Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you engrossed through January.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
When a security guard mistakenly accuses a young black woman of kidnapping the white toddler she is babysitting, the babysitter and the wealthy mom she works for find themselves in an increasingly complicated relationship. Author Reid has an ear for dialogue, and a keen eye for details that make characters come alive. Readers will laugh out loud at some of the pitch-perfect lines and cringe at others, as she tackles race and privilege in a way that is fresh and nuanced. A great pick for fans of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.
The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline
If you’d like to reduce your environmental impact for your New Year’s resolution, Cline’s practical and readable guide to a more Earth-friendly closet is a great place to start. She covers the huge ecological impact of the fashion industry and offers useful, down-to-earth tips on how we can be more
Into the Planet by Jill Heinerth
If you’re hoping for more adventure in the new year, cave diver Jill Heinerth’s incredible memoir will provide great inspiration. It opens with Heinerth and her colleagues fighting for their lives inside an iceberg and doesn’t let up from there. Gripping and unforgettable.
Emily Calkins is the readers’ services program coordinator for KCLS, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She also is the co-host of KCLS’ podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance.