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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Best of 2013

It’s that time of year, again. Lists of the year’s best writing have already begun to appear. The Washington Post published "The Top Ten Books of the Year" last Friday. For a slightly different perspective, here are some selections from the Toronto Globe and Mail’s guide to the best international fiction in 2013 (U.S. authors qualify).

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Joyland by Stephen King
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Best Sci-Fi of All Time

As “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the film version of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ popular series, opens this week, it seems appropriate to share other great works of imaginative fiction.  Business Insider recently culled two Reddit lists to come up with "The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time," Nov. 8, 2013.  Here are some of the favorites:

Anathem  by Neal Stephenson

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Excession by Iain M. Banks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great Sports Books for Non-Fans

Flavorwire’s Jason Diamond recently posted a list of his favorite sports books, which he believes any reader may enjoy ("10 Books About Sports That Even Non-Fans Should Read," Oct. 29, 2013).  Here are a few of his selections plus more from Bleacher Report:
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

A Good Walk Spoiled  by John Feinstein

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Kid’s Series for Adults

Now that Voldemort is gone, Aslan’s last battle is finished and Frodo’s One Ring is no more, you may be looking for some new adventures.  Whatever your age, here are some recommendations of books you may have missed in your younger years. ("5 Series You Probably Missed as a Kid (But Should Read as an Adult), The Millions, Oct. 28, 2013”) 
The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken beginning with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
The Stanley Family Series by Zilpha Keatley Snyder beginning with The Headless Cupid

The Half Magic Series by Edward Eager beginning with Half Magic
The Vesper Holly Series by Lloyd Alexander beginning with The Illyrian Adventure