Book Lists

14 Smart, Sweeping, and Sometimes Snarky Stories for fans of The Nix

14 Smart, Sweeping, and Sometimes Snarky Stories for fans of The Nix

Nathan Hill’s epic debut, The Nix, is one of this fall’s most talked-about novels. It follows Professor Samuel Anderson as he learns that his estranged mother has just been arrested for literally throwing stones at an ultra-conservative presidential candidate. Trying to discern his mother’s motivations leads Anderson to the latter half of the last century’s highest and lowest points, punctuated perfectly with […]

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All the Young Punks: Punk Rock Primers

All the Young Punks: Punk Rock Primers

I have a confession. If I were to have an alter ego, it would be a punk-rock chick. I am about as far from punk rock as you can get, which, perhaps, accounts for my fascination with this culture. I love rules; I’m not very political; and I hate wearing black, though I’d happily dye […]

A Free, Back-to-School Audiobook Bonanza!

Teachers and librarians, rejoice! Epic!— a fast-growing service developed by audiobook industry leaders to provide engaging, quality literature from a wide range of publishers on most digital devices—is giving out the best back-to-school freebie ever: Thousands of ebooks, many with audiobook read-along accompaniment, for your unlimited use, with no end date or limit! Better still, you can create up […]

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Reviews of the Week: Ransom Riggs, T.C. Boyle, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Ransom Riggs, T.C. Boyle, 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 August 15 through August 19 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs Fans of Riggs’ Miss Peregrine series […]

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Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

The literary field is thronged with daughters, wives and girls. This summer, we compiled lists—long, long lists—of novels featuring daughter, wife, and girl in their titles. In the end, we found more than 550 published in the last 20 years. Most recently, we’ve turned our gaze to the male half of the population, seeking out books […]

Hot for Teacher: 41 Reasons to Look Forward to Going Back to School

Hot for Teacher: 41 Reasons to Look Forward to Going Back to School

Rejoice! The academic year is on the horizon, and there are many chances for romance when school is in session. There’s always that cute new guy in your English class or the hottie you might meet cute (with him in just a towel) when you walk down to the co-ed showers. Teacher/student romances or teacher/parent […]

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September LibraryReads on Audio

September LibraryReads on Audio

From cozy mysteries to scholarly nonfiction, you’ll find great listens for every type of audiobook fan in the September LibraryReads list! Each month, librarians across the country choose the most buzz-worthy upcoming titles to be featured in the LibraryReads top 10. I’ve searched out the audio editions for you to add to your personal listening […]

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September 2016 LibraryReads

September 2016 LibraryReads

September 2016 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten September titles chosen by librarians below, linked to Booklist reviews where available (and look for the rest to be reviewed in our next issue). Did you know that any public library staff member can nominate a book for LibraryReads? Vote for your favorite titles vote for your […]

Every Suspense Novel is Blue

Every Suspense Novel is Blue

It seems like only yesterday that intrepid trend-spotters realized the majority of films in the past 20 years have used orange and teal as the dominant colors in their palette. The same thing seems to have happened in the world of suspense novel cover design, where blue has become the go-to hue. Exhibit A, The Woman in Cabin 10, is one of the summer’s hottest titles. Exhibits […]

2016: Year of the Wolf?

2016: Year of the Wolf?

Recently, our office has been abuzz with title trends—once you notice one, you just can’t stop. This week, we saw a heavy batch of titles with the world “wolf” in them land on our desks. After glancing through our records, however, I learned that roughly 20 to 30 wolf books are published every year; there were 22 in 2016, listed below. The wolf, a […]