New Books Overload 8/13/17

New to Bestseller Lists

In case you missed any of these books coming out, these have come to the bestseller lists in the last week.  [Sorry, folks.  No book cover pictures this week.]

FICTION:

  • Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman – Crime Scene
  • Kenyon, Sherrilyn – Dragonsworn
  • Perrotta, Tom – Mrs. Fletcher
  • Ward, J. R. – Devil’s Cut

NONFICTION:

  • Bianco, Chris – Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like
  • D’Souza, Dinesh – The Big Lie
  • Flake, Jeff – Conscience of a Conservative
  • Henderson, Bruce – Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

Upcoming Books this Week

FICTION:

  • Brown, Sandra – Seeing Red
  • Gerritsen, Tess – I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles series)
  • Henry, Veronica – How to Find Love in a Bookshop
  • Lapena, Shari – A Stranger in the House
  • Robinson, Peter – Sleeping in the Ground (Inspector Banks series)
  • Scottoline, Lisa – Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio series)
  • Tanenbaum, Robert K. – Without Fear or Favor

NONFICTION:

  • Campbell, Bruce, Craig Sanborn, & John Hodgman – Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • Goldstein, Bill – The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature
  • Handy, Bruce – Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult
  • Levine, Art – Mental Health, Inc.: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

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New Books Overload 8/6/17

New to Bestseller Lists

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In case you missed any of these books coming out, these have come to the bestseller lists in the last two weeks.

FICTION:

  • Andrews, Ilona – Wildfire
  • Box, C.J. – Paradise Valley
  • Connelly, Michael – The Late Show
  • Fairstein, Linda – Deadfall
  • Force, Marie – Fatal Threat
  • Golden, Christie – Battlefront II: Inferno Squad
  • Paris, B.A. – The Breakdown
  • Patterson, James – The Moores are Missing
  • Peters, Elizabeth and Joan Hess – The Painted Queen
  • Ware, Ruth – The Lying Game
  • Wingate, Lisa – Before We Were Yours

NONFICTION:

  • Green, Joshua – Devil’s Bargain

Upcoming Books this Week

FICTION:

  • Backlund, J. R.- Among the Dead (Rachel Carver series)
  • Dee, Jonathan – The Locals
  • Gregory, Phillippa – The Last Tudor (Plantagenet and Tudor series)
  • Kava, Alex – Before Evil (Maggie O’Dell series)
  • Macomber, Debbie – Any Dream Will Do (New Beginnings series)
  • Slaughter, Karin – The Good Daughter
  • Walker, Wendy – Emma in the Night
  • Woods, Stuart and Parnell Hall – Barely Legal (Herbie Fisher series)

NONFICTION:

  • Anders, George – You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education
  • Bontinck, Dimitri – Rescued from ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son
  • Berman, Bob – Zapped: From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light
  • Omalu, Bennet – Truth Doesn’t Have a Side
  • Sancton, Tom – The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris
  • Saunders, John with John U. Bacon – Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope

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New Books Overload 7/22/17

New to Bestseller Lists

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In case you missed any of these books coming out, these have come to the bestseller lists in the last week.

FICTION:

  • Castillo, Linda – Down a Dark Road
  • Lindsey, Johanna – Beautiful Tempest
  • Mallery, Susan – Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
  • Reichs, Kathy – Two Nights
  • Silva, Daniel – House of Spies

NONFICTION:

  • Nye, Bill – Everything All at Once

Upcoming Books this Week

FICTION:

  • Andrews, Ilona – Wildfire (Hidden Legacies series)
  • Ashley & JaQuavis – Illuminati (Cartel series)
  • Berg, Elizabeth – The Story of Arthur Truluv
  • Box, C. J. – Paradise Valley (Highway Quartet series)
  • Burrowes, Grace – Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides series)
  • Casey, Jane – Let the Dead Speak
  • Daniels, April – Sovereign
  • Elliott, Rachel – Whispers Through a Megaphone
  • Fairstein, Linda – Deadfall (Alexandra Cooper series)
  • Foster, Lori – Worth the Wait (Guthrie Brothers)
  • Golden, Christie – Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • Graham, Heather – Dark Rites (Krewe of Hunters series)
  • Grant, Sofia – The Dress in the Window
  • Huntley, Swan – The Goddesses
  • James, Lorelei – When I Need You (Need You series)
  • Kamal, Sheena – The Lost Ones
  • Melamed, Jennie – Gather the Daughters
  • Modesitt Jr.,  L.E. – Assassin’s Price
  • Novak, Brenda – Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs series)
  • Patterson, James – The Moores are Missing
  • Peters, Elizabeth and Joan Hess – The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody series)
  • Phillips, Gin – Fierce Kingdom
  • Probst, Jennifer – All or Nothing at All (Billionaire Builders series)
  • Ware, Ruth – The Lying Game

