NetGalley Devours: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

NetGalley President, Susan Ruszala shares her review for Station Eleven! Do you love Emily St. John Mandel, too? Share your feedback via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf; Pub Date: Sept 9, 2014

When NetGalley first launched, one of the very first books we had on the site was Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. Today both NetGalley’s and St. John Mandel’s profiles have grown tremendously, but reviewing Station Eleven still feels a bit like coming home.

In the last three books I’ve read, the world as we know it has ended: a disquieting trend that has me catching my kids for an extra kiss, just in case. I started with California, the Colbert-fueled sensation by Edan Lepucki, and moved to The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber, featured in the latest edition of the Buzz Book project we promote in partnership with Publishers Lunch. Of the three, Station Eleven is preferred.

(Though a quick note on The Book of Strange New Things, which has not garnered nearly the same media attention: the central character, a priest with a checkered history of alcohol and drug abuse, addresses questions of faith so beautifully and simply, it’s worth a read. The missives between the priest, who is serving as a missionary on a new planet, and his wife, who remains on Earth as the world deteriorates, strike a perfect balance of the mundane and profound in a way that all couples can relate. It’s a book to give to a friend who likes to ponder, can appreciate clever and sophisticated writing and themes, but has a good sense of fun, too. There is a current of understated humor running throughout.

But back to Station Eleven, where the motto of the book’s traveling symphony is cheekily taken from Star Trek: Because survival is insufficient. The book is a swan song for all that is lost in the world, big and small, and the author captures that sentiment in a way that had me looking around for days at all the “taken for granted miracles that had persisted all around them.” The characters in the book are connected cleverly throughout the book—-a paperweight passes from friend to ex-wife to mistress; a dog’s name persists from pre-apocalypse to Year 15 of a new world; and more. The book cleverly see-saws between the character’s connections at the end of the current world, and their roles and histories twenty years hence.

Most of all (and missing from the other two books) Station Eleven is hopeful. In the most bitter of environments, Shakespeare persists, costumes are meaningful, and objects continue to have sentimental meaning. It’s that element that had us select this book at our UK Book of the Month (check out the UK cover here) and why it’s sure to top many lists over the coming months.

—Reviewed by Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

 

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Reader Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name: Reading Teen
Blog URL: http://Readingteen.net
Your name: Andye

What genre does your blog focus on? 
We mostly review Young Adult with occasional Middle Grade and New Adult thrown in there.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start? 
I’ve been blogging going on five years. When I first started, I didn’t even know other people had book blogs. I just wanted a place to share my reviews with friends that were always asking me about books, and I wanted a fun way to share the enjoyment of reading with my teenager (she’s now almost 20!)
Continue reading “Blogger Spotlight – Reading Teen blog”

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Indie Next List

August edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the August 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!

Painted Horses      Lucky Us      Small Blessings      A Man Called Ove      In the Kingdom of Ice
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Life Drawing      The Magician's Land      The Book of Life     Herbie's Game      Mountaintop School for Dogs
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The Good Girl      A Colder War       The Mockingbird Next Door      Tigerman
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Additional Indie Next Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Home Place: A Novel by Carrie La Seur
ISBN 9780062323446

Further Out Than You Thought: A Novel by Michaela Carter
ISBN 9780062292377

This Is the Water: A Novel by Yannick Murphy
ISBN 9780062294906

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
ISBN 9780062282712 

World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III by Ben H. Winters
ISBN 9781594746857

The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram by Paul Ingram, Julia Anderson-Miller (Illus.)
ISBN 9781888160772

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Cover Love

♥ NetGalley Cover Love – July ♥

We’re back with more covers we love and, even more exciting, a chance for you to tell us which covers YOU love! Be the first to LIKE your favorite covers on NetGalley.com! Go to any title in Find Titles and start voting now. Have fun—it’s addicting!

If you enjoy these lovely book covers, click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover yourself!

