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Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Electrifying Reads from the Other Side of the World: Seven Korean Thrillers in Translation

Despite my Korean heritage, I don’t read the language well enough to enjoy Korea’s latest, greatest titles. Thankfully, notable Korean-to-English translators, especially Sora Kim-Russell, Deborah Smith, and Chi-Young Kim, enable all Anglophone audiences to discover—and for many of us, become ardent fans of—contemporary Korean literature. Since May is Booklist’s annual Mystery Month, these chilling thrillers […]

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

14 #OwnVoices Mysteries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Ready for some double duty? As you may know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (woo-hoo! happy me!). Additionally, May is also #MysteryMonth at Booklist. To celebrate, here’s a list that hasn’t been done before on the Booklist Reader: mysteries and thrillers by #OwnVoices APA writers. I know, such a high body count gathered […]

Obscure Holiday Book Roundup: National Love a Tree Day

Obscure Holiday Book Roundup: National Love a Tree Day

May 16 is National Love a Tree Day! And we’re celebrating with a list of children’s books that feature individual trees worthy of your love. We’ve got magical trees, sentient trees, talking trees, special-but-nonetheless-treelike-trees, and we even have some good ol’ nonfiction trees! Whether you love them or love to hate them, show our floral […]

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE
By April 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Five More to Go: Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood and Reneé Nault In the decades since its 1985 publication, Atwood’s dystopic classic has spawned audio, […]

Five More to Go: Susan Choi’s TRUST EXERCISE

Five More to Go: Susan Choi’s TRUST EXERCISE

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title. ★ Trust Exercise, by Susan Choi “That whole thing about fiction not being the truth is a lie,” one character admonishes another in […]

Five More to Go: READYMADE BODHISATTVA, edited by Sunyoung Park and Sang Joon Park
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Five More to Go: READYMADE BODHISATTVA, edited by Sunyoung Park and Sang Joon Park

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.   Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction, edited by Sunyoung Park and Sang Joon Park Tenacious indie nonprofit Kaya […]

The 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century

The 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century

Let the mania begin! Today through Friday, April 12, we’ll be unveiling our Books for Youth staff’s selections of this century’s 50 best middle-grade novels for modern libraries. Each day, two to three titles (appearing in alphabetical order by author last name) will be revealed at both @ALA_Booklist (Twitter) and @Booklist (Facebook). Which books will be announced today? Follow […]

Five More to Go: Lisa See’s THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN

Five More to Go: Lisa See’s THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN

This regular feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See Known for her Chinese and Chinese American sagas, mega-bestselling author Lisa See (The Tea Girl of […]

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink Is Stronger Than Ever
By February 27, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Millennial Pink Is Stronger Than Ever

We’ve covered this trend once before but I think its continued presence warrants a revisit (you’ll notice a slew of 2018 and 2019 titles represented in this round-up). Plus, I recently learned that the Pantone color of the year is 16-1546, a.k.a. Living Coral. Plus, pink was clearly the color on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. So for those not wanting […]

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)
By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)

From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, authors have used “the noun of full name” titling method to effectively pitch their stories to readers, giving them the who and the what right off the bat. Due to the sheer volume of examples I’ve found (literally hundreds), I’ll be breaking up this title […]