NONFICTION:

  • Gore, Al – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • Henderson, Bruce – Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

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Unshelved comic strip for 6/28/2017

Unshelved June 28, 2017 (Classic strip from March 9, 2006)

Finished Books: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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  • Published: 2017
  • Pages: 400

Link to Goodreads summary

This beautiful, sweeping story of the ups and downs in the life of a 1950s movie star is told as an interview to a young journalist, Monique, whose life is unknowingly intertwined with the star’s life.  The journalist’s husband has recently left her and her job is currently uninspired.  She hopes that this article will jump-start what was an otherwise listless career.

Evelyn Hugo’s reflections on life and relationships and career success will make the reader consider the complexities that exist when trying to navigate reality.  Although Evelyn is a movie star whose rich and luxurious life is beyond that of the average person, readers will still empathize with Evelyn’s heartbreaking relationship with her true love.  She is not the most likeable character, but her flaws make her real and relatable.  We all make bad decisions.  Then we have to deal with the consequences.  Reading about a character who suffers from the repercussions of bad decisions can be quite refreshing.  Sometimes there just isn’t a happy, perfect, tidy ending.  It’s up to the reader to decide if the ending of this novel is satisfactory.  I have a feeling that some people will not like it, but that’s the way things go.

The shifts back and forth in time might not appeal to all readers, but those who don’t mind will find it was well done.

Rating: 4 stars

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.*

New Books Overload

[I am still getting into the groove of what I will be doing for this post, but for now this is what I’ve come up with under short time constraints.  Very similar to the Readers’ Advisor Online blog, less like EarlyWord.  Hopefully helpful regardless.]

New to Bestseller Lists (2 weeks worth)

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In case you missed any of these books coming out, these have come to the bestseller lists the last couple of weeks.

FICTION:

  • Barton, Fiona –The Child
  • Gabaldon, Diana – Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
  • Garwood, Julie – Wired
  • Gibney, Patricia – The Stolen Girls
  • Patterson, James and Howard Roughan- Murder Games: A Thriller
  • Steel, Danielle – The Duchess
  • Thor, Brad – Use of Force
  • Winslow, Don – The Force

NONFICTION:

  • Bolling, Eric – The Swamp
  • Levin, Mark R. – Rediscovering Americanism
  • Yiannopoulos, Milo – Dangerous

Upcoming Books this Week

[I am working on how best to track this information.  Hopefully it will be more helpful and full in the future.]

FICTION:

  • Abbott, Jeff – Blame
  • Atkins, Ace – The Fallen: A Quinn Colson Novel
  • Connelly, Michael – The Late Show
  • Greer, Andrew Sean – Less
  • Johansen, Iris and Roy Johansen – Look Behind You
  • Lange, Richard – The Smack
  • Moore, Meg Mitchell – The Captain’s Daughter
  • Osborne, Lawrence – Beautiful Animals
  • Paris, B. A. – The Breakdown
  • Rosenfelt, David – Collared: An Andy Carpenter Mystery
  • Sakey, Marcus – Afterlife
  • Smith, Alexander McCall – A Distant View of Everything: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

NONFICTION:

  • Gidla, Sujatha – Ant Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

In the News

[There are many, many sites that have culled the news for literary and bookish news, and I will likely just link to their collections.  This week I’ll start with Citizen Reader’s website.  She was previously one of the authors behind RA Online.  How can I not??]

Best Books of 2017 (so far) Lists

This is just a small sampling of the Best of (so far) lists that are out there.  It’s fun to take a quick look through them.

Just for Fun

[Thanks for reading.  As I have previously mentioned, I hope to hone the information placed here so that it will be most useful to librarians.  Particularly small libraries whose staffs are very small and resources are quite limited.]

