Many of our most popular resources in the last year were designed to help booklovers find new titles and authors of interest. Of those, NPR's Book Concierge stood out as the clear favorite among Scout readers and staff alike. In addition to being impressed by this site's impeccable design, we loved the breadth of genres on offer and the freedom to mix and match categories to find new favorites, as well as the ready access to previous years' recommendations.
Wondering what book to read next or gift someone with? NPR's Book Concierge may be able to offer some inspiration. Now in its sixth year, this interactive guide offers readers a curated, highly visual selection of more than 300 books published in 2018 and "recommended by NPR hosts, critics, reporters, and producers." Designed by NPR Visuals to "be more Venn diagram-y than list-y," the Book Concierge allows visitors to filter the recommendations by multiple categories simultaneously. For example, selecting the two categories Biography & Memoir and Seriously Good Writing brings up such results as Split Tooth by Inuit musician Tanya Tagaq and In Pieces by award-winning actress Sally Field. By default, the Book Concierge displays its results as tiled book covers, but readers who prefer a simple list view may choose that option. Clicking a specific book leads to a brief, spoiler-free description from its recommender, as well as links to its reviews or coverage by NPR or member stations when applicable. Those interested in seeing NPR's book picks from previous years will find links to ten years' worth of recommendations in the left sidebar.