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Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #CoverLove

Of Scars and Stardust    The Anatomy of Dreams    When Mythological Creatures Attack   Unnatural Selection      Edible French 
                  Flux                               Atria Books               University of Iowa Press                  Island Press                   Penguin Group Tarcher
Pub Date Oct 8 2014             Pub Date Sep 16 2014           Pub Date Oct 1 2014         Pub Date Oct 28 2014           Pub Date Oct 7 2014

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The 2014 NetGalley Wellness Challenge has officially come to an end (but you can still unofficially join at any time!)

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During this year’s Challenge we focused on how NetGalley members “book talk,” meaning how members get the word out about books they read on NetGalley. We provided suggestions and examples via email, social media, 2 live webinars, and in-person at BookExpo America.

Did you miss the Challenge? Check out our recap below, and take advantage of the helpful resources anytime!

image Nearly 2,000 members signed the Wellness Challenge Pledge!

image Over 900 members attended the Wellness Challenge webinars where we provided tips for using your NetGalley account, new features available, and tips for leaving Feedback. (Watch the recorded version here!)

image We met with many of our members (particularly bloggers, booksellers, and librarians) in-person at BookExpo America! We walked through their accounts, looked at their stats, their Profiles, and talked about the Feedback they leave and what other information they can provide publishers.

What you can do:

imageBefore you can leave Feedback in NetGalley you need to be approved for a title – to start out on the right foot, look at our Profile examples and suggestions in our Before You Request section. Keep in mind that Publishers make their approval decisions based on your Profile and Bio!

imageWant a quick way to assess how you currently “book talk”? Our Reader Checklist that will provide best practices when leaving Feedback to publishers in NetGalley.

imageNeed more of a visual? Watch our recorded webinar that shows you an actual NetGalley account and how to navigate important sections, submit Feedback, what Feedback you can submit, and what is the most valuable to publishers.

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Did you miss BEA? NetGalley to the rescue!

Last week the publishing world convened in New York for BookExpo America—the largest book trade fair in the U.S. BEA is an annual event that gives publishers an opportunity to launch their biggest upcoming titles and meet with colleagues across the publishing industry. NetGalley attends BEA to connect face-to-face with our members and publisher clients to share information about new features on the site and reminders about how to get the most out of your NetGalley account.

This year our Concierge Team met with over 50 publishers to help them better connect with readers on NetGalley. From independent presses and authors to the Big 5, we had fun hearing which books they’re most excited about, and gave them lots of ideas for utilizing NetGalley in their campaigns. We encouraged them to customize their new Publisher Profiles—readers, go ahead and “favorite” the ones you love!

Tarah, your Reader Concierge, also met with many NetGalley members. During these meetings members had the opportunity to ask questions about using their accounts, how they can utilize their account best for their specific member type and previewing needs, and also a quick profile review to make sure they have the best possible chance of being approved by publisher for titles.

These meetings also focused on the NetGalley Wellness Challenge theme: “Do you book talk?” Tarah shared information about what publishers are looking for when you submit Feedback, so they can see how NetGalley members are building buzz to help launch new books. Learn our tips by participating in our Wellness Challenge—if you haven’t signed the Pledge, there’s still time! Pledge to submit meaningful feedback for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the book retailer of your choice.

Don’t miss next week’s Wellness Challenge Webinar (click to register), where Tarah will review the basics of leaving feedback, what types of feedback are the most valuable, and common themes she came across during her meetings with readers.

Now, let’s get back to the books! Whether you were at BEA in person or spirit, you still have a chance to snag the featured titles. Check out our BookExpo America Wrap-Up where we roundup titles hand-picked by our publishers because they don’t want you to miss them. Plus, read excerpts from the biggest books of the season (and click through to full titles on NetGalley) in the BUZZ BOOKS (Adult and Young Adult). Just click the covers to download instantly!

  

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NetGalley is going to BookExpo America – we hope to see you there!

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Every spring publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians, book bloggers, and publisher and/or book services, such as NetGalley, pilgrimage to BEA to meet those new to the industry, to see old friends, and to be part of the conversation in publishing today.

