RA for your Friday

And that’s the sound of publishing screeching to a halt for the rest of the year. Still! There’s some good bookish content out there, so let’s get to it.

We’ve got Best of 2023 lists from Electric Lit, CrimeReads, and of course, the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

We’ve also got Best Memoirs from Vulture, Best Nonfiction from BookMarks, Best Audiobooks from Slate, Best Science Books from The Smithsonian, and NYPL has Best Books for Kids, Teens, and Adults.

**SPOILER: North Country author (and, disclaimer: my personal friend) Rebecca Donnelly has made the NYPL kids list with her nonfiction book Total Garbage! Rebecca has had an amazing year, also making the Best of 2023 lists at the Chicago Public Library and School Library Journal! Is she available for author visits? According to her website, yes.**

We’ve also got new Book Club in a Bag titles this month! The new additions are:

The Monsters We Defy, by Leslye Penelope

Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard

Zorrie, by Laird Hunt

For those of you who don’t know, NCLS loans books exclusively for local book clubs to use for their discussions. Books are checked out in a sturdy canvas bag containing 12 paperback copies of each title and a printed list of discussion questions. Bags are checked out for six weeks, and they can be picked up and returned at any NCLS member library. Browse more titles here:

Looking for a twist on a Best Reads of 2023 Display? (Especially if 2023 books might still be in high demand and unavailable for display?) Take a page out of Lit Hub’s book and don’t limit yourself to what was published in 2023. This is a great way to feature the best books in your stacks, the ones that might not be getting all the press but are well worth a reader’s time. RA is all about getting people talking about what they like to read, watch, and listen to – and it can start with library staff sharing their best reads of the year. Or, as Becky Spratford suggests (in her post that put this on my radar), by asking patrons, “What was the best thing you checked out of the library this year?”

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve been a bit of a reading rut the last few weeks, partly due to holiday chores, and partly due to being flat-out sick for a week. I’ve started a bunch but finished nothing. That being said, I’ve just got my hands on the new Lee Goldberg, and he’s reliably good for a page-turner. Happy reading!