The Costas are considered by many the UK's most prestigious book awards. Established by Whitbread Plc in 1971, they were rebranded the Costa Awards in 2006. Costa is a UK based coffee shop chain owned by Whitbread. The five category winners (First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book) are announced in early January, honoring books published the previous year. The Costa Book of the Year Award is announced in late January.
We are delighted to share some great news: BookBrowse has been awarded Gold in the inaugural Modern Library Awards!
Created by LibraryWorks and judged by librarians, the MLAs recognize the top products in the library industry. BookBrowse has been recognized as being an invaluable resource for libraries, providing the many great features that you have come to love: Exceptional reviews of the latest books, 'beyond the book' articles, recommendations by genre and theme, read-alikes, and resources for book clubs.
The new year is upon us and with it come many wonderful new books to discover. Here are a dozen books that are publishing in the first three months of 2015. We like them so much we are showcasing each - as a professionally reviewed book, a First Impressions review book, a focus for discussion or a giveaway - and we think you will like them too!
Insights from authors take us beyond just a glimpse into the writing process, they shed light on the human condition, often in places we can only visit through the written word. We have carefully culled the cream of the crop to present the year's Top 10 Best Author Interviews (in no particular order.) You'll find plenty of food for thought.
The end of the year is a perfect time to take stock, to reflect on the many great books we made time for and to add many other remarkable recommendations to our ever-expanding "to read" lists.
This is where BookBrowse's annual Best of the Year awards come in. As opposed to most other award programs which encourage vote stuffing and are more an indication of an author's fan base, our best of year winners are chosen on a weighted scale by our members. No vote-stuffing, no simple yes or no vote. These are considered responses; we take our awards program seriously. In this issue, we feature the four overall winners in the Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Young Adult, and Best Debut categories; and the runners up. The books are displayed in ratings order - starting with the Top 10 in fiction, followed by the Top 5 in non-fiction and young adult categories.
The dazzling gem, All The Light We Cannot See, wins our Best Book of 2014 in the fiction category; while the gripping adventure story, In the Kingdom of Ice takes it home for best non-fiction. The quirky A Man Called Ove wins best debut while Jandy Nelson's altogether brilliant I'll Give You the Sun wins in the young adult category.