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Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018

Kirkus Fiction

and finalist winners of Kirkus

Non Fiction Kirkus Choices –

YA Kirkus Choices


NPR 2018

NPR Best 2018 Concierge


100 Notable Books of 2018

NY Times


amazon 2018

Amazon Best Books 0f 2018


B and N

Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2018



Atlantic Best Books of 2018





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More from former President Barack Obama’s summer reading list, – and let me say about Educated By Tara Westover – WOW.  AMAZING AMAZING read.

Tara Westover’s Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.

Set after WWII, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.

With the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul, I reread A House for Mr Biswas, the Nobel Prize winner’s first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.


YA week – First week in August!

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Check out “The Source” for summer recommendations.

This summer, All Things Considered is on the hunt for great reading recommendations. In our second installment — you can find the first here — Janet Webster Jones, owner of Source Booksellers in Detroit, shares her selections with NPR’s Audie Cornish. Click the audio link above to hear Jones describe these great summer reads:

Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance by Alexis Clark

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter

The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy



Suggested by Former President Barack Obama:

This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office – a continent of wonderful diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories.

I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and I’ll return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and I’ll deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home. I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences – a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father.

Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.:


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.

The Return by Hisham Matar
A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.

The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
It’s true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Ben’s one of the few who’ve been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections I’ve seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.



Tonight Show summer Reads

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2018 – Summer Teacher Reads!

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Love the idea of a Book Blogger Jump – Weekly!

The art of the book blog. Every week a chance to mingle, respond, and discover.


2018 – A New Year, A New You, and Book to Get You There

Check out these newest novels that can help you off in the right direction

for the New year!



Looking back on the Year 2017

NPR Top 2017 Reads

Amazon Best Books of 2017

The Atlantic Best of 2017

Esquire Best Books of 2017

Goodreads Top 2017 List

New York Times Best of 2017

Barnes & Noble Top Reads (2017)

Bill Gates’ Top 2017 Picks 


The Teen Top Ten were announced by YALSA this past week.  Here are the winners:

2017 National Book Festival – NPR



Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop’s Key To Success

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August 15, 2017



Best Libraries in Mexico!

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Why read? Thoughts about reading!


YA Fantasy (Under the Radar!)


Library Reads    AND    24 in 48 Hours If You Can’t Attend the January 21st Women’s March List!


What students in other countries are reading…


Barnes and Noble Suggestions for 2016! 


The Best 100 Beach reads!


Children’s International Digital Library


Books to read for the Spring of 2016!


Beach reads for the WINTER!


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Beach picks!


Excellent 2015 Professional Development Suggestions!


Best books of the Decade!

22 Books Women want all Men to Read

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January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Day!

Time rates some best books of all time for Young Adults and your chance to vote too!  HERE!

Check here for updated reviews!

Want to see insights into your new potential reads? Check out the Upper School Library channel that tunes into book trailers and reviews for your convenience!

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8 Great Books You Might’ve Missed This Year (2014)


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