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SOURDOUGH + DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 = September 2017 LibraryReads picks!

HUZZAH! Both SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan and DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence are September 2017 LibraryReads picks!

SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan

“Having launched himself with MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist in first fiction with best-book and Alex Award claims to fame, Sloan here keeps his San Francisco setting but makes his main subject bread. Lois Clary, a software engineer at an ambitious robotics company called General Dexterity, is bequeathed a sourdough starter by her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurateurs when they leave town fast owing to visa problems. Soon she’s baking up a storm and confounding the jury that decides who can sell in Bay Area markets by dreaming up her own market blending food and technology.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

“This inventive novel, from the author of MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE (2012), is filled with crisp humor and weird but endearing characters…At once a parody of startup culture and a foodie romp, Sourdough is an airy delight, perfect for those who like a little magic with their meals, as in Laura
Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate (1992).”–Booklist, starred review

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

“Library lovers will dig the apropos subject headings she gives each letter; fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic (“I’m putting you in a Little Free Library”) and appreciate her book’s final, readers’-advisory-informed section of superb reading lists of all sorts…clever, heartfelt, and often-funny…Someday, somewhere, a book addressed in a loving letter might be one of hers: Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, thanks for the lovely reminder of the ways we find ourselves in books.”—Booklist, starred review

“This book should appeal to readers who are looking for the next Texts from Jane Eyre, or those who enjoyed that concept but don’t especially like texting. It will also attract anyone who, upon walking into someone’s house, first side-eyes the bookshelves and instantly judges. VERDICT Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

GLASS HOUSES + EMMA IN THE NIGHT = August 2017 LibraryReads picks!

HUZZAH! Both GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny and EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker are August 2017 LibraryReads picks!

 

 

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

A Library Journal Summer Fiction pick!

“A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It’s Three Pines as you have never seen it before.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Penny has a permanent spot on that enviable short list of writers who combine unwavering quality with mega-sales.” — Booklist, starred review

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

An August Indie Next List selection!

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

For Your Consideration: August 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. But, legally, all he can do is watch and wait. “Penny has a permanent spot on that enviable short list of writers who combine unwavering quality with mega-sales.” — Booklist, starred review

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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
Two starred reviews for bestselling and LibraryReads author Walker’s new thriller about two missing sisters and what happens when only one returns. “Walker’s second thriller delves into dark territory, pitting a fully dimensional cast of clever, damaged characters against each other in high-stakes mind games. Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

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GONE GULL by Donna Andrews
In the 21st entry in this series, Meg Langslow is helping her grandmother at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center for the summer when a body turns up. “Fans will find all the beloved hallmarks of this award-winning series: fresh characters, an engaging puzzle, and delightful humor.” — Library Journal

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GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
The debut PI murder mystery from Goldman features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags. “Emmy Award-winning writer Goldman (for Seinfeld and Ellen), who began his career as a stand-up comedian, not surprisingly blends his storytelling with irreverent humor. His tough yet vulnerable PI, evocative Minneapolis setting, and clever plot, which features a distinctive crime scene and multiple red herrings, will engage and intrigue.” — Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month
BONUS: Read our Q&A with Matt Goldman!

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For Your Consideration: June 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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*Nominations are due April 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
In this new edge-of-your-seat thriller from Edgar finalist and LibraryReads author Paul Doiron, Mike Bowditch delves into a long buried investigation to uncover a dangerous secret. “Mike Bowditch back stirring things up in KNIFE CREEK. @pauldoiron writes one of the best mystery series around.” — Janet Lockhart, Collection Development Librarian, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh NC

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DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
The second book in the Wayward Children series, following the April 2016 LibraryReads pick, EVERY HEART A DOORWAY has three starred reviews! This standalone dark novel suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy explores what happened to Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Thrust into a world of monsters and mad scientists, the twin girls find something they thought they’d never experience: choice. “McGuire’s exquisitely written fairy tale is about the choices that can alter the course of a life forever, lost innocence, and what it is to love and be loved.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack
From the award-winning author of THE MEMORY PAINTER comes a sweeping and suspenseful tale of fate and fortune about an antiquities appraiser at a Manhattan auction house who discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, that references a priceless tarot deck and a two-thousand-year-old secret. “THE FORTUNE TELLER by Womack filled with brave women, books, libraries, and mystical qualities, easy rec for librarians and readers!” — Andrienne Cruz, Adult Services Librarian, Azusa City Library, Azusa CA

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NORMAL is a November 2016 LibraryReads pick!

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

Available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux on November 29.

See the complete November 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.

LibraryReads 2016 “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Now Open

LR favorite of favoritesLovely 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

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating!

LibraryReads 2017 Voting Deadlines

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Here are the 2017 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines:

Nominations for January 2017 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2016 AND January 2017 titles) are due November 20, 2016
Nominations for February 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due December 20, 2015
Nominations for March 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due January 20, 2017
Nominations for April 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due February 20, 2017
Nominations for May 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due March 20, 2017
Nominations for June 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due April 20, 2017
Nominations for July 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due May 20, 2017
Nominations for August 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due June 20, 2017
Nominations for September 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due July 20, 2017
Nominations for October 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due August 20, 2017
Nominations for November 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due September 20, 2017

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

Wondering what this is all about? Read our LibraryReads FAQ to become an instant expert!

LJ’s Summer Promise — Debut Novels

LJ debuts“Ranging from literary biggies that boomed at BEA to hot genre fiction that got LibraryReads love, the debut novels on this list are backed by [Library Journal] reviews and/or reader interest and are definitely worth reading and recommending.” — Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
Aptly described as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, this heartbreaking story of a 17-year-old who has lived his entire life in Ukraine’s Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children was building interest even before it received “Shout ‘n Share” acclaim.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A man grief-stricken by his wife’s sudden death stumbles around the house, barely tends his children, then opens the front door…and is whacked backward by a huge, decayed-smelling crow, the mystical black embodiment of his sorrow. Winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize; “like a prose poem in its splendid language but with its own swift flow.”

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A federal investigator from Melbourne faces his past; sold to 19 countries and bought for film.

THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
Dead from breast cancer, Joanna DeAngelis cannot find peace; she was bitterly hurt by former lover Ned and drifts between this world and the next, plotting revenge. This darkly fun title was celebrated at “Shout ‘n Share”; sneak-peek comments from booksellers and reviewers suggest it will be popular. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: July 2015 LibraryReads Titles

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*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

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BADLANDS by C.J. Box
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.”Booklist, starred review
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

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AFTER THE STORM
by Linda Castillo

A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.

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THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
The bond between sisters runs deep, especially when murder is involved… “Stevens’s fourth thriller weaves such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
Using the early days of the U.S. space exploration program as a backdrop, Johncock’s “impressive”* debut laces fact with fiction to tell the tale of Jim Harrison, an Air Force test pilot turned astronaut, his wife, Grace, and their gravely ill two-year-old daughter, Florence. “A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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St. Martin’s First – Winter 2015 E-Sampler

SMPW15samplerFriday Free Day Alert! Our buds at St. Martin’s Press have put together this fabulous debut chapter sampler just for you!

SMP has established the careers of countless bestselling authors over the years, and you can find out who is next with St. Martin’s First!

The sampler is available for direct download on ISSUU and is a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

Titles include:

A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (a February 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
DAUGHTER OF GODS AND SHADOWS by Jayde Brooks
PRETTY UGLY by Kirker Butler

Happy Reading!

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