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All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part One

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part One

In honor of Mystery Month, let’s look at the top 10 crime novels and thrillers of last year, as counted by the ABBC (All the Best Books Compilation). The ABBC looked at 172 sources—including Booklist, the RUSA Reading List Awards, and genre-specific sources such as the Edgar Awards, the Left Coast Crime Awards, and Crimespree Magazine—to see which […]

Summer Reading: Books for Grown-ups

Summer Reading: Books for Grown-ups

Let it be known that I am an adult, and despite my career in children’s books, I do still love to read books for my people my own age. I don’t often have time, and when I do, I don’t always manage to finish (see here, for instance). But I do have a master’s degree in twentieth-century […]

The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade

The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade

Mystery Month is in full swing here at Booklist, with all of the interviews, webinars, and blog posts about mystery fiction you could possibly want. And now, all of the book recommendations you need. Every year in the May 1 issue, our Mystery Showcase, Booklist compiles the 10 best adult crime novels reviewed over the previous 12 […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 27–May 1 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Redeployment, by Phil Klay and read by Craig Klein Klein’s mesmerizing […]

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All the Best Books Compilation: The Final Word on the Best of 2014

All the Best Books Compilation: The Final Word on the Best of 2014

Beginning last November, you saw dozens of lists claiming to identify the best books of 2014. But when you think about it, that’s a big claim. Had the writer of the article read a sizable fraction of the books published in that year? Not likely. And even if the list is compiled by multiple reviewers, […]

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

As impressive as the Apple Watch is, I’m going out on a limb and saying that the printing press is still at the top of the heap when it comes to innovation. (Along with the wheel, internal combustion engine, and the programmable coffee maker.) Lead your early adopters into the stacks and remind them where […]

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Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 20–24 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, April 20th Memory Man, by David Baldacci Meet Amos Decker: former […]

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Summer Reading: Cheers to Beers!

Summer Reading: Cheers to Beers!

  To help you prepare for the outdoor reading season, each week we’re sharing a list from different Booklist editors and staff. —Ed.) Forget robins. For me, nothing heralds spring nor promises summer quite like the first heady pint of beer enjoyed out-of-doors. If you also live in Chicago, you’ve likely spent the past six months huddled under multiple […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

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 13–17 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, April 13th Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, by Jackson Pearce […]

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Summer Reading: Is Rereading, Is Rereading…

Summer Reading: Is Rereading, Is Rereading…

To help you prepare for the outdoor reading season, each week we’re sharing a list from different Booklist editors and staff. —Ed.) My family spends much of each summer on beaches in Michigan, and I’m sorry to say that, as a kid, I thought beaches were the most boring places in existence (I hadn’t taken chemistry yet). So what […]