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LibraryReads List

June 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. You can request 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!

Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
ISBN 9780062290397

 

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Indie Next List

May edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the May 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, not currently available on NetGalley:

The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis
ISBN 9781571313478

Church of Marvels: A Novel by Leslie Parry
ISBN 9780062367556

The Bone Tree: A Novel by Greg Iles
ISBN 9780062311115

Where They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
ISBN 9780062225467

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
ISBN 9781908313867

The Green Road: A Novel by Anne Enright
ISBN 9780393248210

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The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in June 2015

As we move towards summer, publishers are spicing up their lists with some early beach reads. Not that beach-reading has to be just for blockbusters; getting some quality time to read without interruption is perfect for all kinds of books – and this month’s selection is sure to make you wish for languorous hours by the glistening pool.

Our Book of the Month is the filthy, funny and utterly captivating I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy – sure to be a massive hit. It is backed up with some incredible YA novels, two thrillers you won’t want to miss, a blistering SF debut, and three novels that are already getting some serious attention (especially Laura Barnett’s The Versions of Us). Get requesting while dreaming of your perfect holiday reads!

Book of the Month

I Take You
Eliza Kennedy
Jonathan Cape
UK edition

Set to become a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, I Take You is a pitch perfect, hilarious and genre-defining comedy that mixes the classic with the contemporary. The set-up sounds familiar – Lily Wilder has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé, but is she ready to settle down? – however the execution is far from expected. Lily is a dream of a character, booze-soaked and self-assured, and following her will-she-won't-she journey to the altar is a hugely enjoyable romp, as well as a sly comment on sexual politics, monogamy and societal pressures on women. Serious fun.

The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
W&N
UK edition
Aus edition

The question “What if?” Is probably one of the most posed in all of literature. What would have happened had someone done something differently one day? How different would things really be? In The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett asks these questions based on a single meeting in 1958 between two students, Eva and Jim. There are three possible outcomes, and each one brings with it something vital, surprising and engaging. Already picked up for a television deal, this is going to be one of those huge breakout books in the vein of Life after Life and One Day.

The House of Hidden Mothers
Meera Syal
Doubleday
UK edition

It’s been almost twenty years since Anita and Me became an instant bestseller – and sixteen years since its equally well-received follow up, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee – but finally, Meera Syal returns to the novel. And it’s everything one could hope for – tender, often wildly funny and ultimately devastating. Shyama is forty-four and in love with a younger man. Together they want a child, and it looks like they might have found the answer in Mala, a young woman who has escaped from an oppressive marriage. But is everything as perfect as it sounds? Can both women find the happiness they crave?

All Together Now
Gill Hornby
Little, Brown
UK edition

Gill Hornby’s first novel, The Hive, was one of the most talked about and intriguing novels of recent years–and her follow up is sure to delight fans of that first book. The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, the town seems to have lost its heart. Can a choir really help to bring the community back together? This is a novel with real heart and one that can’t fail to warm the spirit.

Tightrope
Simon Mawer
Little, Brown
UK edition

Simon Mawer is one of the most consistently surprising and unusual of British writers. His novel The Glass Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009, and his most recent book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky was an international bestseller. His new novel is a superbly crafted Cold War spy story. Time and place are vividly and exactingly realised, and his tale of the double life of Marian Sutro – caught between loyalties to her war-time past, and her uncertain present – is never anything less than utterly compelling.

The Man Who Watched Women
Hjorth & Rosenfeldt
Cornerstone
UK edition

Of all the Scandi-crime imports of the last few years, The Bridge remains – with respect to The Killing – the most acute, unusual and insightful. Its creator has now turned his attention to the page, and The Man Who Watched Women is every bit as complex and addictive as his television work. This is the first outing for psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman as, against the backdrop of a Stockholm heatwave, he tries to uncover the truth about a series of murders, only to find himself implicated in their violence. Stunning.

