Going on a road-trip? Or maybe your eyes are just too tired from looking at screens all day? Try one of these great audiobooks!
Today, Reedpop announced that BookExpo and BookCon will be completely digital. The physical events were cancelled due to Ms. Rona and having to quarantine ourselves. But from May 26, to the 31st, there will be a full week of FREE online programs attendees can participate in.
The event director for BookExpo and BookCon, Jenny Martin had this to say, “We know how valuable it is for our community to gather and we felt it was important to reimagine the experiences you look forward to each year at BookExpo and BookCon to fit our current reality. We are excited to bring you BookExpo Online and BookConline this year, two unique digital events that will certainly be one for the books!”
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There will be all the same programs everyone look forward to. The Buzz Book panels, author dinners, and spotlights on graphic novels and picture books.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The event will kick off with Librarian’s Day where you’ll be getting a full day of library content.
Wednesday May 27, 2020 & Thursday May 28, 2020
Adult and Children’s Books & Author Dinners will be evening events to help everyone view them regardless of time zones.
The 2020 Adult Book & Author Dinner will be attended by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Carmen Maria Machado, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse. They will be discussing their upcoming works and initiatives with Zerlina Maxwell, a MSNBC analyst and SiriusXM radio personality as the host.
The Children’s Book & Author Dinner will feature many brilliant children’s and YA authors such as Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia who will discuss and lively conversation.
Friday May 29, 2020
Friday will be Buzz Day, where all the panels will be taking place. The panels offered are the Adult, YA and Middle Grade panels. Buzz Day will also include the New Picture Book and New Graphic Novel revels. The panels will be done in a format so that each author and editor of the works will be able to have a discussion.
BookExpo will present another day in July for bookseller programs, education, speed dating, publisher showcases and UnBound content.
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Unlike BookExpo which will be taking place over three days, BookCon will only be a two day event, taking over the weekend of May 30 – May 31st.
BookConline 2020 will be full of Q&A sessions, panels and discussions with almost 100 authors, bestselling and those who are making their debuts. Some authors who will be in attendance are Nic Stone, Jenny Han, Zoraida Cordova, Mike Curato, Cassandra Clare; just to name a few.
They will be discussing a number of prevalent topics like the new super heroes, LGBTQ+ characters in literature, social justice, and more. The official schedule will be coming in just a few days.
I’ve never been to BookExpo or BookCon and now that they are online and free, I will be attending everything I can. And we here at Bookstr hope you do to.
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that reading doesn’t always have to be you, a book and a comfy seat. More so than ever before, people are listening to their literature on laptops, on smartphones, and on the go. Audible is the best option for this, as it’s available across plenty of devices with a wide range of titles.
Audible has released a map that takes a look at 2019 listening data to see which titles were “more uniquely popular in some states compared to the rest of the country”. Our map below shows each state’s top Audible titles from 2019.
The shortest route across the US in a car would take four days or ninety-six hours. Forget about your killer soundtrack and instead, think about how many audiobooks you could get through in that time! If you wanted to do it properly, you could go state-by-state and take on each state’s favorite audiobook as you move. Luckily, Audible and Bookstr are here to help. The above infographic shows us which audiobook has been most popular (i.e. listened to more than any other) in each US state.
Let’s take a closer look.
One thing is for sure, self-help is popular country-wide, with many states learning how to Stay Sexy, set Atomic Habits and Not Give a F*ck. George R.R. Martin reigns in several states, proving himself King of The North(east). Fiction and non-fiction are popular all over the country, with fantasy and celebrity novels not contained to any one region.
Now that you have all you need for a literary road trip across the United States, fill up the tank, download Audible and get moving. Happy listening!
Here are the titles by state:
Maine The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Maryland The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn
New Hampshire The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Vermont City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Virginia Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis, Bing West
Massachusetts Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
New York Principles by Ray Dalio
Pennsylvania The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Connecticut Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Delaware Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Ohio Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Rhode Island Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Kentucky Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
West Virginia Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Tennessee The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile
Indiana Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg
Illinois Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler
Iowa Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins
Missouri The Institute by Stephen King
Oklahoma Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann
Kansas A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Nebraska #IMOMSOHARD by Kristen Hensley, Jen Smedley
South Dakota Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Wyoming Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
Colorado Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Utah Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Nevada Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
Arkansas Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Mississippi Cemetery Road by Greg Iles
Alabama It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst
Florida How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Georgia 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
North Carolina Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Michigan A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
Wisconsin Heads Will Roll by Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne
North Dakota Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Montana The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Washington Dune by Frank Herbert
Oregon Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgarrif, Georgia Hardstark
California Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss
Arizona The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
New Mexico Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light by Stan Lee, Kat Rosenfield
Hawaii Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
South Carolina The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Minnesota Neon Prey by John Sandford
Idaho Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Texas Atomic Habits by James Clear
Alaska Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
Louisiana A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
New Jersey Unfreedom of The Press by Mark R. Levin
District of Colombia Becoming by Michelle Obama
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