Novel Ideas

Great reads offer inspiration for National Novel Writing Month.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

Alan Bennett’s mischievous and witty novella about the queen discovering the joys of reading when she stumbles upon a bookmobile will be sure to delight.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg

A teenage girl begins to look into her mother’s past after losing her mother many years before. As the story unfolds, she discovers much more about her family than she expected. We join the girl in wondering who in her family might have done something terrible and whether anyone is free of guilt.

—Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie