Library Reads

LibraryReads List

November 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in November 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 Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
ISBN: 9781940456362

A Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay
ISBN: 9780425260746

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu
ISBN: 9780374290252

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Indie Next List

November edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the November 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:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
ISBN: 9780062351425

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson
ISBN: 9781581573282

Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
ISBN: 9780062325891

After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
ISBN: 9780060548957

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
ISBN: 9781619025738

American Copper: A Novel by Shann Ray
ISBN: 9781609531218

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: Book Briefs
Blog URL: http://bookbriefs.net
Your name: Michelle @ Book Briefs

Let’s begin with your blogger origin story - how long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

I started blogging in February of 2011, so we are almost at 5 years now… believe it or not!

When I was in my first year of law school, I was constantly reading law cases and “briefing” them. Breaking down what happened, the ruling or outcome of the case, and then also any important law takeaways that the case provided. And I just kept thinking that if I was reading all these law textbooks, I might as well read some fun books to balance out. I have always been a big reader, so young adult books were my way to unwind from classes. It was also right around my first year that I discovered book hauls on YouTube and Goodreads, which led me to finding the book blogging community. I took the idea of case briefing to briefing the books that I read, and Book Briefs took off from there.

What genres and subgenres does your blog focus on? Are there any trends within these that you’re excited to see, or would like to see disappear?

I read all subgenres of young adult and new adult fiction. I will also throw some adult contemporary romances and urban fantasy into the mix as well. But my favorite subgenres to read are young adult and new adult fantasy, mythology, paranormal and contemporary romance.

I am really excited to see new adult branch out into the urban fantasy and paranormal subgenres, and I also always love a good re-imagining (re-telling) story. I think those can get really creative. I would really like to see authors stop with the cruel/absentee parent crutch for their characters. I think it can work if done well, but more and more I am seeing it as an instant justification for a dysfunctional character.

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

NetGalley is great because as a blogger, it allows me to keep track of all upcoming releases in one place. I love being able to search by author, title or publisher. It has helped me stay on top of my favorite series, as well as discover many new favorites.

And I know this might sound crazy, but as much as I love physical books… ebooks rock! My Kindle comes with me everywhere! You just can’t beat having access to 100s of books with you at all times.

What are your favorite covers on NetGalley right now?

Ooh covers… I can talk covers all day! I am so loving:
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And I will leave it at that, but if you ever want to talk covers, you know where to find me…

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

The Summer Marked by Rebekah Purdy (read Michelle’s review here!)

What advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?

Go a little out of your book comfort zone. Use NetGalley, Goodreads and other bloggers to explore a new subgenre or new author that you might not have previously heard of. I have found some of my very favorite indie and small pub authors this way (and favorite kinds of books).

And have a blogging/reading/social media schedule. There is no one size fits all. Just find something that works for you and your life. If you are having trouble with this, you can check out my Blogging on A Time Crunch post series.

Lightning Round!

Your favorite snack to eat while reading:

Chips or Chocolate

Your favorite publishers:

Entangled (Lovestruck, Crush, Embrace) Swoon Reads, HarperCollins, Atria, Macmillan.

Your blog, in 2 sentences:

Book Briefs brings you conversational and honest young adult and new adult reviews, giveaways and bookish news. Featuring the hottest new releases, as well as introducing you to your new favorite “hidden gem” indies.

The 1 book you wish was never-ending:

Ahhh! Such a hard question! This changes from time to time. But at the moment it is Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

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 think I would have to choose Meg Cabot to share a stiffer drink with. 😉 She was one of my favorite authors growing up and I was re-reading her Mediator series for about the 10th time when I decided to start my young adult blog. She is just hilarious! (Dr. Seuss and JK Rowling would be pretty cool too!)

Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Michelle!
Please make sure to check out Book Briefs and New Adult titles available on NetGalley! 

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

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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Top Ten UK Books… coming in November 2015

The last Books of the Month to feature titles solely from 2015 is upon us – it’s amazing how quickly time flies, especially when the books are as good as they have been this year. This month sees a fiction-heavy selection, with old and new names jockeying for position.

At the head of the pack is The Clasp, a debut novel by Sloane Crosley, the author of the much-loved I Was Told There’d be Cake. It’s a brilliant read, and one that more than delivers on the promise of her non-fiction. Elsewhere, there’s the return of one of Britain’s most mercurial talents, Rupert Thomson as well as Numero Zero, a new historical mystery from Umberto Eco. Sticking with the historical, Geraldine Brooks takes us back to the Biblical David in another spellbinding novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Clasp
Sloane Crosley
Cornerstone
UK Edition
US Edition

When three university friends – Nathaniel, Kezia and Victor – are reunited at a wealthy friend’s wedding, they soon fall into their old ways: Victor loves Kezia, Kezia loves Nathaniel, Nathaniel loves Nathaniel. It’s the same-old, same-old until a legendary necklace unwittingly sets off a bizarre and often hilarious chain of events that will shake up the trio like never before. Sparkling with wit and energy, this debut novel from the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake is a diamond.

