Looking for you next great read? See what the Newfields librarians are reading and loving this month…
The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. -Goodreads
This was a great book. It moved along, didn’t repeat its story with every chapter and best of all, even though this book is about the fashion industry it didn’t get lost describing every bit of clothing the characters were wearing.
I was immersed in Andrea’s plight—getting a dream job (though not quite her dream) and making the best of it. The antics her boss Miranda got up to made you want to reach into the book (like Bug’s Bunny reaching through a phone) and slap some common sense and courtesy into Miranda’s pigheaded selfish brain. I was rooting for Andrea the whole way, wondering if I could put up with someone like Miranda when I was 24. The book had a surprising but good ending. I think you’ll enjoy this book.
This book is available as an audiobook on the Libby app.
The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all―they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years. -Goodreads
In this YA fantasy novel, Percy Jackson meets The Hunger Games. The protagonist, Teo embodies the sassy, fierce underdog who is in way over his head. While trials are not scarce to the YA fantasy genre, Thomas’s setting and folklore used in the worldbuilding and plot have created something new and fresh for anyone to enjoy. My favorite parts were exploring the new world of Reino de Sol, meeting the Gods and Goddesses, and learning of the magical abilities inherited by their kids. Full of humor, adventure, budding romance, witty banter, self exploration and (most importantly) friendship, this book was a fun read I devoured in a few days.
The ending may leave you desperate for the last part of the duology to be released. And though it’s a year out, I will definitely be returning to this book to enjoy again before the sequel is released.
This book is available in our collection as well as through the hoopla app with your library card.
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamily handsome pop star flips the script on all her assumptions. -Goodreads
This was a such a fun read! Sittenfeld takes us behind-the-scenes of a late-night comedy sketch show where writer Sally Milz has given up on love. When her fellow (average-looking) cast member starts dating a famous actress, Sally writes a sketch about the phenomenon of average men dating bombshell women. Of course, it never works that way in reverse. Right? But when music superstar Noah Brewster guest hosts the show that week, Sally has to rethink her previous assumptions about love—and who is worthy of superstar attention.
I read most of this in one sitting. The characters are interesting, the dialogue electric, and the banter witty. This is a warm, second-chance love that takes place in 2018 to present, including an epistolary section as Sally and Noah exchange emails during Covid lockdown. This is my first novel by Sittenfeld but not my last!
This book is available to check out from our collection as well as on the Libby App in ebook or audiobook format.