On Display: Best Books of 2016

Best Books of 2016Happy New Year! In keeping with tradition, we have spent the last couple of months combing through some of our favorite reviewer’s year-end best books lists* to bring you our 8th annual Best Books display.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse 2016’s best fiction and nonfiction titles. With over 160 books to choose from, we are certain you will find something to capture your interest. Some of these books have received numerous accolades and publicity, but you’ll also find great books that did not receive as much mainstream attention.  Many of these titles are also available to download or read/stream online from OverDrive, our digital book and audiobook collection.

If you don’t find anything at first glance, we encourage you to keep checking back.  Books will be added to the display as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned. If you have a best books list to recommend, please share in the comments.

These are just a few of the best books of 2016

* Lists consulted: Bloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction; nonfiction), The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weekly, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

On Display: The Best Books of 2015

blue ribbonHappy New Year and welcome to the library’s 7th annual best books display! This year we have combed through eighteen* year-end “best books” lists to bring you the Best Books of 2015.

The display features fiction and nonfiction titles that have spent weeks on the bestseller lists, and also highlights critically claimed books that have not garnered as much mainstream attention. Intrigued? Stop by the library’s lobby to browse the selections or click here to view a list of the titles on displayMany of these books are also available as downloadable and streaming eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.A few selections from the Best Books of 2015 display

More than 150 books and audiobooks are currently on display. More titles being added as they are acquired and returned, so keep checking back!

Please visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive.

*Sources consulted: Amazon.com; Bloomberg; Booklist; The Boston Globe; CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries; The Economist; Entertainment Weekly; Financial TimesForbes; Inc. Magazine; Kirkus Reviews; Library Journal; The New York Times; NPR; Publishers Weekly; strategy+business; The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

On Display: Best Books of 2014

Happy New Year and welcome to the library’s 6th annual best books display! This year we have consulted eighteen* best books lists to bring you the Best Books of 2014.

Best Books of 2014More than 150 books and audiobooks are currently on display, with additional titles being added as they are acquired and returned. Many of these books are not only available in hardcopy and CD/Playaway formats, but also as eBooks and mp3 audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.

The display includes bestselling fiction and nonfiction books that have garnered much publicity, as well as books that are critically acclaimed but may not have received mainstream attention. Does that pique your interest? Stop by the lobby to browse.

Please visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive.

*Sources consulted: Amazon, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction, nonfiction), The EconomistEntertainment Weekly (fiction, nonfiction), The Guardian, Inc. Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weeklystrategy+business, TIME, Slate and The Washington Post.

On Display: Best Books of 2013

Best Books of 2013Happy new year and welcome to the Bentley Library’s 5th annual best books display! This year we have consulted fifteen* best books lists to bring you the Best Books of 2013.

This is our biggest best books display yet, with more than 300 fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks.  Many of these titles are not only available on our shelves, but also in digital downloadable format from OverDrive.  Some of the critics’ most frequently selected books, such Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, can be read in hardcover, downloaded as an eBook or mp3 audiobook to a mobile device, or listened to on CD. We are certain we have something to interest everyone. Take a moment to stop by and see if something catches your eye, or browse the display on Pinterest to discover which best books lists each book was named to.  Visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks from OverDrive.

*Sources consulted: Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Inc. Magazine (sales, entrepreneurs, inspirational business books), Forbes, strategy+business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entertainment Weekly (fiction, nonfiction) and CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

On Display: Best Books of 2012

It just wouldn’t feel like a new year here at the Bentley Library if we didn’t put together our annual Best Books display.  We’ve spent the past few months poring over our favorite reviewers’ year-end lists (The New York Times, NPR, Amazon and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few) to bring you our largest best books display ever – over 200 titles in both print and audiobook format.

Best Books of 2012As you might assume, the display features insanely popular books that have received numerous accolades, but it also includes many titles that may have escaped your notice.  No stone was left unturned and no genre or subject has been ignored.  You’ll find literary fiction, thrillers, YA (young adult) literature and graphic novels alongside biographies, historical tomes and books examining business, culture, politics and the economy.

Best Books of 2012 Pinterest board
Take a look at our display on Pinterest.

Please stop by to browse or take a look at the display on Pinterest.  You may also want to take a look at our Overdrive downloadable book collection, as some of these books are sure to be found in eBook format to enjoy on your mobile devices.

We’re certain that this display contains something for everyone, but if you don’t find anything intriguing at first glance we encourage you to keep checking back.  We’ll be adding to the display frequently as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned.

Happy New Year and happy reading!

On Display: Best Books of 2011

Best Books of 2011Happy New Year and welcome back! We spent some time over winter break closely examining year-end “best books” lists from a variety of sources (Amazon.com, The New York Times, The Economist and Kirkus Reviews, just to name a few) to bring you our annual Best Books display.

Featuring over 150 fiction and nonfiction titles in both print and audiobook formats, you’ll find prominent bestsellers that were highly publicized, wildly popular and credited on multiple best-of lists. However, this display also features many books that you may not have heard about; books that were critically acclaimed yet didn’t receive as much attention from the mainstream. Curious? Well, then come take a look!

We’re certain that this display contains something for everyone, but if you don’t see anything of interest at first glance, keep checking back.  We are adding to the display daily as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned.

Best Books of 2010 Are Now On Display

Happy New Year!  Once again it’s time for our annual “best books” display.  This year we have combed through 17 best books lists from a wide range of sources (Amazon.com, The New York Times, The Economist and Publishers Weekly, just to name a few) to bring you our Best Books of 2010 display. 

Featuring fiction and non-fiction titles in both print and audiobook format, this display includes many books that were credited on multiple best-of lists – books like Parrot in Olivier in America, The Invisible BridgeMore Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, The Coral Thief, and Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory.  You will also find quite a few books that may not have received much publicity when they were released, but which shouldn’t be overlooked.

We’re certain that this display contains something for everyone, but if you don’t see anything of interest at first glance keep checking back.  We are adding to the display daily as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned. Please stop by and browse, or view the entire listing online.

Best Books of 2009 Now On Display

It wouldn’t be a new year without the customary publishing of year-end, “best-of” lists!  We have combed through many best books lists from a wide range of sources (Amazon.com, Publishers WeeklyThe Economist and The New York Times, just to name a few) to bring to you our Best Books of 2009 display.

Featuring a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles, it includes many books that were credited on multiple best-of lists.  We are certain we have something to interest everyone, so please take a moment to stop by and browse.