Book Lists

Hand-picked reading lists by your Berlin-Peck librarians—inspired by recent holidays, programs, read-alikes, and more.

Children’s Department Staff Picks 2022 December 6, 2022 - - Give the gift of a good book this season!
Books to Make You Bright December 5, 2022 - - Get a little smarter this winter!
2022 Best Books December 5, 2022 - - Can't get enough bestsellers? This list is for you!
2022 Staff Favorites December 5, 2022 - - Check out what Berlin-Peck staff read and loved in 2022!
The Art of Cozy November 29, 2022 - - Winter is in the air... it's time to break out the warm socks and hot drinks!
2022 Winter Holiday Books November 28, 2022 - - New books for the winter holidays!
Books for Native American Heritage Month November 10, 2022 - - Learn about Native American history and hear the voices of Native Americans.
Books on Ukraine and Russia November 2, 2022 - - Learn about Ukrainian history, culture, and current events.
The Book You’ve Recommended Most September 29, 2022 - - Check out what your fellow Berlin-Peck readers recommend!
Magic and Witches September 29, 2022 - - What's more Halloween than magic and witches?
What’s Your Poison? September 29, 2022 - - The choice of classic whodunits, Victorian serial killers, assassins, and even employers. This Halloween, read up on the scary world of poisons and other toxic substances.
Read Around the World September 29, 2022 - - This October, the Library's display case will feature books written by authors from---and set in---countries all over the world.
The Sandman August 31, 2022 - - In honor of Netflix's new adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, we've put together a quick guide to this classic 90s graphic novel.
Campus Novels August 4, 2022 - - Embrace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of college with these novels about the college experience.
Dive Into Drinks August 4, 2022 - - Discover the world's most popular drinks: tea, coffee, milk, beer, wine, and cocktails!
Books for Happiness July 20, 2022 - - Looking for happiness? Try looking in a book!
Rock & Roll Books July 19, 2022 - - Have a rock & roll summer with a rock memoir, history, or novel!
Books for World Chocolate Day June 28, 2022 - - Learn about the chocolate industry, make some tasty chocolate treats, or read a chocolate-themed novel!
Independence Day 2022 June 28, 2022 - - Our newest books on America, early American history, and the American Revolution.
Staff Top Tens June 16, 2022 - - Our top ten favorite books by genre!
2022 Beach Reads May 25, 2022 - - Warm weather is here already—and so are this year's beach reads!
Books for LGBTQIA Pride Month May 20, 2022 - - June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! We’ve gathered together some great fiction, non-fiction, memoir and biography.
Books for Juneteenth May 20, 2022 - - Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States, as well as African American freedom, education, and achievement.
New Cookbooks March 28, 2022 - - Find your new favorite recipe!
Books for World Autism Awareness Day March 24, 2022 - - Learn about the lives of people with autism, as well as self-help and treatment advice, and the science behind autism.
Books for Earth Day March 22, 2022 - - Maverick climate scientists, forest wisdom, and plastic squid—this Earth day, discover more about the Earth we live on!
New Poetry for National Poetry Month March 22, 2022 - - Celebrate poetry month this April!
Books About Ireland February 24, 2022 - - This St. Patrick Day, read about Ireland and Irish Americans.
Books for Women’s History Month February 24, 2022 - - Learn about the women have made to history, science, culture, and contemporary society.
Courageous Conversations Reads: Social Safety Nets February 18, 2022 - - Additional optional reading for March 2022's Courageous Conversations discussion.
Courageous Conversations Reads: Health Care February 5, 2022 - - Additional reading for February 2022's Courageous Conversations on Health Care.
Books on U.S. Presidents January 27, 2022 - - Looking to read about the U.S. Presidents? Here's are some quick links to the Library's collection!
New Romance for Valentine’s Day January 27, 2022 - - Get ready for Valentine's Day with 2022's best new romance!
Books About Asian Heritage to Celebrate the Lunar New Year January 27, 2022 - - Check out these novels and memoirs exploring Asian and Asian-American heritage!
Books for Black History Month January 26, 2022 - - Check out the library’s picks for Black History Month!
Winter 2022 Book Tasting January 22, 2022 - - Highlighting the most anticipated books of 2022!
New Year, New Me December 22, 2021 - - Books to help with your 2022 New Year's resolutions!
Top Checkouts of 2021 December 21, 2021 - - As we celebrate the end of 2021 and the beginning of the new year, let’s take a look back at the year’s most popular books!
In-Laws in Town? November 23, 2021 - - Useful advice for navigating the holidays and communicating with family.
