Help Me Stay On Top of Current Literature in 2013!
December 18, 2012 6:22 PM   Subscribe

Help Me Stay On Top of Great Literature in 2013!

I am committed in the coming year to read the New Hotness in Books and stay current on what's seizing the Zeitgeist on the national shelves. Help me by offering your advice on the best sources to keep track of new developments in literature from all sources - bestsellers, indie, cutting-edge controversial, nonfiction, etc.
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Morning News Tournament of Books, every year in March.
posted by snorkmaiden at 6:26 PM on December 18, 2012


I always keep an eye on Amazon's Best Books of the Month. They aren't all always to my taste but a fair number of them are.
posted by something something at 6:28 PM on December 18, 2012


Read The Millions every week or so.
posted by arco at 6:30 PM on December 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Millions. (Beaten in preview...heartily seconded!)
posted by gnomeloaf at 6:31 PM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Millions, yeah!
posted by matildaben at 6:44 PM on December 18, 2012


Some others:

The Times Literary Supplement
Indie Next List
New York Review of Books (not affiliated with the New York Times, but you could check their book reviews too...)
NPR's book section
Three Percent (review of translated books)
Bookslut (book review site)
Raintaxi (book review site)

If you've got any decent bookstores within driving distance, try periodically scanning their featured books tables or shelves. Also, if you read a book next year that you really like, Googling the title can turn up interesting blogs written by people with similar tastes to yours.
posted by Bufo_periglenes at 6:50 PM on December 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


MaudNewton.com.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:02 PM on December 18, 2012


Go directly to Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Then go to Arts & Letters Daily.
posted by mintcake! at 8:06 PM on December 18, 2012


Conversational Reading
The Guardian Books Blog
posted by Monsieur Caution at 8:35 PM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


KCRW's "Bookworm" program.
posted by nacho fries at 8:39 PM on December 18, 2012


Oh, and:
Slate.com monthly books section
Los Angeles Review of Books
posted by matildaben at 8:46 PM on December 18, 2012


The Complete Review.
posted by misteraitch at 11:49 PM on December 18, 2012


The Rumpus.
posted by dekathelon at 12:29 AM on December 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Books on the Nightstand podcast

Oh, also on GoodReads you can follow people with tastes similar to yours and see what they're reading, and also browse lists of upcoming books in different genres.
posted by Asparagus at 7:00 AM on December 19, 2012


Sign up for Library Journal's Prepub Alert newsletter to find out what new titles are coming up.
posted by exceptinsects at 10:52 AM on December 19, 2012


The Tournament of Books happens in March, but you can start early! The list for March 2013 was just published this morning.
posted by gladly at 5:57 AM on December 20, 2012


Arts and Letters Daily

As a librarian, for reviews of new books I use Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews (my personal favorite: they are not afraid to get sassy!), and Booklist.

A more reader/book group/consumer-friendly magazine is Book Page.
posted by Calicatt at 11:30 AM on December 20, 2012


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