Summer is here and with it comes 2016’s ALA Annual Conference. We’ll be in sunny Orlando demonstrating all the best new features on SELF-e , and what better way to show the best SELF-e has to offer than to release an updated list of SELF-e’s top books?
If you think of one, let us know.
In the meantime, peruse this list of the top most-read Select books worldwide in 2016. The list includes award-winning authors, SELF-e Ambassadors, international authors and other great independent and self-published writers. We’re so pleased that SELF-e is helping authors and libraries to engage their local community and we look forward to seeing what this next year has in store. Read on!
At the age of 46, Anita Hall knows exactly who she is. She has lived with partner Ed for 15 years and is proud of the life they’ve built. This is the life she has chosen – choices unavailable to her mother’s generation – her dream job, equal partnership, free of children, living in a quirky old house she adores. She is happy. Their foundations are solid and their future seems secure.
That was before the fire.
As Streatham, South London, still reels from the 1980s’ riots in neighboring Brixton, Graham Jones finds fatherhood a frightening place. How can he protect his family in a world where the pace of change is accelerating? He has more fear than faith in the future.
The Church of Tango is a passionate memoir of tragedy and adventure, lust and music, romance and tango, and above all, survival. A dancer all her life, she’d had to put it on hold while raising her artistic sons and caring for her dying husband. Now as she set her suitcase down on the ancient cobblestones of a Paris courtyard, she wondered—48 years old, 6,000 miles away from home, knowing no one—what was she doing? Each time disaster strikes her life, Cherie forges ahead, struggling to save herself from the wreckage by listening to the music and dancing, first in Los Angeles, then France, Mexico, Holland, and finally in the tango salons of Buenos Aires.
Song of Blood and Stone: The Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One
L. Penelope | @leslyepenelope | Author Website
**2015 BCALA Literary Ebook Award Winner – Fiction Category**
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Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.
The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.
Cornwall, England, 1193. Eleanor of Aquitaine, the indomitable dowager queen, has ordered all of England onto a war footing while her son King Richard languishes in a German dungeon. Self-educated and martially trained, Gwendolyn de Cardinham gave her husband her oath to guard and protect their estate of Penhallam while he fought in the crusade. But Gwendolyn has a secret that could put all of Penhallam—and herself—at risk if the queen discovers it.
Yumiko Sato was spirited away by yokai when she was seven-years-old. Kagami, the yokai lord of a magical realm that exists beyond mirrors, allowed her to leave, but vowed that he would come for her when she turned eighteen, whereupon he would consume her, body and soul. With less than a year left before Kagami comes for her, Yumiko has become an expert at hunting down and dispatching yokai with her mirror sword, sending them into the mirror world, where they can no longer harm anyone. She prepares for the battle of her life and hopes that when the yokai lord comes for her, she will be strong enough to defeat him, saving not only herself, but her mother as well.
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil’s travels will test her mettle—and her heart.
Wouldn’t you feel cheated if the woman you’d imagined was the villain of your childhood turned out to be someone rather extraordinary?
After the devastating trauma she suffered in Olivia, Mourning and finally knowing the reality with which she must deal, Olivia strives to rebuild herself – emotionally, socially, and financially.
She starts a new life in Detroit, the young and exciting city on a river where she has come to feel at home. New friends help the healing process, while she continues to search for the two people she loves, who have disappeared from her life. She finds some solace in helping fugitive slaves escape over the river to Canada. She believes, as one of her new friends says, “In this time and place it is the most worthy thing a person can do.”
Olivia remains a compelling protagonist on a journey to find a way to do the right thing in a world in which so much is wrong.
Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions.
Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.
When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.
But was it really fiction?
When evil overflows from the deepest, fiery pits, the battle will be at Hell’s Gates. Whether you’re a zombie aficionado or you feed on horror, there is something for everyone. Dare you look, let alone approach, the dreaded gates?
When a devastating earthquake rocks Japan’s northeast cost, a tsunami follows and Rei Shimura is swept into her most rugged adventure yet.
The Kizuna Coast is the latest novel in a sexy, smart and humorous mystery series that has won the Agatha and Macavity International Mystery Awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Prizes. It’s bound to intrigue new readers and satisfy longtime Sujata Massey fans.
