Showing posts from June, 2016



Women Crime Novelists

Women are Writing the Best Crime Novels
The Atlantic

Books mentioned:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

Women Crime Writers:  Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 50s edited by Sarah Weinman

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Secret Place by Tana French

Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah

Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand

What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin

Barnes & Noble

Pulp Friction
New Republic

Discusses the impact of Barnes & Noble, which is in serious financial trouble, closing on the publishing industry, books, and reading.

Quotes of note:

"Even on the brink of closing, Barnes & Noble still accounts for as much as 30 percent of all sales for some publishing houses."

"The retailer provides much of the up-front cash publishers need to survive, in the form of initial orders. Most independent bookstores can’t afford to buy many books in advance; a single carton of 24 books would represent a large order."

"But Barnes & Noble is essential to publishers of literary fiction—the so-called “serious” works that get nominated for Pulitzers and National Book Awards."

The Bookworm Book Clubs

Book clubs that meet at The Bookworm, 2501 S. 90th St., Ste. 111 (90th and Center Streets in Loveland Centre), Omaha.

What Makes This a Classic ... group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

What Are You Reading? (sharing of books by group participants) meets the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m.

Biography group reads and discusses biographies of Americans whose reputation has withstood the test of time. The group meets the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

Wednesday 'Worms Discussion Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids (Aardbaark) meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Books and Bagels book discussion group meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m.

International Intrigue book discussion group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

As the Worm Turns book discussion group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.



July Book Club Meeting

Next meeting details:

Thursday, July 14
5:30 p.m.-??

Contact Maria at for location information.

Hope to see you there!


BookNook is a blog listing book recommendations from various staff members at the Omaha Public Library.  Recent books reviewed include Razzle Dazzle:  The Battle for Broadway by Michael Riedel,Her Majesty's Mischief by Peg Herring, and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Bookstores from Indie Presses

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

34 Photos that Prove All Book Lovers Should Live in Hay-on-Wye

Time for some international travel, though it might be difficult to ever leave!

Book Suggestions

Just Desserts Blog

If you enjoy mysteries, take a look at the Lincoln City Libraries' Just Desserts Mystery Fiction Discussion Book Blog.

Started in 2006, they currently have 34 pages of blog posts for you to browse.  Lots of book recommendations.

Happy Reading!

Research on Writing about Murder



Crime Novels

The 101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade
The Booklist Reader

The list is alphabetical by title and includes a short blurb on each book.

Summer Reads

5 Books to Read This Summer
Bill Gates in his blog gatesnotes

2016 One Book--One Lincoln

Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande is the 2016 One Book--One Lincoln selection.

For more information about the book, related events, and the selection process, check the LCL (Lincoln City Libraries) site here.