2014 Maine Readers’ Choice Award

Its that time again, for the Maine Readers’ Choice Awards! Below is the short list. Please click here for the full list of titles considered.

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult  fiction published in the United States the previous year.  The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction.  The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.

To be considered for the Maine Readers’ Choice Award, books must be:

  • Fiction
  • Published in the United States the previous year
  • Well written
  • Compelling story – you want to continue reading
  • Appealing to a wide audience

Recommendations for consideration for this award will come from the library and booksellers’ communities across the state of Maine throughout the year.  All genres are accepted as long as they meet the above requirements.


The 2014 Maine Readers’ Choice Award Shortlist


Update! The Shortlist has been narrowed down to four! The winner will be announced later in the summer.

Benediction by Kent Haruf, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and TransAtlantic by Colum McCann


The following titles have been selected by the committee to the 2014 Shortlist for the Maine Reader’s Choice Award. The Finalists will be announced this summer…so stay tuned. Happy Reading!(Click on the links below to learn more about the books and their authors.)

tenthofdecember   silverstar   golemandthejinni   goldfinch   ordinarygrace

enchantedlifeofadamhope    hiredman   benediction   transatlantic   visitationstreet

Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The Tenth of December by George Saunders
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Gearing up for Summer Reading

What a spring we have had! I don’t know about you but I’m looking  forward to sitting out in my yard reading a good book in the sunshine! The summer booklists are starting to roll in, and I’ve added them here and pulled a few of that have peaked my interest. And in case you need a break from all that reading, check out this list of movies from books that will be released in 2014.

Mashable’s 24 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014

Flavorwire’s Summer Reading: 20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter

Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Reading 2014

Business Insider’s 12 New Books You Need To Read This Summer

Newsday’s Summer books preview 2014