RA for your Friday 8/23/19


The bookish moment I've been waiting for all summer is here - NPR has released the results of its summer reader poll! This crowd-sourced, expertly curated list of 100 Favorite Funny Books covers multiple genres, formats, and age groups - and includes one of the funniest books I've ever read. Here's Becky Spratford, reminding us that all of the NPR Summer Reads lists can be used as a resource all year:

"The NPR Summer Reads program is great in general, every year. It is a resource I use all year long, and one I use as a backlist resource... To encourage you to use the wealth of resources compiled by NPR Summer Reads over the years, click here to run a keyword search on the NPR to pull up every Summer Reads they have ever done; from horror to thrillers, romance to comics and more, it is all there to help readers with one click."

Looking ahead to fall*, we've got Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of Fall, AND both the September Indie Next and Library Reads lists. Go ahead and print one out for yer corkboard!

We've also got 21 New Rom-Coms from Bustle and a Fall Book Preview from Shondaland, and wait! It's a FLASH GIVEAWAY! I've got Advance Reader Copies of two of the titles from the Shondaland list sitting on my desk - Juliet Takes a Breath and Frankly in Love - so just e-mail me the title of the one you'd like to win by 4pm today, August 23, and consider yourself entered to win!

In nonfiction corner, Lit Hub has been doing a series this week on anticipated nonfiction titles coming out this fall - Biographies, Memoirs, History, Politics, Social Science, Essay Collections, Science, and Technology.

In awards news, the Hugos have been announced - and speaking of science fiction, the latest Booklist puts a spotlight on science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Finally, #FridayReads: In the mood for a quilty comfort read this week, so I started The Cross-Country Quilters, by Jennifer Chiaverini. In my earbuds is Emily Nussbaum's I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way through the TV Revolution. Happy reading/listening!

*Which, loving sweaters, scarves, apple picking, and cinnamon brooms, I certainly am.