RA for your Friday

It’s here! The Artist Formerly Known as the NPR Book Concierge is back on the scene with a new name – Books We Love. And what’s not to love! Mix and match the filters to explore recommendations from NPR staff and trusted critics. (Bonus – it includes recommendations going all the way back to 2013!)

Looking for even more end of year lists? We’ve got lists from the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, Time, AudioFile, and the post of all posts, the annual compilation post from Largehearted Boy. Looking to make a best of list of your own? Here’s the RA for All blog on why that’s an awesome idea:

“Library generated best lists reflect the opinions of actual staff and readers. What did staff most enjoy and what was popular? It is not just critical acclaim or sales data. Remember bestselling mainstays like Daniel Silva, Louise Penny, and Colson Whitehead were extremely popular in libraries well before they became household names. Library workers and patrons often know what is popular and good long before the rest of the world catches up…”

Publishing usually screeches to a halt this month, but there’s still a lot to check out. We’ve got lists from Amazon, PopSugar, and The Millions. For all you genre fans out there, we’ve got romance from SBTB, sci-fi from Tor and Den of Geek, and crime reads from, of course, CrimeReads.

Nonfiction November may be over, but I’m happy to announce that we’ve added a nonfiction resource page to our Collection Development Guide. Also, Lit Hub has New and Noteworthy Nonfiction You Should Read This December. Check it out!

Looking for a new true crime podcast this winter? I suspected as much.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been crashing earlier in the evenings lately, not sure why (DARK DARK IT’S SO DARK), so I’ve been reading in the morning. And I’ve gotta tell you, it takes a compelling reason for me not to hit the snooze for half an hour before my real alarm goes off. (What? You don’t have a prep alarm and a real alarm?) The Matzah Ball, by Jean Meltzer, is just such a compelling reason. In my earbuds is The Secret History of Home Economics, and I’ll be diving right into Holiday Bakeoff later. Happy reading!