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Check Your Shelf

Let’s Ponder the Appeal of Dark Reading

Welcome to Check Your Shelf. My husband informed me today (Sunday) that there are only six Sundays left in the year, and he was just trying to convey the fact that time is passing quickly, but my first thought was “Oh good, the football season is almost over!” Because that’s apparently how I tell time now.

So…books anyone?

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

Beloved NPR books editor Petra Mayer has died.

Covid-19 skeptics and publisher Chelsea Green filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Warren, claiming that the letter she sent to Amazon about spreading Covid misinformation violates their First Amendment rights.

The Mayo Clinic Press is delving into children’s books.

Best-selling author Anna Todd is teaming with Wattpad Books to launch a new publishing imprint.

“Too late to stand up to Amazon:” Book industry insiders back the Biden administration’s bid to stop a publishing mega-merger.

After 22 years, the Best American Travel Writing anthologies will no longer be published.

New & Upcoming Titles

Nightfire announces another novella from Cassandra Khaw, to be published in May 2023.

Scottie Pippen wrote a memoir, and apparently it takes serious aim at Michael Jordan.

We’re getting a prequel to E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars!

Senator Joe Manchin is reportedly pursuing a book deal. (Because apparently he doesn’t have anything more important to focus on right now…)

Alexis Schaitkin (Saint X) is publishing a new novel next year.

Recent thrillers that grapple with being a Black woman in the workplace.

Weekly book picks from Crime Reads, LitHub, The Millions, New York Times, and USA Today.

November picks from Bitch Media, Crime Reads (international crime fiction), Kirkus, New York Times, and (SFF YA).

Fall picks from Entertainment Weekly (romance) and Seattle Times.

Best books of 2021 from Barnes & Noble, Esquire, Oprah Daily, and Parade (YA).

New romance novels coming out in 2022.

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

The Sentence – Louise Erdrich (Entertainment Weekly, Minnesota Star Tribune, New York Times, NPR, Oprah Daily, USA Today, and Washington Post)

My Body – Emily Ratajkowski (The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, People, USA Today, Vogue, Washington Post)

Will – Will Smith (Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post)

The Waiting – Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (LA Times, NPR)

On the Riot

3 new YA books about cheerleading.

New weekly releases to TBR.

What are the key elements of a murder mystery?

What does consent look like in romance novels today?

Why should children read dark books?

Why do so many kids read V.C. Andrews?

The treatment of homelessness in contemporary fiction.

Don’t forget to check out Book Riot’s new podcast Adaptation Nation, all about TV and film adaptations of your favorite books!

All Things Comics

Disney+ confirms the WandaVision spinoff, Agatha: House of Harkness.

Orange Marmalade and 9 other must-read school romance manhwa.

LGBTQ spooky season comics.

On the Riot

Delicious comic books about food.

9 comics and manga set in space.

Great YA comics from 2021 you don’t want to miss.


Spotify is getting into the audiobook business.

Pushkin Industries pushes audiobook conventions.’s top 10 best-selling audiobooks of 2021.

6 audiobooks with “symphonic storytelling.”

10 intriguing November audiobook picks.

Audiobooks under three hours for readers with short attention spans.

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at with a free trial!

On the Riot

7 more audiobooks for Indigenous Heritage Month.

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists


10 board books starring babies.

22 YA books to read if your school won’t teach Critical Race Theory.

Prep school YA mysteries.


6 historical fiction books with a magical twist.

14 must-read holiday romances.

5 books about Princess Diana if you’re obsessed with the royals.

7 novels that grapple with illness.

7 novels about only children.

11 diverse histories of America’s wars.

NaNoWriMo books to help you get writing this November.

7 deliciously scary books, recommended by Erik Larson.

On the Riot

8 children’s books about feelings.

20 of the best mystery books you’ve never heard of.

15 books to spark love like The Heart Principle.

Dark mysteries & thrillers to keep you up all night.

9 dark novels in verse.

10 books to read if you enjoyed the Goosebumps series as a kid.

8 dramatic novels about reality TV.

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.

