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Welcome to Check Your Shelf. As a quick note, if you have any horror-loving patrons (or coworkers), be prepared for everyone to be talking about Malignant this week. Blaine and I watched it over the weekend, and I can’t remember the last time a movie made me feel so simultaneously horrified and delighted! Guaranteed long wait lists for this movie once it comes out on DVD!
Okay, let’s shift gears to books!
Collection Development Corner
Top Democrats are warning that Amazon’s algorithms are promoting “unethical, unacceptable” books about hoax COVID-19 cures and anti-vax claims.
New & Upcoming Titles
Stephanie Grisham, the White House spokesperson for the Trumps, is publishing a memoir.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
Reframing female anger in psychological thrillers.
On the Riot
The most highly ranked and widely read books of 2021, according to Goodreads.
8 current and future YA sci-fi titles to add to your TBR.
What is “dark academia,” and why is it so popular?
Barrels of bad apples: copaganda in crime novels.
What makes a good board book?
All Things Comics
Marvel has broken ties with Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett. This decision comes shortly after a statement from Bennett’s partner, Al Ewing, who stated that he would not be working with Bennett again due to “reprehensible” artwork.
The Marvel Unlimited app relaunches with exclusive content.
On the Riot
12 of the best Korean light novels you can read right now.
On the Riot
7 audiobooks for Science September.
20 must-read audiobooks for the whole family.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
12 YA books to read if you have big city dreams.
A literary guide to understanding Afghanistan, past and present.
20 books to read if you love Sally Rooney.
5 books that examine the American penal system.
5 mystery novels to read if you loved Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building.
14 books to help you slow down and cheer up.
8 memoirs of women hiking in the wilderness.
10 standalone fantasy novels to combat series fatigue.
7 novels to help you live out your cottagecore fantasies.
On the Riot
Reach for the stars with these zodiac books for babies.
20 of the best fall books for kids.
15 delightful books like The Vanderbeekers.
8 YA heist novels you won’t be able to put down.
8 books that preach the gospel of health at every size.
Books about gamblers and gambling.
Level Up (Library Reads)
Do you take part in Library Reads, 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.
Catch you on Friday!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.