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Where are the book reviews?

Those of us who love to read, usually like to read book reviews. That’s how we build our list of books-to-read-sometime.

Many newspapers and magazines have cut back or eliminated book reviews. NPR and CNBC are moving in to fill the void a bit. NPR.org is adding weekly reviews and hiring six new reviewers. (Will they read all day? What a great job!)

CNBC has launched its own book blog, Bullish on Books. It will focus on business, management, and personal finance titles and coordinate with the authors who appear on the cable news channel.

Of course there are other book reviews sources to be found on the internet and still some in print. Our librarians try to keep up with new titles too and many new popular titles are in our Hot Picks section and in our Staff Picks blog. Or, next time you’re in one of our locations, pick up the latest issue of BookPage, a free monthly publication, compliments of KPL. 

Come visit soon!

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Comments

Great to comment about the reviews! NPR is a good call - the NPR: Books Podcast is usually worth a listen. http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=89697155
I like reading the reviews in The Week magazine. There are reviews pulled from other sources as well as reviews from a famous author on his/her favorite books. I like how not all the reviews are favorable toward reading the book--they are, however, realistic in what downfalls the book might have combined with its assets.
The Kalamazoo Gazette publishes a monthly insert entitled "Generations", a periodical for older adults. Each month this small periodical reviews a half dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction. I find that I get a lot of my ideas about what to read from this periodical.
I really enjoy Nancy Pearl's picks on NPR, especially her August 20 list, Mysteries You Might Have Missed Along the Way: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111743357
Great article - very detailed and interesting .
I like reading the reviews in The Week magazine. There are reviews pulled from other sources as well as reviews from a famous author on his/her favorite books. I like how not all the reviews are favorable toward reading the book--they are, however, realistic in what downfalls the book might have combined with its assets.
Book reviews are the best ways to know a book without reading a book. It enlightens the main facts about the book and gets to know its quality as well.