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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller!

Click on each cover to read the full description, request (or wish for) the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends and followers.

Tell us in the comments below, which covers you’re loving right now, and they could be included in next month’s Cover Love!

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Bookish Valentines for Your Literary Sweetheart

*Brought to you by Bookish (a NetGalley sister company)!

Can’t find the words to express your love to your bookish valentine? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten Valentine’s Day cards that will make the literature lover in your life swoon.

Inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey.

Inspired by Sarah Crossan‘s One.

Inspired by Michael Chabon’s Moonglow.

Inspired by V.E. Schwab‘s A Gathering of Shadows.

Inspired by Beverly Jenkins’ Forbidden.

Inspired by W.H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues.”

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NetGalley Author Interview: Cara Putman

From veteran author Cara Putman, Beyond Justice weaves a tale of mystery and suspense as up-and-coming lawyer Hayden McCarthy takes on the government in a controversial wrongful death case.

Beyond Justice

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Pub Date: April 4, 2017
Mystery & Thrillers, Christian
Published by Thomas Nelson - Fiction

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Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership-or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she’s fired by a partner with a vendetta.

Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate’s cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case-or her-die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?

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Library Reads

LibraryReads List

March 2017

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in March that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck
(William Morrow • 9780062563668)

The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler
(Ecco • 9780062469687)

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally
(Melville House • 9781612195971)

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Indie Next List

March edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the March Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

 

Additional Indie Next titles:

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books • 9780735212176)

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow • 9780062356260)

The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler (Ecco • 9780062469687)

Eggshells: A Novel by Caitriona Lally (Melville House • 9781612195971)

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru (Knopf • 9780451493699)

WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press • 9781555977672)

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Librarian's Choice

Librarians' Choice: top 10

Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for February 2017 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.

If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!

Additional Librarians’ Choice Titles:

To the Sea by Christina Dibley
(Pan Macmillan • 9781743547441)

The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
(Black Inc books • 9781863958950)

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Sean Duffy 6) by Adrian McKinty
(Allen & Unwin • 9781781256923)

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Top Ten Books from the UK – March 2017

It’s another exciting month with ten varied choices from all of March’s top titles. There are welcome returns for Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop; Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, as well as the very last instalment in the Geek Girl series. We also have some incredible new discoveries, including our book of the month, the brilliant Stay with Me, and the mind-bending Fever Dream. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
Canongate
UK Edition

Already a favourite with NetGalley members, Stay with Me is a heart-breaking, compelling and engrossing tale of family, desire, marriage and the power of love.

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Set amongst the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, this is an exceptional, richly emotional debut, exploring all aspects of the bonds of love.

 

Fever Dream
Samantha Schweblin
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

Unlike anything you’re likely to read this year, Fever Dream is the first novel from the highly acclaimed Argentinian writer Samantha Schweblin – and it is a stunning work of the imagination. The premise is simple: a terminally ill woman tells the story of her recent life to a boy called David. It is the beginning of terrifying and deeply unsettling journey into maternal love and the strange nature of identity. Once read, never forgotten.

The Little Breton Bistro
Nina George
Abacus
UK Edition

The Little Paris Bookshop is one of the most treasured of recent novels, a huge seller with a huge heart. The Little Breton Bistro is another slice of French delight, a perfect blend of romance, gastronomy and je ne sais quoi. Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage, and after a failed suicide attempt, flees to a tiny Breton port, where she finds the perfect bistro – but will she find the perfect partner?

The Last Act of Hettie Hoffman
Mindy Meija
Quercus
UK edition

A cleverly structured thriller, viewed from three different perspectives, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is a fresh and inventive take on the small town with secrets mystery. Mindy Meija’s debut follows the aftermath of the brutal murder of Hattie Hoffman, a young woman loved by all, and known by none. Local sheriff Del Goodman vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers.

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook
Edited by William Sitwell
Nourish
World Edition

This is the perfect premise for a cookbook: assemble the very best food writers around – Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix and Claudia Roden to name just a few – and ask them one question: what do you cook for the people you love? Their responses are a treasure trove of lip-smacking recipes, all published in one sumptuous volume. 

Forever Geek
Holly Smale
HarperCollins Children's Books
UK Edition

The last ever Geek Girl book brings the series to a dramatic close, with Harriet Manners on an epic journey to Australia. On the trip of a lifetime Down Under, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex, Nick. With early-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, is the fashion world about to turn ugly? It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go. A truly epic finale!

