Amanda Hocking made headlines when her self-published Trylle trilogy sold millions of e-copies. And when St. Martin’s Press re-released the trilogy in print, it spent a combined total of 23 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, reaching as high as #2. In FROSTFIRE, the first book in Hocking’s magical new YA series, readers […]
For Your Consideration: April LibraryReads titles
The March LibraryReads list may have just been announced (thank you to everyone who voted for PRECIOUS THING!!!), but we're already excited about April's potential picks. With February being such a short month and the Winter Olympics distracting us from reading time, the March 1 deadline to nominate April 2014 publications will be here faster than Shani Davis can break a new speedskating record!
Here's the inside track on our hot April titles:
KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline
In New York Times bestselling author Scottoline's latest standalone, Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, when they get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail Ryan’s future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. When a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose them, Jake must do anything he can to prevent the further unraveling of his family.
THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
When Declan O Donnell flees his troubled life on land by setting out on the Pacific Ocean in his boat, the Plover, he discovers something much more interesting than the solitude he sought. "Doyle (editor, Portland Magazine) has written a novel in the adventurous style of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson but with a gentle mocking of their valorization of the individual as absolute. Readers will enjoy this bracing and euphoric ode to the vastness of the ocean and the unexpectedness of life." — Library Journal, starred review
SEDITION by Katharine Grant
In this "...witty, dark, and sophisticated tale" (Publishers Weekly, starred review), four nouveau rich fathers make their five marriageable daughters learn to play the piano in an effort to attract men and marry well. However, the girls' lascivious (and French) piano teacher has an education beyond music in his plans. "[A] fun, lascivious gambol through the lives of women and men with decidedly carnal appetites... Suggest to fans of Sarah Dunant and Sarah Waters." — Booklist
DESTROYER ANGEL by Nevada Barr
In the next book in Barr's New York Times bestselling Anna Pigeon series, a camping trip in Minnesota goes harrowingly wrong when Anna's friends are taken hostage by armed thugs. "Once again, Barr lays down a riveting mystery and permeates the pages with scrupulous descriptions of Anna's struggle with the cold, with the night, and with the terror and fear of not rescuing her friends." — Library Journal, starred review
DON'T EVER LOOK BACK by Daniel Friedman
In this "alternately humorous and moving sequel" (Publishers Weekly) to the Edgar Award-nominated debut DON'T EVER GET OLD, feisty octogenarian Buck Schatz is trying to close the case on some unsolved robberies from his past.
'TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Lauren Francis-Sharma
This buzzed about debut novel is a glorious and moving multi-generational, multicultural saga that begins in the 1940s and sweeps through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States. "Why the buzz: Voice, Voice, Voice! A story that takes you places you have never been and will stay with you forever." — Publishers Weekly, ABA's Winter Institute 9 round-up
MIMI MALLOY AT LAST by Julia MacDonnell
An April 2014 Indie Next pick! "MacDonnell captures perfectly the family dynamics between sisters, mothers, and daughters, as if she were sitting in on their gab sessions, taking copious notes. For readers who enjoy Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, this is a highly engaging family chronicle, with a healthy dose of Irish history laced in as well." — Booklist
THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay
The internationally bestselling author of SARAH'S KEY returns with another absorbing novel about a young writer who, while digging into his family’s deeply buried secrets, finds the key to his future.
For more April LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!
Backlist Bestsellers: Fiction!
Today we feel like tossing some confetti around for ten of our chart-topping, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping backlist novels and we thought you might wanna GET IN ON THIS PAR-TAY!
The following is our top ten list of mighty fine backlist fiction in order of bestseller-ness:
1. WOLF HALL
by Hilary Mantel
A BOOK ABOUT WOLVES IN HALLS, PEOPLE. Just kidding! Or am I...? In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power.
2. THE AMERICAN HEIRESS
by Daisy Goodwin
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash becomes the Duchess of Wareham where nothing is as it seems.
3. SARAH'S KEY
by Tatiana de Rosnay
A mesmerizing story in which a tragic past (Paris, 1942) unfolds, the present is torn apart, and the future is irrevocably altered.
4. THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
by Matthew Quick
"Aawww shucks!" Nancy Pearl said. "I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel [...] This book makes me smile."
5. A DOG'S PURPOSE
by W. Bruce Cameron
The remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives.
6. NIGHT ROAD
by Kristin Hannah
A heartbreaking novel that captures both the pain of loss and the power of hope.
7. THE MARRIAGE PLOT
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? (Spoiler alert: they're not/there can be and this book proves it.)
8. ONLY TIME WILL TELL
by Jeffrey Archer
The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.
9. SUMMER RENTAL
by Mary Kay Andrews
Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month that might just give it to them.
10. THOSE IN PERIL
by Wilbur Smith
A matchless storytelling that bears on the violent, ruthless world of twenty-first-century piracy.
Kirkus Says Buy and Borrow Macmillan!
The critics of Kirkus Reviews have delivered their verdicts on today's bestselling books (Critics' Takes on Bestsellers) and for each book it comes down to one recommendation: buy, borrow, or skip.
And what final judgment hath the Kirkus jury passed upon the bestselling Macmillan titles? Buy and borrow, baby!
Revenge is a Dish Best Served Baked!
We've drooled over Jessica Beck's Donut Shop Mysteries with you before, and we're (unsurprisingly) back at it.
Yesterday Talia noticed POWERED PERIL, the latest installment in this delicious series featuring a small-town baker turned amateur sleuth, made the New York Times mass market fiction extended bestsellers list!
"An astute sleuth and an appealing smalltown setting help make this a winner, along with tempting donut recipes interspersed throughout." -Publishers Weekly on KILLER CRULLERS
"This delicious new mystery/recipe series will give readers some serious doughnut cravings." -Publishers Weekly on GLAZED MURDER
You've been warned.