Autumn is here! And so is the November LibraryReads list, featuring the 10 books coming out next month that librarians across the country are the most excited about sharing with their patrons.
Coming out on top is Us, and we were luck enough to talk to the author, David Nicholls, this month! You can read the interview here. We also got to chat with Lydia Millet about her highly anticipated Mermaids in Paradise, and Bradford Morrow wrote a Behind the Book essay about his new novel, The Forgers. The mystery The Burning Room by Michael Connelly, which picks up on long-delayed murder trial, also makes the list.
You can see the full LibraryReads list for November here!
LibraryReads has tallied up the votes from librarians nationwide and put together their monthly list of librarians' most anticipated books. It's going to be a good month!
At the top of the list is Garth Stein's A Sudden Light—a book we had the pleasure of chatting with Stein about just this month! Jodi Picoult's latest novel about a teenage girl hoping to track down her mother, Leaving Time, is also on the list, along with Jane Smiley's Some Luck, which is up for a National Book Award in Fiction. In the mood for something spooky for Halloween? The Boy Who Drew Monsters is also on the list. Because really, what's more terrifying than creepy children?
I hate to break it to you, but summer break is over. Luckily for all of us, September is chock-full of fabulous reads to beat the post-summer blues. Librarians around the country have voted, and LibraryReads has put together a list of the incoming September titles that librarians are most excited about reading and sharing with their patrons.
Coming out in front of the pack is our Top Pick in Nonfiction, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by the quick and clever mortician Caitlin Doughty. If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the crematorium doors, this one's for you. Rounding out the list is our Top Pick in Fiction, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a Shakespeare-infused exploration of life after hope. Other highly-anticipated novels on the list include The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters; Ian McEwan's quietly moving The Children Act; and Tana French's revelation of the chilling secrets teenagers keep, The Secret Place.
You can see the full September LibraryReads list here. So readers, what books are you most excited about picking up next month?
The votes of librarians from across the country have been counted, and the books that garnered the most nods have been compiled into the official LibraryReads November list. At the top is Diane Setterfield's Bellman & Black, which our reviewer describes as "a slow-burning, creepily realistic tale, woven together with practical but often magically transformative prose." (Read our full review of the book and our Meet the Author interview with Setterfield.)
Check out all 10 of the books on the LibraryReads November list. Which one are you most looking forward to reading?
Enthusiastic librarians from across the country cast their votes, and 10 books emerged victorious, garnering enough nods to land on the official LibraryReads October list, which features the new-in-October books that librarians are most eager to recommend. Coming in at the top is The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion's engaging debut novel, a tale of unlikely love, which our reviewer says is, "a wacky, wonderful love story that is just plain fun to read." (Read our review here.)
Check out all 10 of the books on the LibraryReads October list. Which one are you most looking forward to reading?
Because we love libraries, we're very excited about the new LibraryReads program. In case you haven't heard about it, here's how it works: Library staffers across the country nominate the books coming out each month that they've really enjoyed reading and are most eager to recommend to library patrons. The 10 that receive the most nominations are compiled onto a list of books that have the endorsement of not just one but many librarians—so you know they're going to be good. Without further ado, the September LibraryReads list:
1. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin’s, $18.99, ISBN 9781250030955
A teen girl is torn between the safety of writing fan fiction and the vulnerability that comes with joining the real world in this romantic, witty tale.
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2. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
Minotaur, $25.99, ISBN 9780312655471
As the holiday season approaches, the search for a missing woman draws Chief Inspector Gamache to the small town of Three Pines. (How the Light Gets In is our Top Pick in Mysteries for September. Read our review.)
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3. NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl
Random House, $28, ISBN 9781400067886
When the daughter of a cult film director dies in a suspicious accident, investigative journalist Scott McGrath is determined to uncover the truth. (Read our interview with Pessl.)
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4. HELP FOR THE HAUNTED by John Searles
Morrow, $26.99, ISBN 9780060779634
After her parents are murdered, teenager Sylvie Mason must find the courage to explore her family’s many secrets—including the strange sounds coming from their basement.
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When the dead begin to return to their homes in cities around the world, a small Southern town feels the effects. (The Returned is our Top Pick in Fiction for September. Read our review.)
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This literary debut, inspired by the true story of a woman executed for murder in Iceland in 1829, brings this remote time and place to brilliant life. (Read our review.)
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7. MARGOT by Jillian Cantor
Riverhead, $16, ISBN 9781594486432
What if Anne Frank’s older sister, Margot, had survived the Holocaust? YA author Cantor ponders that question with sensitivity and insight in her adult fiction debut.
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In the days after Hurricane Katrina, 45 people died inside New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center. Fink recounts these dramatic events with accuracy and heart. (Five Days at Memorial is our Top Pick in Nonfiction for September. Read our review.)
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While working as a novice journalist in Mogadishu, Lindhout and her companion were captured and held for ransom for more than a year. This harrowing memoir explains how she survived.