Books to Make You Bright November 23, 2021 - - Get a little "brighter" this winter!
2021 Staff Favorites November 21, 2021 - - Check out what Berlin-Peck staff read and loved in 2021!
New Holiday Books! November 9, 2021 - - Curl up with a good book for the winter holidays.
Mental Health Books November 4, 2021 - - Explore mental health tools and techniques, learn about psychology, and process your own personal experiences.
Books About Adoption November 4, 2021 - - November is National Adoption Month.
Books for Veteran’s Day November 3, 2021 - - Veteran memoirs, real stories, and other non-fiction about the armed services.
Books for Thanksgiving October 29, 2021 - - Berlin-Peck has hundreds of cookbooks as well as books on pie, cookies, cake, and baking! We’ve gathered together some great books to help you get in the spirit of the holiday.
20 Books About Thankfulness October 26, 2021 - - Slow down and express gratitude for the good things in life ♥
Horror Books for Halloween October 26, 2021 - - Thrills and chills!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month September 15, 2021 - - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Dyslexia Awareness Month September 14, 2021 - - October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.
2021 Adult Summer Reading Most Popular Books September 3, 2021 - - A booklist is created by our summer readers! We've done the math to see which books were the most popular in the 2021 Adult Summer Reading program.
September 11 Book List August 26, 2021 - - Books and resources to help understand the events of September 11, 2001.
Books on Afghanistan and the Taliban August 21, 2021 - - Read about the complex issues surrounding Afghanistan and the Taliban.
Back to School Books for Parents August 10, 2021 - - August is coming to an end, and you know what that means!
Women Looking Away in Period Costume August 10, 2021 - - Historical fiction with one little thing in common.
Books and Films to Get You in the Olympic Spirit July 20, 2021 - - Get in the Olympic spirit with non-fiction, memoirs, novels, and movies.
Books for Independence Day July 1, 2021 - - Discover America's history!
Audiobooks Narrated by Screen Actors June 23, 2021 - - Audiobooks narrated by famous actors (and famous authors!)
Summer Grilling and Picnic Cookbooks June 15, 2021 - - Celebrate National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month!
Books for Father’s Day June 14, 2021 - - Father's Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20!
2021 Beach Reads June 11, 2021 - - Enjoy the warm weather (or the cool air conditioning!) with a novel!
Audiobooks June 1, 2021 - - Read a book with your ears!
Books for LGBTQIA Pride Month June 1, 2021 - - June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! We've gathered together some great fiction, non-fiction, memoir and biography.
Books for Memorial Day May 24, 2021 - - Celebrate Memorial Day with a book that tell the story of those who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Our Animal Friends May 20, 2021 - - Learn all about our animal friends the with these new books.
New NOLO Legal Guides May 19, 2021 - - Looking to sell your house, repair your credit, settle an estate, or go to small claims court? If you need legal advice, check out a NOLO guide!
Books for Mother’s Day April 30, 2021 - - Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 9!
Women in War: Spies, Code Breakers, and Resistance April 30, 2021 - - Check out these gripping stories about women at war. This list includes fiction as well as real-life stories!
Books for Earth Day April 20, 2021 - - Earth Day is coming up April 22! We've gathered together some books to help you get in touch with nature.
What to Read for Talk Like Shakespeare Day April 19, 2021 - - If thou wouldst like to read more about the Bard and his works, get thee to a library and borrow these books!
Books for National Gardening Day April 12, 2021 - - Roll up your sleeves—April 14 is National Gardening Day! We've gathered our best new books on gardening for your enjoyment.
Celebrate National Library Week with a book! April 5, 2021 - - National Library Week is April 4-10 this year! Celebrate with a book about libraries or librarians.
Genealogy Books March 16, 2021 - - Dig into your family history with these books on genealogy!
Poetry for World Poetry Day March 16, 2021 - - World Poetry Day is Sunday, March 21! Celebrate with a book of poetry.
Books for Women’s History Month March 8, 2021 - - From the civil rights movement to women's basketball, astronomy, and Britney Spears—celebrate Women's History Month with a book about women!
Books on Breathing March 3, 2021 - - Discover how the way you breathe can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health.
Must-Read Personal Finance Books February 24, 2021 - - Get your personal finances in order with these books on retirement, saving, and building wealth!
Read About Pandemics in History February 24, 2021 - - Interested in learning more about vaccines and pandemics? Check out these books compiled for our recent program on COVID-19.
Book Tasting Menu February 6, 2021 - - Check out these tasty books we enjoyed in this winter’s online Book Tasting event!
