noted writers of fiction each year select the winner and four
runners-up of the PEN/Faulkner Awards for Fiction.
National Book Award
Awards given in
American fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of exceptional
Library Association Notable Books
The Notable Books Council of RUSA, a division of
the American Library
Association, selected these titles for their contribution to the
expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure
they can provide to readers.
National Book Critics Circle
Awards given in American fiction, general
nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism of
exceptional literary value.
Bancroft Prize Winners
Awarded by Columbia University for outstanding books on American
(including biography) and Diplomacy.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in
1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of
Prize for Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recognizes distinguished fiction
published in book form by an American author, preferably dealing with
Nobel Prize for Fiction
Awarded to the author who has, in the words of the
will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most
outstanding work in an ideal direction". One of the
"ideal direction" which is the homage paid to those
great artistic achievements that are characterized by uncompromising
"integrity" in the depiction of the human predicament.
The Edgar Award
The Mystery Writers of America awards authors of
Philip K. Dick Award
Award given annually for best American science
fiction in paperback.
by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS).
The Christy Award
excellence in Christian Fiction written by contemporary authors.
annually to the best published romance novels in thirteen catagories by
the Romance Writers of America.
are my blood and my world. I've always understood passion for books and
being obsessed by them. I know what they can do to you. Storing them
forever and enjoying their company is always reassuring."
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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
||Shades of Grey: The Road to High
by Jasper Fforde
dystopian tale takes place at least 500 years in the future in a world
where social class is determined by the dominant color one can
perceive. All citizens are expected to follow the laws of Munsell which
take the concepts of bureaucracy and government overreach to such
bizarre lengths that a typo which results in outlawing the
manufacturing of spoons is taken seriously creating a shortage of
spoons, and one's ability to devise loopholes prepares them well for a
life in public service. Swatches of color are used to heal people. Our
protagonist finds himself in a part of his world known to be sketchy
when his father, a swatchman, is called to serve the local citizens.
This is the most creative and engaging dystopian book I have read in a
long time. Fair warning, according to Fforde, the sequel is not
expected until 2015.
Susan Fowler, Library Assistant
by Veronica Roth
is the third title in the Divergent trilogy. If you enjoyed
Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and/or The Testing, chances are good you
will enjoy this series as well. This final
installment is told from the perspective of Tris (the protagonist in
first two books) and Tobias. The story
takes unpredictable plot twists making it hard to put down. Roth
delivers a depth of emotional maturity and insight, especially in
interpersonal relationships, that is refreshing in the science fiction
dystopian genre. The movie version of the first book is due for release
in March 2014
Susan Fowler, Library Assistant
by Stephen King
some ways this sequel to The Shining was darker
then the first and in others it was lighter. If you have not read The
Shining, you should berore reading this. In Doctor
Sleep we get to meet Danny as an adult and at his bottom-- a
desolate state of deep alcoholism-- and watch him move on from there.
His path is not an easy one as he awakens from his drunken stupor he is
faced with nightmares he has been avoiding for years. But this story is
not just about Danny, it includes a little girl that rivels King's
Firestarter and a band of truly evil
baddies. Best of all, it is emotionally enthralling and addictive. I
even shed a few tears at the end.
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Britannica's Great Books of the Western World
and editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica believe this collection
represents the essential core of the Western literary canon.
Kemper Reading Picks
Kemper Fellows, MU faculty recognized for their
teaching excellence, have compiled the following list of influential
books. Rather than reinventing the many existing lists of top books,
these outstanding Mizzou professors from multiple disciplines chose
books published since the year 1900 that have been influential in
society or in their personal lives.
Booklist's Best Adult Genre
Fiction of the Year
a publication of the ALA, asks librarians to select an annual list of
outstanding books in eight adult genre fiction.
Notable 100 Books
Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Magazine's Top 100 Books
critics pick the best novels in English from 1923 to the present
intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the
of libraries around the globe.
Library's Top 100
lists of best novels and best nonfiction compiled by the Modern
editorial board, by readers, and a rival list, The Radcliffe Publishing
|The Big Read
Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts,
designed to restore
reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in
partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in