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Books for every kind of holiday…

Ah, summer! BBQ in the evening! Mosquito bites! Tackling that to-read pile waiting on the bedside table! Do you prefer to dive into crime fiction or do you want to take advantage of all those extra hours to finally get some one-on-one time with The Recognitions? Instead of recommending a list of “summer reads”, we would like to offer a different kind of selection, one that would be, as much as possible, in sync with the kind of holiday you are taking (or have already taken during the summer). Ready?

HOPPING FROM WEDDING TO WEDDING

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

And usually, it’s not your own wedding. It might even be one of your ex’s or your nemesis’s wedding (but why would you go, or even be invited to your nemesis’s wedding anyway?). In Andrew Sean Greer’s latest novel Less (Lee Boudreaux Books), its eponymous character Arthur Less is at the tail end of his forties, and just received a invitation to his former boyfriend’s wedding. What to do now?

RELAXING IN A SMALL, QUIET TOWN

The Locals by Jonathan Dee

Ahh, yes, the quietness. Away from the madness and the drama of the city. Nothing ever happens there. Until it does. In Jonathan Dee’s latest novel The Locals (Random House), a quiet New England town is the setting for some heavy financial skulduggery that disrupts the daily life of the locals. Not so quiet now…

ROAD-TRIPPING

Eat Only When You're Hungry by Lindsay Hunter

Do we ever only take the road because deep down, we’re looking for something? At least that much is clear in Lindsay Hunter’s novel Eat Only When You’re Hungry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), in which 58-year-old Greg drives through America looking for his son, who has been missing for a few weeks and is, also, an addict. And for the rest, we’ll take the road with Greg. 

STUDYING AT THE LIBRARY

The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet

It might be 5pm, and you might have been sitting there for, what, six hours now? Studying Phenomenology or French Nouveau Roman, and feeling like your brain is mush from too many concepts? In Laurent Binet’s The Seventh Function of Language (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), when Roland Barthes dies after having been struck by a laundry van, the cozy bubble of French academia suddenly bursts. And the atmosphere slides dangerously from French theory to conspiracy theories… 

KEEPING IT CULTURAL AT THE MUSEUM

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

A museum is always a worthy destination. Whether you’re not going on holiday and just relying on Vermeer and Monet to take your mind away for a bit, or actually visiting and happily losing yourself in discovering a new museum, you cannot go wrong. Of course, the experience is ten times more exciting when you work in the museum, that you just noticed that your co-worker has gone missing, and that you have decided you will unravel the mystery of a 19th century map. Which is exactly what happens in Lucy Ives’s novel Impossible Views of the World (The Penguin Press). Gladly embarking upon this journey.

STAYING HOME AND AVOIDING EVERYONE

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Staying home, avoiding everyone, interacting solely through a screen, watching adult videos… This might be frowned upon, but this is what Tom Perrotta’s main character prefers doing in his latest novel Mrs. Fletcher (Scribner). And what if this unexpected activity revealed things about herself she would have never guessed? 

50 states of fiction

In the midst of summer, we were delighted to read this rich and erudite article from the New York Times’ reporters recommending books that best depict their regions, and we strongly suggest you take a look at it if you haven’t already: Of Thee I Read: The United States in Literature.

Now, browsing our catalog, we couldn’t help but wonder at the wide range of novels and story collections written about the US. California, Texas, Louisiana… You can instantly picture a novel being set there. In that spirit we have compiled a selection of 50 fiction titles downloadable from our catalog, and added them on this map.

Feel free to browse, zoom in and discover which title we have selected for each state!

From books to TV and movies : a 2016 timeline

You might be one of those committed readers with the 2016 resolution of, at last, reading and completing War and Peace. But guess what? If you find it too daunting, there is a TV adaptation being released very soon. Many other novels, recent or not, will be adapted to the small and the big screen this year, and to help you figure out which one you want to read first, visit our timeline!

(Click on the image to access the full timeline)
Book adaptations in 2016

Aldiko is available for iOS

We are delighted to announce that the Aldiko reading app is now available for iOS. Aldiko has already been downloaded more than 27 million times on Android.

Aldiko for iOS

The main features offered on the Android version are now available for iOS, for a quality reading experience. Directly from within the app, you can access the free Feedbooks catalog, with more than 5,000 public domain titles in five languages, and more than 100,000 previews for the catalog in English.

With Aldiko, you can customize your reading experience as you wish. You can notably choose the font size, the font type, and the background color, or adjust the margin, the alignment, and the screen brightness. Want to highlight a passage you liked, or add a bookmark? Easy! You can also add a note and do a word search within the book.

Aldiko allows you to organize your personal library: you can sort your bookshelf by author, collection, tag or category. In “My Catalogs”, you can add your Dropbox or import your favorite ebook catalogs and download ebooks directly within Aldiko.

Borrowing ebooks from your local libraries

 
With Aldiko, you can now borrow and return ebooks from a nearby library. This service is available directly within the app.

To discover this feature and add your favorite libraries, go to “Libraries” in the left column in Aldiko. Then, after you hit the button “Add” in the top right corner of the app, you can search for libraries, and to do so you have three possibilities:

– allowing Aldiko to access your location so that the app can suggest nearby libraries

– searching for a library directly in the search bar

– displaying all the libraries with a list by country and by region

Once you have found the library you want to add, hit the “+” button on the right. The library will be added to the section “My libraries”. From there, you can access the library’s ebook catalog, log in to your user account, and borrow ebooks.

If you borrow a book, it will appear in your Aldiko bookshelf, with a label on the cover indicating how much time you have left before it expires. To return a book, you just have to touch and hold the cover and to select “Return”.

Feel free to watch this video to discover a bit more about how it works!

Please note that the version of this app is currently optimized for iPhone, but it will soon be optimized for iPad. You can download Aldiko on iTunes.

Discover our recommended Halloween reads

Looking for something to put you in the mood for Halloween (apart from candy corns)? Why not spend some time with our literary pumpkin below and download a few scary stories guaranteed to give you the chills?
Most of the titles are public domain that you can download for free!