RA for your Friday

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New month, new lists! And this is a very fun time of year for those of us who enjoy lists, because this is when the end of year 'Best' lists come out. Here's the Publishers Weekly Best of 2017 list, and here to explain the benefit of using past lists as an RA tool is the RA for All blog:

"Patrons will come in asking for the best books because these are the books dominating the headlines every Fall.  Also, they figure if they are only going to read a couple of books this year, they might as well read ones that are worth their time... But, what if the current titles are checked out? -- which as we go through the Fall they probably all will be-- Don't worry, you have 13 more lists each with 13 categories! That's over 150 more titles to choose from. And all are "best" quality... You just have to put the hold on this year's title that they want and then say, well, while you wait, let's look at some of the best books from a few years ago that you might not have had time to get to yet. Don't say, "titles you may have missed." Titles you haven't gotten to yet," is less judgmental. It makes it seem like the patron always meant to read those too, but just ran out of time."

And now, November.

Barnes and Noble has us covered with new fiction, new mysteries, and new thrillers, and SBTB has compiled a list of November releases to look out for.

The Millions has its November Most Anticipated Preview, and Booklist is putting a Spotlight on First Novels. (And please do check out this cheeky column about why it's important to buy and promote first novels, even in the face of James Patterson's "prolific immortality.")

Library Journal has a roundup of other November lists to check out, as well as books mentioned in magazines and on the air, and they also have a feature on Twice-Told Tales that would make a groovy display.

In awards news, the Kirkus Prize winners have been announced, and in TV and movie news, this may be a good time to make sure you have a copy of Alias Grace.

And don't forget to download your e-books and e-audio from OverDrive! From now until the end of the year, NCLS is participating in the Digital Dash. If we meet our goal of 59,670 checkouts for the year (and we're going into it with just under 50,000), we could win free content credit to buy even more titles. So go to our OverDrive catalog, get your downloads, and spread the word!

Finally, #FridayReads: I may not get very much reading in this month, since I made a 13th hour decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. That being said, I'm at least committed to finishing (most of) what I've started, and I did just get the audio of Nathaniel Philbrick's Valiant Ambition. After all, you can't write while you're driving, can you? (Well, I can't.. I have a hard enough time driving while I'm driving.) Happy reading - and listening!

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