Numero Zero
Umberto Eco
Harvill Secker
UK Edition
US Edition

Thirty-five years after he became one of the sensations of European Literature with his genre-bending The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco returns, proving that his blend of strong plotting erudition and playful wit are unmatched anywhere. Numero Zero follows a hack writer, Colonna, who suddenly stumbles on the story of his life – and the Mafia, fascists and other groups are determined to stop him.

The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks
Little, Brown
UK Edition
US Edition
AU Edition

The People of the Book was a properly luxurious affair – boldly plotted, deftly written and masterly in its blend of intelligence and pace. The Secret Chord is much the same, but traces the long and incredible life of the Biblical David. Resonant, deeply felt and expertly handled, this is peerless historical fiction and one that deserves as wide a readership as The People of the Book.

Katherine Carlyle
Rupert Thomson
Corsair
UK Edition

Rupert Thomson is one of British fiction’s most distinctive, yet re-inventive voices – a writer of considerable power and poise no matter to what he turns his eye. In his new novel, Katherine Carlyle is a woman just like anyone else, though the nature of her birth is considered unique. At the age of nineteen, she disappears – and the secrets and pain of the past come rushing to the fore. Essential.

The Iron Warrior
Julie Kagawa
Mira Ink
UK Edition

The Iron Fey series has been one of the most loved and celebrated YA sequences of recent years – and this long-awaited final installment lives up to its predecessors’ brilliance. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

Smoke and Mirrors
Elly Griffiths
Quercus
UK Edition

Taking a break from her Ruth Galloway series, Elly Griffiths transports us back to the 1950s with this new Stephens and Mephisto mystery. Brilliantly capturing the faded derelict glamour of Brighton, this creepy tale of a pair of children murdered is a must-read for fans of off-beat crime.

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Head of Zeus
UK Edition

Ken Liu is one the world’s most garlanded SF writers, with his short stories having won every major SF prize – but this is his debut novel, and one that begins a monumental new epic fantasy series. Emperor Mapidéré united the kingdoms of Dara, but now he lies dying. What will become of the union? Even the gods themselves are restless . . .

Carrying Albert Home
Homer Hickam
HarperFiction
UK Edition

Homer Hickam is best known for his internationally bestselling memoir Rocket Boys, and there are similarities between this novel and that memoir. Again, this is a warm, funny, partly tragic tale of friendship and family. This one, however, involves a long journey – and an alligator!

As Good As Dead
Elizabeth Evans
Bloomsbury Circus
UK Edition

For some of us, it’s probably our worst nightmare: an old friend you once let down standing at your door. This is the premise of Elizabeth Evans’ perceptive, witty and slyly astute novel of betrayal and its aftermath. Psychological drama and suspense at its best.

The Hidden Legacy
G J Minett
Twenty7 Books
UK Edition

A plot that hinges on the reading of a will, does feel rather old-fashioned, yet The Hidden Legacy is far from old-hat. This is a clever, constantly evolving thriller that links a violent crime from the 1960s to the present day. A writer to watch.

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: SciFiChick.com
Blog URL: http://scifichick.com
Your name: Angela aka “TheSciFiChick”

Let’s start with your origin story - how long have you been blogging about Sci-Fi & Fantasy, books in particular, and why did you start?

This coming February, SciFiChick.com (in its current form) will be 11 years old. It’s probably closer to 15 years that I’ve been doing this. I started with a Blogspot a couple years before that. I started out in the early 2000’s wanting a place to talk about scifi books and movies, which then “blogs” were just for online personal journaling. I didn’t want to talk about myself. I wanted to talk about my interests with others – at that time, I didn’t know many people who were into geek culture. It hadn’t become popular yet. So, I decided to start talking about/reviewing favorite books, movies, and tv shows – hoping to reach out to other geeks and stir discussion. When authors and publishers began sending me books to review, I decided to expand the look and feel to a real website. Looking back, it all happened fairly quickly. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for so many years!

Are there particular subgenres that you prefer or find more interesting at the moment? Are there any trends that you are excited to see come or go?

I enjoy quite a few subgenres. My favorites are space operas, time travel, scifi noir/mystery, and alien first contact stories. None of these have gone through the popularity wave such as steampunk, vampires, werewolves, zombies, post-apocalyptic, etc. I would love to see harder scifi get more popular. I don’t want any subgenre to disappear completely – they all have their place, and I love variety.

When it comes to the Sci-Fi & Fantasy genre, there seems to be more of a cohesive multimedia element that involves not just talking about books, but also movies, TV, and video games. Do you think the exceptionally vivid imagery and the inclusion of extraordinary characters & worlds brings these different platforms together, and are there other reasons for this inclusion?

And comics/graphic novels! Yes, the multimedia marketing is genius. It makes a story appeal to a wider audience, and makes it more immersive. I think it works because of the interesting world-building, vivid imagery, escapism, and use of imagination – some of the best things about scifi and fantasy.