Dark Run
Mike Brooks
Del Rey
UK edition

For those who like their adventure fast-paced, exciting and with a healthy dose of wit, Dark Run is an absolute must. Captain Ichabod Drift and a varied cast of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers search the vastness of space aboard the Keiko. They only talk about the next job, and never the past. Until Drift is blackmailed into an assignment that threatens all of their lives. It’s a job so dangerous, no one can know they’re even doing it. What they call a dark run…

Phoenix Rising
Bryony Pearce
Stripes Publishing
UK edition

Award-winning Bryony Pearce returns with the first of a new YA trilogy set in a future world where fossil fuels have run out, and democracy has collapsed. Toby has been on the run for as long as he can remember, his father a wanted man. Now aboard ragtag ship called the Phoenix, he longs for peace. However, an old enemy is hot on their trail. There seems no hope, until he meets Ayla…

It's About Love
Steven Camden
HarperCollins Children's
UK edition

From the hugely popular author of Tape, this very special YA novel has that secret, indefinable ingredient which makes writers such as John Green such a phenomenon. This is the story of Luke and Leia, who unlike in Star Wars are not brother and sister, but are meant for each other. At least it appears so. But like in Star Wars, there are monsters everywhere – from the past in this case. And the past can be a scary place…

The Fire Children
Lauren Roy
Ravenstone
UK edition

Yulla has spent her life in the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness and forbidden to venture to the surface world. But curiosity gets the better of her and she steals above ground. There she witnesses the abduction of one of the Fire Children – those given permission to leave the caverns – and is thrown into a struggle that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. An electrifying, tense and often terrifying novel.

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: Stacy Alesi’s BookBitch.com
Blog URL: http://stacyalesi.com
Your name: Stacy Alesi

Can you explain the different features of BookBitch.com and what genres you primarily focus on?

There are two primary features; reviews and giveaways. I personally review mostly crime fiction, romance, books that appeal to book clubs, and cookbooks. I also cover food writing, occasional memoirs, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. I have other reviewers who contribute reviews of dystopian fiction, Young Adult, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and pretty much anything else that they want.

Each month I do a giveaway of autographed thrillers in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. One lucky winner gets anywhere from 8-12 books or so, all signed by the authors, and what’s even more special about this giveaway is that it is open to anyone over the age of 18 anywhere in the world. I’ve had winners from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and of course North America. I also do other giveaways sporadically throughout the month, and occasionally feature guest bloggers.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

I am one of the original book bloggers, I’ve been online since 1998! I originally started the site as a way to keep track of books I had read, way before LibraryThing or Goodreads, and it just sort of grew from there. About a year after I started, I was contacted by a publisher (who has since been swallowed up by ever bigger publishers) and asked if I would give away their books on my website and the rest, as they say, is history. I wish I would have kept better track of how many books I’ve given away over the years, but it is easily in the thousands.

Since you’ve been blogging for such a substantial amount of time, how has the book blogging landscape changed over the last 15 years?

The biggest change is how many people are blogging about books now. When I started I had never even heard of a book blog, and truth be told, the closest thing to a “blog” was probably called a “weblog” back then. According to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the word “blog” appeared in 1999 (that’s my inner geek librarian peeking out.) My first website was a free site on Geocities.

Now there are what seems like hundreds of book blogs. There are blogs for every type of reader, every genre, for ebooks, for librarians, booksellers and well, anything and everything to do with books. A lot of blogs are very commercial, with tons of ads, and that’s something I’ve kept away from. I never wanted to feel beholden to anyone or any company for a review, much less a positive review, so I just keep my head down and do what I do without any interference. I’ve also mentored some book bloggers – Lesa Holstine started out reviewing for my site and now has a very successful blog of her own, and Becky LeJeune still submits reviews for my site, but her own blog is growing as well.

For other book bloggers who have contributors, or are thinking of adding contributors, can you offer some insight into how you manage multiple Reviewers and how books are assigned?

For the most part, my reviewers read whatever they want and submit their reviews as they can. I do receive many review requests every day, and when something looks like it may appeal to one of my reviewers, I will ask if they are interested. It is their decision, even after receiving a book, whether or not they want to review it. It took me many, many years to finally be able to put a book down without finishing it (and I never review a book I haven’t read completely) so I don’t impart a different standard on my reviewers. Ideally, I would like enough content to post something new every day, so having contributing reviewers helps meet that goal.

Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah was a terrific surprise, it was very different from her previous books. I have enjoyed all of her books, but this one was truly special. In a lighter vein, I also really enjoyed The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, and will be submitting a review shortly.

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What title on NetGalley are you excited to read next?

