Thursday, December 11, 2008

12 Days of Books: Day 11

Gift Idea #11: membership ($29.95)

Purpose: For readers needing help picking their next book. “seeks out and recommends only the most interesting and well written books and provides you with everything you need to decide which are right for you.” I’ve been a Bookbrowse member since March, and I can always count on the monthly newsletter to recommend the month’s best books. This month’s newsletter focuses on Bookbrowse’s favorite books of the year. To give you a sense of Bookbrowse’s literary preferences, here are a few of the selections:
  • My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  • Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
  • Fall of Frost by Brian Hall
  • The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
  • Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

Bookbrowse is geared towards serious readers and focuses on literary fiction and non-fiction, so you won’t be bombarded with recommendations for the latest bestsellers. For readers without much time to research their next book, Bookbrowse is a great source for solid recommendations. As an added bonus, members get an opportunity to participate in the First Impressions program, which offers Advanced Review Copies of books once a month.

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