The New York Times Best 100 Books of 2016 list was posted recently. It’s always interesting to see which books editors at the NYT will choose for their “Best of…” lists for the year. The titles are sometimes bestsellers, but more importantly, the editors have fallen in love with the story (or the writing) and Wahoo! the book makes the list.
Check out the top five fiction choices from 2016, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Click on the links below the book titles to read their reviews.
“The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/books/review/the-association-of-small-bombs-by-karan-mahajan.html?_r=0
“The North Water” by Ian McGuire
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
“The Vegetarian” by Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith.
“War and Turpentine” by Stefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKay.
Have you read any of the top five titles? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
What cook can resist a great new cookbook?
Even better, what foodie/avid reader can resist a cookbook created by his/her favorite author?
The following twelve cookbooks have been recommended by the readers of Nightstand Book Reviews as part of their literary and/or cookbook collections. The cookbooks would definitely make a fun gift to a fan of any of the authors. There are some pretty famous writers in the mix and many of the cookbooks have been nominated for awards. If you have tried any of the recipes, please let us know in the comments.
Click on the book title to learn more about the featured recipes.
"Cooking with Jane Austen" – Kirstin Olsen
"Food to Die For" – Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown
"Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook" – Diane Mott Davidson
"KP Authors Cook Their Books" – 11 Kindle Press authors
"Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" – Kate White, editor; famous mystery writer contributors
"The Cat Who Cookbook" – Lilian Jackson Braun
"The Cozy Cookbook" – Laura Childs & other bestselling cozy writers
"The Hemingway Cookbook" – Craig Boreth
"The Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook" – Theresa Carle-Sanders
"Winnie the Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook" – A.A. Milne
…and the prize goes to…
Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the award winners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten popular awards for recent novels in the adult category to receive applause and/or rave reviews from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.
Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know what you enjoyed about them in the comment section.
Agatha Award given to mystery and crime writers, in 2015 cozy subgenre:
“Long Upon the Land” by Margaret Maron
Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2016:
“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart
Edgar Allen Poe Award awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2016:
“Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy
Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2015:
“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee
Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2016:
“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin
Macavity Award given to favorite 2015 mystery by Mystery Readers International:
“The Killer Next Door” by Alex Marwood
Man Booker Prize literary prize for best 2015 novel translated to English language: “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith
National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2015:
“Fortune Smiles: Stories” by Adam Johnson
Nebula Awards presented by Science Fiction Writers for 2015 work:
“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik
Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2016:
“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Congratulations to all the winners!
How many of you have read about a region of the USA in a novel and wanted to travel there, in part to experience the food, in part to relax and enjoy the fabulous scenery that can only be seen in that one area of the planet? The Carolinas (both North and South) are home to fabulous shrimp & grits dishes, as well as mouth-watering other goodies. And you can’t visit either State without having a refreshing glass of world famous Sweet Tea.
The authors listed below either live in North or South Carolina, grew up here, or set their books in the region. We are treated to the cuisine of the Appalachia, the Low Country boils, the scenery of the mountains, and/or the wildlife/marshes of the coast. There is a mix of historical, paranormal, happily-ever-after, outrageous comedy, dark mysteries, and cozies – something for everyone who loves thumpin’ good fiction.
Click on the website links to find out more. J
Suzanne Adair “A Hostage to Heritage” www.suzanneadair.net
JD Allen “Grasshopper” in “Murder Under the Oaks” www.jdallenbooks.com
Maria Alonso-Sierra “The Coin” www.mariaelenawrites.com
Mike Axsom “Making Memories Down South” www.mikeaxsom.com
Jodie Bailey “Breach of Trust” www.jodiebailey.com
Kaye Wilkinson Barley “Whimsey” www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com
Cindy Blackburn “Five Spot” www.cueballmysteries.com
Heather Blanton “A Promise in Defiance” www.ladiesindefiance.com
Susan Boyer “Low Country Book Club” www.susanmboyerbooks.com
