Year End List Round Up

It is LIST TIME! Everyone seems to be publishing their “BEST OF” lists this time of year and while they are inherently subjective, these lists are very helpful when planning your winter reading or serving as a last minute gift guide. Enjoy!

 NPR’s Best Literary Fiction of 2013

The Year’s Best Long Reads, Flavorwire

Salon’s What to Read Awards: Top critics choose the best books of 2013

The 30 Best Art Books of 2013, Huffington Post

The Library Journal’s Best Mysteries of 2013

The Best Books of 2013 (The New Yorker): Part 1

The Best Books of 2013 (The New Yorker): Part 2

The Library Journal’s Best SF/Fantasy of 2013

Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013 from the Huffington Post

2013 American Library Association’s Most Notable Children’s Books

26 Best Coffee Table Books of 2013, The Daily Beast

19 Awesomely Designed Books From 2013 That Prove Print Isn’t Dead, BuzzFeed Books

Publisher’s Weekly Best Non-Fiction of 2013

Association for Library Service to Children’s 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Contra Costa County Library’s Great Graphic Novels FOR ADULTS

The Library Journal’s Best Crafts/DIY Books of 2013



Book Club Summer Review

I have been involved with a fabulous book group for the past 3 years or so. Our numbers wax and wane but at our recent meeting we had over a dozen members show up. Our theme was “What I Read Over the Summer” where we shared our reading lists, good, bad and ugly! While we weren’t wild about every single book we read, we did compile a great list that I thought I would share with our patrons.






Others include:

This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong


Raymond Chandler detective novels

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Graveyard Book.  by Neil Gaiman

Shadowlands by Kate Brains

Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowlings.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Richard Galbraith

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Like the Willow Tree by Lois Lowry

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

The Lighthouse Keeper by James Michael Pratt

Life by Keith Richards

Felicity Series by Valerie Tripp

The Beans of Egypt Maine by Carolyn Chute

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwartz

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Hobbit by Tolkien

The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom

Wild by Cheryl Strayed