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Jan 26

January Staff Picks

Posted on January 26, 2022 at 11:18 AM by Maggie Witte

Everyone has unique reading tastes and KTB staff are no different. Check out the books we’re either currently reading or have read recently. Try one (or more) today.

Amanda, Production Manager/Readers’ Advisor

Illustration of cupcakes on a platter next to a cannister of flour and a rolling pin.

DBC12872 Caramel crush: Cupcake bakery, book 9 by Jenn McKinlay

After Melanie Cooper's friend Diane discovers that her fiancé only wants her money, she asks Mel to personally deliver him some caramel "break-up cupcakes." But when Mel tracks him down, he's dead! The police think Diane is the prime suspect, so Mel and Angie must race to solve the murder before Diane is framed.

Illustration of a four tier wedding cake with three tiers made of cupcakes with blue-green roses.

DB 98781 Wedding cake crumble: Cupcake bakery, book 10 by Jenn McKinlay

With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Plus, Fairy Tale Cupcakes has been hired for a blockbuster book signing. But one by one, the people Angie hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Michael, Director

Old house with a blurred person in front and bare trees behind it under a mirrored image.

DB 104297 The book of accidents by Chuck Wendig

Years after experiencing their own separate traumas, Nate and Maddie move to Nate's childhood home in rural Pennsylvania with their son, Oliver. There, Oliver meets a strange boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

Nataly, Circulation Clerk

A pond with overgrown grass around and two dead trees on either side under a orange cloudy sky.

DB 82887 Arcana chronicles, books 1-3 by Kresley Cole

Books one through three, written between 2012 and 2015, featuring teens reincarnated as tarot-card characters as they engage in an epic battle. Includes Poison Princess, Endless Knight, and Dead of Winter. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Tiffany, Machine Clerk

Illustration of a robot on a pathway surrounded by flowers and a man sitting on a carriage.

DB 104764 A psalm for the wild-built by Becky Chambers

Centuries ago, the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and disappeared into the wilderness. When Sibling Dex, a tea monk, meets Splendid Speckled Mosscap, a robot, they are the first person to encounter a robot in years. Dex and Mosscap travel through the woods together, engaging in philosophical conversation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

Jason, Library Assistant/Readers’ Advisor

Eleven planes flying under a moon-filled night sky.

DB 100054 The splendid and the vile: a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson

The author of Dead Wake (DB 80936) describes Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. He examines this dark year of London's history primarily through the domestic drama of Churchill and his family's day-to-day experiences. Contains some violence, some descriptions of sex, and strong language. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2020.

Illustration of an astronaut floating in space tethered to an object not shown.

DB 103718 Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace awakens on a spaceship far from Earth with no memory and two dead crewmates. As he begins to remember the details of his impossible mission to try to save humanity from an extinction-level threat, he encounters an unexpected ally. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.

Maggie, Outreach Librarian/Lead Readers’ Advisor

A young girl's white dress.

DB 93800 Inheritance: a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love by Dani Shapiro

The author of Family History (DB 63237) describes how, after submitting her DNA for analysis, she discovered that she was not actually related to her father. Discusses her struggle to piece together the story of her life and uncover her own identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Illustration of a woman with dark hair, runes, bones, and other magic objects floating by her face.DB 95172 Storm cursed: Mercy Thompson, book 11 by Patricia Briggs

Coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her werewolf husband Adam are balancing their responsibilities for protecting their territory while being asked to act as go-betweens for human politicians and the Gray Lords of the fae. Contains explicit descriptions of sex, violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2019.