Looking for Book Recommendations

The library here is closed until further notice, but luckily for me, they will take orders for books, and I can pick them up at a designated time. (This is so cloak and daggerish, it really tickles my funny bone.)

I do have an emergency stash of books (and an emergency e-stash for when my paper books are gone), but this cloak and dagger service might not be available for long, so I want to make use of it while I can and save my stash. The problem is there are only a few specific novels I want to read, so normally, I just peruse the shelves, grabbing any book with a title that catches my eye and a blurb that sounds interesting.

With the library closed, I cannot do that. Nor can I order any of the novels on my short list since all those would need to come from another library, and I’m not sure if inter-library loan is available during this time.

So, do you have any suggestions of books for me to order from the library? Or an author to research? They have to be traditionally published books (and authors) since for the most part, those are the sorts of books this library has.

Thanks for your help!

And no, this isn’t my library. Would that it were! It’s the library in a monastery in Prague.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

15 Responses to “Looking for Book Recommendations”

  1. Jo Green Says:

    Pat Hey it jo I read lots and all kinds of stuff what do u enjoy reading and I see if I have any recommendations

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Royann Behrmann Says:

    Pat, my favorite author is Edgar Allen Poe. Get a compilation and enjoy.

  3. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Looks like I’m not an author in consideration, LOL. But I do have a few recommendations. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates; anything with Sherlock Holmes in it; and The Last Wish by Andrezj Sapkowski.

  4. Sam Sattler Says:

    Pat, I highly recommend American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman. They are both really good thrillers but very different from each other, the Fesperman being more of a spy-related thriller.

    Also, if you haven’t read it yet, Where the Crawdads Sing” is really good and shouldn’t be missed.

    Same for The Girl in Red…one I really loved from last year. But that one is a dystopian novel, so this might not be the right time for it – even though I’m reading a very good dystopian novel right now myself called Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (a 2014 novel).

  5. Coco Ihle Says:

    Hi Pat, Not long ago I read Hazel Gaynor’s The Cottingley Secret and that book is still in my head. It’s totally different from anything I’ve ever read and I loved it. I think you might, too!

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