Discover the Most Popular Library Books of 2016



Kristen Twardowski

Book lovers in Texas may end up going to battle against book lovers in New York about which books truly ruled 2016. Quartz’s survey of 14 metropolitan U.S. libraries determined what books patrons checked out the most the most in different regions. Some of the results won’t surprise you – everyone wanted to get their hands on The Girl on the Train –  but others hint at the way that interests vary according to place.

Below is a brief sample of the survey results of fiction books in New York, San Antonio, and Washington.

Fiction Survey Results Sample

New York

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
  3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

San Antonio

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. The Book Thief

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Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

Is a phenomenal book and a must read, especially if you have young girls who you’d like to set an extraordinary example of what they could do and become, if they only wanted it enough. Paulette Motzko

via Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

10 Books to Get Your Book Club Talking

Great reading suggestions!

Books on the Table

What makes a good book club book? I discussed this at length in another post (How to Choose Great Book Club Books) over a year ago, but on rereading that post I realize I didn’t clearly state one of the most important criteria: the best book club books are the ones your club is enthusiastic about reading. Yes, one of the best things about being part of a book club is reading books you wouldn’t ordinarily pick up — but that can be one of the worst things too. I would probably never have read Station Eleven — which is one of my all-time favorites — if it hadn’t been a book club selection, but I also would never have suffered through Interview With a Vampire, and I’m never getting back the hours of my life I wasted on Anne Rice. (In fairness to the long-defunct book…

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Our Favorite Books and Why We Love Them

Great inspirational reads!

The Daily Post

At Automattic, we have a plethora of book lovers. We love to read and we love to share. And today, we’re going to share books we’ve loved with you, in the hopes that you’ll return the favor and share your favorite books with us in the comments.

lorilooLori McLeese

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Joan Didion allows us into her year after her husband, Gregory Dunne, died. I read this book once or twice a year, and it always brings tears, though I know the outcome. It’s not a romanticized love story, it’s a real love story, and it’s about those incredible, raw, numbing, forgetful moments you find yourself emerged in as grief washes over you.

My favorite passage:

Was it about faith or was it about grief?

Were faith and grief the same thing?

Were we unusually dependent on one another the summer we swam and…

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Should Indie Publishing Be For You?

Great write up! Very informative!

WordServe Water Cooler

stack-letters-447578_640The average writer is no longer required to only do one form of publishing these days. When I started to investigate the literary world ten years ago, publishing houses just a few years before had started taking queries exclusively from agents and to publish your book without a publishing house was a frowned-upon shortcut for those who didn’t want to do the work on their book to make it publishable. Getting an agent to represent you was difficult as there were only a handful in the industry, but publishing houses wouldn’t look at your work without an agents and agents wanted you to come to them with a contract in hand.

Now, there are more agents than editors—all of them with projects they want to pitch to the handful of remaining houses, hoping their well-known or debut author will strike the fancy of the over-worked editor on the other side…

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The Artist’s Way Review

The Artist's Way 2Book Description

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so-than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

My Review

This is a fabulous book for anyone in need of rekindling their creative side. It doesn’t matter whether you are a writer, potter or photographer; this book will light your fire and get you back on track to being creative.

The book involves a 12-week study of creativity workshops. Each lesson helps you focus on the positive aspects in your life and get rid of the negative. It is not a religious book, but it does focus on your inner self. Believe me; Ms. Cameron has a unique approach that is both inspirational and rewarding.

It is a book you will refer back to many times over the years.

Where to Buy

The Artist’s Way

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art | Review

Book Description

A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being.

Aromatherapy offers countless uses, from cosmetics to therapeutics for balancing body, mind, and spirit.

Drawing on 75 combined years of experience in botanical therapies, Keville and Green update their complete guide with the latest information for aromatherapy practitioners and students, providing an invaluable resource that includes more than 90 formulas for using essential oils in health and first aid, skin and hair care, massage, relaxation, and more.


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being. * Expanded and revised throughout, including new material on ayurvedic and ceremonial aromatherapy, massage, and herbal treatments, as well as updated resources and scientific findings.

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