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What were the best books we read in July? We’ve got the round-up, and it includes everything from non-fiction to YA to graphic novels and more. Come tell us about your favorite read this month, too.

What were the best books we read in July? We’ve got the round-up, and it includes everything from non-fiction to YA to graphic novels and more. Come tell us about your favorite read this month, too.

Fresh Ink: your look at what’s hot off the presses and on bookshelves in hardcover and paperback this week.

Even when authors are taking us to the most fantastical places populated with the most fantastical characters, there’s still the chance that they’re spinning their tales based on people they’ve known, places they’ve been, and experiences they’ve had. And sometimes, those Pulled From Real Life elements aren’t a secret. Sometimes, those novels are thinly veiled autobiographies, with altered names and hair colors to protect (or not, depending on the author’s mood) the innocent. These are the novels where you won’t find a forward that includes the words “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental”.
— from 20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels.

Even when authors are taking us to the most fantastical places populated with the most fantastical characters, there’s still the chance that they’re spinning their tales based on people they’ve known, places they’ve been, and experiences they’ve had. And sometimes, those Pulled From Real Life elements aren’t a secret. Sometimes, those novels are thinly veiled autobiographies, with altered names and hair colors to protect (or not, depending on the author’s mood) the innocent. These are the novels where you won’t find a forward that includes the words “Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental”.

— from 20 Excellent Autobiographical Novels.

Some of the books that I consider my favorite are ones that rock me to my core, that leave me feeling like someone squeezed my heart really tightly for those 300 to 400 pages. But the idea of going through that experience for a second time? No, thank you.

Not only do I not want to experience that kind of emotional roller coaster for a second time (let’s ignore the fact that I continue to go through it, just with different books), but what if it is worse a second time around? Now that I know what is coming, will the ride only be worse because I am just waiting for events to occur? Will I even have the strength to continue through the book a second time around? Part of me thinks it is like knowing that an oven is hot and choosing to touch it anyway.

from On Books I Love That I’ll Never Reread by Rincey Abraham
The latest episode of our Dear Book Nerd podcast is up and ready for listening. This week: can you ever get over a book? How can you ever find another book as great as the one that’s your favorite?

The latest episode of our Dear Book Nerd podcast is up and ready for listening. This week: can you ever get over a book? How can you ever find another book as great as the one that’s your favorite?

Fan of young adult fiction? Here’s a round-up of 66 upcoming titles for the late summer/early fall season. Be prepared for those to-be-read piles to explode.

Fan of young adult fiction? Here’s a round-up of 66 upcoming titles for the late summer/early fall season. Be prepared for those to-be-read piles to explode.

What are the standout 2014 titles so far? Here’s a look at the huge, diverse list of books we think are knock-outs.
It’s Riot Recommendation time! This round, we want to know what your favorite World War II novels are. Come tell us in the comments, and we’ll put together a nice meaty list for you next week!

It’s Riot Recommendation time! This round, we want to know what your favorite World War II novels are. Come tell us in the comments, and we’ll put together a nice meaty list for you next week!

When it comes to choosing what book to read next, I often wonder WWLD? (That’s “What Would a Librarian Do?”) In part two of this blog post (see the first installment here), more librarians from around the country let us peek at their personal reading lists and TBR piles.

Sooooo…what are librarians reading and how do they choose their reading picks? Let’s take a look (again!)

When it comes to choosing what book to read next, I often wonder WWLD? (That’s “What Would a Librarian Do?”) In part two of this blog post (see the first installment here), more librarians from around the country let us peek at their personal reading lists and TBR piles.

Sooooo…what are librarians reading and how do they choose their reading picks? Let’s take a look (again!)