We are Macmillan Library!
Are you a librarian? Awesome!
We are here to help.

Kirkus Best Books of 2018–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2018!

Mystery/Thriller

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem
NEWCOMER: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino; Translated by Giles Murray
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Science Fiction and Fantasy

STATE TECTONICS: The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older
DARK STATE: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse by Charles Stross

Lit Fic

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Book Club Picks

BROTHER by David Chariandy
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson

Debut

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Short Fiction

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley readmoreremove

Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

For the next annual round-up for 2018, we’re happy to share Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

Top 20

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Memoir/Biography

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Comics/Graphic Novels

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
WHAT TO DO WHEN I’M GONE: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins, Illustrated by Hallie Bateman
MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY: Vol. 1 by Nagata Kabi

Humor/Entertainment

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty

Literature/Fiction

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: December 2018 Indie Next List

The December 2018 Indie Next List includes six Macmillan titles! 

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler 

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.”     Publishers Weekly, starred review

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author

“Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”Booklist, starred review

“Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2019 (Macmillan Library booth #810)

Coffee, rain, glass-blowing, and grunge… Can Seattle really be summed up that easily? Well… We can’t wait to find out in January during ALA Midwinter!

Daily doings:

Friday, January 25:
Opening Session with Melinda Gates (THE MOMENT OF LIFT)

Fri 1/25 | 4:00-5:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6A-B

In-booth signing with Harvey-award winning cartoonist Peter Bagge
Fri 1/25 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Macmillan Library booth #810

Saturday, January 26:
In-booth signing with debut YA author + fellow librarian (!!) Emily A. Duncan (WICKED SAINTS)

Sat 1/26 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

United For Libraries “Spotlight on Book Clubs”
Sat 1/26 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Macmillan Library (booth #810) will be giving away copies of our favorite Book Club picks!

LibraryReads Debut Author panel with Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK)
Sat 1/26 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A

Cocktails + Book Buzz*
We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement…
Sat 1/26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
*RSVP REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING.

Sunday, January 27:
In-booth signing with Catriona McPherson (GO TO MY GRAVE)
Sun 1/27 | 10:30-11:30 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

UFL Gala Author Tea* with Wayétu Moore (SHE WOULD BE KING)
Sun 1/27 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa Ballroom
*TICKETS REQUIRED.
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available) Event code: UNI1

Monday, January 28:
LibraryReads Booktalk Author Breakfast* with Rachel Howzell Hall (THEY ALL FALL DOWN) and Yangsze Choo (THE NIGHT TIGER)

Mon 1/28 | 8:30-9:30 AM
Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan Ballroom A
*RSVP REQUIRED by 1/7/19.

**Events as of 11/9/18. Check back regularly for updates. #meow

Round ‘Em Up, Cowboy!

Yeehaw!  We’ve wrangled some mighty fine Westerns to kick off your #FridayReads! 

True stories of wild west heroes, a November LibraryReads pick, collected tales of the American West, and a quintessential Western novel–strap on your cowboy boots and dive in!

SHOTGUNS & STAGECOACHES: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West by John Boessenecker 

The true stories of the Wild West heroes who guarded the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoaches and trains, battling colorful thieves, vicious highwaymen, and robbers armed with explosives.

“A rip-roaring history of moving the mail in the wildest of the Wild West days.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco 
November 2018 LibraryReads Pick

A vivid, sexy barn burner of a historical crime novel, THE BEST BAD THINGS introduces readers to the fiery Alma Rosales—detective, smuggler, spy.

“Readers looking for sexy, dangerous action unencumbered by apologetics will love this book. Carrasco is an author to watch.”–Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Day’s YA – ELEANOR & PARK

Hey, YA friends!

Have you ever loved a book so much that you read it again and again and it just keeps getting better? ELEANOR AND PARK is just that book…

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
9781250012579
Ages 13 to 18

Eleanor & Park weren’t always Eleanor & Park. Their only connection was that they were both high school-aged teenagers that didn’t fit in.

Eleanor is the new girl in a school full of kids who’ve been together since Kindergarten. Tall, red haired, and always in mismatched outfits, Eleanor stands out. Her home life is no picnic either… Park (a half-Korean student in a predominantly white school) spends his time blasting The Smiths and ignoring everybody else around him.

Then one day, Eleanor sits next to Park on the school bus. And during their bus rides, our two favorite misfits slowly fall in friendship—and ultimately in love—while sharing comics and trading mixtapes.

ELEANOR AND PARK is heartwarming and heartbreaking. Eleanor and Park’s transition from seat mates to friends to lovers is seamless and authentic. Rowell truly captures the all-consuming intensity of first love and immediately transports readers back to high school (for better or worse). Kirkus Reviews describes the book best as “funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking.” This beautiful novel is all of those things and more, and is perfect for fans of Rowell’s other work, as well as Jandy Nelson and John Green. readmoreremove

#thrillerthursday (11/8/18)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are perfect for Agatha Christie, Louise Penny, and Deborah Crombie fans!

HARVEST OF SECRETS: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby
“Genealogy, history, and murder combine in a tale of passion and hatred.”Kirkus Reviews

“Crosby is a steady hand in unraveling the tangled subplots, and she populates Lucie’s world with sympathetic secondary characters who come fully alive. Fans of contemporary regional mysteries will be well satisfied.”Publishers Weekly

LOST LAKE: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery by Emily Littlejohn
“Littlejohn follows A SEASON TO LIE with another intricately plotted procedural that captures the story as seen through Gemma’s eyes. This well-developed novel will appeal to fans of Deborah Crombie’s ‘Gemma James’ series.”Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

THE GILDED WOLVES makes the Winter 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List!

The Winter 2019 Kid’s Indie Next List was announced yesterday and includes THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi in the Top Ten!

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!
Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. readmoreremove

Guinness World Records Day 2018

Do your stretches and start practicing that Rubik’s Cube, because today is Guinness World Records Day 2018!

Guinness World Records Day is a global celebration that inspires people to discover their true potential. This year’s GWR Day will take place on Thursday, November 8th, but you can be a part of the record-breaking fun anytime by trying out these challenges (download below)!

Click to download

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2019 and GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: Gamer’s Edition 2019 are both available now.

Nassau County Book Buzz Highlights (11/7/18)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming Adult + YA titles during the Nassau County Book Buzz. If you  weren’t able to attend, here’s the goods:

Adult
YA
css.php