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Internet Homes for Booklovers

Ever wonder where people of the internet go to hear about all the new books coming out? Here are some of the places around the internet built by and for booklovers:

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Goodreads is a huge social database of books that link outward to authors, reviews, interviews, quotes, publication information, etc for books and authors. Members of Goodreads (like Facebook, it is a free service) can keep track of the books they read and even swap reviews of their favorite titles. The website even offers a yearly challenge, allowing readers to set themselves a goal of so many books to read in a year, and keep track their progress.

With added access to authors and actual blog-style articles published about any number of books, Goodreads is a good well-rounded database of book related information.

See also: Worlds Without End aka Goodreads for SF, Fantasy, and Horror nerds

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Posting on anything and everything to do with books, Book Riot publishes videos, articles, podcasts, and pretty much any other format of media you can think of. They tend toward a liberal, internet saavy new adult audience, but also include articles for teachers, librarians, and other authority figures trying to get kids into reading.

Try some:
Getting through Brutal Books (Video)
Read or Dead: the mystery and thriller podcast (Podcast)
Supporting Public Libraries Through the Trump Presidency (Article)

 

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If you like to read about reading, this is a spectacular place to find free book-related listicles, essays on authors and writing, short stories and poems from up-and-coming authors, and lots of pieces examining literature over time and themes. If you are an academic at heart, or just really like analyzing works of writing, this is absolutely the place for you.

Try some:
11 Worst Weddings in Literature
 Living without a Mind’s Eye
Agatha Christie’s Sassy Nature

 

And for fun, try glancing through some of these simple, but fun sites:

CoverSpy – where a team of book nerds hits the subways, streets, parks & bars to find out what New Yorkers are reading now, then posts their finds to this tumblr. An wide and varied collection of books and descriptions of the people who were caught reading them.

WhichBook – pick what kind of book you’re in the mood for, and this site will give you some recommendations.

BookNotes – where you can read about, and sometimes listen to, the music authors listened to when they wrote each of their books

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Librarians Recommend: A Man Called Ove

Dawn Recommends: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Written by Fredrik Backman and translated by Henning Koch

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

I absolutely loved this book and how we got to follow this old, curmudgeon of a man who just made you wonder why anyone would put up with him, from completely unlikeable to someone you could understand and even sympathize with. It was such a lovely read.

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Review Round Up – Six of Crows

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Watch the book trailer here.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book of 2015

Yeah, we’re a little late to the party on this one, but it’s in the library now, and one of our librarians will not stop pushing it everyone’s faces. Is it really as good as she claims, though?

NPR praises the skill with which Bardugo crafts her heist, expounding upon her cleverly handled characters and impressive world building, but comments that her characters seem a bit too mature for their 17 years, with one of them sounding more like a 50-year-old hardened criminal than a teenager.

Disability in Kidlit praises depictions of PTSD and physical disability in the book, while noting the lack of time spent with the queer characters and queer romances in comparison to their straight counterparts.

In her BookTube review, gingerreadslainey praises how well-rounded the book is, giving the character and world and plot equal weight and development, and drawing on real world research extensively to craft a world so real that it made her want to jump in and join it.

Entertainment Weekly generally enjoyed the page-turning qualities of the story, but struggled to get through the first chapter of exposition and into the story itself.

What do you think? Ready to grab our copy of this book (and its sequel) and give it a go? Think it sounds too low-brow for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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Author Feature: Mo Willems

Looking for a laugh? Try something by the enigmatic Mo Willems. You probably know him for his series about Pigeons driving buses, or the Knuffle Bunny series, or maybe for his spectacular We are in a Book!. But did you know that he used to write for Sesame Street? Or that he once wrote to Charles Shultz and asked if he could take over writing Peanuts once he died?

Curious? You can read more about his Funny Failures, or maybe listen to one of his hilarious interviews.

Or better yet, come in and try some of his books for yourself!

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Because why have pigs when you could have dinosaurs?

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No seriously, they’re in a book. Just try not to laugh at their banana-tastic antics.

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That subtitle, though. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

There are no pigeons featured in this post, but that’s just because they have their own website here.

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Librarians Recommend

Katie recommends Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

The description sounds gothic and scary, but really Sabriel reads like a cousin to the Narnia books, complete with talking cats, lost princes, and magical bells. Don’t let the talk of death scare you off–this feminist tale sells every bit of its carefully crafted world, from British boarding school to mystical showdown with the forces of darkness.

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YA Spotlight: LGBT Gems

Contrary to popular belief, LGBT characters do more than come out to their families and forge forbidden relationships. Don’t believe me? Try one of these books from our YA collection.

George by Alex Gino

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Be who you are.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part…because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

 

 

every day by david levithan

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

 

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No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.’

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist. Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

(Two book duology – both in our collection.)

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Genre Feature: Rock and Roll Biographies

Looking for a little Rock and Roll in your life? Try some of these biographies.

Life by Keith Richards

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“There’s something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It’s really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it’s all for one purpose, and there’s no flies in the ointment, for a while. And nobody conducting, it’s all up to you.”

With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock and roll life. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane.

 

 

Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz

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“But every artist is, to some extent, a thief; the trick is to get away with it by making of it something new. Dylan at his best has the singular ability not only to do this superbly but also to make the present and the past feel like each other.”

Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov­ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz’s essays as “historian in residence” of Dylan’s official website, Bob Dylan in America is a unique blend of fact, interpretation, and affinity—a book that, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion warrants.

 

Born to Run by Bruce Springstein

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“No one you have been and no place you have gone ever leaves you. The new parts of you simply jump in the car and go along for the rest of the ride. The success of your journey and your destination all depend on who’s driving.”

In which Springstein vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.

 

Anybody else sense a theme in these covers?

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