Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List 2024

Since 2009, the Texas Library Association has published the the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List, highlighting outstanding fiction published during the past year that merits special attention from adult readers. Here are the titles from the 2024 list that are in the TBP collection.

For more information: https://txla.org/tools-resources/reading-lists/lariat/current-list/

ALL THE SINNERS BLEED by S. A. Cosby (DB 115237)
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT KITTY KARR? by Crystal Smith Paul (DB 114592 IN PROCESS)
EMILY WILDE’S ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF FAERIES by Heather Fawcett (DB 112234, BR 24964 IN PROCESS)
FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros (DB 115206, BR 25277 IN PROCESS)
GIRL CALLED SAMSON by Amy Harmon (DB 114233)
GO AS A RIVER by Shelley Read (DB 117785 IN PROCESS)
GOOD NIGHT, IRENE by Luis Alberto Urrea (DB 114929)
HELLO STRANGER by Katherine Center (DB 115383, BR 25244 IN PROCESS, LB 14819)
HORSE by Geraldine Brooks (DB 108556, LB 14085)
INK BLOOD SISTER SCRIBE by Emma Törzs (LB 14844)
MAAME by Jessica George (DB 112961)
MOTHER-DAUGHTER MURDER NIGHT by Nina Simon (DB 116413)
NO TWO PERSONS by Erica Bauermeister (DB 114586 IN PROCESS)
QUIET TENANT by Clémence Michallon (DB 116945 IN PROCESS, LB 14512)
RIVER WE REMEMBER by William Kent Krueger (DB 116354)
ROMANTIC COMEDY by Curtis Sittenfeld (DB 113860, BR 24945 IN PROCESS, LB 14285)
SPITE HOUSE by Johnny Compton (DB 115899)
STARLING HOUSE by Alix E. Harrow (DB 116445)
SYMPHONY OF SECRETS by Brendan Slocumb (DB 114928)
TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett (DB 116555, BR 25129 IN PROCESS, LB 14828)
WHALEFALL by Daniel Kraus (IN PROCESS)
YELLOWFACE by R. F. Kuang (DB 114930, BR 24934 IN PROCESS, LB 14812)
YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez (DB 114035)

2024 Texas Topaz Youth Nonfiction Reading List

Texas Library Association has created a list that highlights outstanding nonfiction published during the past three years that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. This list is the Texas Topaz Youth Reading List. Here are the items from the 2024 list that are in the TBP collection.

For More Information: https://txla.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Texas-Topaz-List_Youth-Annotated_final.pdf

GRADES K-2

BEAK BOOK by Robin Page (DB 115526)
CAVES by Nell Cross Beckerman (DB 111301)
CHAMPION CHOMPERS, SUPER STINKERS AND OTHER POEMS BY EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS by Linda Ashman (IN PROCESS)
 HOW DO YOU SPELL UNFAIR?: MACNOLIA COX AND THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE by Carole Boston Weatherford (DB 115677 IN PROCESS)
POLAR BEAR by Candace Fleming (DB 112429)

GRADES 3-5

ADVENTURES OF DR. SLOTH: REBECCA CLIFFE AND HER QUEST TO PROTECT SLOTHS by Suzi Eszterhas (DB 110554)
HOLDING HER OWN: THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE OF JACKIE ORMES by Traci N. Todd (DB 112392)
JUST JERRY: HOW DRAWING SHAPED MY LIFE by Jerry Pinkney (DB 115908)

