Archive for April, 2016

Reviews of the Week: C. W. Gortner, Kiersten White, Alan Furst, and More

Reviews of the Week: C. W. Gortner, Kiersten White, Alan Furst, and More

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 25–29 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday April 25 Marlene, by C. W. Gortner […]

Posted in: Book Lists
Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Recap, Spoilers, and Fan Theories

Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Recap, Spoilers, and Fan Theories

Last Sunday, fans of the much-loved epic-fantasy series, Game of Thrones, cried out in joy as their long fast ended and season six premiered. As we did with The Magicians, every week we’ll be giving you episode recaps, sprinkled with book insights and fan theory. The season premier was dedicated to catching up with most […]

They Did What?!? Picture Books about Daring Risk-Takers

They Did What?!? Picture Books about Daring Risk-Takers

Lynn: There are risk-takers and then there are crazy risk-takers! Today we’re featuring picture books about two different, over-the-top MAJOR risk takers. The mother/grandmother in me wants these books to come with a warning about not trying this at home and the latent kid part of me is running a sound track of WOWs. I […]

2016 Edgar Award Winners
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2016 Edgar Award Winners

Last night at a swell gala in New York, the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the Edgar Awards, considered by many the most prestigious honor in crime fiction. I regret being unable to attend, especially as this year it was my privilege to serve for the first time as an Edgar judge. With Kristi Belcamino, Joelle […]

By April 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Mr. Fahrenheit

Last week, New Leaf Literary & Media sent us some interesting items: iPhone-sized videos embedded in flyers promoting their authors’ latest releases. (Should we call these “book trailer pamphlets”? Definitely an interesting combination of old and new media.) All of them were for youth titles, which seems like a logical demographic targeting. One featured the Mr. Fahrenheit video above—recorded with my […]

New Research Shows Audiobooks Have Powerful Impact on Literacy Development

New Research Shows Audiobooks Have Powerful Impact on Literacy Development

Looking for scholarly research on the power of audiobooks in literacy development? A study released today has great information for parents looking for ways to keep reading skills sharp over the summer months, librarians seeking increased funding for their audiobook collections, educators who need strong statistics for audiobook grants, or teachers planning next year’s reading […]

Posted in: Audiobooks, Book News
Luck’s New Book Club Is Young Readers’ Good Fortune

Luck’s New Book Club Is Young Readers’ Good Fortune

On Monday, the darling of the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, launched an online book club. Before you start questioning Luck’s agenda, let me clarify, this is not a club to promote or sell Luck books—he is a genuine and avid reader who wants to share the joy. The Wall Street Journal recently revealed Luck to […]

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The Latest Booklist: Mystery Showcase

The Latest Booklist: Mystery Showcase

The May 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 365 new reviews and 14 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]

2016 Hugo Award Finalists

2016 Hugo Award Finalists

Here come the 2016 Hugos! See the finalists for Best Novel below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. You can see the rest of the nominees here. Best Novel   Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie   The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, by Jim Butcher   The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin   Seveneves: […]

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Some Writer! Some Book! Melissa Sweet Tells the Story of E. B. White

Some Writer! Some Book! Melissa Sweet Tells the Story of E. B. White

Cindy: We usually refrain from teasing our readers with a book that is half a year from publication, but Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White (Oct. 2016) is worth raving about early and often. Melissa Sweet, who recently illustrated the award-winning The Right Word, is the perfect person to tell the story of […]