Book Lists

Living with Death: 9 Books about the Inevitable

Living with Death: 9 Books about the Inevitable

Life’s single guarantee—death—unifies this nonfiction list of great reads. Death touches all of us and eventually happens to all of us. But these nine books, most of them published in the last five years, demonstrate that death also humbles us, teaches us, intrigues us, evades us, inspires us, grosses us out, and makes us laugh. […]

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 June 15–19 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 15th The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown […]

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July 2015 LibraryReads on Audio!

July 2015 LibraryReads on Audio!

Every time a new LibraryReads list is published, we share the titles here on The Booklist Reader along with links to Booklist reviews. (Click here to see the July 2015 LibraryReads.) But what about those of you who prefer to listen rather than read? As a service to you, I hunted down the producers of […]

July 2015 LibraryReads

July 2015 LibraryReads

July 2015 LibraryReads are here! Check out the ten titles below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for Tuesday’s Booklist webinar “Library Love for Library Reads” here. Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal (Favorite of Favorites) Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain Kiss Me, by […]

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 June 8–12 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 8th Speak, by Louisa Hall In the near future, children, […]

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Sheroes: Female Superheroes Are Legion

Sheroes: Female Superheroes Are Legion

At this year’s ALA annual conference in San Francisco, I will be debuting a 200-plus book collection on female superheroes at the Children’s Plus booth. We at Children’s Plus hope that this list, titled Sheroes: Female Superheroes from Amelia to Zita!, will serve as a valuable shopping tool for our school and library customers looking to expand and diversify their […]

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 June 1–5 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, June 1st More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera A smiling […]

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All the Best Books Compilation: Short Stories

All the Best Books Compilation: Short Stories

Coverage of the top books of last year, as measured by the number of times a book was mentioned as a best book of the year or nominated for an award, continues today as I turn toward short stories. I’ll highlight the top five collections, then list some of the other books that came close. In […]

Stories within Stories: 8 Intriguing Nested Narratives

Stories within Stories: 8 Intriguing Nested Narratives

All right, all right, I’ll cop to it: I didn’t learn how to read until I was eight. In my defense, I had a good reason—or as good a reason as anyone can have for that kind of stubbornness—and it was that my parents read to me. There were the requisite picture-book years of course, […]

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All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

In previous posts, I’ve introduced the All the Best Books Compilation, and highlighted the top crime and thriller novels that it identified for 2014. Let’s continue coverage by looking at which books were most often mentioned as a best book of the year in the historical fiction category. I’ll count down the top nine, those that […]