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Bookmarks Votes Best Books Print Email

Jacket images from three books on this list - Boys in the Boat, Wool, and The Interestings

It begins!  That time of year when "best books from the past year" lists start proliferating.  Bookmarks magazine's recently published November/December issue includes their list for "best of 2013" - check out the list in the library catalog and see what you might have missed!  They've included titles representing literary fiction, crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy, young adult, general nonfiction, biography, history and science, so there is something to delight every type of reader.  The library catalog list points to print formats, but just click on the author name to find out if the title is available in other formats.  Use the categories on the left to narrow the list; for example, audience for adult/teen, form/genre to find different types of fiction, or topic for different nonfiction subjects.  Happy fall reading!

 
A Book for Every State Print Email

Image of Washington State, cover of Twilight, and a question mark

Business Insider recently posted an interactive map of the most famous book from every U.S. state.  What do you think about their choice of Twilight for Washington?  Comments on the webpost made so far by Washingtonians range from embarrassed to proud.  To date, suggestions for other "famous" titles that would better represent our state are Snow Falling on Cedars, The Egg and I, The City at the End of Time, or something by Sherman Alexie.  What do you think is the most famous book set in Washington State?  Let us know on the wcls.org Facebook page.

 
NBA Finalists Announced Print Email

Jacket covers from the five fiction NBA finalists

Those in the book world know that NBA means - not National Basketball Association - but the National Book Awards!  Finalists for 2013 were announced on Wednesday, whittling the longlist down to five contenders in each category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature).  Check out the finalists in the library catalog - still time to read before winners are announced on November 20th.  Louise Erdrich was last year's fiction winner for The Round House and Katherine Boo in nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  When you are at a loss for some new good reading, past award winners are great candidates!

 
Youngest Author, Longest Book Print Email

The image of a woman's face, partially visible as seen through circles portraying what appears to be the phases of the moon

This year's Man Booker Prizes goes to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries, a murder mystery set during the 1860s New Zealand Gold Rush.  Catton, a New Zealander, makes Booker Prize history in being the youngest award recipient (she was 27 when she completed the novel) and in having written the longest award-winning novel.  (Reading a print version of the 800+ page novel could be considered exercise.)  Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judging panel, says of it: "Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control."  The Luminaries was released in the U.S. yesterday (10/15) by Little, Brown and is Ms. Catton's second novel.

 
Two Top-notch Monthly Booklists Print Email

Jacket covers from three books from this lists -

Lots of book awards are being announced this month - so watch Book Buzz for the latest info and links to those award winners in the library catalog.  Another great way to find exciting new titles are booklists compiled by people who spend all day every day with books.  Launched in September of this year, Library Reads focuses on new releases and is a list of the ten top-nominated librarian favorites each month.  It is similar in concept to the Indie Next list published by the independent bookseller community.  Both are great places to find new reading!  Visit the library catalog to check out current selections:  Library Reads - Indie Next

 
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