The Connecticut Book Awards

"The Connecticut Center for the Book, a Connecticut Humanities program, announced the finalists for its 2018 Connecticut Book Awards.

These recognize and honor authors and illustrators who have created the best books in or about the state in the past year, according to a press release.

“Storytelling is as powerful a mechanism as ever in sharing places, cultures, histories and the human experience,” Lisa Comstock, director of the Connecticut Center for the Book said in a prepared statement.

“The Connecticut Book Awards honor those who, through the written word, engage, connect and enlighten us with their exemplary works.”

Between three and five finalists have been selected in each of five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Readers (Young Adult, and Young Readers — Juvenile). Five distinguished judges per category read each entry and reviewed works using rigorous criteria. A total of 140 books were submitted this year, up 28 percent over last year, the release said."

- The Middletown Press

Fiction Abby Fabiaschi, of West Hartford, “I Liked My Life”

Jane Green, of Westport, “The Sunshine Sisters”

Georgia Hunter, of Rowayton, “We Were the Lucky Ones”

Courtney Maum, of Norfolk, “Touch”

Connecticut native Rene Denfeld, of Portland, Oregon, “The Child Finder”

Nonfiction Virginia DeJohn Anderson of Boulder, Colorado, “The Martyr and the Traitor — Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution”

Duo Dickinson, of Madison and Steve Culpepper of New Haven, “A Home Called New England”

David Hays of Chester, “Setting the Stage: What We Do, How We Do It, and Why”

James C. Scott, of Durham, “Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States”

Poetry Gina Athena Ulysse of Middletown, “Because When God is too Busy”

Jose B. Gonzalez of Quaker Hill, “When Love was Reels”

John Surowiecki of Amston, “Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress”

Charles Rafferty of Sandy Hook, “The Smoke of Horses”

Young Readers — Young Adult Jake Burt of Hamden, “Greetings from Witness Protection!”

Karen Romano Young of Bethel, “Whale Quest”

Sarah Albee of Watertown, “Poison”

Young Readers — Juvenile (includes authors and illustrators) Gigi Priebe of New Canaan, “The Adventures of Henry Whiskers”

Lauren Baratz-Logsted of Danbury, “I Love You, Michael Collins”

Susan Hood of Southport, “Double Take! A New Look at Opposites”

Deborah Freedman of Hamden, “This House, Once”

Andrea Wisnewski of Storrs, “Trio, The Tale of a Three-legged Cat”

5 Books To Read Before They Come Alive On The Big Screen

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"Books are being adapted into movies left and right. So many great films from this year came from bestselling novels, believe it or not. But before you cozy up with your popcorn and wait for the lights to dim in the theatre, read up to see what you can expect."

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  3. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  5. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

 

Taken from Essence.

The 15 Most Popular Re-Read Books

According To Goodreads:

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  6. Every Other Harry Potter Book
  7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  12. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  15. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Taken from Bustle.

Books This Week You Won't Want to Miss

1. "Cottage by the Sea" by Debbie Macomber

In-store and online by Macomber: A Girl's Guide to Moving OnSusannah's GardenOrchard Valley Grooms

2. "Give Me Your Hand" by Megan Abbott

3. "When They Go Low, We Go High" by Philip Collins

4. "Baby Teeth" by Zoje Stage

5. "The Sinners" by Ace Atkins

In-store and online by Atkins: Lullaby:  A Spenser Novel

 

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

Bestselling Books - 2018

There are often discussions amongst friends, family, coworkers -- you name it -- about the best books to read. Publisher's Weekly has put together a list divided into categories: Print books and eBooks from Barnes and Noble NOOK and Apple iBooks.

 

Read more here.

Fill-A-Bag Sale

Don't know what to do with your plastic bags from grocery stores? Come on in during the month of May to fill those bags for $15 each with as many books as you can marked $5 and under!

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