I want to open today with a post from The Booklist Reader about a recent NYT book recommendation feature:
In the May 23, 2017 “Match Book” column in the New York Times Book Review, a reader named Anetra Smith explains that she’s going on a much-needed beach vacation and would like to bring some epistolary novels because she loved The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger and The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. She received suggestions for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and, for a touch of romance, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.
The librarians on my Facebook feed went nuts: “Yes, if you liked Attachments, you’ll LOVE Dracula! I say that all the time, don’t you?” Or, my favorite: “I just turned my head so far sideways it’s nearly parallel with my shoulders.”
Then she takes on the question herself, providing more relevant titles - and explaining her choices along the way.
And now, the latest bookish news:
Looking for June at a glance? Barnes and Noble has you covered with these lists of best new fiction, mysteries, and thrillers, The Millions has gathered up their June favorites, and my favorite romance blog shares their picks for the month.
USA Today weighs in with a reading list of hot titles coming out this summer, and PBS shares picks that will keep you up all night reading, contributed by authors (and booksellers) Emma Straub and Louise Erdrich.
Meanwhile, the prize for Display Idea of the Week goes to the Booklist Reader for their list of Twin Peaks readalikes.
And finally, #FridayReads: During a therapeutic Barnes and Noble run this week, I picked up The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry, but I feel duty bound to read my library books first, because don't we all? Still, I may prove to be powerless in the face of such a pretty cover... Happy reading!