Exit West
Mohsin Hamid
Hamish Hamilton
UK Edition

From one of the most singular and extraordinary voices of our time, comes a story of love, hope and war. Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their love story begins. Before too long, they will need to leave their homeland. They will join the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world. A vital piece of storytelling from the masterly author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Hoffer
Tim Glencross
John Murray Press
UK Edition

Tim Glencross’s first novel, Barbarians, was widely lauded as a scabrous, devilishly funny satire of the world in which we live now. In this follow up, we are once again thrown into the murky world of the super-rich elite – this time with Hoffer as our guide, an establishment man with money worries and a past full of secrets – some of which are now coming back to haunt him. Perfectly constructed and elegantly written, this is a superior thriller.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
HarperFiction
UK Edition

Nikki’s dreams of emancipating the women from the community she left behind as a teenager through a creative writing class look at first to be doomed. The women are barely literate, and do not seem to share her zeal for change. But as they begin to open up to one another, and share the stories of their lives, something seems to be stirring. But not everyone is happy with the results. Funny, touching and thought-provoking, this is a timely novel of crossed-cultures. 

Tattletale
Sarah J Naughton
Trapeze
UK Edition
AU Edition

With so many twists and devastating implications, Tattletale is one of the most compelling and unputdownable thrillers you’ll read this year. Jody is haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. Then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility. Then Abe mysteriously ends up in hospital. Abe’s estranged sister Mags meets Jody and gradually begins to wonder whether all she says is true…

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: The Fairview Review
Blog URL: http://fveslibrary.blogspot.com
Your name: Suzanne Costner

A nice place to start is with your library origin story – how did become the school library media specialist at Fairview Elementary School? Can you briefly explain your role and your favorite aspect of your job?

I have always wanted to be a librarian, and after several years as a classroom teacher, I realized that my favorite activities all revolved around the books I used with my students. So I completed my LMS degree and moved into the library. I had a wonderful mentor in the school where I was teaching, and she helped me with the transition to the nearby school where I am now librarian. I teach a library class for each homeroom once a week, and also have classes schedule extra time to come in for research or other projects. My favorite part of the job is connecting my students with the right books and watching them become avid readers.

How is technology incorporated into your library, for your students but also for yourself and your staff? Do you have any goals for incorporating further technology into your library?

I began the blog as a way to incorporate more technology into the library program. I wanted to offer the students an authentic audience to share book reviews, rather than just writing a book report for the teacher to check off in the gradebook. I’ve had a few students take advantage of the platform, but most are more excited about reading the books rather than writing about them. I’ve slowly been adding MakerSpace activities to the library, and the most popular so far is the green screen. Our plan is to record student book talks, then attach QR codes to the covers of books for other students to access the videos.

I serve as a “tech teacher leader” for my school. Part of the role is to model technology integration for the other teachers, and to offer support as they try to implement new things. We have used the Quiver AR app and Plickers in guidance classes, robotics and computer coding in the library, and apps like Epic! ebooks and Quizlet in classrooms. The big focus lately has been the green screen. I’ve used it to record voter public service announcements with the 5th graders; the 4th grade has recorded math instructional videos on how to solve word problems and also infomercials starring the founding fathers of the original 13 colonies; the basketball teams even came in and made an appreciation video to show the coach at their banquet. I lead training sessions on using online resources, STEM lessons, and equipment like the green screen or document cameras.

Which book(s) would you suggest for a middle grade level reluctant reader?

There are so many great stories that are not thick, intimidating books, so I usually start with those. Series like The Zack Files, Eerie Elementary, or The Imaginary Veterinary are fast-paced and include lots of humor to up their appeal. I also reach for anything that is heavily illustrated or in graphic novel/manga format such as the Dragon Breath, Babymouse, and Amulet series or anything by Doug TenNapel (Cardboard is a big favorite). And then I look for topics that appeal to the students like the I Survived books. Once I find one book they enjoy, it is much easier to say, “If you liked that, then try this.”

How long have you been reviewing books online and why did you start? Do you find reviewing the books helps you better recommend them to students?

I began the blog in June 2013, as something to offer the students in place of writing book summaries or taking AR tests. I wrote out some reviews to show them a sample of what they might do, and became hooked on it. I have always read children’s and YA books to be able to find new titles to use in my classroom or to add to the library, so sharing my thoughts about them was a natural progression. Reviewing definitely helps me think of which student(s) a certain book would be perfect for. It has become a ritual when they come up to the circulation desk, they ask me which of the books in their stack I have already read. And there are several students who come in the door and call across the room, “What should I read next?”

