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October 2014 LibraryReads
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October 2014 LibraryReads

October LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of October, with top votes from participating librarians. Check out all ten October titles below, including this month’s favorite, Garth Stein’s A Sudden Light, linked to Booklist reviews when available. Click here to learn more about LibraryReads, and here to add your voice to the conversation. A Sudden Light, by […]

September 2014 LibraryReads

September 2014 LibraryReads

September LibraryReads are here! Here are the ten books, all publishing in the month of September, that participating librarians across the country loved and want to share with readers. Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Stories from the Crematory achieved top honors as the month’s favorite. Check out all ten September titles […]

2014 ITW Thriller Awards

2014 ITW Thriller Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the International Thriller Writers (ITW) have revealed the winners of their 2014 Thriller Awards. Last week, ITW concluded ThrillerFest IX in the city of mystery, crime, and suspense—New York—with the unveiling of the 2014 winners. Thrillmaster Award Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including […]

August 2014 LibraryReads

August 2014 LibraryReads

The votes are in, ladies and gents! LibraryReads has posted the latest list of books librarians loved reading and couldn’t wait to share. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, has been voted the favorite among books published in the month of August. The full top ten follows, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Our take on some […]

Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Power of the Word: "Leaders, read this!"

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]

Top Ten First Lines

Top Ten First Lines

Cindy and Lynn: Author Paul Zindel once set off noise makers that sounded like firecrackers in our library during a presentation to our students. He told them that stories should start with a “Bang!” The added sound effect got the point across to our middle schoolers. We’ve always been on the lookout for good opening lines […]

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Top 10 Book Titles

Top 10 Book Titles

Cindy and Lynn: It’s time for another Top 10 list (i.e. we’ve been busy playing and haven’t read the same titles to do a regular post).  Earlier this summer we posted our Top 10 Book Covers so the next logical progression is to feature our Top 10 Book Titles. This is in no way an exhaustive list…just books […]

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Trending: Dog Books

Trending: Dog Books

For some reason, the other day I did a subject search on general-interest nonfiction dog books. There sure are a lot of them. Holy cats! (If you subscribe to Booklist Online, you can do your own search and read the reviews, too.) You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness […]

Top 10 Book Covers

Top 10 Book Covers

Cindy and Lynn: We all know we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but we all do. Our students do and it certainly influences us. We get really irritated (and so do our teens) when the cover art does not accurately portray the contents of the book. We understand that marketing is the […]

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Slippery Anniversary

Slippery Anniversary

It’s been a year–a very, very rough year in many, many ways, since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and resulted in millions of gallons of oil geysering into the sea over the course of a 3-month tragicomedy of corporate error and outrages. We’ve […]