Can you describe the Sci-Fi & Fantasy community? Is there anything unique amongst those contributing to and interested in this genre that perhaps isn’t a characteristic of other literary and entertainment communities?

The scifi/fantasy community is passionate. Whether they love or hate a story, they will let you know why – and especially when it comes to a beloved series. There are no other fans quite like Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Dr Who, Harry Potter, etc. etc. Once an actor gets on one of these popular shows or films, they will have a guaranteed fanbase for life. The popularity of scifi/fantasy conventions has boomed in the last few years, and adding “pop culture” to the mix means there’s something for everyone.

Which upcoming book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about reading and recommending to your followers? And are there any covers on NetGalley that you’re loving?

Excited About Reading: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep (I enjoy anything by Estep, and this is a new YA series I’m enjoying). Lightless by C.A. Higgins (The description of Gravity meats Alien made this a must-read for me.)

Loving the covers of: Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick and An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette

Lightning Round!

Your favorite character in a book or series:

Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Your favorite Sci-Fi & Fantasy event you’ve attended:

Comic Con in San Diego was like mecca for us geeks. But getting to go on set of Warehouse 13 and Being Human, before their cancellations, was incredible.

Your favorite book-to-movie/TV adaption:

The Harry Potter series! The first movie is what got me hooked on the books.

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’d love to have coffee with CS Lewis.

Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Angela!
Please make sure to check out scifichick.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!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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LibraryReads List

October 2015

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in October 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:

Welcome to Night Vale by Jeffrey Cranor
ISBN 9780062351425

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
by Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey
ISBN 9780393248678

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The 2015 NetGalley Challenge ended last week – thank you to the 7,400+ members who participated! Your input and enthusiasm directly influence the resources and activities that we create, which hopefully aid you in being Book Advocates.

In case you missed it, the 5-week Challenge was a blitz of activity and curated resources, such as the live webcast with review tips from experts, guest blog posts, Scavenger Hunts, and daily activities on Facebook and Twitter. You can catch up with the weekly recaps and activities here.

It’s been so rewarding and inspiring to see our dedicated community reinforce their love and support of books. THANK YOU and stay tuned for more good things to come!

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Community Manager, NetGalley

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We’d like to welcome Alicia Vandenbroek as our featured librarian from Shackelford Library at Shackelford Junior High School. Alicia is a long-time NetGalley member, a tech-savvy librarian, an author, and reviewer who shares how she incorporates technology in her library, which upcoming titles she’s looking forward to, and tips for considering which books to read and review for your audience.  

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A nice place to start is with your librarian origin story – how did you become a junior high school librarian?

I’ve had a passion for books for as long as I can remember. Even at a young age, my mom always made sure I had access to books from the library. I found out in high school that being a writer might be harder than I thought, so I began to investigate jobs that would allow me to write and also explore other passions (like working with kids). I soon fell in love with teaching. After six years, I started to look for ways I could still teach, but reach a larger audience. The library was the perfect fit! It is an ideal place for collaboration, the geeky tech stuff I enjoy, books, and kids… lots of kids! Add a makerspace into the mix, and it is literally my dream job. Right now it is such a joy to see students experience things that they never thought possible and challenge themselves to do more.

As a self-proclaimed “tech nerd,” 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?

Yes, I’m a nerd. That used to bother me, but I embraced my inner geek a long time ago. I even rock a Haven and a Firefly shirt from time to time (only nerds will get that). What I love most about tech is that it isIMG_0009 continually evolving. Life is a journey and you can never be complacent. Technology forces us to keep growing and expanding. I started learning code last year. I stink, but I know enough Scratch to stay one step ahead of my makers and we learn together. In the library technology is a huge part of my makerspace and my lessons. Last year we got a grant for a 3D printer and 3D Doodler pens, so I’m very excited to incorporate those into curriculum this year. We’ve added some life skill tech in the form of sewing machines and a button maker too. The plan is to do some cool wearable art this year.  In lessons we use tech to enrich the curriculum through activities like online research, speedbooking, and student lead projects. I try to lead by example and then I also offer classes at both a local and regional level.

In addition to being a librarian, you also run a blog, Poetry of Words – can you describe the focus of your blog and the types of titles you review there? 

Initially, it was going to be a book blog only, but occasionally I also blog about some of the cool things happening at school like our STEAM festival. I mostly review YA books because that is largely what I read, but I review other books also like professional, nonfiction, and some christian fiction. The blog gives a summary of the book, what I thought of the book, and then some other tips like grade level, genre, etc. Continue reading “Librarian Spotlight – Alicia Vandenbroek”

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Indie Next List

October edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the October 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:
Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt
by Kristin Hersh
ISBN: 9780292759473

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
ISBN: 9780062223067

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
ISBN: 9780062281203

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
ISBN: 9780062429056

A Line of Blood: A Novel by Ben McPherson
ISBN: 9780062406101

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN: 9780393248456

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