Make sure to add these events to your Conference Planner:

  • Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:00 – 2:50pm in Room 1E09:
    Panel: <a “””href=”http://bea14.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=1E&CFID=35276172&CFTOKEN””” =d352589a1307b95-47730649-D2ED-6875-8CA8B1221A8F57B2″ target=”_blank”>Creating eBook Bestsellers–Marketing Tips & Tricks for Publishers & Authors
    Speakers: Kelly Peterson, Erin Gorham, Nathan Maharaj, & Susan Ruszala (NetGalley President)
  • Friday, May 30th 9-11am in Meeting Room 214:
    Booksellers – stop by the ABA Lounge to meet with Tarah Theoret, NetGalley’s Reader Concierge
  • All Conference:
    Stop by the NetGalley/Firebrand booth located in the Digital Zone (booth #2257) to meet us and to pick up a button!

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If you won’t be attending BEA we have created materials that you can utilize to enhance your use of NetGalley:

*Read more about the NetGalley Wellness Challenge here.

We hope to see you in New York!

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image We continue to hear first-hand from publishers how word-of-mouth can truly help make or break a book’s success.

Today Dina Sherman, School & Library Marketing Director at Disney Book Group, has some words for our members:

“‘Professional’ reviews are essential as marketing tools, but it’s reader reviews (from teachers, librarians, booksellers, bloggers) that really get us excited about our books. Both staff and authors want to know that people like, or even better, love, the book as much as we do!

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Probably my favorite NetGalley review of all time was for CODE NAME VERITY.  It was an in-house favorite (OK, let’s be honest, an in-house obsession) from the first time we read the manuscript. We talked about it all the time, shared it with every person we met, but couldn’t quite sum up our feelings.

Then came this wonderful reviewer*, who wrote, “Suck it, Hemingway.”  Exactly! It became our rallying cry and we would say it in meetings whenever we were trying to express our feelings about the book. It certainly helped us keep pushing to get it out into the world.”

* Written and submitted by Katherine Montgomery, educator

You can view Disney Book Group titles on NetGalley here to request and review.

Take a peek at our best practices for Feedback here (whether you’re a blogger/reviewer, librarian, bookseller, media professional, or educator), and don’t forget to sign the Wellness Challenge Pledge!

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Cover Love

I know that we all have BEA on the brain, and are being bombarded with all the great titles that will be promoted there. I’m excited to get in on the recommending-action with something as simple as these beautiful covers. If you enjoy these lovely book covers, click through to read the full description and request the title from the publisher.

Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

Be sure to join the NetGalley Wellness Challenge to make sure publishers hear you when you “book talk”. Sign up here!

The Glass Kitchen        Stitching Snow    From a Distance   About Face      Fourteenth Goldfish
St. Martin’s Press                Disney Book Group                   Bloomsbury USA              Glenmere Press              Random House Children’s
Pub Date Jun 17 2014             Pub Date Oct 14 2014           Pub Date April 30 2014         Pub Date Oct 23 2013       Pub Date Aug 26 2014

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image We’re focusing this year’s NetGalley Wellness Challenge on Feedback and Reviews, because we’ve heard first-hand from publishers how word-of-mouth can truly help make or break a book’s success.

Today Pamela Brown, Marketing Director for Mulholland Books, has some words for our members:

No one is more important to a book’s success than you, dear reader.

“Marketers can spin their wheels coming up with creative contests, viral videos, and sought-after swag, but at the end of the day, we know it’s your recommendation—to your friends, to your family, to your colleagues—that matter.

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Take, for example, Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls. I made myself hoarse singing its praises, but it was not until reviewers like you started talking about Kirby Mizrachi and the time-traveling serial killer that it became one of last summer’s must-reads. Thank you. Please wield your power wisely by reviewing what you read and recommending what you love.”

You can view Mulholland Books’ titles on NetGalley here to request and review.

Take a peek at our best practices for Feedback here (whether you’re a blogger/reviewer, librarian, bookseller, media professional, or educator), and don’t forget to sign the Wellness Challenge Pledge!

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