Trying to fill that one Winter Bingo Square with an Award-Winning book? Look no further! There are so many to choose from, in so many genres, I’ll just mention a few titles and then give you links to lists, so many lists!
I’ll start with local award winners: The Anisfield Book Awards. I have attended the ceremony for the past couple of years and find it inspiring and a source of incredible reading material. Here are a couple of books honored there:
Then there’s the National Book Awards, a source of a fantastic array of titles, such as the following:
Love a mystery? Check out the Edgar Awards and a couple of titles they’ve chosen to honor:
And there’s also The Hugo Awards, for works of science fiction and fantasy, the RITA Awards for romance, the Eisner Awards for graphic novels and so many more. If you need help choosing a title, stop by the Reference Desk – we’ll be glad to help!
Eight out of my top ten this year I listened to on CDs during my commutes. Half are written by women and half by men. Half of these also have a strong connection to Hollywood or the entertainment industry, which is one of my favorite subjects in both fiction and non-fiction. Try out some of these recommended titles for yourself and Happy Holidays!
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
narrated by Wil Wheaton
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
narrated by Neil Gaiman
Circe by Madeline Miller
narrated by Perdita Weeks
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
narrated by Elizabeth McGovern
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
narrated by Kimberly Farr
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
narrated by Sean Runnette
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
narrated by Kathe Mazur
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 by Jeanine Basinger
Bonus: Two 5 star films in my opinion. One deservedly received recognition in last year’s awards season. The other is in limited theatrical release right now, so you would have to wait for the movie to be available at our library.
Lady Bird (2017) directed by Greta Gerwig
Mirai (2018) directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Are you seeing a pattern here? My third post about audio books. I will admit that this year I am committing myself to more books, and audio books have helped me inch toward my goal.
Did you know that the library offers audiobooks in numerous formats? I have listened to all my audiobooks through Overdrive – it’s so easy. I go to my overdrive app, go to Clevenet digital library, peruse their awesome collection, once I’ve chosen a book, I tap borrow, tap on go to loans, go to my bookshelf, tap on title so that download will begin, and listen.
You can also visit Hoopla, another digital media service offered to our patrons. You can download the Hoopla site through the main page of the Rocky River library website. Once you have created an account, you have even more awesome titles to choose from for your next audio pick.
We also offer Play-aways. Play-away comes pre-loaded and ready use with one audiobook per device, making them super simple for your use. All you need is a set of headphones and a triple A battery.
Last, but not least, lets not forget about the CD’s. If you have a CD player at home, this is the route to go. Our CD collection has fiction, nonfiction, biography, new titles, classics – you name it!
Some of my favorite audiobooks I’ve listened to this year are:
If you are looking for ways to fit more books into your life, audio books is a great way to do it. You can listen anywhere. Many prefer to listen while driving or exercising. I prefer to listen while knitting or doing housework. Others have shared with me that they listen while working on a puzzle. I would like to invite you to join us at the library to listen to The Essential Agatha Christie Stories on Monday mornings in May at 11AM. It’s a small gathering in our Community room, seated around a puzzle, fresh cup of coffee in hand & tasty cookie, while a central speaker broadcasts some good mysteries as if it were long ago. Sounds pretty relaxing, eh? Not available to join us, keep in mind, Spring is in the air. Maybe you are finding yourself outdoors more often, possibly gardening or walking. Why not catch up on your reading while enjoying the outdoors with an audio book. Below are some recommended titles. Give it a try!
AUDIO BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
AUDIO BOOKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
BEST NARRATED AUDIO BOOKS
THE LATEST AND GREATEST AUDIO PICKS
(GET YOURSELF ON THE HOLD LIST ASAP)