35 Books You’re Pretty Much Bound to Fall in Love With, Courtesy of the Friends of Pelham Library

35 Books You’re Pretty Much Bound to Fall in Love With, Courtesy of the Friends of Pelham Library

Ah, February. Yeah, it’s cold, but we’re still in the fizzy honeymoon of the year. Our 2024 intentions are still laid out fresh before us, and last year’s most beloved books are likely still teetering on our nightstands. It also happens to be Love Your Library month. This sweet intersection felt like the perfect time for The Friends of the Town of Pelham Library to ask Pelhamites all over town: What book did you love most last year? 


You responded in a rush, with historical fiction, thrillers, even a few indispensable cookbooks and incisive cultural critiques! You raved about recent releases, yes, and plenty of older yet new-to-you discoveries. Best of all, you can search any of the titles in the library catalog and be back on the couch with them, warm and cozy and fully transported, in the time it takes to stroll to the corner of Wolf’s and Colonial. Valentine or not, you’re assured a magnificent date with one of these enthralling reads.


What book did you love most last year? Share it on social with the hashtag #lovethelibrary and we’ll add to this list. You can learn more about the Friends and their campaigns here.


Literary Fiction

  • Tom Lake by Ann Patchett – recommended by Colleen Ring
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver – recommended by Mary Pargas

Contemporary Fiction

Historical Fiction

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • The Measure by Nikki Erlick – recommended by Maria Buckley


  • My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand – recommended by Jamie Parilla
  • The Best Minds by Jonathan Rosen – recommended by Lina Perl 
  • Solito by Javier Zamora – recommended by Monika Konieczna (“Not an easy subject, but a wonderful book! I recommend the audiobook, too.”)


  • The Locked Door by Freida McFadden – recommended by Nicole Tejeda
  • The Collector by Daniel Silva – recommended by Rose Diaz
  • North Woods by Daniel Mason – recommended by Eric Terchila (“Conceptually strong ghost story. A thrilling read.”)
  • Zero Days by Ruth Ware – recommended by Marjorie Afab Shaw



Middle Grade

  • Jessica’s Ghost (known as Friends for Life in US) by Andrew Norris – recommended by Monika Konieczna
  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo – recommended by Jessica Wei Jun Chang “I learned about this little gem during the 2022 Pelham community read program. My daughter was too young to read it, so I read it to her. It was her first “big kid” chapter book experience. In 2023, she was able to read it on her own and it became one of her favorite go-to books, and we always think about it when we see squirrels in our town (i.e. all the time!) This book will always have a special place in my heart because of the Pelham Library, so, thank you!”
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