Read it Here First!

January Booklist – 2022

Books get made into movies every year.  Most readers want to the see the movies, but not before they read the book. These books are being made into made in 2022. So, when you see the movies you can join the discerning readers and say, “the book was better.”


Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith

Vic and Melinda’s loveless marriage is held together only by Melinda’s affairs. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder–one that soon comes true. Unrated. 1957.

DB049645, LP008200

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Set in the 1850s Californian Gold Rush, the story of Angel, a woman sold into prostitution as a young child who struggles to survive and endure the hatred and anger that boils within her. When she meets Michael, she refuses to believe he loves her unconditionally.

DB066223, BR018662

Twentieth-Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

The Black Phone is based on a short story of the same name that’s part of this collection of short stories about the supernatural. Strong language and violence.

DB012724, BR003963, LP000915

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Poirot is cruising along the Nile when a newlywed heiress is found dead. With a ship full of people who have reason to dislike her, Poirot has his work cut out for him as he investigates her death.


Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

A much-loved novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior and decides to gamble everything for the sake of this folly.

DB092245, BR022862

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals of Barkley Cove immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Strong language, violence, and sex.


White Bird: Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio

A young Jewish girl is hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

DB062402, BR022530

Salem’s Lot

Jerusalem’s Lot is a small Maine town where the residents turn into vampires. Sex, violence, and strong language.


Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

In 1963, in a small Midwestern town, the local teenage boys have a Halloween ritual. They compete to confront the October Boy, a creature who rises from the cornfields each year with a butcher knife in his hand. Violence and strong language.


Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber

Lyle the crocodile is very happy living with the Primm family on East Eighty-eighth Street. But Mr. Grumps and his cat, Loretta, are very unhappy with Lyle’s presence.

DB096937, LP027021

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Twohey and Kantor’s journalism took down Weinstein and made the sexist culture that enabled him. Sex.

DB081189, BR023299, LP023799

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Sisters Vianne and Isabelle try to survive World War II France. Violence and sex.


The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

In a cabin in rural Ireland, tourists and pilgrims visit the family of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who is believed to be surviving on manna from heaven.


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Bookstore owner A.J. Fikry receives a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. Strong language.

DB051057, BR012975, LP002910

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne must overcome many obstacles as she strives to reconcile with former fiancé Frederick.


School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The first three books of a series about friends Sophie and Agatha as they attend a school where they must learn to be a either fairy tale heroine or villain.

DB059430, BR015663, LP005813

 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The classic story of the boy who refused to grow up.


White noise by Don Delilo

This black comedy zeros in on the absurdities of life and the fear of death in contemporary America. Strong language.

DB054896, BR011984

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

German private Paul Baumer relates the daily routine of ordinary soldiers in the trenches of World War I and tells how warfare affected him and his three classmates.