Felicia Bridges “Czechmate” www.adventuresthatinspireaction.com
Antoinette Brown “One-Cat Woman” in “Carolina Crimes”
Ross Cavins “Barry vs The Apocalypse” www.rosscavins.com
Diane Chamberlain “Pretending to Dance” www.dianechamberlain.com
C. Hope Clark “Echoes of Edisto” www.chopeclark.com
J.A. Coffey "Double Dog Dare" www.jacoffey.com
Cynthia Cooke “Going All the Way” www.cynthiacooke.com
E.B. Davis “Ice Cream Allure” in “Carolina Crimes” www.ebdavismysteries.com
Saword Broyles Eller www.amazon.com/author/saywordbeller
Nora Gaskin (Esthimer) “Time of Death” www.lystrabooks.com
Normandie Fischer “From Fire into Fire” www.normandiefischer.com
Beatrice Fishback “Bethel Manor” www.beasattitudes.net
Dorothea Benton Frank “All Summer Long” www.dotfrank.com
Marni K Graff “Death Unscripted” www.auntiemwrites.com
Jordon Greene "They'll Call It Treason" www.jordongreene.com
Leigh Greenwood “Forever and Always” www.leigh-greenwood.com
Lynette Hampton “Fiona’s Journey” www.agnesalexander.com
Rick Helms “Older than Goodbye” www.richardhelms.net
Judy Hogan “Haw” www.judyhogan.home.mindspring.com
Tom Honea “A Confluence of Rivers” www.amazon.com/dp/B009LU1X8I
Ellen Hunter "Much Ado About Murder" www.ellenhunter.com
Polly Iyer “Indiscretion” www.pollyiyer.com
Regina Jeffers "Angel Comes to the Devil's Keep" www.rjeffers.com
Sabrina Jeffries “Stormswept” www.sabrinajeffries.com
Linda Johnson “Trail of Destruction” www.lindajohnson.us
Kieran Kramer “Trouble When You Walked In” www.kierankramer.com
Vicki Lane “Under the Skin” www.vickilanemysteries.com
Linda Lovely “Lies” www.lindalovely.com
Cynthia Luhrs “First Knight” www.cluhrs.com
Margaret Maron “Long Upon the Land” www.margaretmaron.com
Jamie Mason “Monday’s Lie” www.jamie-mason.com
Karen McCullough “Wired for Murder” www.kmccullough.com
Heather McGovern "A Moment of Bliss" www.heathermcgovernnovels.com
Ruth Moose “Wedding Bell Blues” www.ruthmoose.com
Katy Munger “Desolate Angel” www.katymunger.com
Nancy Naigle “Every Yesterday” www.nancynaigle.com
Heather Newton “Under the Mercy Trees” www.heathernewton.net
Kathryn O’Sullivan “Neighing with Fire” www.kathrynosullivan.com
Gail Oust “Cinnamon Toasted” www.gailoust.com
Kate Parker “Deadly Scandal” www.kateparkerbooks.com
Britni Patterson “A Thousand Deadly Kisses” www.britnipatterson.com
Leigh Perry “The Skeleton Haunts a House” www.leighperryauthor.com
Ashantay Peters “Reading Between the Lives” www.ashantay.com
Patti Phillips “Kerrian’s Notebook, Vol. 1” www.pattiphillipsbooks.com
Karen Pullen “Cold Feet” www.karenpullen.com
Kathy Reichs “Trace Evidence” www.kathyreichs.com
Jennifer Riley “Jerk Alert” available at Amazon
Sarah Shaber “Louise’s Chance” www.amazon.com/Sarah-R.-Shaber/e/B001HMPB9U
Nancy Simpson “B.O.Q.” www.authornpsimpson.com
Regina Smeltzer “Retribution” www.reginasmeltzer.net
Jennifer Hudson Taylor "For Love or Liberty" www.jenniferhudsontaylor.net
Ellis Vidler “Prime Target” www.ellisvidler.net
Kathryn R. Wall “Jordan Point” www.kathrynwall.com
Tamara Ward “Concealed Suspicions” www.authortamaraward.com
Lynn Chandler Willis “Wink of an Eye” www.lynnchandlerwillis.com
Bonnie Wisler “Count a Hundred Stars” available at Amazon
Caleb Wygal "Blackbeard's Lost Treasure" www.calebwygal.com
See any new-to-you names on the list of Authors of the Carolinas?
Famous for its celebration of global fiction, this year's Man Booker International Prize competition is among the 13 titles in the longlist below. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator. Previously, the prize had been given every other year to an author for an entire body of work. The new version of the Man Booker International Prize acknowledges the importance of the quality of a translation in a global publication and will now be given annually. The books must have been translated into English and published in the UK.
Click on the titles for more information about the individual books.
The winner is indicated in red.
Author Translator Title
Orhan Pamuk Ekin Oklap, A Strangeness in My Mind
The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, a mix of distinguished international authors and academics.
The Man Booker International Prize longlist was narrowed to six in April, with the winner revealed on May 16th.
Congratulations to all the nominees! 😀
It’s always interesting to see which books editors at any major publication will choose for their “Best of…” lists for the year. The titles are not always bestsellers, but the editors have fallen in love with the story (or the writing) and ta-da! the book makes the list.
Check out the top five choices from 2015, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Click on the links next to the book titles to read their reviews.
“The Door” by Magda Szabo http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/books/review/the-door-by-magda-szabo.html
“A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories” by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/books/review/a-manual-for-cleaning-women-by-lucia-berlin.html
“Outline” by Rachel Cusk http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/books/review/rachel-cusks-outline.html
“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/books/review/12bkr-young.t.html
“The Story of the Lost Child: Book 4 – “Maturity, Old Age” by Elena Ferrante
Have you read any of the books?
Let us know what you thought in the comments below.