Wednesday, 9 January 2013

What shall I read in 2013?

Wondering what to read in 2013? We've collected a few lists and tools to help make your reading choices a bit easier!

Good Reads users have curated over 100 2013 Book Lists and Richard and Judy have been hard at work producing their list of Spring Reads for 2013. 

The Costa Prize List has attracted a good deal of press attention this week with the winning book to be  announced at the end of January. Five successful authors will now compete for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year grand prize - and you can reserve them all from the library. Husband and wife team, Mary and Bryan Talbot, jointly win the Costa Biography Award for  Dotter of Her Father’s EyesHilary Mantel,  takes the Costa Novel Award for Bring up the Bodies, which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Journalist, critic and writer Francesca Segal's debut novel The Innocents wins the Costa First Novel Award. Poet, Kathleen Jamie's book The Overhaul,  is described by the judges as  ‘the collection that will convert you to poetry’. Writer-illustrator and dyslexia campaigner, Sally Gardner, who as a child was once branded ‘unteachable’, and now takes the Costa Children’s Book Award for Maggot Moon.

Both The Guardian and The Telegraph offered literary previews for 2013 and The Huffington Post also produced a year ahead in books list for 2013. If you're a chick lit fan this list might be what you are after. Or you could try the American literary website The Millions for another 'most anticipated releases' list.

Don't trust humans? If you'd prefer a robot to make your new year reading choices for you, here are a couple of online tools to make your dreams come true. The Bookulating Suggest-o-meter is an entertaining way of choosing new authors - watch the film at the start - it's the best bit! If you have a Twitter account BookRx recommends books you might find interesting by analysing your Twitter activity. 

This is a very quick round up of lists we've come across in the past week. What have we missed? And what are your suggestions for 2013? Let us know in the comments!

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