Adult Reading Recommendations

There’s no better place than Cuyahoga County Public Library to discover your next great read. From our latest staff picks to the hottest bestsellers and Read Intuit personalized recommendations, we have you covered. We update this page with fresh recommendations every month.

Staff Picks for Adults

August 2022

Love on the Brain

Ali Hazelwood

Small Angels

Lauren Owen

The Last White Man

Mohsin Hamid

The Last Way Home

Liz Johnson

Soul Taken

Patricia Briggs

Other Birds

Sarah Addison Allen

Coming Soon - Nonfiction

August 2022

Emily in Paris: The Official Cookbook

Kim Laidlaw

We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife

Matt Fraser

Dangerous Rhythms: Jazz and the Underworld

T.J. English

Hitler’s Girl: The British Aristocracy and the Third Reich on the Eve of WWII

Lauren Young

Survival of the Fastest: Weed, Speed, and the 1980s Drug Scandal That Shocked the Sports World

Randy Lanier

Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

Daniel Stone

Bestsellers - Nonfiction

August 2022

Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

David Maraniss

Diana, William, and Harry

James Patterson

12 Hour Walk : Invest One Day, Unlock Your Best Life

Colin O'Brady

The Road Taken

Patrick Leahy

Life on the Mississippi

Rinker Buck

Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis

Beth Macy

Coming Soon - Fiction

August 2022

The Best Friend

Jessica Fellowes

Rules of Engagement

Selena Montgomery


Latoya Watkins

Nona the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

Killers of a Certain Age

Deanna Raybourn

The Furrows

Namwali Serpell

Bestsellers - Fiction

August 2022

Grace Under Fire

Julie Garwood

The Challenge

Danielle Steel


Janet Dailey

The Ninth Month

James Patterson

A Dark and Stormy Tea

Laura Childs

Family Remains

Lisa Jewell

Spotlight on Back to School Reads for Adults

These 10 titles will make sure adults are prepped for back to school, too!

The Idiot

Elif Batuman

The Secret History

Donna Tartt


R.F. Kuang

The It Girl

Ruth Ware

The Atlas Six

Olivie Blake

The Deal

Elle Kennedy

Spotlight on Beach Reads for Adults

10 of our favorite books to read on a beach day.

The Suite Spot

Trish Doller

Dele Weds Destiny

Tomi Obaro

Deadly Summer Nights

Vicki Delany

The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach

Sarah Stodola

The House Across the Lake

Riley Sager

I'll Be You

Janelle Brown

Spotlight on Alternate Histories

Spotlight on Alternate Histories

The Kingdoms

Natasha Pulley

The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow

The Secret Chapter

Genvieve Cogman

The Gordian Protocol

David Weber & Jacob Holo

Famous Men Who Never Lived

K. Chess


David R. Gillham

Spotlight on Books with Great Plot Twists

Ten books to read if you love a juicy plot twist.

Bath Haus

P.J. Vernon

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

Good as Gone

Amy Gentry

Goodnight Beautiful

Aimee Molloy

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

Read with Pride

Celebrating Pride Month

These books honor the journeys of LGBTQ+ individuals and the movement for love, acceptance and equality for all.

Wrath Goddess Sing

Maya Deane

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

Akwaeke Emezi

Devil's Chew Toy

Rob Osler

Never Been Kissed

Timothy Janovsky

All the Things We Don't Talk About

Amy Feltman

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

Grace Perry

Spotlight - Ukraine

Spotlight on Ukraine

Conflict in Ukraine

Rajan Menon

Mondegreen: Songs About Death and Love

Volodymyr Rafeyenko

The Secret of Clouds

Alyson Richman

The Orphanage

Serhiy Zhadan

I Will Die in a Foreign Land

Kalani Pickhart

Daughters of the Resistance

Lana Kortchik

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