RA for your Friday

It’s been almost three months since the last time we added new titles to Book Club in a Bag, which means it’s time for some more! Each new batch of titles usually includes one fiction, one nonfiction, and one member library request of either type. We’re always looking for recommendations, so please feel free to send them my way. Titles must be available in paperback; under-the-radar selections a plus. I’ll send promotional stuff once the next three titles have been finalized, but in the meantime, we’ve got ready-to-print bookmarks here.

New month, new lists! We’ve got picks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bustle, Time, Town & Country, Shondaland, and The Millions. For all you genre fans, we’ve got romance from SBTB, fantasy from Paste, sci-fi and fantasy from Lit Hub, and of course, crime reads from CrimeReads.

For those who weren’t able to make it to Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them, I’ve got the video for you right here. And just a reminder, you can find all kinds of resources on our Collection Development and RA Guide.

One thing I mentioned in passing during the class was that we should all aim to have all of our books out in the world being used. Thanks to Becky Spratford for bringing this up in a recent blog post:

“We need to stop thinking of ourselves as the guardians of the books, the gatekeepers, and instead remember that our goal is to do everything we can to get the books out of our buildings, or checked out of our digital collections… If a title is too popular, buy more copies, or, if money is tight, work to create while you wait lists or displays to help people find titles they would like in the meantime.”

In awards news, we’ve got the Agatha Awards, the Edgar Awards, and the LA Times Book Prizes.

Save the date for our next Friday Reads RA session on June 3 at 3pm. It’s a no-pressure 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 – sign up here!

Finally, #FridayReads: I don’t know what it is about springtime that makes the books jump into my hands, but I suspect it’s the possibility of the season. I am a terrible gardener, but maybe THIS is the year that I’ll actually take care of my yard. Maybe THIS is the year I’ll buy a bicycle. Maybe THIS is the year, etc. Likewise, I know I don’t have the time to read everything that I find interesting, but why not just grab everything and see what happens? Right now I’m reading the second Cape Cod Foodie mystery, An Eggnog to Die For, and listening to Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days. Happy reading/listening!

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