Book reviews have been popular blog posts in the past, so here are a few more.
Fool by Christopher Moore
Readalikes include Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Readalikes: Across the Universe or Hunger Games
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Abby the Librarian wrote, or read Jeff Kinney's comparison of Wonderstruck and Okay for Now. Brian Selznick's other novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret became the movie, Hugo, last year.
Neverwhere written and read by Neil Gaiman
Before Gaiman wrote a script for Dr. Who, even before his books, Coraline and Stardust became movies, he wrote about how it feels to disconnect from the world. Gaiman reads this story himself, and does a wonderful job (though it may not be optimal in a car as the quietest whispers and loudest shouts tend to happen one-after-another). Neverwhere is a modern fairy-tale, dark, uncomfortable at times, and rich with imagery.
Read-alikes include: Susanna Clarke, Clive Barker, or Kurt Vonnegut, or Walter Moers
A Crack in the Edge of the World written and read by Simon Winchester
A Crack in the Edge of the World came about decades later when an editor asked if geology had any great stories to tell. This book covers Winchester's road trip across America's geology, the history of San Francisco's growth, and the impact of the San Andreas Fault today (Alaska pipeline, anyone?). Winchester's elocution is inspiring and soothing, at least to my ears. The print version has an amazing fold-out cover (no longer possible to view on the library's copy or any paperback) covering all of Winchester's books.
Where do you go for book suggestions? Are there books you have heard of, but would like to read more about?