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LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites” Shortlist Voting Now Open

The LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist of 25 titles was just revealed and it’s up to YOU, librarian friends, to vote for your top 10 favorites once again from now through October 30.

Macmillan titles still in the running include:
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
THE DRY by Jane Harper

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

The final 2017 “Favorite of Favorites” list will be revealed on December 1.
Don’t forget you can also vote for the next monthly list (December 2017/January 2018, nominations due 11/20)!
Check out our suggestions here.

PRAIRIE FIRES and THE SHADOW DISTRICT are November 2017 LibraryReads Picks!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the November 2017 LibraryReads list!

The #9 pick is PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
“The sesquicentennial observance of the birth of the author of the celebrated Little House books (65 million copies sold in 45 languages) has been the catalyst for the publication of a spate of books, now including this magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented…. But it is its marriage of biography and history—the latter providing such a rich context for the life—that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book, an unforgettable American story.” — Booklist, starred review

Available from Metropolitan Books on November 21.

Rounding out the list at #10 is THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
Two starred reviews! “The award-winning author of the ‘Inspector Erlendur’ series (INTO OBLIVION) continues his modus operandi of simultaneously covering a current and cold case in this new series set during the war years. The inspectors, past and present, are formidable characters, and the blend of police procedural with Icelandic folklore is intriguing. VERDICT While not as dark as lndridason’s previous works, this is a welcome addition from a master of the genre. ” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

LibraryReads 2018 Voting Deadlines

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Here are the 2018 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines:

Nominations for January 2018 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2017 AND January 2018 titles) are due November 20, 2017
Nominations for February 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due December 20, 2017
Nominations for March 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due January 20, 2018
Nominations for April 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due February 20, 2018
Nominations for May 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due March 20, 2018
Nominations for June 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due April 20, 2018
Nominations for July 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due May 20, 2018
Nominations for August 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due June 20, 2018
Nominations for September 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due July 20, 2018
Nominations for October 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due August 20, 2018
Nominations for November 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due September 20, 2018

Remember you can read in any format you like (print or e-) but please submit your votes via Edelweiss and NetGalley.

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LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Now Open

Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2017 LibraryReads titles!

From now through October 15, public library staff are invited to vote for their favorites books from the “Favorite of Favorites” longlist (all LibraryReads titles from the October 2016 through September 2017 lists). Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll!

There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced. Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” voting timeline:

October 15: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
October 20: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes open
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating! (Here’s what we suggest for the January 2018 list; votes due November 20.)

For Your Consideration: January 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2017 AND January 2018 titles for the January 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts
A December 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. “Roberts’ new direction is electric and ground-breaking. A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Year One.”*

DARK IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
During a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds in Times Square. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. “Robb expertly ratchets up the suspense as the endgame approaches in this deadly chess match between Eve and her cunning opponent.” — Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Dark in Death.”*

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
The third contemporary fantasy in the Wayward Children series, following LibraryReads picks EVERY HEART A DOORWAY and DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES! When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived.

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Evan Smoak’s handler, Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the Orphan Program. “The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Evan Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. Do not miss this one.” — Booklist, starred review

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Hellbent.”*

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Two starred reviews and big movie news for this novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. “Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

An October Indie Next Selection

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

An October Indie Next Selection

“Powerful… This is a potent and memorable novel.”–Publishers Weekly

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

An October Indie Next Selection + 3 starred reviews!

“National Book Award winner McDermott (Someone) delivers an immense, brilliant novel about the limits of faith, the power of sacrifice, and the cost of forgiveness…”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

Risking It All  by Nina Darnton

“Fans of Jodi Picoult and Janelle Brown will enjoy this poignant and thought-provoking novel.” —Booklist

“Thoughtfully written and thoroughly engaging?a tale of compromise, tough decisions…and love.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE = October 2017 LibraryReads pick!

HUZZAH! THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain is an October 2017 LibraryReads pick!

“Well-crafted crime-tinged tale…”–Publishers Weekly
“Combines the issue-driven style of Jodi Picoult, the romantic tension of Nora Roberts, and the life- defining-mistake motif of Amy Hatvany’s It Happens All the Time (2017).”–Booklist

Sneak Peek: October 2017 Indie Next List

The October 2017 Indie Next List includes SEVEN Macmillan titles!

