New Year, Nearly New Books: Favorite 2015 Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf

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There are many ways to plan the first reading foray of the year. One might be to reflect on the new voices from the year just closed. Below, a group of librarians share the debuts they enjoyed in 2015.

Short Stories for Short Days: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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Start the reading year with one final look back to 2015. This time consider short stories, those small treasures perfect for filling in the tiny breaks throughout the day.

Inspiring Ideas from Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine | RA Crossroads

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Nearly 30 years after Stewart’s first book on weddings wowed readers with its lavish content, a slimmed down, elegant but no less extravagant new title makes its appearance.

Comics: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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During the frenzy of the holiday season, it’s a delight to sit down with a book that provides both text and image, offering even the most distracted readers multilevels of engagement to stay immersed in the story. Here are five that made waves this year.

Year-End Extravaganza: Top 11 Books of 2015 | Books for Dudes

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Doug picks his top 11 books of 2015.

Book Club Possibilities: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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Compelling characters, fascinating stories, and themes readers can sink their teeth into are the hallmarks of a good book club pick. Here are five suggestions that are also making many best-of selections and award short lists.

Talk of the Town: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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Let the countdown to the end of the year begin with this selection of “back-pocket” readers’ advisory (RA) possibilities that were the talk of the town.

A Year in Books: Student Picks from 2015 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 1, 2015

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Mary Wilkes Towner and students in her Adult Popular Literature class at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, share their favorite titles of 2015.

Getting Ready for the Force Awakens | Wyatt’s World

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For many Star Wars fans, Christmas comes a week early when The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. Feed their desire to experience the film and the full movie franchise with a range of works.

What To Read After Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | RA Crossroads

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Marking its sesquicentennial in 2015 with global celebratory events taking place through late fall, Carroll’s poetic mix of nonsense, whimsy, and charming threat remains evergreen.