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New Year, New Crop | What We’re Reading & Watching

The first “What We’re Reading & Watching” column of 2018 has new contributors, new formats, plenty of new titles, and a guest star from LJ‘s reviewer roster.

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists Is Pure Magic | Library Reads Author

In Chloe Benjamin’s vibrant new novel, The Immortalists, four siblings in 1969 New York visit a fortune teller said to predict the date of one’s death. The reader can’t help but wonder how different their lives might have been had they never made that visit.

From A to Y | Sue Grafton Remembered

Best-selling author Sue Grafton, who died on December 28, 2017, is now considered a game changer in the mystery genre. In Grafton’s memory, here are LJ’s first and final reviews of her wonderful alphabetically titled mysteries.

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

Butchers, Bad Boys, Brainiacs | What We’re Reading

The “What We’re Reading” team is skeletal during the rush-around holiday season—plus there’s no “watching” folks this time. But fear not, 2018 is full of possible “watchings” and readings. Stay tuned and here’s hoping your New Year will be filled with books, movies, and TV specials. Mahnaz Dar, Reference and Professional Reading Editor, LJS My reading […]

Degenerates, Royals, Monsters, and the Zerelli Sisters | What We’re Reading & Watching

Some best books picks from the “What We’re Reading & Watching” crew, along with musings about what’s on our bookshelves and screens right now.

A Movable Literary Feast | Albertine Prize Short List Announced

Book lovers and Francophiles gathered at the historic Payne Whitney mansion in New York City to celebrate the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for the best Francophone fiction translated into English and published in the United States over the past year.

Indie Ebook Winners Talk Royal Intrigue | SELF-esteem

This year marked the introduction of an overall honoree in LJ’s Indie Ebook Awards. In addition to winning in the romance category, Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s A Queen from the North deservedly snagged the title of Best Indie Ebook of the Year. An alternative British history where the Yorks and Lancasters never stopped fighting, it tells the tale of a political marriage between Prince Arthur and Lady Amelia Brockett—with a touch of magic and an absorbing slow-burn romance. Here, the authors go into depth about the book’s origins, their tag-team writing process, and being successful in self-publishing.

LJ Talks to Mira T. Lee | Debut Spotlight

In Mira Lee’s first novel, Everything Here Is Beautiful, the author calls on characters from her short stories, filling out the lives of sisters Miranda and Lucia. Here, Lee discusses crafting these women, her own sibling experiences, and more.

You Might Also Like… | LJ Notable Books of 2017

After selecting the LJ Best Books, we’re ready to recommend other notable publications of 2017