Celebrating Black History Month: Children’s Picks February 3, 2021 - - Check out these inspiring titles in honor of Black History Month.
Books for Black History Month January 29, 2021 - - Check out the library's picks for Black History Month!
Feel-Good Reads January 19, 2021 - - Books that will lift your mood!
Books for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 12, 2021 - - Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning more about the man and his mission!
Slide into the New Year with these Children’s Books about Arctic Animals! January 11, 2021 - - Penguins: Flight School by Lita Judge Little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, but he wasn’t built to soar. With irrepressible spirit, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind. Library Catalog One Day […]
Bridgerton Read-Alikes January 11, 2021 - - If you've watched and loved Bridgerton on Netflix and are now anxiously awaiting reading the books, check out these read-alikes while you wait!
New in Arts, Crafts, and Literature January 11, 2021 - - Check out the new arts, crafts, and literature books we’ve added since July!
Science is Fun! New Science Books January 11, 2021 - - Check out the new science books we’ve added since July!
Food! New Cooking and Gardening Books December 31, 2020 - - Check out the new cooking and gardening books we've added since July!
New History Books December 31, 2020 - - From America's most dangerous amusement park to the last years of World War II, check out the new history books we've added since July!
America Today! New Social and Political Books December 31, 2020 - - What's going on in America today? Check out the new social and political books we've added since July!
New Books for Living Your Best Life December 31, 2020 - - Check out all the new books we’ve added since July, to help handle stress and anxiety, build good habits, get inspired, and make the world a better place!
New Romance December 29, 2020 - - Check out all the new romances we’ve added since July!
Top Checkouts of 2020 December 29, 2020 - - As we celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of the new year, let's take a look back at the year's most popular books!
2020 Staff Favorites December 29, 2020 - - Check out what Berlin-Peck staff read and loved in 2020!
Celebrate Music! December 11, 2020 - - Get movin’ and groovin’ with these children’s books about rhythm and music, and inspire learning and conversation around music, instruments and musicians!
New Cozy Mysteries December 1, 2020 - - Check out all the new cozy mysteries we’ve added since July!
New Biography & Memoirs December 1, 2020 - - Check out all the new biographies and memoirs we've added since July!
New Realistic Fiction December 1, 2020 - - Check out the new realistic fiction we've added since July!
New Historical Fiction December 1, 2020 - - Check out all of the great historical fiction we've added since July!
New Speculative Fiction December 1, 2020 - - Check out all the new speculative fiction we’ve added since July—including science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, magical realism, and more!
19 Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit November 24, 2020 - - Need something to inspire the Christmas spirit this year? Grab your fuzzy Santa socks, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy one of the library's new Christmas books!
Cookbooks for National Cookie Day November 23, 2020 - - December 4 is National Cookie Day... and wow, do we have some cookie cookbooks for you!
How to Talk to People November 23, 2020 - - Dreading conversation over the upcoming holidays? Here are some books that can help you manage conflict and promote conversation over the (virtual or socially distanced) dinner table.
Silly Children’s Books To Satisfy Your Appetite November 19, 2020 - - Looking for a silly book to read? Check out these fun picture books about food!
Memoirs & More: Transgender Day of Remembrance November 16, 2020 - - Celebrated on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Learn more about this day of remembrance with GLAAD.
World Kindness Day October 28, 2020 - - Celebrated on November 13, World Kindness Day is meant to highlight good deeds and the power kindness. Want to hear stories about kindness or understand kindness a little better? We’ve gathered together a great collection of books on kindness for you to enjoy!
Cookbooks for Thanksgiving October 28, 2020 - - Berlin-Peck has hundreds of cookbooks as well as books on pie, cookies, cake, and baking! We've gathered together some great cookbooks (and a few cozy mysteries) to help you get in the spirit of the holiday—plus some tips to have a safe Thanksgiving!
Scary Movies for Halloween October 26, 2020 - - Get into the Halloween spirit with a scary (or not-so-scary) movie! This list has kid-friendly favorites like Hocus Pocus—dark and moody choices like The Shining and Interview with the Vampire—fun horror flicks like Beetlejuice or Scary Movie—and don’t forget classics like The Addams Family!
Halloween Reads October 19, 2020 - - Grab your flashlight, crawl under the covers, and check out one of these scary reads!
Elect to Read: Books on Voting, Elections, and Democracy October 12, 2020 - - As we prepare for Election Day on November 3, why not learn more about the right to vote? Don't forget to check out our comprehensive guide to this year's election!
