Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

The Girl Next Door

As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

LibraryReads Inaugural “Favorite of Favorites” List

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Every month, LibraryReads announces the top ten books that librarians across the country are reading and loving. This month’s list is a little different: from the list of favorites going back to 2013, librarians picked the cream of the crop. Topping the list is Gabrielle Zevin’s bookstore-themed romance, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which […]

David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

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A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

Unreliables, Trains, Spools, Girls, and Help for the Haunted | What We’re Reading

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Here’s what LJ staffers can’t stop reading this week.

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir

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While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.

Hot Book Club Reads for Summer | Fiction Previews, May 2015, Pt. 3

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de Rosnay, Tatiana. A Paris Affair. St. Martin’s May 2015. 144p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. ISBN 9781250068804. $22.99. SHORT STORIES Want a bit of sizzle? This new story collection from the author of the New York Times best-selling Sarah’s Key and, most recently, The Other Story, is reputedly hot, hot, hot. After all, […]

Bone Clocks, Bullying, Plumbing, and Necromancy | What We’re Reading

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What LJ/SLJ/JLG staff and their families are reading this week!

Opening Locked Drawers with Patricia Cornwell | Behind the Book

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Nearly 25 years and 22 books later, Cornwell’s series featuring brilliant medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a mainstay of the crime fiction genre and widely considered to be the catalyst for the increasingly popular forensic thriller subgenre.

Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

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For those who want either to move beyond the pumpkin or pecan pie or simply learn to bake better before tackling a new version, these five books will both instruct and inspire.

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