GRADES 6-8

AGENT MOST WANTED: THE NEVER-BEFORE STORY OF THE MOST DANGEROUS SPY OF WORLD WAR II by Sonia Purnell (DB 110047)
BUZZKILL: A WILD WANDER THROUGH THE WEIRD AND THREATENED WORLD OF BUGS by Brenna Maloney (DB 111662)
HOPE WINS: A COLLECTION OF INSPIRING STORIES FOR YOUNG READERS (DB 108650, LB 14334)
INAUGURAL BALLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST US WOMEN’S OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM by Andrew Maraniss (DB 110512, LB 14383)
LONG TIME COMING: A LYRICAL BIOGRAPHY OF RACE IN AMERICA FROM ONA JUDGE TO BARACK OBAMA by Ray Anthony Shepard (DB 115751)
MONA LISA VANISHES: A LEGENDARY PAINTER, A SHOCKING HEIST, AND THE BIRTH OF A GLOBAL CELEBRITY by Nick Day (DB 116805)
MONKEY TRIAL: JOHN SCOPES AND THE BATTLE OVER TEACHING EVOLUTION by Anita Sanchez (DB 114312)

GRADES 9-12

ACCOUNTABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF A RACIAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT AND THE TEENAGERS WHOSE LIVES IT CHANGED by Dashka Slater (DB 116594)
AMERICAN MURDERER: THE PARASITE THAT HAUNTED THE SOUTH by Gail Jarrow (DB 110750, BR 24570)
FACE FOR PICASSO: COMING OF AGE WITH CROUZON SYNDROME by Ariel Henley (DB 106407, BR 24036)
FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: THE KILLING OF VINCENT CHIN AND THE TRIAL THAT GALVANIZED THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT by Paula Yoo (DB 103862)
MONEY OUT LOUD: ALL THE FINANCIAL STUFF NO ONE TAUGHT US by Berna Anat (DB 117606 IN PROCESS)
WORK WITH WHAT YOU GOT: A MEMOIR by Zion Clark (IN PROCESS)

2024 Texas Topaz Adult Nonfiction Reading List

Texas Library Association has created a list that highlights outstanding nonfiction published during the past three years that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. Here are the items from the 2024 the Texas Topaz Reading List that are in the TBP collection.

For More Information: 2024 Texas Topaz List_Adult Annotated (txla.org)

ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: FROM EMBALMERS TO EXECUTIONERS, AND EXPLORATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE DEATH THEIR LIFE’S WORK by Hayley Campbell (DB 110278)
ART THIEF: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, CRIME, AND A DANGEROUS OBSESSION by Michael Finkel (DB 115367, LB 14518)
ATLAS OF THE HEART: MAPPING MEANINGFUL CONNECTION AND THE LANGUAGE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE by Brené Brown (DB 106540, BR 24796 IN PROCESS, LB 13602)
BARBIZON: THE HOTEL THAT SET WOMEN FREE by Paulina Bren (DB 103460)
BEAVERLAND: HOW ONE WEIRD RODENT MADE AMERICA by Leila Philip (DB 112050)
COBALT RED: HOW THE BLOOD OF THE CONGO POWERS OUR LIVES by Siddharth Kara (DB 112317)
FATTY FATTY BOOM BOOM: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAT, AND FAMILY by Rabia Chaudry (DB 113084, LB 14612)
FEVER IN THE HEARTLAND: THE KU KLUX KLAN’S PLOT TO TAKE OVER AMERICA, AND THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED THEM by Timothy Egan (DB 114864)
FOREVER WITNESS: HOW DNA AND GENEALOGOY SOLVED A COLD CASE DOUBLE MURDER by Edward Humes (DB 112528)
FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THINGS by Matthew Perry (DB 110888, LB 14205)
GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM: AND OTHER HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO BECOME AMERICAN by Wajahat Ali (DBC 27456)
GREAT ESCAPE: A TRUE STORY OF FORCED LABOR AND IMMIGRANT DREAMS IN AMERICA by Saket Soni (DB 113144)
HIJAB BUTCH BLUES: A MEMOIR by Lamya H. (DB IN PROCESS)
HYSTERICAL: A MEMOIR by Elissa Bassist (DB 113145)
JACQUES PEPIN ART OF THE CHICKEN: A MASTER CHEF’S PAINTINGS, STORIES, AND RECIPES OF THE HUMBLE BIRD by Jacques Pepin (DB 112702, BR 24763 IN PROCESS)
LIFE IN FIVE SENSES: HOW EXPLORING THE SENSES GOT ME OUT OF MY HEAD AND INTO THE WORLD by Gretchen Rubin (DB 114675 IN PROCESS, LB 14423)
LIGHT WE CARRY: OVERCOMING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES by Michelle Obama (DB 111237, BR 24710 IN PROCESS)
MONSTER’S BONES: THE DISCOVERY OF T REX AND HOW IT SHOOK OUR WORLD by David K. Randall (IN PROCESS)
MY FIRST POPSICLE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FOOD AND FEELINGS (LB 14504)
ROUGH SLEEPERS: DR. JIM O’CONNELL’S URGENT MISSION TO BRING HEALING TO HOMELESS PEOPLE by Tracy Kidder (IN PROCESS)
SCENES FROM MY LIFE: A MEMOIR by Michael Kenneth Williams (DB 109789)
STAY TRUE: A MEMOIR by Hua Hsu (DB 110669)
TELL ME EVERYTHING: THE STORY OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION by Erika Krouse (DB 108142)
UNRAVELING: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE WHILE SHEARING SHEEP, DYEING WOOL, AND MAKING THE WORLD’S UGLIEST SWEATER by Peggy Orenstein (DB 113482)
WE SHOULD NOT BE FRIENDS: THE STORY OF A FRIENDSHIP by Will Schwalbe (DB 113625)
YOU COULD MAKE THIS PLACE BEAUTIFUL: A MEMOIR by Maggie Smith (DB 115170)

