LibraryReads 2016 Voting Deadlines

LibraryReads 2016 Voting Deadlines

We know you’re busy choosing your 2015 LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites,” but it’s never too early to think about the next monthly list. Here are the 2016 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines: Nominations for January 2016 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2015 AND January 2016 titles) are due November 20, 2015 Nominations for February […]

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St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

Our friends at St. Martin’s Press have put together two fabulous debut chapter samplers just for you! The samplers are available for direct download on Edelweiss (and each have a corresponding Edelweiss collection) and are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley. Spring/Summer 2015 titles include: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (an August 2015 LibraryReads pick!) […]

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

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

Friday 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 […]

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Friday Reads: Entangled Edition

Friday Reads: Entangled Edition

Happy Friday, friends! Today we’ve got two Entangled Teen titles waiting for you to download over at Net Galley! LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES by Shannon Alexander A love story in the vein of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. High school senior Charlie Hanson is a rising physics star bound for MIT when he falls […]

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Become a Fan of Fangirl

Become a Fan of Fangirl

There are only two types of librarians reading this post right now, FANGIRL fans and librarians who have yet to read FANGIRL. Let's get everyone into the former category.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now that they’re going to college, Wren doesn’t want to be roommates so Cath is on her own. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and she can’t stop worrying about her dad.

For Cath, the question is: is she ready to start living her own life or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction?

 

 

UPDATE! FOUR STARRED REVIEWS FOR FANGIRL:

"The novel’s brilliance comes from Rowell’s reimagining of a coming-of-age story’s stock characters (the reclusive writer, the tough-talking friend, the sweet potential boyfriend) as dynamic and temperamental individuals—which adroitly parallels Cath’s own fan-fiction writing process. [...] Absolutely captivating." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice. [...] Touching and utterly real." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The plot is multilayered and filled with complex subjects (such as divorce, abandonment, and mental illness) handled in a realistic manner, and the writing effortlessly and seamlessly weaves these threads together. This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter." School Library Journal (starred review)

"This is an epic writ small; the magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell's incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling, and triumphant relationships. Fans of Eleanor & Park (2013) and other bookish, nerdy types will thrill at finding such a fantastic and lasting description of one of their own." Booklist (starred review)

In Uncharted Pages:

Uncharted Fangirl

Get an E-Galley:

If you're already whitelisted you can download an e-galley from Edelweiss now!

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If you're not yet whitelisted (instructions here) or if you need a kindle-compatible file, I can make you a unique pre-approved download link from NetGalley. Here's how to get one:

1. Register for NetGalley.

2. Send me: 1. your login e-mail address and 2. your current library of employment. Please send the e-mail from your professional/library-issued e-mail address with the subject: FANGIRL LINK.

I will be in the office until 12:30EDT on Friday. If you send your request after that I will fulfill it next week.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you!

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Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Offer

Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Offer

It's Friiiidaaaaay! And that can only mean ONE THING: #FridayReads!

Here's a look at what Talia and I will be reading this fine summer weekend.

Talia's hitting a beach bar at happy hour with...

LADIES' NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews

Lifestyle blogger Grace Stanton's life gets torpedoed after she drives her cheating husband's pricey sports car into the family swimming pool. She's ordered to attend 'divorce recovery' group therapy sessions, but soon Grace and the rest of the women ditch the unhelpful therapist and move their Wednesday 'Ladies' Night' sessions to a rundown beach bar.

Ali's sleeping with the lights on because of...

LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. Ebba Segerberg

This is a creepy collection of horror short stories, one of which continues the unforgettable story begun in the internationally acclaimed vampire classic, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

And what about you? If you're still looking for your perfect weekend read, we recommend you head over to NetGalley and request THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon. You will be approved. Details here!

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Download The Bone Season Now!

Download The Bone Season Now!

Librarians, the Bloomsbury USA team is eager to approve your NetGalley requests for Samantha Shannon's epic futuristic debut, THE BONE SEASON! This is book one in a seven part saga that will appeal to both teen and adult Fantasy readers.

In the year 2059 several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others' minds. When Paige is arrested and sent to the prison for clairvoyants she is assigned to a Rephaite keeper who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master and her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

Check out the book trailer on YouTube.

"Not only has Shannon dynamically and shrewdly imagined every element of this spooky yet earthy world-at-war, from its unforgiving hierarchy to vile if essential herbal concoctions, encounters with monstrous predatory creatures, and the terror of 'spirit combat,' she has also tapped into the timeless wellsprings of fear and prejudice, repression and resistance. The result is a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom." —Booklist (starred review)

Download the e-galley:

Request THE BONE SEASON from its NetGalley page (link). So long as you have your title and current employer in your profile bio, you will be approved. Please contact me if you have any trouble!

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While you're waiting for approval you can start by reading an excerpt on THE BONE SEASON Facebook page.

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Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Hook Up

Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Hook Up

Happy Friday, party librarians! It's that time of the week in which we like to share with you what we're currently reading.

Talia's loving THE FAITHFUL EXECUTIONER: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F. Harrington. In fact, she selected a passage from the beginning of the book for her excerpt pick in our newsletter last week:

"Ultimately he intended to become, like his father, a master in the practice of 'special interrogation' (i.e., torture) and in the art of efficiently dispatching a condemned soul in the manner prescribed by law, using methods that ranged from the common execution with the rope, to the less frequent death by fire or by drowning, to the infamous and exceptionally rare drawing and quartering.

"Today Meister Heinrich was testing Frantz on the most difficult-and most honorable-of all forms of execution, death by the sword, or beheading." 

ufo coverI just started UFO HUNTERS: Book One by William J. Birnes. I've never actually seen the UFO Hunters TV show on HISTORY, but I looove reading about everyday people encountering the unexplainable or, even better, the suspiciously explained. Get whitelisted and download the e-galley of UFO HUNTERS now so we can talk about it.

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On Monday I offered to hook up any librarians with a pre-approved NetGalley download link for ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (one of my Uncharted Pages picks) and the offer still stands! Just e-mail me 1. your title and 2. the e-mail address you use to sign into NetGalley.

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Spring 2013 Debut Chapter E-Sampler for Librarians

Spring 2013 Debut Chapter E-Sampler for Librarians

sampler coverThe excellent team at St. Martin's Press has put together a great chapter sampler of their hot Spring 2013 debuts. And it's only available to librarians!

We would love to have you take a peek at the work of these new writers and give them a chance in your libraries. 

Download the sampler from Netgalley now: http://bit.ly/Spring2013Sampler

**Expect approval in 24-48 hours. Be sure your professional information is included in your profile!

Titles include:

THE WEIGHT OF A HUMAN HEART by Ryan O'Neill
REVIVER by Seth Patrick
FOAL PLAY by Kathryn O'Sullivan
CLAWS OF THE CAT by Susan Spann
FLAT WATER TUESDAY by Ron Irwin
THE LAST LINE by Anthony Shaffer and William H. Keith
THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE by Kelly Harms
SON OF ZEUS by Noble Smith
PAINTED HANDS by Jennifer Zobair
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen
MURDER, SHE RODE by Holly Menino
THE CARETAKER by A .X. Ahmad
CUT THRUOGH BONE by Alaric Hunt

Let us know what you think of the new kids! 

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