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Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Bookends Favorites 2016: Focus Group Favorite Picture Books

Lynn: The youngest members of our focus group members (pictured below) are now six and three. Like the other three boys in the group, they have strong opinions! Here are their 2016 favorites of the many we’ve read together this year. I added three more titles at the end that are personal favorites of mine. 1 […]

LibraryReads February 2017

LibraryReads February 2017

LibraryReads has just announced its February 2017 selections! Check out the ten titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today. FAVORITE OF FAVORITES  I See You, by Clare Mackintosh TOP 10 All Our […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Cindy: I managed to keep my list to ten titles this year, a miracle, really. It helps that I can rest easy knowing that other personal favorites are appearing on Lynn’s lists. It’s always hard to pick just a small number as so many books become favorites for different reasons. The Twelve Days of Dash […]

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Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Lynn: It’s that time again! Time for Cindy and me to announce our favorite books of the year. We are making no attempt to pick the year’s award winners—just to list the books we loved reading in alphabetical order. Because I don’t have Cindy’s discipline and always have a terrible time narrowing my choices, I […]

Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

Moana Transport Yourself to Hawaii? Try These Novels

The bright, Polynesian setting of Disney’s latest animated feature may have moviegoers eager to escape to sunny shores. Steer them to these books set in the beautiful Hawaii.  Aloha, Mr. Lucky, by Corson Hirschfield   Bird of Another Heaven, by James D. Houston The Curse of Lono, by Hunter S. Thompson The Descendants, by Kaui Hart […]

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The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2016

The Booklist Reader’s Oddly Specific Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving, 2016

It’s always a headache shopping for certain people on your list, particularly when it comes to books. But we’re here to help—again—with an oddly specific gift guide. Check out our entries from last year if you need further suggestions. For your pregnant friend, who’s determined to raise his or her future son to be a feminist Interstellar […]

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from December 12 through 16 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.     Monday, December 12 Dad and the Dinosaur, by Gennifer Choldenko Newbery Honor Book author Choldenko […]

January 2017 LibraryReads

January 2017 LibraryReads

LibraryReads has just announced its first selections for the new year! Check out the ten January titles chosen by librarians below, linked to their Booklist reviews where available. Remember, any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads! Vote for your favorite titles today.  The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney (Favorite of Favorites)  The Bear […]

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

13 Espionage Titles for Reacher Creatures

In Lee Child’s latest bestseller, Night School, we see where ex-MP Jack Reacher cut his cloak-and-dagger teeth alongside FBI and CIA agents. Readers interested in intelligence agency thrillers will snap up these other intriguing tales. The Berlin Game, by Len Deighton The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer The Company, by […]

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Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on the NYT bestseller list for fifteen weeks. In talking about his Appalachian and Rust Belt youth, Vance—a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate—explores how the bottom rung of middle class always seemed out of reach for so many of his friends and family, how manufacturing jobs disappeared, marriages […]

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