RA for your Friday 11/8/19


Did you vote? Yes, it's that time of year again, when literary citizens everywhere cast their ballots in the Goodreads Choice Awards! These awards are a great RA tool, for the same reason that Goodreads itself is - they tell you what actual readers read and liked in the last year. And for those of us who are perhaps not as well-rounded as we would like to be, the awards are broken out by genre so that we can see at a glance the most popular - and current - titles in our literary blind spots. Everyone wins!

Publishing may be slowly grinding to its annual holiday halt, but there's still some news to share. Salon shares its must-reads for November, and CrimeReads has five true crime picks for the month.

And speaking of holidays, Eater has 11 Great Food Books for Gift Ideas. I want to take a minute to share the opening paragraph of the Eater article, because it's as compelling an argument as I've ever seen for libraries to keep their 641s shiny and gorgeous:

"Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram, and their food-blog forebears, we don’t need cookbooks. And yet we want them more than ever. That’s because the books themselves have never been prettier, more eye-catching, more statement-making — and because they’re tangible archives of creativity and diverse points of view, from traditional cookbooks to chef memoirs to collaborative projects from food-world change-makers." (Bold type added by me, simultaneous recipe googler and cookbook reader.)

In nonfiction corner, Lit Hub has rounded up their list of the best 20 nonfiction books of the decade. Meanwhile, the What's Nonfiction blog continues its Nonfiction November series with a post that pairs nonfiction reads with podcast recommendations.

It's been a big week for mystery and crime awards, with the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Shamus awards being announced.

Page-to-screen displays are always a sure bet, and Off the Shelf has nine titles being adapted this fall to get you started.

Finally, #FridayReads: This weekend, I'm reading One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America, by Gene Weingarten. I was going to read about ten pages when I picked it up earlier this week, but that turned into about 60, so that's promising... Happy reading!