Check Your Shelf

The 2020 Read Harder Challenge, the NPR Book Concierge, and More Bookish Stuff

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

In the famous words of Groucho Marx, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Let’s do this!

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

New & Upcoming Titles

Best of 2019

Best Books of the Decade

  • Best books from Essence and LitHub.
  • Entertainment Weekly: Best nonfiction books of the decade.
  • Esquire: The best books of the 2010s nudged the world in a new, better direction.
  • Book Marks: 10 SFF must-reads from the last decade.
  • Stylist: 15 best books of the decade by female authors.

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

RA/Genre Resources

On the Riot

All Things Comics

On the Riot


Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists



On the Riot

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

Thanks for hanging! See y’all on Friday!

–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe