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I’m a closeted romantic, but only when it comes to film.
My favorite movies include the THE PROPOSAL (who can resist Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock?), THE WEDDING DATE (based on the book, ASKING FOR TROUBLE), BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, and SOMEONE LIKE YOU (based on the book, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY). I can watch these movies over and over no matter how improbable the situations depicted in them may be.
How was I to know that if these sort of “I can’t believe I’ve been in love with my best friend this whole time” or “I can’t believe that my sworn enemy is my soul mate” scenarios appeared in books that they may prove just as irresistible to me as their film counterparts?
Well, it wasn’t until I read Leisa Rayven’s BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET , WICKED HEART & M. Pierce’s NIGHT OWL and LAST LIGHT (back to back, in one sitting each!) that I was hooked on love and in love with reading about love. I couldn’t get enough of love! I didn’t care who or how they fell in love, I just wanted more…love.
Next up is Sylvia Day’s ONE WITH YOU. But my dear readers, what should I read after that?
PS Check out these adorably clever Valentine’s Day-themed e-cards from our Library Journal pals.
Detectives are on the case in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:
INTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason
“Set in Iceland in 1979, several years after the events of 2015’s REYKJAVIK NIGHTS, Indridason’s elegantly crafted procedural traces two parallel cases: recently divorced Erlendur Sveinsson’s private investigation of the disappearance of a school girl named Dagbjört a quarter-century earlier; and his professional probe, with his enigmatic mentor Marion Briem, of the mysterious death of Kristvin, an Icelandic mechanic who worked at Naval Air Station Keflavík, a large American military installation with an active black market between base personnel and locals. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
MURDER ON A SUMMER’S DAY by Frances Brody
When the India Office seek help in finding Maharajah Narayan, last seen hunting on the Bolton Abbey estate, they call upon the expertise of renowned amateur detective Kate Shackleton to investigate. “Fans of Maisie Dobbs and Daisy Dalrymple will enjoy the authentic period detail.” — Publishers Weekly
What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib.
It’s a Fat Tuesday #BookBday!
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
Two starred reviews for this audacious novel about the twenty-four hours surrounding a heart transplant told in multiple perspectives. “With its incredibly precise and exacting language as well as its dedication to challenging form, THE HEART shimmers and sears at the same time.” — Elle Magazine
THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray
A BuzzFeed Books’ 2016 pick! From the author of the critically acclaimed LOWBOY comes a much-anticipated new novel about time travel, family secrets, and the madness of the twentieth century. “An arresting mosaic of science fiction, history, and philosophy which proves Wray’s remarkable malleability and talent.” — Booklist, starred review
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau
In this highly original debut that interweaves science and music, kind-hearted bartender Karl sells time travel trips back to famous rock shows and falls in love with Lena, prickly, overweight astrophysics grad student he hires to bring his friend back from 980 Mannahatta. Fun fact: author Mo Daviau used to be a librarian and archivist and she thinks you’re all superheroes. “Hopwood Award–winning author Daviau writes with humor and compassion, creating absorbing, sympathetic characters and enveloping serious questions about love and life-changing events in a balloon of mind-bending time travels. Readers of all types of fiction will enjoy.”
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Anne is “auf” on vacation!
For the next two weeks she will be visiting family in Germany, eating pretzels, drinking beer, and having fun with baby Daniel in a new country. And of course, marveling at the libraries and bookstores in Stuttgart and beyond.
She’ll be back on the blog on Monday, February 22. Until then, be good to Talia!
Happy Friday, friends. Today we’re curling up with a couple of fascinating nonfiction titles:
LIT UP: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby
“Part literary meditation, part case study of exemplary teaching, LIT UP traces a diverse group of adolescents as they are drawn into the ‘character-forming experience of reading difficult books’ by their ardent and caring (and as duly noted, union) teachers. LIT UP is also a cri de coeur imploring a return to the kind of education that elevates the ‘unquantifiable’ humanities to foster ‘the spiritual value of literature and the moral instruction of teenagers.’” — Booklist, starred review
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le
“When it comes to food, early humans knew best, according to Le, a biological anthropologist. Le mixes advice, personal anecdotes, and medical science in this fascinating food-for-thought narrative.” — Booklist
Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!
The March 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!
BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
Also one of BuzzFeed Books’ Top Picks of 2016, this Kafkaesque satire deconstructs the ideas of race and society when a young, black Nigerian man wakes up in the body of a white man. “This is Kafka for the Kanye generation.” — Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma WA
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
An ABA Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2016 selection! Griffin’s forceful debut novel examines the lives of two men who meet and fall in love in North Carolina shortly after the end of World War II. “A bittersweet portrait of love in the shadows.”
— Booklist, starred review
See the full list here.
Detectives and amateur sleuths abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday lineup:
SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
“This sophomore outing clearly demonstrates that Koenig’s acclaimed debut, NINE DAYS, was no fluke. Julie [Kalas] is an original heroine with a gutsy attitude and take-charge approach to life. Fans of Sue Grafton will welcome this hard-boiled protagonist.” — Library Journal, starred review
“The bodies keep piling up in this complicated tale, which offers enough mayhem, double-crossing, and general weirdness on the Tex-Mex border to last a lifetime.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Khan returns with another haunting mystery following detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the murder of a federal agent who was deep undercover in a terrorist ring. “A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today.”
— Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove
It was inevitable: the adult coloring book trend has taken a profanity-laden turn. Enter CHILL THE F*CK OUT by Hannah Caner (on sale April 12, 2016).
Do you or one of your patrons need to Chill the F*ck Out? Look no further than this hilarious collection of more than 30 of the finest swear words and uncouth sayings—all delicately wrapped in beautiful illustrations to color and display. Nothing soothes away the stress of the day while letting you be “Fancy as F*ck.”
Swearing’s not your thing? No problem! Click here to download four (redacted) sample pages with the naughty bits removed.
Now go grab some crayons and keep between the lines. Or not. After all, we’re not your f*cking boss.
The PEN American Center revealed the shortlists for their 2016 PEN Literary Awards and half of the longlisted Macmillan titles made the cut!
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
THE DOMINO DIARIES by Brin-Jonathan Butler
PEN Translation Prize
THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin