Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers bingeable titles that will keep you enthralled through June. Check out a digital copy of these titles and more at kcls.org. With modified in-building services offered at some KCLS libraries, physical copies can be picked up inside or outside at a contactless Curbside to Go location, or at 24/7 lockers. See what’s available near you here.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Told over 24 hours, this novel from the author of Daisy Jones and the Six recounts the final epic party hosted by the Riva siblings at the oldest sister’s Malibu mansion in 1983. The night ends with the property in flames. Reid seductively captures Malibu’s transformation from a sleepy beach town to a celebrity getaway. The characters are complex and memorable, and their believable relationships provide a counterpoint to the sun-soaked glamour of the setting.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Editorial assistant Nella Rogers is delighted when the publishing house where she works finally hires another Black girl. Her excitement wanes when Hazel starts usurping her role and cozying up to her boss. Then a note appears on Nella’s desk warning her to “Leave Wagner NOW.” This twisty thriller also is a smart look at the impact of racism and microaggressions on professional Black women.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Twenty-three-year-old August moves to New York looking for a place to disappear. What she discovers instead is a beautiful and mysterious girl on the subway. McQuiston’s second novel combines a coming-of-age love story and a time-travel mystery.
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.