Swords and Spaceships

Cruel Pirate Kings, Sexy Spaceships, and Other SFF New Releases

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with a selection of new releases for you today, and some news items to peruse. We’re midway through November now–how did that happen?–and I decided to treat myself to a mango cloud cake, something I’ve been staring longingly at through the window of the local bakery for well over a year. Let me tell you… worth it. Sometimes dreams come true and a cake tastes as good as it looks. May your cakes be delicious and exactly what you hoped for. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process

New Releases

Briar Girls cover

Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells

Lena was cursed by a witch before she was ever born; simply touching her skin can kill another person. After one terrible mistake, she and her father are forced to flee from the safety of their village into the foreboding forest known as the Silence. In the Silence, Lena meets Miranda, a girl from a city named Gather she says is in the forest. Miranda is on a quest to wake a sleeping princess who is the key to freeing Gather from an evil ruler… and if Lena helps her on this quest, Miranda will help Lena break her curse. But the deeper Lena goes into the forest and along the path of her quest, the more she begins to realize that her curse and its origins may not quite be what she was told.

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The fourth daughter of a queen tries to save her people from a demon by asking for help from the Elder sorcerer who has always watched over her people from a massive tower. But the tower isn’t quite a tower, and the sorcerer isn’t actually a sorcerer–he’s an anthropologist, and a junior one at that–and he’s forbidden from interfering with the people he’s supposed to be observing. He’s also fairly certain that this demon is no demon at all.

cover of Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Juliette sacrificed her relationship with Roma to save him from the blood feud of the Scarlets, but her position is more precarious than ever. If she makes the smallest mistake, her cousin will usurp control of the Scarlet Gang. Roma himself has rejected her, believing she murdered his best friend–and she’s allowing him to keep believing that, no matter how much it hurts. But when a monstrous new danger comes into the city, Juliette needs Roma’s help if they’re going to save Shanghai.

Cover of You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

Former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind Niko Larson has very specifically gone to live in TwiceFar station at the ass-end of the known universe because she wants to be free of continual wars of conquest. She and the remnants of her former unit have opened a restaurant on the station, and they’d all like to be forgotten and left to obscurity, thank you very much. But their past catches up with them eventually, and if Niko and her crew want to survive and keep their restaurant alive, they need to kidnap a sentient ship and face down a sadistic pirate king.

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at with a free trial!

News and Views

Why the YA dystopia crazy finally burned out

Influence vs. fame in science fiction and fantasy

Reviews of the short stories of Jesse Miller, a Black SFF author active in the 1970s

Charlie Jane Anders on 5 real-life horrors that she wrote short stories (see her above collection) to cope with

What makes a long book feel too long? (A very relevant question in SFF…)

What if… we unpacked Chloe Zhao’s Eternals? also Eternals is a superhero primer on gnosticism

The cast of The Wheel of Time discuss the new dimension of stories to unfold from the series

On Book Riot

Why should children read dark books?

Should horror protagonists be genre savvy?

A brief history of vampires & werewolves in Ireland & the United Kingdom (and some of Europe)

Check out our new podcast Adaptation Nation, which is all about TV and film adaptations of books!

This month you can win a selection of spicy sequels and a $200 Barnes and Noble gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card and a Radish swag bag, and a $250 Barnes and Noble gift card.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

The Kids Are All Right

New Children’s Book Releases for November 16, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases!

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renee Watson, and Nikkolas Smith

In this picture book, written in verse, a young girl is assigned a family tree project. When she can only trace her family back three generations, she and the rest of her family gather to hear about their history, how their ancestors were taken captive and sold into slavery and how those born on the water survived.

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear and Gracey Zhang

In this joyous picture book celebrating Japanese culture, a girl and her large and varied family spend the day at the big bath house, taking part in all the usual rituals before sinking into the bath.

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at with a free trial!

The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner

Aspiring artist Maisie has always imagined growing up to take over her family’s art shop. But when the shop falls on hard times, Maisie’s dreams seem to only become more impossible. Determined to help, Maisie departs to London to find her estranged older brother— who cut off ties with their family years ago— thinking he may be the key to saving their shop. Instead, she uncovers painful truths about her family and has to decide if she’s able to forgive.

Killers of the Flower Moon (Young Reader’s Edition) by David Grann

This young reader’s adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon translates the story for the younger set, retelling the heartrending story of a series of murders in the Osage Nation during the 1920s. As the death toll rises, the FBI gets involved (including a Native American undercover operative) to unveil a shocking conspiracy, fueled by racism and greed, to steal from the wealthy Osage people.

