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Best Books Lists!

Posted by calibrary on December 17, 2014

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The CA Library elves are busy scouring the Interwebz for year-end best books lists to aggregate for our ginormous Best Books Superlists (here’s the Best YA Books of 2013 Superlist). Look for this year’s superlists during the first week of 2015. Until then, here’s a preview from some of the sources we’ve found…

The 2014 CA Library Holiday Tree!

The 10 Best YA Books of 2014 (Mashable)

10 Best Young Adult Books of 2014 (Popcrush)

Best Young Adult Fiction of 2014 (Goodreads)

Best Books 2014: Young Adult (School Library Journal)

Notable Children’s Books of 2014 (New York Times)

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Posted by calibrary on December 10, 2014

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The CA Library Blog has been nominated for an Edublog Award for Best Library/Librarian Blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who nominated us for the shortlist!

Voting is now closed; congratulations to the winner (see below)! Although the CA Library Blog was not voted as the Best Library/Librarian Blog of 2014, we did finish in the top 5. Thanks to everyone who nominated and/or voted for us!

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Monday Morning Book Buzz

Posted by calibrary on December 8, 2014

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Welcome to the Monday Morning Book Buzz, a preview of notable books being released this week. Some of them will be added to the Academy Library collection; if you read about a title that you would like added to the collection, let me know by either commenting on this post or by contacting me directly at the Library.

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This week’s releases are listed by category: Teen FictionGeneral Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of December 8th:

Teen Fiction

  • Zodiac by Romina Russell (12/9/2014) — Embark on a dazzling journey with Zodiac, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
  • Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (12/9/2014) – Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.
  • Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (12/9/2014) – ”Take The Princess Diaries and add magic, murder and mystery, and you’ve got Suspicion. A delightful read!”–Amy Plum, author of the bestselling Die For Me series
  • For Real by Alison Cherry (12/9/2014) – From Alison Cherry, author of Red, comes a terrific new book about two sisters and one big question: how do you know who’s for real?
  • King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman (12/9/2014) – The long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, of which John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”
  • A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden (12/9/2014) — A moving ghost story that explores the overcoming of loss, and how to move on.
  • Boundary by Heather Terrell (12/9/2014) – After surviving the Hunger Games-like Testing, Eva becomes the Aerie’s first female Archon. The second installment of the Books of Eva continue the harrowing struggle between past and present, Aerie and Boundary.
  • Little White Lies by Katie Dale (12/9/2014) – Fans of Pretty Little Liars will be ensnared in this tale of deceit. Christian is hiding terrible secrets from his girlfriend, Lou. But Lou has told lies as well. What if their accidental meeting wasn’t an accident?

General Fiction

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant (12/9/2014) — From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (12/9/2014) – Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty—dubbed “the Napoleon of crime”—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher (12/9/2014) – A war is raging between the vampire forces of the Red Court and the White Council – a war that the wizards are losing.
  • The Iris Fan: A Novel of Feudal Japan by Laura Joh Rowland (12/9/2014) – Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and place, The Iris Fan is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland’s brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan.
  • Here by Richard McGuire (12/9/2014) – From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision. Richard McGuire’s Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.


  • Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition by Tara Bennett (12/10/2014) — Go inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes of the #1 smash hit FX television show “Sons of Anarchy” with this official book, the only one officially sanctioned by the show’s creator and FX, which offers the definitive insider’s guide to all seven seasons, including the series’ memorable final episode.
  • The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them by Tim Howard (12/9/2014) – In the summer of 2014, Tim Howard became an overnight sensation following his record-breaking 15 saves for the United States national soccer team against Belgium in the World Cup.
  • The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War by Mark Stille (12/9/2014) – From the stunning victory at Pearl Harbor to its dramatic reversal at Midway, the Imperial Japanese Navy swept all before it in its numerous victories in the Pacific and Far Eastern waters.


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