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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Library Reads: July 2018

Before I get to my traditional standard intro to every Library Reads list I wanted to remind you about the work Kelly Jensen is doing over at Book Riot to create a database to help make it easier for you to identify diverse titles. Click here for all of the details and for access to the list of titles she is compiling for you.

Also, the Library Reads gang will be at ALA Annual next week. Below is a screen shot of their three sessions, including a session on how you can get involved. I always have a link in this monthly post, but some of you are still a bit gun shy. Come to the session at 4 on Saturday if you are there. If you aren’t coming to NOLA, I will be at that session and I will report back here on the blog, so don’t worry.

Today is  Library Reads day and that means three things here on RA for All:
  1. I post the list and tag it “Library Reads” so that you can easily pull up every single list with one click.
  2. I can remind you that even though the newest list is always fun to see, it is the older lists where you can find AWESOME, sure bet suggestions for patrons that will be on your shelf to actually hand to them right now. The best thing about Library Reads is the compound interest it is earning. We now have hundreds and hundreds of titles worth suggesting right at our fingertips.
  3. You have no excuse not to hand sell any Library Reads titles because there is a book talk right there in the list in the form of the annotation one of your colleagues wrote for you. All you have to say to your patron is, “such and such library worker in blank state thought this was a great read,” and then you read what he or she said.
    So get out there and suggest a good read to someone today. I don’t care what list or resource you use to find the suggestion, just start suggesting books.

    July 2018 LibraryReads

    Spinning Silver

    by Naomi Novik

    Published: 7/10/2018 by Del Rey
    ISBN: 9780399180989
    “A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.”
    Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT

    Clock Dance: A Novel

    by Anne Tyler

    Published: 7/10/2018 by Knopf
    ISBN: 9780525521228
    “Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline.”
    Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, RI

    Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel

    by AJ Pearce

    Published: 7/3/2018 by Scribner
    ISBN: 9781501170065
    “In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist.”
    Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, IA

    Baby Teeth: A Novel

    by Zoje Stage

    Published: 7/17/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
    ISBN: 9781250170750
    “A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter’s schemes for her father’s undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary.”
    Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

    Give Me Your Hand

    by Megan Abbott

    Published: 7/17/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
    ISBN: 9780316547185
    “Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense.”
    Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, AR 

    Believe Me: A Novel

    by JP Delaney

    Published: 7/24/2018 by Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 9781101966310
    “An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot.”
    Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT 

    Caught In Time: A Novel

    by Julie McElwain

    Published: 7/3/2018 by Pegasus Books
    ISBN: 9781681777665
    “The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution.”
    Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, TX

    Somebody’s Daughter

    by David Bell
    Published: 7/10/2018 by Berkley
    ISBN: 9780399584466

    “Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences.”
    Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT

    The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

    by C. W. Gortner

    Published: 7/10/2018 by Ballantine Books
    ISBN: 9780425286166
    “A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction.”
    Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, WY 

    Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    Published: 7/31/2018 by Doubleday
    ISBN: 9780385542722
    “Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.”
    Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL

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