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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Return of the Megalist

What were the best books of 2010? There are hundreds of publications and book award committees that have an opinion about this. Suppose they could all vote in one contest. You can see the winners in the Megalist created by Neil Hollands of the Williamsburg Regional Library on Blogging for a Good Book. He has compiled all the major best lists and awards into one spreadsheet. The books are divided into a number of different categories so that you can easily find the genre you like best.

And the books with the most votes are:
General Fiction: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Nonfiction: The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Biography/Memoir: The Immortal Life on Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Mystery/Thriller: Room by Emma Donoghue
Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Historical: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Young Adult Fiction: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Take a look at the Megalist for an amazing recommended reading list!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Zombies at the Star Trek convention, a National Book Award winner, a scapegoat spy, a talking chimp and more new books.

Meet the regulars of a seedy West Virginia horse track in the National Book Award Winner Lord of Misrule. 

Travel to a remote outpost for disgraced spies in the Republic of Georgia with MI5 agent Harry Tate in Red Station, an exciting new espionage novel by Adrian Magson.  

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale is about a talking chimpanzee who falls in love with the university primatologist who is working with him. Book reviewers think it's great, but warn that readers might be shocked by the love scene. (I wonder if the author got his ideas from Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Kanzi, the language-using bonobo, and did you see when Anderson Cooper dressed up like a bunny rabbit to interact with Kanzi?)

Take a look at these and more of the books just added to our collection!

Aboulela, Leila. Lyrics Alley. Grove Press. 3/1/2011.

Ahern, Cecelia. The Book of Tomorrow. Harper. 2/1/2011.

Allen, Sarah Addison. The Peach Keeper. Bantam. 3/22/2011.

Anderson, Kevin David. Night of the Living Trekkies. Quirk Books. 7/28/2010.

Barbieri, Maggie. Third Degree. Minotaur Books. 11/23/2010. Mystery

Beaton, M.C. Death of a Chimney Sweep. Grand Central Publishing. 2/25/2011. Mystery

Boyd, Noah. Agent X. William Morrow & Company. 2/1/2011.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan. When the Killing's Done. Viking Books. 2/22/2011.

Briggs, Patricia. River Marked. Ace Books. 3/1/2011. Fantasy

Brockmeier, Kevin. The Illumination. Pantheon Books. 2/1/2011.

Burton, Mary. Senseless. Zebra. 1/1/2011. Romance

Childress, Mark. Georgia Bottoms. Little Brown and Company. 2/23/2011.

Coonts, Stephen. Deep Black: Death Wave. St. Martin's Press. 2/1/2011.

Crocker, Gareth. Finding Jack. St. Martin's Press. 2/15/2011.

Cussler, Clive. The Jungle. Putnam Adult. 3/8/2011.

DasGupta, Rana. Solo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). 2/1/2011.

Dew, Robb Forman. Being Polite to Hitler. Little Brown and Company. 1/6/2011.

Dorsey, Tim. Electric Barracuda. William Morrow & Company. 2/1/2011.

Fforde, Katie. Love Letters. St. Martin's Press. 1/18/2011.

Fletcher, Susan. Corrag. W.W.Norton & Company. 11/15/2010.

Fuentes, Carlos. Destiny and Desire. Random House. 1/4/2011.

Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. McPherson. 11/15/2010. National Book Award Winner

Greenwood, T. This Glittering World. Kensington Publishing Corporation. 1/1/2011.

Hale, Benjamin. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Twelve. 2/2/2011.

Hayder, Mo. Gone. Atlantic Monthly Press. 2/1/2011. Mystery

Hoffman, Alice. The Red Garden. Crown Publishing Group (NY). 1/25/2011.

Hunter, Madeline. Sinful in Satin. Jove Books. 9/28/2010. Romance

Jensen, Carsten. We, the Drowned. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). 2/9/2011.

Katchor, Ben. The Cardboard Valise. Pantheon Books. 3/8/2011.

Kelly, Erin. The Poison Tree. Pamela Dorman Books. 1/6/2011.

Lee, Cavanaugh. Save as Draft. Simon & Schuster. 2/1/2011.

Levithan, David. Lover's Dictionary. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1/4/2011.

Linz, Cathie. Luck Be a Lady. Berkley. 10/5/2010. Romance

Lovett, Li Miao. In the Lap of the Gods. Leapfrog Press. 11/2/2010.

Lukas, Michael David. The Oracle of Stamboul. Harper. 2/1/2011.

Magson, Adrian. Red Station. Severn House Publishers. 12/1/2010.

Newton, Heather. Under the Mercy Trees. Harper Paperbacks. 1/1/2011.

O'Connor, Joseph. Ghost Light. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2/1/2011.

Packer, Ann. Swim Back to Me: Stories. Knopf Publishing Group. 4/12/2011.

Palmer, Michael. A Heartbeat Away. St. Martin's Press. 2/15/2011.

Pearson, Allison. I Think I Love You. Knopf Publishing Group. 2/8/2011.

Perry, Anne. Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel. Ballantine Books. 4/19/2011.

Pittard, Hannah. The Fates Will Find Their Way. Ecco. 2/1/2011.

Preston, Douglas. Gideon's Sword. Grand Central Publishing. 2/22/2011.

Robertson, Imogen. Instruments of Darkness. Pamela Dorman Books. 2/17/2011.

Schlink, Bernhard. The Gordian Knot. Vintage Books USA. 12/7/2010.

Upson, Nicola. Two for Sorrow: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey. Harper Paperbacks. 8/1/2011.

Wilks, Eileen. Blood Challenge. Berkley. 1/4/2011. Romance

Winter, Kathleen. Annabel. Grove Press. 1/4/2011.