Goodreads 2023 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2023. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a new author? Goodreads members chose WEYWARD by Emilia Hart (DB 113239, BR 24933 IN PROCESS) as their debut novel for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? POVERTY, BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond (DB 113856, LB 14415) was chosen as the best non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’ve had a busy holiday season and don’t want to read anything too heavy. Readers selected HAPPY PLACE by Emily Henry (DB 114742, BR 24897 IN PROCESS) as their favorite romance novel.  No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2023

Best Fiction

YELLOWFACE by R. F. Kuang (DB 114930, BR 24934 IN PROCESS)

Best Historical Fiction

WEYWARD by Emilia Hart (DB 113239, BR 24933 IN PROCESS)

Best Romance

HAPPY PLACE by Emily Henry (DB 114742, BR 24897 IN PROCESS)

Best Romantasy

FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros (DB 115206)

Best Fantasy

HELL BENT by Leigh Bardugo (DB 112194, BR 24761 IN PROCESS)

Best Science Fiction

IN THE LIVES OF PUPPETS by T. J. Klune (DB 114494)

Best Horror

HOLLY by Stephen King (DB 116600 IN PROCESS, BR 25169 IN PROCESS)

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

DIVINE RIVALS by Rebecca Ross (DB 116476 IN PROCESS)

Best Debut Novel

WEYWARD by Emilia Hart (DB 113239, BR 24933 IN PROCESS)

Best Nonfiction

POVERTY, BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond (DB 113856, LB 14415)

Best Memoir & Autobiography

WOMAN IN ME by Britney Spears (DB 116686 IN PROCESS)

Best History & Biography

WAGER: A TALE OF SHIPWRECK, MUTINY, AND MURDER by David Grann (DB 113965, LB 14399)

Best Humor

BEING HENRY: THE FONZ…AND BEYOND by Henry Winkler (DB IN PROCESS)

2023 Awards Finalists

There are so MANY literary awards. It can be easy to forget about some of the smaller or more niche honors amidst the big ones like the National Book Awards and the Nobel Prize for Fiction. So, we took this opportunity to showcase some of the award finalists in our collection from some of those less well-known literary prizes.

