Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)

As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am on a book committee this year that is in the process of selecting the best YA books of the year for teens, a genre I am not a big fan of. However, as I am reading through these books, I am learning more about my reading tastes. It is not the general YA genre I have a distaste for, it is YA books published by US authors. I have realized that I have a preference for YA books published by UK authors, or more generally, foreign authors. They add something different and unique that goes beyond the generic brand and writing style that is usually accompanied with YA books. Continue reading “Books of 2019: Favorite Reads So Far (YA Genre)”

Problems of an Overworked Librarian #97

When you are on a “Best Books of the Year” committee and your desk keeps piling up with new books…

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 436 pages

Published: April 16, 2019

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Romance, Historical, Literary

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Book Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 352 pages

Published: January 22, 2019

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Romance

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Book Review: We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 224 pages

Published: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography & Memoirs

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Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 396 pages

Published: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography, Biography & Memoirs
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Book Review: A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer

Format: Paperback

Pages: 396 pages

Published: May 1, 2010 (First published 1941)

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction Continue reading “Book Review: A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer”

A Year in Books: 2018

And another year of reading passes on by…

2018 turned out to be a great year for books. Not only did I manage to start a book club but I also managed to read books outside my comfort zone, which turned out to be not a bad experience.  Most of the books read this year took me on exciting new adventures while others left me at a dead-end. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my own reading challenge but that didn’t stop me from not only reaching my reading goal of 70 books, but also reading a diverse collection of books. Overall, my books of 2018 encouraged me to read more and get excited for what my choices will be in 2019. Continue reading “A Year in Books: 2018”

Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 512 pages

Published: February 8, 2018

Publisher: Raven Books

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Waterstones Book of the Year 2018 Shortlist

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As the year comes to a close, it is time for people of the book world to make their choice of the best books of the year. While we await for the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards, we get to see other literary institutions celebrate another great year of reading.

Since 2012, Waterstones Book of the Year has been a highly anticipated event the bookstore chain has looked forward to. Nominated by their booksellers, the shortlist is judged by many factors ranging from the book’s writing style to the beauty of its production.

Last year’s pick was La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. Let’s see which books are battling for the seventh year title:

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