on a quest to find the books that deserve to be in the best seller list.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

The Maltese Falcon

A coolly glittering gem of detective fiction that has haunted three generations of readers, from one of the greatest mystery writers of all time.

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford!

William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

Plus don’t miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli’s and Aisha Saeed’s heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020!

Stolen Heart

Stolen Heart tells the story of a young man struggling with love, life and sexuality. As a teenager, Elliott Denison struggled with his sexual identity. Growing up in a religious family with overly protective and strict parents was difficult. At school, Elliott found himself becoming the target of bullies. The only positive thing for Elliott was his friendship with Chad. His life changed when he entered university and met like-minded friends. But one Saturday night, after leaving a gay bar, Elliott was attacked by a homophobe who left him unconscious on the sidewalk. Lucky for him, someone spotted him and called the police.
A few years later, Elliott fled to his cottage to escape the city, the noise and reconnect with tranquillity. That’s when he meets the handsome and endearing Chase Harrison, and things start to improve. But an anonymous person has other plans.

Through the Cracks

Pam Rader didn’t just crave freedom… her survival depended on it. Having escaped at knifepoint from her violent alcoholic husband, she desperately sought a new beginning for her infant son. But after a string of failed relationships and marriages, her worst nightmare unfolded before her eyes as her beloved boy developed an out-of-control heroin addiction.

In this deeply personal and touching story, Pam Rader recounts her struggle for independence and acceptance during the most turbulent time of her life. And through the power of yoga and self-reinvention, this mother’s discovery of compassion will comfort anyone all too close to the horror of destructive behavior.

Through the Cracks is an inspirational memoir that will shine light at the end of any dark and treacherous tunnel. If you like complex characters, enriching hope, and transformative revelations, then you’ll love Pam Rader’s powerful tale.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America’s Soul

In The President and the Freedom Fighter, Brian Kilmeade tells the little-known story of how two American heroes moved from strong disagreement to friendship, and in the process changed the entire course of history.

Abraham Lincoln was White, born impoverished on a frontier farm. Frederick Douglass was Black, a child of slavery who had risked his life escaping to freedom in the North. Neither man had a formal education, and neither had had an easy path to influence. No one would have expected them to become friends—or to transform the country. But Lincoln and Douglass believed in their nation’s greatness. They were determined to make the grand democratic experiment live up to its ideals.

Lincoln’s problem: he knew it was time for slavery to go, but how fast could the country change without being torn apart? And would it be possible to get rid of slavery while keeping America’s Constitution intact? Douglass said no, that the Constitution was irredeemably corrupted by slavery—and he wanted Lincoln to move quickly. Sharing little more than the conviction that slavery was wrong, the two men’s paths eventually converged. Over the course of the Civil War, they’d endure bloodthirsty mobs, feverish conspiracies, devastating losses on the battlefield, and a growing firestorm of unrest that would culminate on the fields of Gettysburg.

As he did in George Washington’s Secret Six, Kilmeade has transformed this nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out how these two heroes, through their principles and patience, not only changed each other, but made America truly free for all.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha, 1)

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The Ascenders Return To Grace Book 1

Guardian Angel Rachel has her wings full with her new army.

This is a book of possibilities.
They look just like the rest of us, except they are fully integrated male/females. As needed, they shift to express whichever gender they need at the time. They are called … Homo integratis.
Led by Mike, and sometimes, his other half (literally) Merle, the staff at the Matrix assist orphaned children they rescue from a notorious kidnapping gang to shake off the trauma of their previous lives and embody the lives they were really born to live- Most of them also Homo integratis too.
Wait until you see what crazy antics these kids get up to!
These people can do so much more than switch identities instantly. They have evolved past the limitations of regular people. They have learned to truly embrace their truth so now they can do anything the human mind can perceive… teleporting themselves to distant lands, reading minds, healing themselves, becoming butterflies… and that’s just the start!
Ever wondered what it would be like to live without limitations?
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a butterfly?
Read The Ascenders Return to Grace Book 1 and you will find out!
You will have lots of fun while learning some cool things you can do yourself too!

