Reading Recommendations

What We’re Reading – April

Are you looking for your next great read? We can help! Visit us in person, explore reading recommendations online, join an in-person or online book discussion, get recommendations on Facebook, tune in to our televised book club segments, and more. Get started here!

Sunday Nights on Facebook
Join us on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on Facebook for Currently Reading. Enjoy this hour during which book enthusiasts share favorite books and offer suggestion about what to read next. Find out about the books that have everyone talking.

Wednesday Mornings – Indy Now Book Club
The Library helps host a ‘book club’ on the Indy Now Morning Show with Ryan and Jillian on Fox59. Tune in at 10 a.m. every other Wednesday. Catch book recommendations and IndyPL program highlights from your own local librarians. Re-watch segments you have missed and see book lists of the books mentioned in each segment.

In-Person & Online Book Discussions
Do you love talking about books? Join one of our book discussions or book clubs available both in-person and online.

Online Reading Recommendations
NovelList and NovelList K-8 are online services that offer reading recommendations. Browse both fiction and nonfiction, read-alike suggestions, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books for adults, teens and kids. Learn how to start on this video tutorial. Also try Book Connections which includes a “find the right book for you” feature.

Would you prefer one-on-one help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email ask-a- librarian.

Make a selection from one of the book lists below created by our staff of avid readers. You can also follow our staff’s most recently published lists on the library catalog home page. Don’t miss our If You Like… suggestions that cover all the favorite genres like science fiction, graphic novels, romance, and more. Finally, don’t miss What We’re Reading Teens and What We’re Reading Kids.

An Evening with Tiffany D. Jackson

Teens and adults are invited to a talk and Q&A featuring New York Times bestselling and award winning author Tiffany D. Jackson on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at Central Library. Jackson is a Coretta Scott King and John Steptoe New Talent Award winner as well as an NAACP Image Award nominee. She is the author of young adult books such as Monday’s Not ComingAllegedlyLet Me Hear A RhymeGrownWhite SmokeSanta in The CityThe Weight of Blood, and co-author of Blackout

Tiffany D. Jackson and similar authors

Jackson is a master of writing page turning, suspenseful books! She has tackled mystery, horror and romance – all with an eye on the community setting of the stories and social issues. Check out her fiction and other writers like her. Written for teens, but adults love them, too.

Title - MondayTitle - The Weight of BloodTitle - AllegedlyTitle - White Smoke

Virtual Author Talk: From Murder to Atonement

Virtual Author Talk: From Murd…

Join us online Tuesday, April 9 at 2 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind conversation with National Book Award winner Colum McCann as he is joined by Diane Foley, the inspiration behind the heartrending book American Mother. Register for the Colum McCann virtual author talk.

Asian American Romance Novels

Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with some serious study … of swoony storylines! This list features Asian American and Asian Canadian writers and main characters – find a new favorite!

Title - Fancy Meeting You HereTitle - Role PlayingTitle - Tastes Like ShakkarTitle - To Have and to Heist

Library Lover’s Edition

Can’t get enough of the library? Think we should stay open 24/7? Get lost in these fictional, fantastical libraries, and you’ll feel like you never left!

Title - The PlottersTitle - The Mystery of Henri PickTitle - The Book of Form and EmptinessTitle - The Invisible Library

National Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month. Finetune your money skills with the latest advice from financial experts.

Title - Tightwads and SpendthriftsTitle - Simple Secrets to Becoming A Saving WhizTitle - Money for MillennialsTitle - Invest Like A Girl

Fiction Originally Written in Korean

The month of May marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Celebrate with these English translations of works that were originally published in Korean. Books on this list are in no particular order.

Title - Welcome to the Hyunam-dong BookshopTitle - The Good SonTitle - Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982Title - A Greater Music

Fiction Originally Written in an Asian Language

Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with these titles that were originally written in an Asian language. Books on this list are in no particular order.

Title - Man TigerTitle - Convenience Store WomanTitle - The VegetarianTitle - The Memory Police

Diverse Poetry Collections From the Last Decade That Uses Poetic Form and Technique in a New or Interesting Way

For many, the word poetry does not produce a feeling of excitement for two main reasons. One, the outdated language makes some poems difficult to understand. Two, and perhaps the deeper reason behind negative perceptions of poetry, the majority of the poets (and authors) studied in middle and high school English classes belong to the literary canon. The Canon, as it is often referred to, includes authors and poets such as Mark Twain and William Shakespeare, and has, in the last few decades, come under scrutiny for almost exclusively being made up of older, white, able-bodied, straight, cisgender men. As such, their experiences are not relatable and their ideas on race, gender and gender roles, sexuality, mental health, etc., are outdated to much of the population today.

Title - Ink EarlTitle - Odes to LithiumTitle - Black RosesTitle - Black Oak

Virtual Author Talk – Power, Love, and Art

Virtual Author Talk: Power, Lo…

Join us Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. Register for the Xochitl Gonzalez virtual author talk.

Listen with Liz – April 2024

I love nonfiction audiobooks. This is a totally random list of titles I listened to in March 2024. Titles are listed in alphabetical order.

Title - BrutalitiesTitle - Chinese ProdigalTitle - Grief Is for PeopleTitle - I Heard Her Call My Name

Fiction by Malaysian Authors

If you’re looking to explore titles by Asian authors this Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, check out these fiction books by Malaysian and Malaysian American authors.

Title - Tale of the DreamerTitle - The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in WaterTitle - The House of DoorsTitle - The Fox Wife

Was it plagiarism?

There is nothing new under the sun. However, where is the line between homage and ripoff? When is something inspired by and when is something copied? Here are stories that have been alleged to be plagiarized as well as the original stories. Some saw their day in court, some got away with it, some are still argued over to this day.

Title - The Outer LimitsTitle - The TerminatorTitle - I Have No Mouth, and I Must ScreamTitle - In Time

Shakespeare Today: 21st Century Perspectives

This collection of new books focuses on Shakespeare’s influence on not just literature, but impact on our human understanding, culture, and thought. Whether you find yourself intrigued by the mysteries surrounding his identity, drawn to the intricacies of his works, or curious about his impact across the ages, this list is your gateway to exploring Shakespeare. And if you are here for some Shakespearean slang and insults, we’ve got those too!

Title - The Hollow CrownTitle - Stalking ShakespeareTitle - Shakespeare at WarTitle - The Making of Shakespeare