I just requested Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay, he’s one of my favorite thriller writers. I have a couple on my immediate to-be-read list though, Memory Man by David Baldacci and The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer, and they are already on my Kindle. I’ve even been reading on my iPhone – I never mind having to wait in line anywhere!

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How has being a NetGalley member and having access to digital galleys impacted your blogging and reviewing?

It just makes it so much more convenient! Publishers can email me a widget for a book they’d like reviewed and a couple of clicks later, I’m reading. Plus it saves time; I can hear about a book, find it on NetGalley, read it and review it all in the same day. It’s immediate gratification that I have come to take for granted.

How do you feel your additional librarian and bookseller experience has helped shape your blog and your reviews?

I’ve been working with the reading public for almost twenty years now, and reviewing professionally for about 15 years. I reviewed for Library Journal for over ten years, and for Booklist for the past several years, and all those book are assigned. So for my blog, I try to read and review titles that I feel my readers and my library patrons will want to know about. Recently that happened with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It was wonderful to hear about a book that was garnering so much buzz, find it on NetGalley, download it and read it. I was ready for my patrons when it hit the NY Times bestseller list. On the other end of the spectrum, I love finding those books that may be under the radar, like The Organ Broker by Stu Strumwasser or Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge, both debut novels that I can recommend to those ravenous readers that constantly need to find new authors.

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If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, because frankly, that was the point of that book and I thought Ray Bradbury was a genius. I much prefer being asked which one book I would bring to a desert island, and that would be À La Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust, in the original French. I studied French all through school and have forgotten most of it, but I think if I had nothing to do but read Proust, I would eventually be able to get through it. It would keep me busy for sure!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our members?

I have been an avid reader all my life, and to be able to share books that I love with readers is a dream come true. It’s also an honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously. Nothing makes me happier than when someone reads a book on my recommendation and then shoots me an email to tell me how much they enjoyed it. I even cherish those comments from readers who hate a book I recommended – at least they are reading! Anyone who is passionate about what they read, even if they don’t agree with me, is a person I would be honored to know, and my blog is a great vehicle for meeting new readers.

Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Stacy!

Please make sure to check out Stacy Alesi’s BookBitch.com and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight.

Would you like to nominate your blog, or a blog you admire, to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight series?
Fill out this form.

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We’re excited to start sharing author interviews with our community, in partnership with Feedbooks.

Emily Schultz

Interviewed by Lara Touitou - Emily Schultz is a Canadian writer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-founder of the literary journal Joyland. The Blondes is her third novel and was one of the finalists for the Trillium Book Award.

The Blondes by Emily Schultz

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The Blondes is published in the US by Thomas Dunne Books

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The protagonist, Hazel, writes a thesis about women's looks and how they can be perceived. With the virus impacting only blonde women, the increasing climate of defiance against women is chilling in its resemblance with our own world. Is the novel itself a way to hold up a mirror to society's distorted depiction and representation of women?

I like to think of writing more like a radar than a mirror. We should be scanning and looking for these turns in our culture early. As I was writing The Blondes I was looking for situations that seemed realistic, even within my outlandish premise, and I did not have to look far.

The Blondes can be seen as a dystopia, or speculative fiction, all the while being also literary fiction, with references to pop culture. How meaningful is it for you to explore different genres?

I love playing with genre. Movies like Hitchcock’s The Birds or Cronenberg’s Rabid influenced this work, but so did novels like Camus’ The Plague. As I think about it, I am realizing I have a lot of French influences. Catherine Breillat is one of my favorite filmmakers and is always exploring ideas of beauty and femininity using dark humor. Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day was also an influence and both are great examples of women who look at genre through a feminist perspective.

How did you decide that the narration would consist of Hazel addressing her unborn child?

I had not yet been pregnant when I began the book—but being in my mid-30s then it was very much on my mind and I was trying to decide if motherhood would fit into my life. Writing The Blondes contributed to my decision. I became pregnant and had my son during the writing of this novel. I really didn’t talk to my abdomen, but a lot of women told me they did. For Hazel, I felt a personal story had to ground the more fantastical and dystopic elements, and that walking around the cabin talking to herself (or her soon-to-be baby) was one way to do that. She leads the reader through chaos, so it was important to hear her voice. I also thought it was important to show how a woman, her goals and sense of self, changes throughout the various stages of pregnancy, which is why Hazel could easily have not become a mother early on, but is very committed later. And on a very basic, technical level, it was a solution to have an isolated character be able to converse.