Feed Them Their Own

When the dead are awakened from their slumber, Correctional Officer Susan Wells must lead a group of inmates and guards alike from cellblock B to cellblock A in a desperate attempt to keep everyone alive.

The prison’s infrastructure becomes unstable, and it is soon discovered that the threat not only approaches from outside the fences but is also imminent from within the penitentiary walls.

The Spark

Before I even met Donovan Decker, I knew his shoe size.
You see, I’d gone away for a few days, and in my haste to get out of the airport, I’d grabbed the wrong suitcase.
After checking out the expensive footwear and tailored clothes, I dialed the number on the luggage tag hoping maybe Mister Big Spender might have my bag.
A deep, velvety voice answered, and as luck would have it, he had my suitcase, too.
Donovan and I met at a coffee shop to do the exchange.
Turned out, it wasn’t just his voice that was sexy. The man holding my luggage was absolutely gorgeous, and we had an immediate spark.
He got me to admit that I’d snooped in his bag and then convinced me to make it up to him by letting him buy me coffee.
Coffee led to dinner, dinner led to dessert, and dessert led to spending an entire weekend together. Donovan wasn’t just handsome with a panty-dropping voice. He was also funny, smart, and surprisingly down to earth for a man who wore seven-hundred-dollar shoes.
Did I mention he also did my laundry while I slept? Definitely too good to be true.
So what did I do to repay him for his kindness?
I waited until he was in the shower, then ghosted him.
My life was too complicated for such a great guy.
In the months that passed, I thought about Donovan often.
But New York City had eight-million people, so what were the chances I’d run into him?
Then again, what were the chances I’d run into him a year later…when I’d just started dating his boss?

The Paper Palace: A Novel

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”—the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside. Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

The Last Splendiferous Day

Alice, a reincarnation of Lewis Carroll’s character, finds herself transported through time and space to the city of Oxford in the year 1967. She has been summoned to save the world from the evil plans of film director Wendell Whateley (a gentleman with certain Lovecraftian antecedents). Accompanied by fellow dreamer Jack, she visits surreal distortions of several iconic Oxford sites, has a revelatory meeting with a musician called Syd, and after many setbacks succeeds in arranging the Rock Festival in which the power of love and music defeat the forces of evil.

Billy’s Search for the Healing Well

Billy runs away to Ireland when his mum falls ill in search of the healing well from his Gran’s stories. Stowing away on a ferry his adventure begins when he accidentally smashes the precious pot belonging to his gran that he’s taken as a reminder of home. Billy is befriended by many colourful characters along the way, incuding Patsy, the Leprechaun, and Tia, the Tree Spirit. As well battling with the evil Rat boy Nimrev and his army of Rat boys who thwart his attempts to find the well. A fast paced adventure story ..little adventurers will be cheering Billy on every step of the way.

American Marxism

In 2009, Mark R. Levin galvanized conservatives with his unforgettable manifesto Liberty and Tyranny, by providing a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for halting the liberal assault on Constitution-based values. That book was about standing at the precipice of progressivism’s threat to our freedom and now, over a decade later, we’re fully over that precipice and paying the price.

In American Marxism, Levin explains how the core elements of Marxist ideology are now pervasive in American society and culture—from our schools, the press, and corporations, to Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the Biden presidency—and how it is often cloaked in deceptive labels like “progressivism,” “democratic socialism,” “social activism,” and more. With his characteristic trenchant analysis, Levin digs into the psychology and tactics of these movements, the widespread brainwashing of students, the anti-American purposes of Critical Race Theory and the Green New Deal, and the escalation of repression and censorship to silence opposing voices and enforce conformity. Levin exposes many of the institutions, intellectuals, scholars, and activists who are leading this revolution, and provides us with some answers and ideas on how to confront them.

As Levin writes: “The counter-revolution to the American Revolution is in full force. And it can no longer be dismissed or ignored for it is devouring our society and culture, swirling around our everyday lives, and ubiquitous in our p

The Finest Hours (True Rescue Series)

This adaptation for young readers of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman tells the story of the shipwreck of two oil tankers and the harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. Now a major motion picture from Disney, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.

