The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave. Modeled after the popular Shout n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search of galleys that should be on your radar.

The inaugural panel included Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public); Naphtali Faris (KCPL); Alene Moroni (King County); Kaite Mediatore Stover (KCPL); Stephen Sposato (Chicago Public); and David Wright (Seattle Public); and below, you’ll discover what had them all raving. There are links to the Booklist reviews where available—many are so new, our panelists were among the first to get them!

In the order they were raved about, we present:

Kaite’s Picks

RedRed: A History of the Redhead, by Jacky Colliss Harvey
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring the Real Landscapes of the Hundred Acre Wood, by Kathryn Aalto
The Things We Keep, by Sally Hepworth
The Do-Right, by Lisa Sandlin
The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli
Debris: Stories, by Kevin Hardcastle
Frankie Styne & The Silver Man, by Kathy Page
The Puppet Turner of Narrow Interior, by Stephanie Barbe Hammer

And a selection of titles from Valiant Entertainment:

Quantum & Woody
Archer & Armstrong
The Delinquents
The Valiant
Divinity

David’s Picks

PalimpsestPalimpsest, by Matthew Battles
Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror, by William Sloane
Sheath’s Sister, by Robert “Iceberg Slim” Beck
Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim, by Justin Gifford
The Burglar’s Guide to the City, by Geoff Managua
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings, by Shirley Jackson
The Children’s Home, by Charles Lambert
The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund Lupton
Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Stephen’s Picks

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by Lillian Faderman
The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream, by Katharine Norbury
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
The Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth
Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, ed. by Otto Penzler
The Bassoon King, by Rainn Wilson
St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, by Ada Calhoun
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Naphtali’s Picks

Girl Waits With GunGirl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart
Calvin, by Martine Leavitt
The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
These Shallow Graves, by Jennifer Donnelly
Trouble is a Friend of Mine, by Stephanie Tromly

Stephanie’s Picks

The End of All Things, by John Scalzi
The Hours Count, by Jilian Canton
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, by Jenny Lawson
The Last September, by Nina de Gramont
Girl in the Woods: A Memoir, by Aspen Matis
Scrapper, by Matt Bell
The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny
Carry On: A Novel, by Rainbow Rowell
Secret Sisters, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Alene’s Picks

All the Winters AfterAll the Winters After, by Seré Prince Halverson
The Art of Crash Landing, by Melissa DeCarlo
Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin
Home is Burning, by Dan Marshall
Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance, by Jonathan Evison
Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise, by Oscar Hijuelos
Come Away with Me, by Karma Brown
After the Crash, by Michel Bussi
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Witches, by Stacey Schiff
Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling
Prohibition Bakery, by Leslie Feinberg and Brooke Siem
Tremaine’s True Love and The Duke’s Disaster, by Grace Burrowes

And as moderator, I picked my can’t-miss title: Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter.

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About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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