Are you ready for a reprieve from all the year-end “best of lists?” Well, the book people at NPR were sick and tired of it before it even started. That’s why they created NPR’s Book Concierge. As they put it, “… we started to think about a site that would be more Venn diagram-y than list-y — a site that could help you seek out the best biographies that were also love stories, or the best mysteries that were also set in the past. An opportunity for staffers to share their favorite titles of 2013… So, in November we reached out to our book critics and staff to ask which books they absolutely loved in 2013. We got more than a total of 200 titles in response from trusted names such as NPR’s go-to librarian Nancy Pearl, Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan, Morning Edition host David Greene, and even Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! limericist Philipp Goedicke.”
They turned to the freaky smart NPR NewsApps team to help them develop a platform to help readers discover books based on actual appeal characteristics. (Are you sure you aren’t librarians, NPR NewsApps team?) Dig around and discover some “hand-picked” hidden gems from last year.