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Nov 20 2012

Welcome to the 2013 “The Best Book I Read This Year” Reviews

Just in time for holiday reading and gift giving, NCSU Libraries has reprised its popular “The Best Book I Read This Year” blog with new entries from 2013. We asked students, alumni, Friends of the Library board members, faculty and staff to share their very-best, couldn’t-resist book picks and are delighted to share them with you. From fantastic sci-fi (The Name of the Wind) to inspiring non-fiction (Unbroken), this blog is sure to include something for every reader.

We’d also love to hear from you — if you’ve got a book that knocked your socks off in 2013, take a few moments and follow the link below to submit your own review.

Submit your own review!

Read 2012 reviews.

Read 2011 reviews.

Dec 02 2011

The Checklist Manifesto

Book: The Checklist Manifesto
Author: Atul Gawande
Reviewer: Venkitasubramanian Akshay, student, Industrial and Systems Engineering, NC State

A simple solution to a complicated world. This book is an exciting read for anyone who is looking for an excuse to discover the power of simple Post-its and how it has transformed the world around us. Beautifully written, this is by far the best book I have read this year

Nov 29 2011

Bright Shiny Morning

Book: Bright Shiny Morning
Author: James Frey
Reviewer: William L. Page, NC State alumni, class of 1983

The story takes place in Los Angeles and has four story lines.  A homeless person, a young couple from Ohio, an immigrant Mexican, and a mega famous movie star. They are all chasing something in LA and encounter some tremendous struggles.  The book also mixes some very cool facts and history about the city of Angels.  What I especially like is the ending, one happy, one tragic, and two kind of in-between.  Try it — it’s fast, it’s engaging, and unique!