2023 Award Finalists in the NLS Collection:

BIRNAM WOOD by Eleanor Catton (DB 115924)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Fiction
DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver (DB 110786, LB 14284)
2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Finalist
EXTRAORDINARY DEATHS OF MRS. KIP by Sara Brunsvold (DB 110658)
2023 Christy Award Finalist for First Novel
FACTORY GIRLS by Michelle Gallen (DB 115059)
2023 Encore Award Finalist for Fiction
HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE by James McBride (DB 115655)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Fiction
HIDDEN PRINCE by Tessa Afshar (DB 111756)
2023 Christy Award Finalist for Historical Novel
HOW NOT TO KILL YOURSELF: A PORTRAIT OF A SUICIDAL MIND by Clancy Martin (DB 114679)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan Escoffery (DB 110662, BR 24735)
2023 Booker Prize Finalist
JOAO BY A THREAD by Roger Mello (DB 113457, BR 24950)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Younger Readers
JULIA AND THE SHARK by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (DB 114633)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Middle Grades
LAST SUMMER ON STATE STREET by Toya Wolfe (DB 109023)
2023 PEN Open Award Finalist
MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell (DB 110129, BR 24589, LB 14174)
2023 Women’s Prize in Fiction Finalist
MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM by Ilyon Woo (DB 112758)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
MR. B: GEORGE BALANCHINE’S 20TH CENTURY by Jennifer Homans (DB 111898)
2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Nonfiction
SHUTTER by Ramona Emerson (DB 112989)
2023 PEN Open Award Finalist
SOUND OF LIGHT by Sarah Sundin (DB 113572)
2023 Christy Award Finalist for Historical Romance
THIS OTHER EDEN by Paul Harding (DB 113243, BR 24845)
2023 Booker Prize Finalist
TO WIN A PRINCE by Toni Shiloh (DB 110386 IN PROCESS)
2023 Christy Award Finalist for Contemporary Romance
TRESPASSES by Louise Kennedy (DB 114416)
2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Finalist
WONDERLAND TRIALS by Sara Ella (DB 112298)
2023 Christy Award Finalist for Young Adults

For more information on:

The Booker Prize www.thebookerprizes.com/booker-prize/about-the-booker-prize
The Christy Awards: www.christyawards.com/index.html
The Encore Awards: www.rsliterature.org/the-encore-award/
The Kirkus Awards: www.kirkusreviews.com/prize/
The PEN Open Book Award: www.pen.org/pen-open-book-award/
The Women’s Prize for Fiction: www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/

National Book Award Nominees 2023

The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honor the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year.

For more information on the National Book Awards: https://www.nationalbook.org/

The longlist of nominees were announced on September 13-15, the finalists were chosen on October 3, and the winners will be selected on November 15, 2023.

The nominees for this year’s National Book Awards in the TBP Collection:

Fiction

THIS OTHER EDEN by Paul Harding (DB 113243, BR 24845 IN PROCESS)
LOOT by Tania James (DB 115153 IN PROCESS)
CHAIN-GANG ALL STARS by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (DB 114336)

Nonfiction

REDISCOVERY OF AMERICA: NATIVE PEOPLES AND THE UNMAKING OF U.S. HISTORY by Ned Blackhawk (DB 115217 IN PROCESS)
KING: A LIFE by Jonathan Eig (DB 115189)
LILIANA’S INVINCIBLE SUMMER: A SISTER’S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE by Cristina Rivera Garza (DB 115091)
ORDINARY NOTES by Christina Elizabeth Sharpe (DB 114934 IN PROCESS)
FIRE WEATHER: A TRUE STORY FROM A HOTTER WORLD by John Valliant (IN PROCESS)
I SAW DEATH COMING: A HISTORY OF TERROR AND SURVIVAL IN THE WAR AGAINST RECONSTRUCTION by Kidada E. Williams (DB 114200 IN PROCESS)

Translated Literature

THIS IS NOT MIAMI by Fernanda Melchor
Translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes (IN PROCESS)
ABYSS by Pilar Quintana
Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman (DB 115593 IN PROCESS)

Poetry

HOW TO COMMUNICATE: POEMS by John Lee Clark (DB 113879 IN PROCESS, BR 24891 IN PROCESS)
PROMISES OF GOLD / PROMESAS DE ORO by José Olivarez (DB 114551 IN PROCESS)

