Maine Readers' Choice Award For the Best in Adult Fiction Published in the United States - Established 2013 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:41:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A respite from the “Best” lists (well, sort of…) Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:13:08 +0000 Friends:
The list season is fully upon us now, and local and national media outlets are publishing their “Best Books of 2014″…MRCA got in the fray ourselves by releasing our Longlist last week. We could list them all here, but thought…why not do something a little different? So, before list fatigue gets you down here are a few different takes on BEST lists for book lovers.

Happy Reading!



BEST BOOK APPS 2014 (Kirkus)
From our amigos at Kirkus Reviews we have this really neat list: Best Book Apps of 2014.  Mostly books but some  informational apps included as well, aimed at kids and adults–and everything is as snazzy and interactive as you’d expect.  [My *singular* beef with this list is that it is entirely for iPad users, which leaves out households such as my own! There is your challenge for next year, folks…find some good stuff for the rest of us to explore. Surely the stuff for Android users can’t ALL be mediocre…right???]

This list includes ebooks of various formats AND apps, as well as fiction, nonfiction, childrens and adults. The award winners will be announced mid-January, but in the meantime here is a great list of titles to get your feet wet.

Useful to know: an “ebook” and a “book app” are different. A book app is for the most part a stand alone, whiz bang, interactive version of a book. An ebook is simply an electronic copy of a book (the features-like highlighting and such- are in the software you use to read the book, not part of the book itself). Confused? Here’s a nice concise explanation and handy-dandy infographic found at



Apps for Reading 2014 (Washington Post)
Brief yet powerful! Read about several subscription services for reading on your device of choice as well as the as the awesome free service used by most public libraries.

Best Apps for Books, Comics and Manga 2014 (Open Education Database)
This is a great list, with reading apps for both Apple and Android users and includes comics and manga too…which you know are ideal for digital AND can be incredibly smart, engaging and well written.


Best Book Covers of 2014 (Flavorwire)
Book covers. How many times have you NOT chosen a book based solely on the cover, or assumed it was awful (or awesome!) due to the same?

–The best covers according to the New York Times

–The best covers according to Paste Magazine


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Dog days + book buzzin’ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:45:53 +0000 We hope you are enjoying this glorious summer, and thankfully there is still plenty of it left to enjoy! July and August are prime beach reading months in Maine, and there are still many great books to throw in the ol’ boat-and-tote and enjoy al fresco. It’s just….what do you feel like reading?

The good people over at Kirkus shared what looked to us like a pretty nice list, several of which have been getting quite a bit of buzz in the reading world. So when you next find yourself staring blankly at the shelves at the library or favorite local bookseller, check out one of these titles and see if you agree that you could “recommmend them to anyone”.

Happy Reading!

Pair reading on the beach, 1884. Courtesy Life Magazine.

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Maine writers give thanks……………… Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:29:45 +0000 In the November 24th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, six of Maine’s best known writers reflect on what they’re thankful for and what it means to be in Maine.

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This year, four finalists emerge (for your reading pleasure!) Fri, 02 May 2014 15:28:57 +0000 The 2014 MRCA Committee is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2014 award: Benediction by Kent Haruf, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and TransAtlantic by Colum McCann.

This year the committee read a huge quantity of really incredible books, and we are grateful for the generosity of the publishers who made these titles available to all of us.

These top four are a great mix of people, places, times and twists, and will appeal to folks of many reading tastes. We look forward to hearing Mainers’ opinions on the books and will eagerly await YOUR decision on the best of the best.

Here’s to warm weather and a good book (or four!)

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We [heart] debut authors Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:50:14 +0000 OKAY, so I’m sure everyone is starting to overload on the myriad “Best Of…” reading lists that are coming out just in time for the holiday shopping season. I know, me too! [*the librarian says guiltily*] …sometimes it feels like there are almost too many to keep up with. (Though I love seeing whether or not my reading picks are on par with the “elite” readers of the world, don’t you?)

DESPITE my award fatigue, there are certain of these lists that still manage to pique my interest; namely the ones paying attention to the books and authors who don’t have a ready-made audience or fan base. Don’t get me wrong–the New York Times best sellers are a great go-to for lots of reasons, but variety is the spice of life and if you only ever read one author you sure are missing out.

IN this spirit, I want to share with you one small list that is pretty neat. The website Flavorwire has come out with their Flavorwire’s Ten Best Debut Novels of 2013.  This list just  so happens to have three titles from our own Longlist:  The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan; You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt; and The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman. Of the remainder, there is one I’ve read and loved, one I have been wanting to read all year and haven’t gotten to it yet, and four I hadn’t even heard of.  (We’ll just add those to the ole “To Read” list, eh?)

I am absolutely positive there are more great “Debut” lists out there for you to discover. Check with your favorite bookseller, check on the web, ask your local librarian. But make a point to read new authors, and support emerging artists by adding a little variety to your reading list. Trying new things can be scary, but go for it! You may just find yourself a new favorite.

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Maine writers give thanks……. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:30:43 +0000 give thanks

In the November 24th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram six of Maine’s most well-known authors tell us what they are thankful for and what living in Maine means to them.  Included in the group is Monica Wood, a member of our 2014 committee.

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Check out the GoodReads Giveaway here:

The Painted Girls is on the 2014 Longlist.

Mind you, once you start browsing the Giveaways, you might want to enter for other books… there are hundreds listed!


Good luck!

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Kirkus posts “Best of 2013″ list Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:59:07 +0000 So the fine folks over at Kirkus have released their “Best Fiction of 2013″ list, and my favorite part is they pull from all kinds of genres…so it’s a really nicely rounded list. You’ll find many of the same titles on the MRCA 2014 Long List, which we recently posted. Personally, I found several of my recent faves, as well as one that I was like “huh? really!?” (And no, I’m not going to spill the beans about this one book I really didn’t care for!) There are lots on there that I haven’t even heard of yet, and I’m looking forward to enjoying them as soon as I can.

Check it out! You’ll find more than a few great new titles to add to your TO READ list.

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