New Year, New Staff Picks

2023 is here! From old classics to current releases, our library staff has an abundance of anticipated reads they’re looking forward to checking out this year.

Click on any of the titles or cover images below to be directed to our catalog, or visit any of our eight locations to browse the shelves and pick up a read to enjoy.  Happy new year, and happy new reading from all of us at Mesa County Libraries!

Adult Nonfiction

Book cover of Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, text over a sunset background.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (recommended by Hannah W.)

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (recommended by Diana)

The Lego Story: How a Little Toy Sparked the World’s Imagination by Jens Andersen 

The Exceptional Leader: Motivated to Succeed, Equipped to Excel by Stan Toler

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower

Booc cover for Cosmographies by Kyle Harvey, read and orange swirl background with white font
Cosmographies by Kyle Harvey (Local author!) (recommended by Shanachie)

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains by Bethany Brookshire (recommended by Rose Marie)

A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin (recommended by Ducky)

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff (recommended by Michelle B.F.)

Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions by Sabine Hossenfelder (recommended by Lisa)

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong (recommended by Stacy)


Adult Fiction

The Winners by Fredrik Backman book cover, white text in front of a night forest scene
The Winners by Fredrik Backman (Book #3 of the Beartown trilogy) (recommended by Cydney, Melissa, and Rachel S.)

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Book #1 of the Beartown trilogy) (recommended by Cydney)

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (Book #2 of the Beartown trilogy) (recommended by Cydney)

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (recommended by Ashley)

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (recommended by Ashley)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (recommended by Ashley)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (recommended by Honor)

Kindred by Octavia Butler (recommended by Michelle B.F.)

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (recommended by Michelle B.F.)

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (recommended by Michelle B.F.)

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (recommended by Rachel S.)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (recommended by Monica)

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake (recommended by Bethany)

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen (recommended by Rachel S.)

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher* (recommended by Ramana)

Once Upon a Tome by Oliver Darkshire* (recommended by Ramana)


Graphic Novels

Cover image for The Night Eaters by Marjorie Liu - a woman with blood running from her mouth and a background of skulls, flowers, and plants
The Night Eaters by Marjorie Liu (recommended by Rachel D.)

It Won’t Always be Like This by Malaka Gharib (recommended by Trevor)

Asadora! by Naoki Urasawa (recommended by Jessica B.)



I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy (recommended by Monica)



Book cover for Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo, white font over a white rabbit background
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (Book #2 in the Alex Stem series) (recommended by Andrea, Rose Marie, and Hannah M.)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Book #1 in the Alex Stem series) (recommended by Andrea)

Battle Ground: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (recommended by Sequoia)

Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb (recommended by Bethany)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (recommended by Lisa)

The Witch King by Martha Wells (recommended by Ramana)

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older* (recommended by Ramana)

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin (recommended by Michele H.)



Book cover for How to Sell a Hautned House by Grady Hendrix
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (recommended by Allie)

The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul Tremblay* (recommended by Ashley)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (recommended by Michele H.)



Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake (recommended by Monica)


Teen Fiction

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (recommended by Logan)

Akata Woman by Nnedi Okarafor (recommended by Denise)

*Not yet available in our catalog.

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