RA for your Friday

Group project time! OverDrive has just launched in-app shelf-talkers, so if you’ve always wished we could do staff recommendations for e-books, this is your moment.

If you want to get in on this, you can submit this form right here. Recommendations must be for titles in the OverDrive collection (print or audio) and must be 75 words or less. Go! Go hence and recommend!

Back to the scripted material.

New month, new lists! We’ve got August picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AV Club, Kirkus, Good Morning America, Time, Town & Country, the LA Times, and The Millions.

Lit Hub has a list of literary adaptations streaming this month; as always, check yer source material to make sure it’s in good shape. In related news, I hope all you Neil Gaiman fans have pulled all your Sandmans (Sandmen?) into a display to go along with the Netflix adaptation.

The next Friday Reads book discussion group will be Friday, September 9 at 3pm. Join your fellow North Country library staff for a virtual discussion about what’s flying off the shelves at your library, what you just finished and loved (or what you just finished that you know someone ELSE would love), what author or series you’ve just discovered, and more. Sign up today!

In awards news, we’ve got the Booker Prize longlist, and the shortlist for the brand new Ursula K. LeGuin Prize!

Book Riot takes a look at how a new batch of cozy mysteries are keeping the vibe of this popular sub-genre (amateur detective, no graphic violence, crafts optional, recipes welcome) but expanding its boundaries to appeal to new audiences.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’m on vacation next week, and I’ve made sure none of my library books are due back until I return. I don’t usually reach for the spine-chilling, but I’ve started The Invited by Jennifer McMahon and am really enjoying it so far. I’ve got a cozy mystery stashed in my purse, and in my earbuds is The Sewing Girl’s Tale, which I may be able to put a dent in while I get a little sewing done. (Is that like wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see?) Just finished a really cool documentary called Obit (yes, about obituaries) and am now in a documentary mood. (To be fair, it doesn’t take much.) Any suggestions? Happy reading/listening/viewing!