Book-O-Picker

Happy 2016! Welcome to the all new Book-O-Picker.

Pick books effortlessly by searching from more than 1,400 authors and their books. Create a better TBR today!

(Books published 1915-2015).

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This Story’s Aftershocks are Hard to Shake (Ep. 56)

Reign of Books Podcast is a discussion of our current reads and includes spoilers galore. Check out Book Talks in menu for short spoilercast on the book.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (pt2/finale), Ep. 56

 

 

The price of admission is well worth it, with the book showing us not only a compelling, frightening world but packing it with a brutal realism depicting how its inhabitants are forced to survive (as individuals and as a society). Jemisin masterfully holds back details of this world, letting us experience the story with the characters as events unfold and letting the consequences of their actions slowly sink in. This happens in deeply personal ways and makes the story feel more than mere fantasy. I reeled from the trauma that each of the three lead female characters experienced and marveled at their determination to continue on. The women’s stories pack an emotional weight that becomes the center of the narrative and takes hold quickly.

An Unstable World that Breeds Fear (Ep. 55)

Reign of Books Podcast is a discussion of our current reads and includes spoilers galore. Check out Book Talks in menu for short spoilercast on the book.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (pt1), Ep. 55

 

 

The Earth breaks frequently, and with devastating effect. Earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tsunamis all conspire to erase any trace of human society, and, incidentally, the species itself. The skeletons of forgotten civilizations (“deadciv” ruins) that litter the landscape are a testament to the endless war the Earth wages on us. Thus the scene is set for the Fifth Season, named so for the cataclysmic events in the book.

 

Most Wanted Books – A Visual Guide

What books from the last 15 years are most popular with book lovers? Diving into Goodreads bookshelf data, we found that dystopian and fantasy fiction have been huge among this social reading community.

Explore the chart by hovering over sections with your mouse or tapping the screen (better on desktop). Hover over the authors’ names to light up the bubble chart like a Christmas tree or click their names for more book details.

What did we learn at a glance?

George R.R. Martin really does average five years between books in his Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games books, has a highly rated young reader fantasy series called the Underland Chronicles that she penned before her YA dystopian trilogy. And Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, though found on many bookshelves, consistently fell below the average ratings for books published in the same year. Explore and enjoy this treasure trove of book goodness. Send us feedback or questions on what other book charts you’d like to see. Happy reading!

 

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What the Star Wars book reboot looks like

The Star Wars book galaxy has gotten a reboot along with the movie franchise, and there are 25 new books that have been published so far.

With less than 24 hours until Star Wars either flies again or self destructs (creatively) at the box office with Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, we take a look at what the creative minds behind the books have done with the space saga. Disney has wiped the slate clean and designated official, or “canon,” books to continue the story of Star Wars (all the previous volumes of Star Wars books are now considered “legacy” or unofficial). This has created lots of debate among fans. The Internet has plenty to say on it…

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Click to interact with R2-D2 and pick a Star Wars book.

 

The “canon” books are just starting to roll out. Only 24 novels (and one novella) exist (minus the movie adaptations). The majority are junior novels, putting the original works for adults at a mere eight books. I understand this to a degree – it prevents spoiling the new movies by not giving away what happens to the major characters after Return of the Jedi. Instead authors mostly focus on new/side characters and other aspects of the galaxy. I’ll reserve judgement on whether or not the Star Wars canon novels can become something great. I listened to Aftermath and loved it. It’s got fans split, but Star Wars is as American as apple pie and everyone has an opinion on where it should go.

Check out the interactive visualization on the “canon” books that are already available. Help R2-D2 get the right book for you!