World Mental Health Day Reads October 6, 2020 - - World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Our Favorite Podcasts September 28, 2020 - - If you've never heard of them before, podcasts are episodic audio recordings, much like radio programs or audiobooks. In celebration of International Podcast Day, we've gathered together a list of our favorite podcasts for your enjoyment!
Reading Recommendations from Your Library September 21, 2020 - - Plus, visit our MyLibrarian page to check out what Berlin-Peck librarians are reading—and get a personalized list of reading recommendations just for you!
Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg September 21, 2020 - - This Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Although she is no longer with us, she has left a lasting legacy in her inspiring work—and her words. Want to learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Check out the books in this list.
Books to Get You in the Mood for Fall September 21, 2020 - - Tuesday is the first day of fall! As the days grow shorter, curl up with a warm blanket and a good book—maybe even a warm cup of tea.
New(ish) Books You Might Have Missed September 14, 2020 - - These books were new in February and March—but due to COVID-19, not many people had a chance to see them in our New Fiction section.
Books to Read This Labor Day September 7, 2020 - - Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. In honor of Labor Day, we've gathered together some interesting reads!
What to Read for National Wildlife Day August 31, 2020 - - In celebration of ​National Wildlife Day, we've gathered together some great books on wildlife and conservation. Other great ways to observe National Wildlife Day include taking a hike, donating to conservation groups, and picking up trash!
Books for Women’s Equality Day August 24, 2020 - - Women's Equality Day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote. In honor of this important holiday, we've gathered together some great books on the women who fought for the right to vote, as well as modern issues faced by women today.
Books That Transport You to Other Places August 17, 2020 - - Travel the world without leaving your couch... or putting on a face mask! Whether you’re in the mood for a spy thriller set in 1960s Cuba, a modern-day English romance, or a real-life foodie tour—these books will take you all around the globe.
Books About Books—for Book Lovers Day! August 10, 2020 - - This Book Lovers Day, celebrate by reading a book... about books!
Summer 2020 Beach Reads August 3, 2020 - - Whether you're sunning yourself—with plenty of distance!—at the beach, hanging out by the pool, relaxing in your back yard... or enjoying in the air conditioning inside... nothing's better than a book! Here are some of the best beach reads to enjoy this summer.
Spring Books You Might Have Missed July 20, 2020 - - These books that came out in spring, while the library building was closed. Now that we're open for curbside pickup, they're all yours!
(More!) Overlooked Books June 30, 2020 - - Do you ever feel overlooked? Well, some of our books definitely do! These haven’t been checked out in a while, but we still think they’re worth reading. Won’t you give them a chance?
Overlooked Books June 23, 2020 - - Do you ever feel overlooked? Well, some of our books definitely do! These haven’t been checked out in a while, but we still think they’re worth reading. Won’t you give them a chance?
New Graphic Novels on Hoopla! June 16, 2020 - - What do black magic folk horror, a space trucker, futuristic crime, giant prehistoric sharks, a memoir about a nurse and her Alzheimer's patient, and a couple trying in vitro have in common? You'll find them all in these hot new graphic novels, available on hoopla!
Romance Recs You’ll Love June 8, 2020 - - Life is hard. Sometimes you just need to read about people falling in love.
Mystery audiobooks and standout authors 🔍 June 1, 2020 - - Need more mystery in your life? Check out a mystery audiobook from hoopla! We’ve looked through thousands of titles to bring you some great “whodunits,” from hidden gems to genre-defining classics—plus a list of standout mystery authors.
Eye-Opening Books and Podcasts May 27, 2020 - - Knowing where and how injustice exists is the first step to being aware of the problems faced by those around us and finding ways to effect change. Here are some eye-opening books and podcasts to help you on a journey towards social justice.
Great action/adventure audio on hoopla! May 26, 2020 - - I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a good treasure hunt or globe-trotting journey.
The best sci-fi audio on hoopla! May 17, 2020 - - Our resident fan of sci-fi and horror, Mike, has sifted through over six thousand audiobooks on hoopla to bring you the best in Science Fiction.
Spring Books Online! May 11, 2020 - - We're all hunkered down at home, but that doesn't mean missing out on new books! We've put together a list of great reads released March through May, available for immediate download on hoopla or OverDrive.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these great reads! May 5, 2020 - - Mexican and Mexican-American authors, available now on hoopla!
May the 4th Be With You May 4, 2020 - - Happy Star Wars Day! Check out these awesome ebooks, available for immediate download on hoopla—free with your library card!
Ten eBooks to Read This Arbor Day April 24, 2020 - - Trees—they clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. Get in touch with our leafy friends with a book, available now on hoopla!