On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half. With the storm in full force and waves up to 70 feet high, four coast guardsmen headed out to sea in a tiny lifeboat to come to the rescue. They were the only hope for the stranded sailors. Despite incredible obstacles, these brave men risked their lives, remembering the unofficial Coast Guard motto: You have to go out, but you do not have to come back.

This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It’s a gripping true tale of heroism and survival in the face of the elements.

New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias adapts his histories of real life stories for young readers in his True Rescue Series, capturing the heroism and humanity of people on life-saving missions during maritime disasters.

Brown Girl Dreaming (Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge Series)

In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.

18 Holes of Quantum Golf

This books’ a difficult one to categorize as it’s a love story wrapped up in an enigma inside a round of golf.

Its main aim is to provide the reader with a simple account of how us humans have gained our current knowledge of the only universe that we’re every likely to inhabit. It’s the story told in normal everyday language of the many brilliant thinkers from Thales, who lived in the ancient Greek city-state of Miletus 2,600 years ago, to our current understanding by way of Galileo, Newton, Einstein and many others. The eventual aim of science is that one day they’ll be able to explain to us why we have a universe and tell us where it came from.

It’s not written like a normal popular science book, but as a story told in friendly and humorous conversations between two senior citizens who’ve been best pals since their first day at primary school. The main characters are Alec and Bob who, although now living a distance apart, meet five or six times a year to compete for their own trophy which is a pair of worthless ten shilling banknotes encased in a plastic beer mat. As well as being a symbol of their friendship, the ownership of this small square of plastic has become almost as important to them as their wives and children.

The story includes the boys’ wives, Brenda and Alice, along with Jean who’s a dedicated amateur thespian and has been the girl’s best friend since early schooldays. The last character is Frank, a golfing mate of the boys whose been described by Bob’s wife Alice as ‘that randy laddie who’s the cause of us meeting you pair!’ Today’s game in which Bob is hoping to recapture their trophy, was mooted several months previously to coincide with Jeans last performance before she retires after fifty years of sterling service with The Players, a local amateur dramatic society,

While they’re waiting to out on their odyssey, Bob and Alec are approached in the clubhouse by Frank who’s with a small group waiting to go in for lunch. He asks Alec if he would

White Tree Coven – Tale of the Inn

Seax Wiccan and demonologist Hadley Fernsby arrives back to her hometown, Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire, with her husband. After not being back since her mother was killed by a demon twenty years ago. Hadley is ready to inherit her mothers wealth and her long lost coven. Along the way they encounter new friendships as they soon realise the simple market town Hadley thought she knew has always kept deep dark secrets. Can love, friendship and magic be used to overcome what is lurking in the towns local inn.

Haggard Hawk

HAGGARD HAWK is the first in the Nathan Hawk Murder Mysteries series. It’s free to download

Nathan Hawk, a high ranking police officer, is ‘required to retire’ from the force. That’s a very British way of saying he was sacked. Apparently he broke his commanding officer’s jaw and earned the undying respect of his colleagues. He goes to live in the countryside, just outside London where he spends the first few months arguing with neighbours and stressing about his grown up children. And wondering what to do with the rest of his life.
What are his options? How about writing his memoirs, or visiting his far flung kids, maybe even standing for the Parish Council? None of those things offers quite the buzz of catching killers, something he was really good at. His tally, when he left the police service, was thirty-four.
Just as he’s about to go mad with boredom a new friend in the village does him the courtesy of getting himself murdered. It’s a tragedy, of course, but for Hawk it’s a lifesaver.
And it comes with the added bonus of the local police not wanting him to interfere…

A brand new Hawk story called WHITE CRANE and is also available on Amazon:

Win

Over twenty years ago, the heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family’s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors — and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now. On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead — not only on Patricia’s kidnapping, but also on another FBI cold case — with the suitcase and painting both pointing them toward one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III — or Win, as his few friends call him — doesn’t know how his suitcase and his family’s stolen painting ended up with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism — and that the conspirators may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades, but Win has three things the FBI doesn’t: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice.

The Personal Librarian

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.