#1 Pick: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

“Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

A Library Journal Editors’ 2017 Fall Pick

“Brooklyn-born Chast follows up her emotional National Book Award finalist memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant with an expanded version of a guide to Manhattan she made for her college-bound daughter, which enlightens readers on the finer and sometimes obscure points of what makes New York City a vibrant and often loony landscape. Multiple aspects of the city are lovingly examined and lampooned, with a matter-of-fact intimacy that could only come from a native New Yorker, from the bad—why not to get on an empty subway car—to the grand—the expanses of Central Park. Observations and advice on making one’s way through the city’s diversions are mixed with the quirky character that oozes from the metropolis’s every concrete pore. It’s all delivered with obvious and knowing affection and captured with a keenly observant pen.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill by Jim Fergus

“Twenty years on, Fergus’ best-selling novel, One Thousand White Women (1998), remains vivid in readers’ memories and continues to be discovered by historical-fiction fans. He now continues the intriguing tale of the U.S. government’s controversial, little-publicized, assimilation-oriented Brides for Indians program… It’s a gripping tale, a history lesson infused with both sadness at the violence perpetuated against the Cheyenne and awe at the endurance of this remarkable group of women…Requests will be legion.”–Booklist, starred review

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

“National Book Award winner McDermott (Someone) delivers an immense, brilliant novel about the limits of faith, the power of sacrifice, and the cost of forgiveness…”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

“Wonderfully intricate…Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

“Powerful… This is a potent and memorable novel.”–Publishers Weekly

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

“The Reacher-like thrills leading there generate adrenaline-fueled pleasure. Bolton, who also writes as S. J. Bolton, delivers another strong, resourceful female character in Jessica Lane.”–Booklist

“Bolton’s (Little Black Lies) latest stand-alone hits the ground running…VERDICT This will be the book of the fall for Bolton’s fans and anyone who treasures the experience of staying up late reading just to find out what happens next.”–Library Journal

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver

“Sparkling…”–Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent entrée into a delightful (librarian-penned) series.”–Booklist

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

“A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that’s at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Land asks if we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers—or, in this case, mothers—in her assured, creepy debut… Readers will be more than happy to go along for the ride and may be surprised how they feel about the conclusion, proving the unmistakable spell that Land has cast. Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

“Engrossing…This nuanced, adroitly paced tale should satisfy both series fans and new readers.”–Publishers Weekly

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

“It is no secret that Robb’s Eve Dallas series continues to be one of the most popular brands in crime fiction. Add that to this installment’s perfectly executed plot, snappy pacing, and judicious sprinkling of dry humor, and you have a particularly enjoyable treat for loyal fans and curious new readers alike. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an initial run of 750,000 copies and copious publicity, Robb’s new Eve Dallas title will be heavily requested.”–Booklist

“Robb continues to impress…”–Publishers Weekly

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

“With the fourth wildly original addition to her Virtue Falls series, Dodd takes more than a few creative risks and then brilliantly succeeds in this sexy, compulsively readable tale of romantic suspense.”–Booklist

“Intriguing characters (including an especially horrifying villain), twin romances (Kateri and Stag’s prickly sparring as well as Merida and Benedict’s trust-challenged bond), and a complex plot that reveals itself with chilling precision keep the pages turning. VERDICT Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd’s series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike. Dodd (Because I’m Watching) lives in Washington State.”–Library Journal, starred review

Adult Librarians’ Sneak Peek Book Preview

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
Penguin Random House

Reserve Your Spot Now! Seats Will Go Fast!

When the leaves start falling librarians and publishers start buzzing! LibraryReads and the Association of American Publishers invite librarians from across the eastern seaboard for a full-day, exclusive sneak peek into the adult book releases for 2017-2018, what makes those books and authors tick, the stories behind the stories, and why your patrons will be waiting in line with library cards at hand ready to check them out! Hear from over twenty trade and independent publishers including Macmillan as they present their favorites in mystery, romance, business, literary fiction, biographies, crafts, and more! For those who know, you know this event is not to be missed!

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT EARLY RSVP HERE.

 

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