Although a part of the novel is set in a chalet in Canada, the first part is set in New York where Hazel works on her thesis. There is notably an arresting passage about Hazel's mental map of New York, built from memories, imagination and movies. How does the city, and urban landscape in general, in every shape and form, resonate with your work?

Even though I’ve now lived in New York for five years, writing The Blondes was still challenging because New Yorkers are a distinct culture of people, and it was hard to get the voices (and the actions) of the characters right. Strangers interact a lot more here than in Canada or the American Midwest, but connections are fleeting. By making Hazel a bit of a tourist, she still sees New York with a romanticized vision when the blonde disease begins to change the people around her. In horror movies, and especially plague narratives, the characters are always fleeing the city to try to get to the country where it will somehow be safer. I wanted to explore that dynamic too.

You publish your own literary magazine, Joyland. Do you feel it has an influence on your writing as a novelist?

To be constantly reading new work by others is inspiring. Joyland is organized by city, so that the work is showcased in a regional manner. I started the website with my husband, Brian Joseph Davis who is best known for his project The Composites. We were traveling a lot at the time and meeting writers from elsewhere. We liked the idea of being able to peer in on a writing community somewhere else, and that was what we wanted to accomplish with the magazine.

To read more interviews please visit the Feedbooks interview archive, and stay tuned for your favorite authors!

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NetGalley goes to the London Book Fair!

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The sun shone boldly on to the glass roof of Olympia, as the London Book Fair went back to the future last week. Moved from its recent home of Earls Court, the Fair relocated to its previous premises – with most of those present happy with the big, airy spaces and palpable buzz in the main hall. It took some getting used to – many people took a while to find their own stands, let alone other publishers! – but the overwhelming consensus was that this was a positive and exciting show.

Getting all of publishing together is a mammoth task, and it was fascinating to see, once again, how indie authors and publishers are increasingly taking this opportunity to draw attention to their books. There were many interesting talks and discussions going on at the Author HQ, as well as poetry, author interviews and a focus on work coming out of Mexico, the featured country this year.

There was no real book of the fair – one title that dominated rights deals from around the world – but all the publishers I talked to said that there were some really interesting titles being sold and discussed. Perhaps the biggest and most boisterous moment, however, was not in the deals being struck, but the appearance of Conchita Wurst at the John Blake stand. Apparently her appearance caused one high-profile book person to turn into a star-struck schoolboy!

As for NetGalley, we were very busy indeed, meeting with new and existing publishers. We also managed to sign a deal with a very exciting publisher, which will be announced soon – it’s a great addition to NetGalley’s UK portfolio, and one we know you will love.

Now that the stands have been taken down and the postcards and tote bags put in storage, it’s now all eyes on Book Expo America. Come and say hi at our booth between May 27 and May 29th!

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Cover Love

April Edition

Spring is in the air and beautiful covers are blooming! Here are some cover designs breathing new life into our TBR pile this month, including YOUR top-loved cover this month – A WHOLE NEW WORLD by Liz Braswell!

Click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve already read these titles don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pub Date Apr 7 2015

Random House Children's

Pub Date May 12 2015

Shari Arnold

Pub Date Apr 7 2015

Disney Press

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LibraryReads List

May 2015 list

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. You can request 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!

Additional LibraryReads titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
ISBN 9780062190376

 

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Why Book Reviews Matter & How to Write Them

We’re always talking with our members and publishers to find out how they use NetGalley, and what is important to them when it comes to finding titles, reading them, providing Feedback. Recently some of you told us that you would like some tips on how to write a book review and what happens once you submit your review to the publisher via NetGalley.

First, I’d like to start with why your reviews are important to the success of the book and the author. Since most titles on NetGalley are pre-pub and not even yet on sale, publishers are making them available for a very specific purpose: to gain feedback and insight from you–professional readers and influencers. These reviews will later help inform consumers, too.

Publishers (and authors!) really love a thoughtful, insightful, meaningful review. They can be used in many ways: as a blurb on the printed galley or final book jacket, in marketing/advertising materials, to help build a blog tour or other online promotions, to spur excitement in-house and with sales reps, etc. Don’t take our word for it–here are a few anecdotes straight from our publishers (and scroll down for some tips for meaningful reviews, too!):

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