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THE BEST BAD THINGS + NEWCOMER = November LibraryReads Picks! Penny + Moriarty = Hall of Famers!

OH HAPPY DAY! Katrina Carrasco’s THE BEST BAD THINGS and Keigo Higashino’s NEWCOMER are November 2018 LibraryReads picks

THE BEST BAD THINGS

“Stellar… Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre. Even readers uninterested in Alma’s identity journey will be impressed by her intelligence and social acumen, and drawn by the constantly shifting politics and well-timed reveals of the plot. Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

NEWCOMER

“Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

And in other news that makes us #squee, Louise Penny’s KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and Liane Moriarty’s NINE PERFECT STRANGERS are LibraryReads Hall of Famers

 

Another LibraryReads Giveaway? Say Whaaaaa? (10/10/18)

We’re so grateful for your continued support of LibraryReads (and our many winning titles) that we’re giving away one set of ALL OF OUR 2018 LibraryReads picks to date!

To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the this form by Wednesday, October 31. * This contest has ended and winners have been contacted.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? By Allison Pearson

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

LIES by T.M. Logan

DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird

THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain

To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the this form by Wednesday, October 31. *
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by Wednesday October 31, 2018 to be eligible. The winner grants Macmillan Library the right to announce their name on Twitter, MacmillanLibrary.com, and any other platform we want to congratulate them on. We will select the potential prize winner at random from among all eligible entries received. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached after three (3) business days, we will select an alternate winner, so check your email.

*THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THANK YOU!

Vote for your Favorite of Favorites!

Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2018 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 2017 through September 2018 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! Keep reading and voting! (Here’s what we suggest for the January 2019 list; votes due December 1.)

Happy #pubday + #ewgc Recs (10/2/18)

It’s Tuesday on Planet Publishing which means we’re celebrating new releases. Happy #pubday to a two-time LibraryReads author, a music legend, political freedom fighters, and a certain someone who shares her name with Kylie Jenner’s daughter!

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS
by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore with Veronica Chambers

“Told with obvious deep respect and affection, this is a spirited look at the politics and personal lives of four iconic women.”— Booklist, starred review

“You don’t need to be black or a minority to grasp the need to stand up and fight in today’s political world. The authors lay it out well in this solid primer on how to ‘dare to enter the halls of power.’” — Kirkus Reviews

THE DREAM DAUGHTER
by Diane Chamberlain

October 2018 LibraryReads pick!

THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect.

“Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.” Publishers Weekly

“Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, THE DREAM DAUGHTER will delight Chamberlain’s fans and hook new readers.” Booklist

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings
by Leonard Cohen

If you felt Leonard Cohen’s death in 2016 as a personal assault, this book is a posthumous balm: a collection of previously unpublished poems, lyrics, and sketches. All of Cohen’s work has a raw, straight-to-the-heart intensity—reach for this the next time you need inspiration for a wedding toast that will leave them gutted, or any other moment you need a little sustenance for the soul.

“Poignant and brave, lit up with flashes of anger, this is a luminous collection and classic Cohen.” Booklist, starred review

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For Your Consideration: January 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite December 2018 AND January 2019 titles for the January 2019 LibraryReads list!

*Votes due December 1! Click here for the full list of 2019 deadlines.

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
3 starred reviews! The next novel of psychological suspense from the LibraryReads authors of the blockbuster bestseller THE WIFE BETWEEN US! “Another spooky tale of psychological seduction… The juxtaposed points of view, with reactions of each protagonist to the other, keep the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up to THE WIFE BETWEEN US.”—Booklist, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts
On her thirteenth birthday, Fallon Swift must leave her family and train with sorcerer Mallick to become The One. “With book two in her The One trilogy, following YEAR ONE, Roberts successfully marshals her flair for crafting compelling characters and her skill at imaginative world building, on both a micro domestic scale and a macro dystopian global scale, to create a spellbinding story that will definitely delight her longtime fans as well as pique the interest of fantasy readers, who will want to see what she brings to their genre’s literary table as she continues this exciting and relevant series.” — Booklist

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THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch
Also available in audio
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI. “In brisk, tense chapters, Meltzer and documentary TV producer Mensch relate a tale of spies and treason, conspiracy and counterintelligence at the start of the colonists’ war against Britain. A lively political thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews

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

WOMEN ROWING NORTH: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
2 starred reviews and a Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! From the New York Times bestselling author of REVIVING OPHELIA, a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age. “While a must-read for its target audience of women moving into old age, Pipher’s engaging book is an ought-to-read for their daughters and sons as well, as it sets forth the universal message that ‘happiness is a choice and a set of skills.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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LibraryReads 2019 Voting Deadlines

HEADS UP! LibraryReads changed their monthly voting deadlines, so mark your calendars NOW for 2019:

Votes for January 2019 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2018 AND January 2019) are due December 1, 2018
Votes for February 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due January 1, 2019
Votes for March 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due February 1, 2019
Votes for April 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due March 1, 2019
Votes for May 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due April 1, 2019
Votes for June 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due May 1, 2019
Votes for July 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due June 1, 2019
Votes for August 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due July 1, 2019
Votes for September 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due August 1, 2019
Votes for October 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due September 1, 2019
Votes for November 2019 LibraryReads list titles are due October 1, 2019

Stay tuned for information about the 2018 “Favorite of Favorites” voting deadlines.

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

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THE DREAM DAUGHTER is an October 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

TERRIFIC NEWS! Diane Chamberlain’s THE DREAM DAUGHTER is #4 on the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in LibraryReads author Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect.

“Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.” — Publishers Weekly

“Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, THE DREAM DAUGHTER will delight Chamberlain’s fans and hook new readers.” — Booklist

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For Your Consideration: November 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite titles for the November 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Votes are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018! From #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Liane Moriarty comes a new novel which asks the question: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out. “…a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
Also available in audio
In the new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Louise Penny, mystery abounds when Gamache is named one of three executors to the will of a Three Pines resident he never knew—a cleaning woman who called herself, “The Baroness.” “This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to–pain au chocolat ratio.” — Kirkus Reviews

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NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray
A Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying. “Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Logan, Bird, and Serle are September 2018 LibraryReads Picks!

Great news! Macmillan has THREE books on the September 2018 LibraryReads list!

The #3 pick is LIES by T.M. Logan
A Library Journal Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debut pick! “In a tensely woven eight-day cat-and-mouse chase, Logan’s debut races readers through a fast-moving joyride of nerve-wracking suspense and intrigue that will challenge and surprise even the most devout enthusiasts of psychological thrillers.” —Library Journal

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on September 11.

The #5 pick is DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird
This historical novel tells the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, disguised as a man. “Bird’s fast-paced, action-packed story is a bittersweet one—grand love and legacy ultimately eluded Williams—but this fearless, often heartbreaking account sheds a welcome light on an extraordinary American warrior.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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A LibraryReads Birthday Giveaway!

Fun fact: LibraryReads turns FIVE this month and we’re celebrating with a giveaway! We’re divvying up all 70+ Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date and giving them to FIVE lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 5) by Sunday, August 19. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print.

UPDATE 8/22: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Betsy Bensen, Harford County Public Library, Bel Air MD
Leigh-Anne Yacovelli, Wernersville Public Library, Wernersville PA
Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix MI
Elaine Sumner, Cumberland Public Library, Cumberland RI
Ashley Duncan, Northwest Regional Library, Surprise AZ

Good luck and Happy Birthday, LibraryReads!

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