Young People’s Literature

SIMON SORT OF SAYS by Erin Bow (DB 113782)
FORGET ME NOT by Alyson Derrick (DB 115486 IN PROCESS)

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced! The Pulitzer Prize, established in 1917 by provisions in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, is a prestigious award with 21 categories honoring achievements in journalism, literature, and music. For the first time in its 105-year history, two books were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Check them out, along with the other literature winners, through the Talking Book Program:

Fiction
DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver
DB 110786, LB 14284

TRUST by Hernán Díaz
DB 107949

History
FREEDOM’S DOMINION: A SAGA OF WHITE RESISTANCE TO FEDERAL POWER by Jefferson Cowie
DB 112071 (IN PROCESS)

Biography
G-MAN: J. EDGAR HOOVER AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY by Beverly Gage
DB 111434

Memoir or Autobiography
STAY TRUE: A MEMOIR by Hua Hsu
DB 110669

General Nonfiction
HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD: ONE MAN’S LIFE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE by Robert Samuels
DBC 26540, LB 14083

Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List 2023

Since 2009, the Texas Library Association has created a list that highlights outstanding fiction published during the year that merits special attention from adult readers. This list is the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List. Here are the items from the 2023 list that are in the TBP collection.

For More Information: https://txla.org/tools-resources/reading-lists/lariat/current-list/

BLACK CAKE by Charmaine Wilkerson (DB 106558, BR 24489, LB 13604)
BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry (DB 107926, BR 24476, LB 13928)
CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 109886)
CITY ON FIRE by Don Winslow (LB 14102)
HACIENDA by Isabel Canas (DB 107997)
HESTER by Laurie Lico Albanese (DB 110506)
HIGH HOUSE by Jessie Greengrass (DB 109138)
IONA IVERSON’S RULES FOR COMMUTING by Clare Pooley (DB 108652)
LAST SUMMER ON STATE STREET by Toya Wolfe (DB 109023)
LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towels (DB 105197, LB 13514)
MAID by Nita Prose (DB 106298, LB 13614)
MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY by Jamie Ford (DB 109598)
MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS by Anthony Marra (DB 109568, LB 14036)
MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray (DB 107945)
PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley (DB 107433, LB 13618)
REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt (DB 107924, LB 24204)
SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Emily St. John Mandel (DB 107705, BR 24500, LB 13744)
THIS TIME TOMORROW by Emma Straub (DB 108110, BR 24331, LB 14019)
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin (DB 109032, LB 14018)
TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON by Chris Pavone (DB 108663)
WEST WITH GIRAFFES by Lynda Rutledge (DB 102687, BR 24571)
WHAT MOVES THE DEAD by T. Kingfisher (DB 109294)

GoodReads 2022 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2022. The Texas Talking Book Program has a number of them in our collection.

Are you looking for something scary? Goodreads members chose HIDDEN PICTURES by Jason Rekulak (DB 108427) as their favorite horror book for this past year.

Or are you more interested in non-fiction? ATLAS OF THE HEART by Brene Brown (DB 106540, LB 13602) was chosen as the best non-fiction book.

  Perhaps you’ve had a busy holiday season and don’t want to tackle an entire novel. Goodreads readers declared CALL US WHAT WE CARRY by Amanda Gorman (DB 106426, LB 13601) as the best poetry collection.

No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fiction-books-2022


Bluebonnet Award Voting is Now Open!

Bluebonnet Award Logo

For 3rd – 6th graders

The Texas Library Association offers “a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure for students in grades 3 – 6.” Each year a committee of librarians and teachers nominates several titles for people in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 to read and then vote for their favorite.

Link to Bluebonnet Nominee List

Read 5, then decide!

Vote using the link below for your favorite Bluebonnet title by February 9!

https://forms.gle/3RBjaJDM7jFHraLc8

Your votes will be tallied on February 9 and submitted to the committee on February 11.