NPR’s Book Concierge 2014

If you’re looking for a traditional list of the best books of the year, the New York Times published their 100 Notable Books of 2014 online yesterday. If you would prefer something more interactive, National Public Radio has exactly what you need. For the second year in a row they have published NPR’s Book Concierge, which just went live today.

I loved this tool when it appeared for the first time last year, and it is every bit as cool in its 2014 incarnation. The books that NPR reviewed or otherwise covered in 2014 are all tagged with various filters. There are general filters like NPR Staff Picks and Bok Club Ideas. There are genre filters like Biography & Memoir, Historical Fiction, or Mysteries and Thrillers. Then there are filters based on personal preference, such as Rather Long or Rather Short. There are 27 filters in all.

What is marvelous about this tool is that you can mix and match filters all day long. For example, you can select Historical Fiction and Seriously Great Writing. Or you can select NPR Staff Picks and Mysteries and Thrillers. You could select Realistic Fiction and Tales from Around the World.

It’s not that I don’t have enough of a backlog of books to read, but I’m like a child with a glittery, colorful new bauble when the NPR Book Concierge shows up.

One caveat: You’ll need to use this on your desktop or laptop PC. Don’t expect it to work properly on your tablet device.



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