2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

I love reading books that have been nominated for awards. The longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence was just released. Let's take a peek at the titles and see which novels I have already read and which ones I need to add to my TBR stack!
So without further ado, here is the list, in alphabetical order by author LAST NAME. I have highlighted the ones I have read:


Aslam, Nadeem. The Golden Legend.

Auster, Paul. 4 3 2 1.

Barry, Sebastian. Days without End

Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. 

Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose

Dawkins, Curtis. The Graybar Hotel. 

Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach. 

El Akkad, Omar, American War.

Erdrich, Louise. Future Home of the Living God.

Eugenides, Jeffrey. Fresh Complaint

Fridlund, Emily. History of Wolves. 

Garcia, Cristina. Here in Berlin

Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. 

Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West. 

Kang, Han. Human Acts. 

Kunzru, Hari. White Tears

La Farge, Paul. The Night Ocean

McBride, James. Five-Carat Soul. 

McDermott, Alice. The Ninth Hour. 

Miller, Kei. Augustown

Roy, Arundhati. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Rushdie, Salman. The Golden House

Saunders, GeorgeLincoln in the Bardo.

Van Reet, Brian. Spoils

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing



Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir.

Bowden, Mark. Hué 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

Chernow, RonGrant.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.

Davis, Jack E. The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Else, Jon. True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement.

Farrell, John A. Richard Nixon.

Forman Jr., James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Gay, Roxane. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Isaacson, Walter. Leonardo Da Vinci.

Kolhatkar, Sheelah. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street

Pearlman, Wendy. We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

Sedaris, David. Theft by Finding: Diaries, 1977-2002

Tan, Amy. Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.

Taubman, William. Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

Wadman, Meredith. The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease.

Wallis, Michael. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny.

Young, Kevin. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.


Okay, so I have certainly read more fiction on the list than non-fiction. I really enjoyed 4 3 2 1 by  Paul Auster. Lincoln in the Bardo I had a heck of a time getting through it. I may have to give it another try.

Traditionally I wait for the shortlist to be announced and then read all the books on the shortlist. This year the six-title shortlist (3 fiction, 3 non-fiction) will be announced on October 25, 2017. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 11, 5–7 p.m.

Have you read any books on the longlist? Which one(s)? What did you think??

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Win 2 FREE Years of College

It's that time of year again. The time of year when the kids go back to school, the weather starts to turn cooler (provided you live anywhere BUT Florida), and college football is dominating the TV. College. Just the word brings back such fond memories for me. I loved college. It's still hard to believe that in a few short years the #TampaTrio will be having their own college experiences. Here they are on the first day of school this year. When I grow up I want to be a...
Haley 8th grade: a musician 
Ella 7th grade: a marine biologist 
Ronin 6th grade: a video game engineer

That's right. I have 3 kids in middle school this year. And you know what that means? I am going to have 3 kids in college AT THE SAME TIME! Sometimes when I think about all the money I'm going to spend on college for these 3, I start to panic. Have I done enough? Is their Florida Prepaid account going to be enough? The additional 529 Plan I opened for each of them this summer is helping to take some of that panic away, but still, come on. 3 kids, in college, at the same time, is enough to make anyone freak out a little bit. 

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Horror Books for Teens

Earlier this week I shared some ghost stories for kids. Today I'm sharing HORROR BOOKS FOR TEENS!! This list is YA horror that are all set in small towns. Right now Ella and Ronin are totally obsessed with the Walking Dead series. And some of the Walking Dead takes place in small towns, but for the most part, Rick and his crew are on the move so I didn't include any of the WD series in this list. BUT....just in case you are interested. Did you know that there are Walking Dead stand alone novels in addition to the graphic novels? I have read two of them: The Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury. They were both very good and gave a LOT of insight into the character of The Governor.

There is just one more Zombie-ish book I want to share with you. It's called The Girl With All the Gifts and it's an amazing book. And it will make you question what really makes us human.

So...what about the books on this list? What do you think you or your teen will likely read this Halloween season?