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

My first year in the library I had a family come in for the book fair on a Friday afternoon and the father asked me to help his son find a book. “He hasn’t found anything that he likes since he finished the Harry Potter series,” the dad said. So I showed them The Lightning Thief and told them to take it home and try it over the weekend, and if he didn’t enjoy it, I would exchange it for something else. Monday morning both parents came in and I asked if their son had started the book and did he think he would like it. The mother replied,” Start it! He read the whole thing in one sitting and we’re back for the rest of the series!” And I thought to myself, “The library is where I belong.”

Which upcoming Middle Grade book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about recommending?

Oh, I’m glad you put that (s) on book, because there is no way to pick only one. For fantasy readers I would say Jen Calonita’s Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3). For graphic novel lovers, Gene Luen Yang’s Secrets and Sequences from the Secret Coders series (coding, robots, and graphic novel format all together). If readers enjoy humorous fiction with action, then The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff. And for a bit of suspense/supernatural elements I would say Journey’s End by Rachel Hawkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Round!

The last book that made you smile:

 

 

The Dragon Hunters by James Russell and Link Choi

 

 

Your favorite Storytime book to read:

Anything by Mo Willems. We Are in a Book (with Elephant and Piggie so excited to be the characters in a story), is a great one. My students also love Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements. I think they like listening to me try to read it without getting tongue-tied.

The most popular books in your library right now:

I Survived series, A Series of Unfortunate Events (thanks to the Netflix series), Secret Coders series, and spooky books by Mary Downing Hahn.

And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

I would love to have tea with Anne McCaffrey and talk dragons with her. I periodically go back and read through all the Pern books and remember when I found the first one while I was in middle school. She wrote such a wide range of science fiction/fantasy and I love all the various worlds she imagined and shared with us.

Thanks so much Suzanne, for spending time with us and answering our questions!
Please make sure to check out the The Fairview Review and more Middle Grade available on NetGalley! 

Would you like to nominate someone to be featured in our Reader Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

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Exclusive Interview with Jeff Giles

We’re excited to share this special Q&A with Jeff Giles about his book, The Edge of Everything, and something exciting he’s doing with Quarterly:

This quarter’s box is curated by Jeff Giles, featuring an exclusive, annotated copy of The Edge of Everything, an action-packed fantastical thriller. Also find in the box two more books, handpicked by Giles that inspired him as an author, plus awesome bookish goods — perfect for YA book lovers. (Psst: Act fast, subscribe by January 27th to get this box and use the discount mentioned below.)

NetGalley Author Interview

The Edge of Everything

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Pub Date: Jan 31, 2017
Teens & YA
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I grew up in Massachusetts in a pretty loud, unhappy family, so I spent a lot of time holed up in my room with my baseball cards and my guitar and my fantasy novels. I wasn’t much of a baseball player, and I was really bad at guitar (I still play and I’m STILL bad, actually). So I guess what I’m saying is: writing was the only thing I loved that I didn’t suck at. I tried writing all kinds of things when I was young: plays, song lyrics, short stories, poems. By the time I went to college, I’d decided to try being a journalist. My dream was that I’d write articles for a living until I wrote a novel good enough to be published. That took MANY more years than I thought it would!

What is your favorite novel of all time?

Please don’t make me answer this! It’s too hard to choose!

Let me try this: My favorite YA novel right this second is Still Life with Tornado (A.S. King).
My favorite novel to recommend to “grown-ups” is Bel Canto (Ann Patchett). My favorite funny novel is Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple). My favorite weird novel is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami). My favorite sci fi novel is Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro).

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

I know this will be controversial, but I actually think there are a lot. It usually happens with action and suspense, because those genres are just MADE for the big screen. One really old example is “Jaws.” I’m sure the novel was a fun summer read, but Steven Spielberg’s movie was the first blockbuster and changed Hollywood forever. I won’t say that Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies are BETTER than the Tolkien novels—mostly because I don’t want all your subscribers to hate me—but I do think they’re every bit as good, and maybe even more exciting.

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

J.K. Rowling, because obviously! Charles Dickens, because J.K. Rowling would love to meet him, I bet. And E.M. Forester, because I love his novels—and I think Dickens would feel bad if he were the only dead guy there.

Your debut novel, The Edge of Everything, has a leading female protagonist, how did you get into character and develop her voice throughout the novel?

