RA for your Friday 6/14/19


Time for another RA group project! That's right, it's time again to vote in the NPR Summer Reader Poll. This year, they're looking for funny books. Here's the RA for All blog on why this is a particularly good theme:

"Funny Books is something we get asked for at the library all of the time, but since it is not a genre categorization, it is often hard for us to find titles. We usually rely on working together within our libraries and across libraries making and sharing lists. But now, NPR is going to use their crowdsourcing power all summer to have experts come in to talk about the best funny books and to create a reader generated top 100!"

In other summer reading news, we've got lists from the Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Lit Hub, and Mental Floss. My favorite thing about the Mental Floss list is that it includes older titles, which is something we should always remember to suggest. Delve into the stacks and introduce patrons to your favorite backlist gems!

Booklist is putting a spotlight on biographies and audiobooks, which is just another chance to remind you that June is Audiobook Month! Book Riot shares all the best places to get free audiobooks, and The Guardian shares the best audiobooks of 2019, so far. As for me, I'm just waiting for the new, narrated-by-Jason-Isaacs-himself Jackson Brodie novel to come out later this month...

Looking ahead, the Indie Next July Preview is out, and looking even further ahead, the Booklist Reader is shouting out favorite upcoming titles for fall. (I can't think about fall when I haven't even put my electric blanket away yet, but it does look like a pretty great list.)

Finally, #FridayReads: I'm not usually a crime reader, but I've had my eye on Adrian McKinty for a while and decided this was the weekend to read the first in his Sean Duffy series, The Cold Cold Ground. Happy reading!