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*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with two starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Borne.”*
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts! “Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch in Montana with a dedicated staff that includes recent hire Callen Skinner, always thought the aunt who ran off before her birth was dead. But when two women are found murdered, then Aunt Alice herself reappears with a fantastical story, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. That’s when she decides to trust Cal, despite police cautions.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
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THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “A strong reminder of just how affecting nostalgia can be…” — Kirkus Reviews
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the April 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due February 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick with three starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review
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ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
In New York Times bestselling Scottoline’s latest novel of domestic suspense, the single mother of a shy but athletically gifted high school pitcher worries that her son is being led astray by a rich, charismatic teammate hiding a dangerous past. Add a handsome stranger posing as a new teacher and the mix becomes combustible. “…readers can be assured that…they’re in for one thrilling ride on the roller coaster.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
In this debut novel, an Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review
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A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Alexsi is complex and fully drawn; this is a spy who gains the reader’s trust while never showing his hand. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the March 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due January 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Never Let You Go.”*
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review
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A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
When ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is contacted by former colleague Laura Coleman to help exonerate Marcus Creighton, a death row inmate in Florida, Brigid agrees to help, especially since the case is the perfect distraction from her complicated family relationships. “Edgar-finalist Masterman presents a compassionate, clear-eyed depiction of the painful foibles of human nature in her chilling, twist-filled third thriller featuring retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn. A compelling, complex lead, Brigid has no problem skirting the straight and narrow in her quest for justice.”
— Publishers Weekly
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ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
A powerful debut that knits parental abduction with devastating secrets unraveling among friends and spouses. “Fans of smart women’s fiction mixed with a fast-paced plot should not miss this startling first novel from the editorial director of Writer’s Digest Magazine.” — Library Journal
FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two mysteries on the December 2016/January 2017 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #3 is THE DRY by Jane Harper
“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review
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The #4 pick is BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
Destined to be a blockbuster book in 2017, BEHIND HER EYES is a psychological thriller with a to-die-for twist for fans of Jessica Knoll’s LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE and Stephen King. “Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).” — Booklist, starred review
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The votes are in: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (#5) and TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (#10) are LibraryReads 2016 “Favorite of Favorites!”
Thank you for making them some of your favorite books of the year. You can share more of your faves by counting down your personal top 10 best books of 2016 on Twitter, hashtag #libfaves16, one book each day starting 12/12!
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the February 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Fans are already lining up in droves.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Darkness Absolute.”*
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP was a January 2016 LibraryReads pick and in her new novel, a single mother reaches out to her oncology nurse and social worker to help find a stable situation for her daughter, who suffers from a crippling social anxiety. “Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears.” — Booklist, starred review
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THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
Two starred reviews for this gothic-inflected psychological suspense novel that unmasks the secret desires of a young woman with a mystical gift. “[An] arresting, unsettling, and beautiful tale. Brown enchants and haunts by making the reader question every voice, every truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
Life in a small Iowa town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. “Darnielle’s masterfully disturbing follow-up to the National Book Award–nominated WOLF IN WHITE VAN reads like several Twilight Zone scripts cut together by a poet.” — Booklist, starred review
The LibraryReads 2016 “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. Macmillan titles still in the running include:
Read ’em? Loved ’em? Want to make sure they end up on the final list? Then vote for ’em and your other top picks from now until November 15. Your votes will determine the ultimate “Favorite of Favorites” list to be revealed on December 1!
During today’s Tri-State Book Buzz, Anne presented #allthebooks and was serenaded by Rakesh Satyal, author of the forthcoming NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME.
— Natalieknowhow (@natalieknowhow) October 19, 2016
Don’t be a #bookbuzzleftbehind! Download Anne’s presentation and use it at your library’s next book buzz event.
OUR REVOLUTION* by Bernie Sanders | 9781250132925 | Out 11/15/16
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE* by Thomas Friedman | 9780374273538 | Out 11/22/16
VICTORIA* by Daisy Goodwin | 9781250045461 | Out 11/22/16
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS* by Laurie Frankel | 9781250088550 | Out 1/22/17 (LR: 11/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out 2/21/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out 3/21/17 (LR: 1/20)
ALMOST MISSED YOU* by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out 3/28/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250067852 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* by Sarah Pinborough | 9781250111173 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out 3/14/17 (LR: 1/20)
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK* by Kathleen Rooney | 9781250113320 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
I LIKED MY LIFE* by Abby Fabiaschi | 9781250084873 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES by Brad Ricca | 9781250072245 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM** by Omar Saif Ghobash | 9781250119841 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER* by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out 4/18/17 (LR: 2/20)
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out 6/7/17 (LR: 4/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out 5/2/17 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out 6/13/17 (LR: 4/20)
CATS IN HATS by Kat Scratching | 9781250111890 | Out 2/28/17 (LR: 12/20)
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FANTASTIC NEWS! NORMAL by Warren Ellis is the #9 pick on the November 2016 LibraryReads list!
Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake.
“Fantastic… This book may be the perfect way to sample Ellis, drawing on his fascination with futurists and the threats imposed by ever faster technology and offering a story that employs his profane poetry to a degree that may inspire cackles from fans. A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fascinating near-future thriller... Readers will root for Adam as he struggles to discover what is actually going on in Normal, who is to be trusted, and what happened to Mansfield.” — Publishers Weekly
— Joe_Jones (@Joe_Jones) September 6, 2016
Available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux on November 29.
See the complete November 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.
Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2016 LibraryReads titles!
LibraryReads is celebrating their third year of reading and recommending great titles by inviting library staff to vote for their favorite books from the October 2015 through September 2016 lists. Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll and you may vote even if you’ve never nominated a title (no Edelweiss or NetGalley account is needed).
There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced on December 1. Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Timeline:
November 1: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
November 15: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes due
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released
Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating!