So I guess that’s not a hint, but I’ve been working on adding some Must Have Books to our Must Have List for my readers, so check them out! I know not everyone would think of having a graphic novel by Alan Moore next to a collection of the works of Jane Austen in their library, but I think one of the most exciting things about creating your own library is keeping it well-rounded and diverse.
I also believe that reading from a wide range of genres, authors and time periods truly helps a reader enjoy all books more. The more you have to compare a book to, or relate a story to, the richer the experience becomes.
In other Excellent Library news; I’m hoping to launch a Must Have Kids Books page very soon, so be ready for that, and as always, feel free to leave me suggestions for books to review or add to our Must Have lists.
Check out the updated list here and leave some suggestions from your excellent library in the comments section! Enjoy!
I have a soft spot for short stories. I think an entire, fleshed out story in one small dose is worth reading. Short story collections are also a great way to get a sampling of the different voices one author can use, and the collection Last Summer at Mars Hill and Other Short Stories by Elizabeth Hand is no exception.
Hand’s writing falls into the genre of speculative fiction, which is fiction that is so different that it can’t just be labeled fantasy or sci fi. Speculative fiction comes from a place of no rules; in writing or in the universes in which they take place. It’s a fun if sometimes challenging genre. A collection of short stories is a wonderful introduction to the genre, and this collection by Hand encompasses speculative fiction in all its weird, fantastic glory. (more…)
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
I don’t often seek out mystery, thriller or detective novels, but The Last Policeman caught my eye when I saw it described as “pre-apocalyptic police procedural.” The book is the first in a planned trilogy which won an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original for 2013. If authors like a writer, they are worth checking out. I was not disappointed, and enjoyed reading outside of my traditional comfort zone of genres.
What would you do if you knew the world as we know it would end in six months? Would you keep working? Travel the world? Or just choose to opt out of life now rather than face an uncertain future of pain and suffering? That’s the world the reader enters in The Last Policeman. (more…)by Kate