Pennie’s Picks, The Costco Connection – Notable List Spotlight

Each Wednesday, Bibliobabe spotlights an award or notable reading list. These lists are comprised of fiction and YA awards and important book lists that are all part of the Read, Remember, Recommend reading journals. For past spotlights, click here.
This week’s spotlight is on the Pennie’s Pick list featured each month in the The Costco Connection magazine. The fiction book giveaway from Bibliobabe this month is the current Pennie’s Pick, The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle.
Millions of Costco Wholesale members rely on the recommendations of book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello and her staff. Pennie picks one book each month to feature in The Costco Connection magazine, distributed to all Costco members. These selections, mostly fiction and usually trade paperbacks are the result of must debating by the Costco book buyers.
Over the years Pennie’s Picks have included a huge variety of fiction – brand new titles, older titles, books from small publishers, mysteries, chick lit, and great book club picks. In many cases, the titles on Pennie’s Picks lists become bestsellers. This was the story with both Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier and Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden. It is easy to say that Pennie Clark Ianniciello is the most influential woman in the book business today.
Here is a list of some of my favorite titles on the Pennie’s Pick list – many of which I would not have read if not for her pick.

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The fiction selections of Pennie’s Picks for the past ten years, as well as room to enter the picks for the two next years can be found on page 88 of Read, Remember, Recommend: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers.

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One Response to “Pennie’s Picks, The Costco Connection – Notable List Spotlight”

  1. Addison says:

    I love Pennie’s Picks list. I look forward to reading it each month in the magazine. I haven’t like them all, but she has introduced me to a lot of new authors. I’m glad to see this post – what a great idea!