Kristen Alvarez

Kristen is a librarian who has loved reading since checking her first Nancy Drew book out of the library in the fifth grade. She is passionate about libraries and their role in protecting intellectual freedom. Despite a serious weakness for young adult books and fluffy chick-lit novels, she reads mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction/fantasy.

New Book Releases: Week of November 28, 2011

| Nov 28 | 1 Comment

Most of 2011’s new books are already in stores, but there are a few stragglers releasing over the next two weeks. I’m most excited about Legend by Marie Lu, the first book in a new dystopian YA trilogy. The book has gotten a lot of attention, including a movie deal, but in this case I think the hype is well deserved. Check out the rest […]


New Book Releases: Week of November 21, 2011

| Nov 21 | 1 Comment

The new book releases this week include Micro, a posthumous Michael Crichton novel (started by Crichton and finished by The Hot Zone author Richard Preston). According to NPR, Crichton fans “won’t be disappointed.” The Future of Us, a collaboration between popular YA authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, also debuts this week. The book has an intriguing premise: two teens stumble upon their Facebook profiles […]


New Book Releases: Week of November 15, 2011

| Nov 14 | 1 Comment

Wow, November has turned out to be quite a month for books. I’m currently reading the latest Stephen King (so far, it’s just awesome) and I’ve got at least three more November books in my to-be-read pile. This week I’ll be adding V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (the Kinsey Millhone series is one of my favorites). Another long running series, James Patterson’s Alex […]


New Book Releases: Week of November 8, 2011

| Nov 7 | 5 Comments

This week two highly anticipated novels finally hit bookstores: 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. 11/22/63 is King’s time traveling epic about a high school teacher who goes back to 1963 to stop the assassination of JFK. Inheritance is the fourth and final book in Paolini’s series that began with Eragon. Check out the rest of this week’s new book releases: 11/22/63: […]


New Book Releases: Week of November 1, 2011

| Oct 31 | 0 Comments

Check out this week’s new book releases: The Next Always: Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts Available November 1, 2011 (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker) begins an all-new trilogy-inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves. The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored […]


New Book Releases: Week of October 25, 2011

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The highly anticipated Steve Jobs biography will be released on Tuesday, and it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a huge bestseller. It would be a great gift for the Apple fanatic in your life, and, in fact, there are quite a few books out this week that would be great gift ideas: Top Chef fans might like the Voltaggio brothers new cookbook or the Momofuku […]


New Book Releases: Week of October 18, 2011

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Damned by Chuck Palahniuk Available October 18, 2011 (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and […]


New Book Releases: Week of October 11, 2011

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Some of the Fall’s most highly anticipated books are releasing this week and I think there is something here for everyone—from romance (Nicholas Sparks) to literary fiction (the latest from Middlesex author Jeffrey Eugenides) to fantasy (Terry Pratchett). For YA readers, the third book in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure, is out this week. And fans of The Walking Dead might be interested […]


New Book Releases: Week of October 4, 2011

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The Son of Neptune, the eagerly awaited second book in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, finally arrives this week. Chuck Klosterman also has a new book out this week, his second novel. And fans of NBC’s hilarious Parks and Recreation will be happy to know that Leslie Knope’s Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America is also out on Tuesday. Check out this week’s new […]


New Book Releases: Week of September 27, 2011

| Sep 26 | 0 Comments

Last week we saw a posthumous book from Shel Silverstein hit bookshelves, and this week we have a collection of lost stories by Dr. Seuss. A few other highly anticipated YA books are also debuting this week, such as the sixth Blue Bloods book and Lola and the Boy Next Door (a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss). There is more good news […]