Check Your Shelf

Making Sense of the RWA, Most Anticipated Titles, and More!

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).

The world is a scary place, so let’s try to get each other through everything as best as we can.

The RWA Fiasco

If you are not currently aware, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) imploded over the holidays when the Board of Directors decided to revoke author Courtney Milan’s membership and other privileges due to Courtney calling out the racism in another author’s work over the summer, thereby continuing a long and tired tradition where calling out racism is seen as a worse offense than the racism itself. This is only the tip of what is clearly a giant dysfunctional iceberg, but I’ve tried to pull as many resources as possible to give readers a comprehensive breakdown of just wtf has been going on.

Okay. Now on to our regularly scheduled programming!

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

New & Upcoming Titles

Best Books of 2019

Best of the Decade

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

RA/Genre Resources

On the Riot

All Things Comics

On the Riot


  • Slate: Best audiobooks of the year.

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.

See you on Friday!

Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading The Body Lies by Jo Baker.