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Free Samples of NBA’s Longlist for Fiction

The National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Fiction Longlist includes one book by a National Book Award Winner, two by former National Book Award Finalists, one by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 author, two by Pulitzer Prize Winners, and one by an author best-known as the lyricist and musician for the band The Mountain Goats. The backdrop of war and imagined dystopia is a focus of five of the ten. Three are collections of short stories, two of which are by first-time authors. Read more

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Free Samples of NBA’s Nonfiction Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Nonfiction Longlist includes the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category), a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and several distinguished historians. Read more

Free Samples of the NBA’s Poetry Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Longlisted books range in style and content: from a single elegiac narrative poem to a provocative examination of race relations told in an experimental fusion of lyric, prose poems, and image. Among the poets on this year’s Longlist are two former National Book Award Finalists, two former Poets Laureate of the United States, a Pulitzer Prize winner, two Bollingen recipients, a Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, and a Whiting Writers’ Award winner.

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Free Samples of the Man Booker Longlist

manbookerThe Man Booker Longlist has been revealed for 2014. While a number of the titles will be released later this year, we’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list.

The shortlist will be revealed on September 9th and the winner announced on October 14th.

If you want more free book samples, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of 2013 Man Booker Longlist and the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees.

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NPR Unveils ‘Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey’ Summer Reading Lists

nprOn the hunt for a good book to take to the beach? NPR assembled a group of writers, librarians, and book critics to create 12 summer reading lists.

The team established a theme called “Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey.” Books were categorized depending on how well the stories fit the different modes of transportation: train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocketship, time, dragons, drugs, and giant peaches. Bibliophiles can help to add on to these lists by sharing titles on social media with the hashtag #bookyourtrip.

Here’s more from NPR‘s “Morning Edition” introductory story: “Our favorite thing about these lists is the surprising and funny combinations you get when you decide to look at a very specific slice of something. We love that Anna Karenina and The Little Engine That Could are side by side. On the car list, you’ll find Go, Dog. Go! and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And — perhaps for the first time ever — Che Guevara and Beverly Cleary are hanging out together with The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” What do you think?

Free Samples of the ALA’s Shortlist For Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

shortlistLooking for some great fiction or nonfiction? We’ve created a special literary mixtape linking to free samples of books that made the shortlist of American Library Association’s (ALA) Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

The winners will be announced at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June. The winning authors will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

Below you can find samples of the shortlist for both nonfiction and fiction. Read more

Free Samples of the Wellcome Book Prize Nominees

welcomebookprizeWellcome Book Prize 2014 has announced the shortlist for the prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on April 29th.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon and Sarah Wise are all up for the award.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Wellcome Book Prize below for you to explore. Read more

Free Samples of IndieReader’s Best Books of 2013

hippieboyIndieReader has released its “Best books of 2013” list. The titles were selected by the IndieReader staff. Each book has a five-star review on the site.

We’ve collected free samples of the top 5 books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump.

We also created free samples of The Washington Post‘s best books of the year, along with The New York Timesbest books of the year. Read more

Free Samples of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of the Year

nytimesThe New York Times has released its “10 best books of 2013” list. The list includes five works of nonfiction and five works of fiction.

We’ve collected free samples of all the books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump.

To check out free samples of The Washington Post‘s best books of the year, follow this link. Read more

Goodreads Choice Awards Winners Revealed

goodreadsWith 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list? Read more

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