No more Early Word? Oh my!

I went on vacation and came back to find out that Early Word is done?!?!  Terrible news for librarians everywhere!  First it was The Readers’ Advisor Online Blog, now Early Word.  I had two immediate thoughts. 1) Maybe I could do something similar!  2) What does Becky Spratford have to say about it?

To address thought number 1:  When The Readers’ Advisor Online Blog shut down just a little over a year ago, I thought about trying my hand at it, but I knew that Early Word was around, so I didn’t.  I did, however, save their posts about how they culled their information and the resources they used.  Clearly there was still the idea in my head that perhaps someday I would give it a go.  Here is what they had to say about it:

We’d also like to take this opportunity to say that now there is an opportunity for someone else—perhaps RUSA, perhaps a library, or maybe even any number of personal bloggers—to publish a similar resource. At the end of this article, we will list a number of other websites and resources that we use to write this blog, in the hopes that others will somehow carry on this work. Because we know our audience, and we know that you are all people who in some way or another have chosen professions that are all about helping others, particularly to knowledge. We know that many of you will, in one way or another, step up to offer great reading resources to others.

As to thought number 2: I love reading Becky Spratford’s (RA for All) posts about Readers Advisory.  If you haven’t checked her out, you ABSOLUTELY should.  I knew she would have something to say about it, since she did when The Readers’ Advisor Online Blog shut down.  Also because she stays in the know about these things and wants to make sure that her readers are aware when something happens that will drastically affect the workflows of so many librarians.  And she wants them to be up on these things, too.  Unsurprisingly, she suggests that someone should take the reins, even if it is not as in-depth and is relatively simple.

Thus, I am going to attempt to become a resource for librarians everywhere.  I’m sure it won’t be as comprehensive or as pretty as Early Word and the Readers’ Advisor Online Blog, but I really feel it is important for busy librarians everywhere to have a resource that hopefully saves them a little time and keeps them up-to-date with what is going on in the book world.  And hopefully I can find a few fun things to bring some levity to our busy days as well.  I always enjoyed that from these previous resources.

Look for something new in the coming days!

Reading Resolutions for 2017

After three years, I believe it is time to return to this blog and perhaps change it up a bit. This will turn into a place for me to record my reviews of books I read. I might continue to discuss library programming ideas. It might occasionally devolve into discussion about knitting. I mean, llamas (and their cousins, alpacas), make lovely fiber and yarn. I’m just staying true to my name.

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Stacked book picture from Wikimedia Commons

What better way to return to a blog that left off on resolutions than to state new resolutions? By revisiting my previous goals, I find that I still have a lot to learn. Many of my goals for this year, which I made before deciding to revive this blog, will be similar to those from three years ago. Apparently.

  1. Goodreads Challenge = 60 books. This number is significantly lower than the number of books I read in the past couple of years (80 and 77). I listened to a fair number of audiobooks during those years, but I don’t have as much time to do that as I used to. I’m listening to significantly more podcasts and doing other activities which do not allow me to read with my ears. The lower number also reflects my desire to write more reviews and annotations on the books I read, which will take away from my reading time, too.
  2. Each month, read an author from the ARRT Popular Fiction list. As NoveList puts it, this list is “a straightforward and enjoyable way to evaluate and broaden anyone’s reading experience.” Since becoming a librarian, I have had the opportunity to expand my reading horizons, but I still have gaps to fill in.
  3. Each month, read a book that fits into the Iowa Readers’ Advisory Roundtable genre. For 2017, the Iowa RART has chosen Narrative Nonfiction for reviews. I did not participate last year, but, in an effort to continually grow and expand my reading horizons, I need to make an effort to read and review for this group. It is a good opportunity to practice my review skills with a group that can give me critiques on the quality of my reviews.
  4. Write a review for each book I read. Self-explanatory. The more I write, the better I will get. The more I evaluate the books I read, the better I will be able to discuss books with library patrons.
  5. Don’t freak out. I probably won’t be able to do all of the above all of the time. It’s okay. Every little bit helps.

There you have it.  Some changes to the blog.  Some changes to my reading habits.  Some changes to my review-writing abilities.