Suspecting that his estranged wife is having an affair with a famous artist from a renowned American art dynasty, Scottish Police Superintendent Terrence Reid, heir to a whiskey fortune and Scottish title, travels to the small California seaside town of Bodega Bay to try to win her back—only to discover that her lover’s six-year-old daughter has just been kidnapped.
17-year-old Brittany Morgan dashed into the store for just a minute, leaving her sleeping baby in the car. Now Ivy’s gone and half the town believes Brittany murdered her daughter.
After a psycho murdered one of her “talking” gorillas in Seattle, Dr. Grace McKenna relocated to the Evansburg area. Now with the economy on the rocks and her funding cut, her beloved gorillas Neema and Gumu are in jeopardy. When Neema repeats a story of a crying baby, a cucumber car, and a snake, Grace realizes her gorilla is the only witness to whatever happened to baby Ivy.
After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, Oriel goes to live with her duchess relative and falls in love with Herron, a young duke with a past. When dangerous accidents start to befall both Herron and Oriel, however, she realizes that someone may be trying to stop them from discovering the truth about the past. And when someone from her past comes back into her life, she learns that he may hold the answer to the most horrifying secret of all…
When Tempy receives a letter from Ernest informing her he’s fallen in love with a Frenchwoman, she vows to win him back. All she needs to do is become the kind of woman he can’t resist. In doing so, she learns more than how to walk and dress… she learns what she really wants out of life.
In 1854, Clara Crofton was dismissed from her chambermaid position at Gravesend Hall for falling in love with the younger son of the house. When he died soon after in the Crimean War, she blamed the Gravesend Curse.
Now, however, she has the chance to return to the sinister manor in triumph through a marriage of convenience to Atticus Blackwood, the twin brother of her dead sweetheart. But as gentle as her new husband appears, Clara knows that he has hidden motives for marrying her. And when another death occurs, she fears that the curse has struck again…and that this time she will not escape.
When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict freighter, she’s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University. She certainly doesn’t count on waking the ship’s damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers Jem and Barre Durbin, along for the ride. They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escape, but if the accidental crew can’t work together and learn to trust each other, they’ll die together, victims of a computer that doesn’t realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born.
Opalescence is a fantastic tale of a real world, the middle Miocene, 15,000,000 years ago. A time that science tells us was a real paradise, in terms of biodiversity. It was a world that very few know anything about. Come now, come visit the middle Miocene.
Cali Richards has been Nix’s legal guardian since their parents died. She has lost far too many people in her life to let the government take Nix. She is a nanobiometric engineer and will discover how to hide him. But even brilliance can succumb to the pressure of suffering. And technology can’t cure insanity.
Cali and Nix keep a slippery grip on reality as they elude a maniacal federal agent dedicated to saving humanity from what he calls ‘The Biomite Plague’.
In this edgy detective thriller, Southern California heiress Jade Lamont is desperate to find her beloved brother Richard, who has vanished without a trace. To make matters worse, her father, Cicero Lamont, has just died under mysterious circumstances. In desperation she turns to Nick Crane—a tough, cynical and intense private detective. But even he doesn’t anticipate the dense web of evil and intrigue that has swallowed up Richard and may claim him and Jade as its next victims.
To unmask a killer and rescue his wife, brilliant research scientist Dr. Shelby Cooper, from a possible murder conviction, Jason Cooper must unravel the mystery of her past. As the clock ticks, a series of shocking revelations threaten to destroy the Coopers for good. But nothing can prepare them for the mother of all deception — a truth so horrifying, it may leave them shattered forever.
London, 2052. An ID tag is embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes tell the State nearly everything about you.
Everything you were. Everything you are. Everything you will be.
For Freya, Kane, and the rest of this fledgling generation, the battle to break free of their genetic horoscopes will not be without bloodshed…
The Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards contest is back, and this year it’s even bigger. With a new category for YA fiction and bigger, better prizes, this contest is sure to blow last year’s out of the water. Click on the image below to learn more and submit your book today!