I began writing the novel while I was living in Brooklyn, and I finished it after we’d moved to Montana, so Zoe is sort of a combination of what I love most about both places: the funny-smart/take-no-crap NYC thing mixed with the outdoorsy, self-reliant western thing. More importantly, my daughter is a big reader, and I knew she’d read the novel some day. There is NO WAY she would approve of a female character who wasn’t tough and brave and badass. Zoe sort of has my sense of humor, but she’s cooler than me in every other way.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Tons! Try to write on a regular schedule. Turn off the WiFi or you won’t get anything done. Read everything you write out loud—both to yourself and others. There’s no better way to tell if something flows and makes sense and if you’re proud of it. Remember that absolutely everyone writes a lot of bad stuff on the way to writing good stuff. Make sure there are enough snacks in the house.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I had so much fun! I wanted to share books about girls with real purpose—and who were in the midst of figuring out who they were. Then I picked some cool odds and ends to make the whole reading experience a little brighter, warmer and more special.

Click here to get Jeff Giles’ Literary YA Box, complete with an exclusive, annotated copy of The Edge of Everything! (Plus! As a NetGalley member, you get an exclusive 10% discount! Just enter the code: NETGALLEY10 at checkout.)

What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

I sent an advance copy of The Edge of Everything on a little “tour” of other YA authors, and they all wrote and doodled all over it and told me what they liked best. One friend, the middle grade author Melanie Conklin, even drew a great picture of my leading man X’s tattooed arm. It was the first piece of fan art I ever got, and it really made me glow.

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How to Start a Book Club

*Brought to you by Bookish (our sister company)!

So, you want to start a book club. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Putting together a book club is trickier than it sounds, but we’re here with some pro tips to help your literary circle thrive.


Focus on the members
One of the reasons why book clubs fail is that members don’t read the material. For your first book club, we recommend starting small and extending an invitation to two or three friends who you know are serious about diving into a new book each month. A small club also means it will be easier to coordinate schedules when it comes time to plan meetings and to find common ground when picking new titles.

Pick the right book
A bad read can be the kiss of death for a book club. Some clubs choose to set a page limit, to ensure everyone has time to read the book and to stop anyone from picking Infinite Jest (which clocks in at over 1,100 pages). Some blacklist genres that few are interested in. But we think the best thing to do is to encourage your members to make thoughtful choices and listen to the other readers. You might find a classic that no one has read, or you might learn that they’d prefer to read new books (in which case a trip to your local indie bookstore could help make the selection easier).

It should go without saying, but don’t force anyone to read a book they don’t want to. If someone takes a hard pass on a book, let them skip that month or be open to changing the selection.

Be flexible
You may want to dive in with meetings twice a month, but that can be tough to schedule if you hope to have all of your members attend. Start by getting together once every 30 days, and don’t fuss over meeting at the same time or day each month. The books and discussion are what really matters, not having a set schedule.

Accept all formats
Kelly likes hardcovers, Kirsten reads paperbacks, Elizabeth loves ebooks, and Catherine prefers library books. So what? Pick books that are easily accessible to all of your readers and let them dive into the story in the format of their choice.

Location, location, location
Bars and restaurants may seem alluring, but are often loud and can make discussions difficult. You want a place that is comfortable, quiet, and welcoming. Very often, the best location for a book club is in the home of one of the members. If that doesn’t work, try a coffee shop or even a park if the weather is nice.

Wine and dine them
Half the fun of a book club is getting to eat and drink with your friends. Whether you have everyone contribute or leave the prep to the host, ensure that each meeting has enough food and drink for everyone. And, of course, be mindful of dietary restrictions and allergies.

Discuss the book
This should go without saying, but book clubs can very quickly turn from a discussion on metaphors and foreshadowing to a catch-up session between old friends. It’s tempting to let the conversation flow organically, but it’s best to be prepared with a list of discussion questions or thought-provoking comments. Many popular book club reads have discussion questions you can find online, or you can ask each member to come up with two questions to pose to the group.

Think outside of the box
The traditional book club structure may not work for you and your group. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. Our editor is in a book club that takes its inspiration from Tequila Mockingbird. They read a book and make the corresponding drink at their monthly meetings. Another member of the Bookish team is in a book club that assigns a theme each month (rather than a single title) and allows members to read a book that they feel fits the theme. If a standard formula works for you, go for it. If you want to try something different, don’t be afraid.

Branch out
Is an author coming to speak at your local bookstore? Take the club on a field trip! Is there a writer’s walking tour in your city? Go for a stroll! Attend library events, go to festivals, and don’t keep your club shackled to a living room.

Have we inspired you to start your own book club? Gather your friends and then browse NetGalley or our winter previews for a look at the best books out this season.

Read more articles by Bookish here!

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