I’ve been going a bit stir-crazy during quarantine, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. So besides deciding I’m going to raise chickens (an interesting adventure) and bingeing Bones on Amazon Prime (David Boreanaz is just absolutely perfect i.m.o.), I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

If this time at home has been good for anything, it’s been perfect for cutting down on my to-be-read pile. Sadly, however, I’m now out of books and have had to turn to actually (gasp) buying books online as I wait for my holds to come in over Overdrive.

As such, I feel I am qualified in bringing to you a list of (announcer’s voice) “My favorite quarantine reads!” (Please, hold your applause)

I read across a few different genres, so I hope you might find something you’ll like! I’ve separated them out by genre so you can skip a few if it’s not your cup of tea. I’ll also make sure to note where you can find them through the library. Some are only available in hard copy, but put them on hold now through the online Catalog so you can grab them when we do reopen!

Horror

Cold Storage by David Koepp
Can you even not read a book written by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park? No? That’s what I thought. A highly mutative organism was placed in deep cold storage after it caused a near-extinction level outbreak decades ago. The problem is that this organism has found a way out…and it’s determined.

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Buried by Ellison Cooper
The second in the Agent Sayer Altair series, one of our favorite FBI agents finds herself involved in a case involving a serial killer…who leaves remains in a mass grave in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park cave system. If you’re a fan of Bones or Criminal Minds, I highly recommend this series!

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The Return by Rachel Harrison
I did not expect this to become what it was; a grimy, gritty horror set in a boutique hotel in “upstate” New York (aka Hudson Valley). It’s a slow burn,
starting with a friend disappearing on a hike in Maine and reappearing two years later. Only problem is she’s…not quite right. (Warning, do not read this at ten at night!)

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Romance

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
What do two people do on an all-expenses paid honeymoon? Now what do they do when they absolutely hate each other? And what if one of their bosses and his wife shows up, thinking they’re happily marrried? Well obviously general hilarity ensues.

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Love her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
This is the second in Bailey’s new Hot & Hammered Series. Rosie and Dominic Vega were high school sweethearts who married young and have been together forever…however lately the spark has died. They’re separated, so will they be able to work it out? Or will these two fizzle forever?

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Historical Fiction

The Deep by Alma Katsu
(This is a horror-cum-historical fiction) We thought we knew what happened to the Titanic. Spoiler alert, this book says no. In fact, this book asserts that we don’t even know the true history of the Britannic, the Titanic’s sister ship that served in WWI as a medical ship. Mysterious disappearances, deaths, family and classist drama all add up to a great disaster.

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Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
First off, I’m in love with this cover. Bridie Devine is a former resurrectionist turned detective, and she’s been charged with finding the kidnapped daughter of a Peer of the Realm. She’ll have to venture through London’s Victorian streets and confront a diverse cast of characters to solve this spooky mystery.

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And They Called it Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Stephanie Marie Thornton
There’s just something about Jackie O…maybe it’s the fabulous wool coats; maybe it’s the fact that we have the same name, I dunno. Either way, this book does a fabulous job of painting a portrait of Jackie and her “rise,” if you will, and her fall. You get a view of her life from her own perspective, from the time she first meets Jack, up through that horrible day in Texas, and afterwards. It’s a story that tells you what happens after the fairytale.

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Contemporary

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
What would you do if, after the best day of your life, you woke up to find yourself in the bed of someone you didn’t know, in a different apartment, and engaged to someone you’ve never met before. Oh, and on top of that, the date on the TV is five years in the future….Well obviously you’d freak out *just a little bit*. But then say you fall back asleep and wake up in the right time, the right bed, and with the right partner? Idk about y’all, but I would not have done what our heroine Dannie did. Intrigued? Good. Read the book.

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All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it? For 68-year old Astrid who witnesses a devastating accident, this is certainly true. She suddenly realizes she may not have been quite the mother she thought she was. This is a story of a dysfunctional family that is struggling to connect and move on with their lives. Read if you’re not afraid of the hard topics of discussion.

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Young Adult

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
This is not a pretty book. It is bloody, gory, gross, gripping, and not for the faint of heart. Bisou Martel lives with her grandmother at the edge of the woods. By day she’s your average high schooler, but by night, under a full moon, she starts finding evidence of wolf attacks, and bodies in the woods. This is a radical brand of feministic book that I couldn’t put down.

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Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for survival stories. And this is about as hardcore a survival story as the guy who cut his own arm off rock-climbing. Ashley is out camping with some friends when a fight with her boyfriend leads her into a mad scramble into the woods. She ends up lost, alone, and severely injured, wandering the Smoky mountains for days on end, relying on her own wits and resilience (and dark brand of humor) for survival.

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That’s all this time around, folks! Stay tuned for more recommendations, and be sure to keep checking in for updates about opening and curbside pickups. should also mention that some of these titles are available right now through the New York Public Library (NYPL) Overdrive. As a NY state resident, you are eligible to also have an NYPL library card. Go to NYPL website for more information. Best wishes!