Until next week! – Chelsea

Today In Books

Lebanese American Author and Artist Etel Adnan Dies at 96: Today in Books

Jennifer Garner to Replace Julia Roberts in The Last Thing He Told Me

Apple TV+ is adapting Laura Dave’s novel The Last Thing He Told Me into a limited series, but Julia Roberts is no longer attached to star in the project. Roberts had to drop the series due to scheduling conflicts, and now Jennifer Garner will be taking her place. Garner will also be an executive producer of the show, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Disney’s 20th Television. The novel, which was a New York Times Bestseller last year, follows the story of a woman who develops a close relationship with her 16 year-old stepdaughter while trying to discover the truth about what happened to her husband and why he’s disappeared. No release date for the adaptation has been announced yet.

Author Chloe Gong Announces First Book in New Trilogy

A year ago, Chinese-born New Zealander Chloe Gong released her first novel These Violent Delights to much acclaim. Now, the sequel to the bestselling novel, Our Violent Ends, is coming out this week, but Gong has even more news. In 2023, Gong will be making her adult fiction debut with Immortal Longings, the first in a new epic fantasy trilogy. The official announcement for the upcoming book says that it’s “set in the dense, ruthless twin cities of San-Er, which recall the historic Kowloon Walled City of 1990s Hong Kong.” The story follows Calla Tuoleimi, a former princess who is looking to remove the king, her uncle from his throne. Gong explains, “At the start of Immortal Longings, she’s got a single-track mind for one task and one task alone: killing her uncle—the king—to finally bring down San-Er’s monarchy. To do this, she needs to win the games that he puts on each year because he won’t make a public appearance except to greet the victor.” The games involve a special power that some individuals in San-Er posses: the ability to take over others’ bodies. Intrigued? The novel will be out in summer 2023.

Lebanese American Author and Artist Etel Adnan Dies at 96

Lebanese American author and artist Etal Adnan has died at the age of 96. Her death in Paris was confirmed by her longtime partner, Simone Fattal, who did not specify the cause. Adnan has written several novels and books of poetry. Her most widely-read novel Sitt Marie Rose is based on a true story about a kidnapping during Lebanon’s civil war. Adnan’s latest poetry collection Shifting the Silence was published in October 2020. In her late 80s, Adnan also caught the attention of the international art world. Her artwork is currently on display at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan in an exhibition entitled “Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure.”

Every Bookish Announcement from Disney+ Day

On Friday, November 12, Disney celebrated the two-year anniversary of their streaming service with #DisneyPlusDay, announcing upcoming movies and series. Here is all of the bookish content coming to Disney+.

In Reading Color

New Releases: The 1619 Project, Nigerian Cyborgs, a half Korean journalist, and more!

Welcome to In Reading Color, a space where we focus on literature by and about people of color.

I’m not sure how it is where you are, but here on the east coast, I was minding my business when the cold weather just came out one day ready to fight! It turned from being crisp and cozy to what New Yorkers call “brick.” As I bundle up something fierce, here are a few new releases with some pretty meaty topics to look out for:

cover of The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones

This retells America’s beginnings in a more honest and well-rounded way by centering perhaps the most defining aspect of it: chattel slavery. By looking at U.S. history from that focal point, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story expands on the award-winning efforts of the 1619 Project‘s depiction of American democracy being rooted in the enslavement of Black people. It does so through eighteen essays and thirty-six poems and works of fiction. Hannah-Jones’s lead essay from the original project won a Pulitzer.The reaction to the original project has been so strong that Sen. Tom Cotton, one of its detractors, has fought to keep it from being taught in schools.

cover of Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

One of the reigning queens of Africanfuturism, Okorafor is back with a tale of Nigerian cyborgs and herdsmen. Even since before birth, AO has been considered abnormal. A car accident further saw to her otherness, as it required major body augmentations that would make her a target one fateful day in the market. There, she’s forced to kill five men in self-defense. Now she’s on the run. She comes across a Fulani herdsman who was similarly unfairly accosted, and the two set out together to find a secret community where they will be free from persecution. Familiar elements—like mentions of Greta Thunberg and other well-known people— keep the reader tethered to our world while reimagining an alternative one in this novel that serves as a critique of capitalism and what defines otherness.

cover of O Beautiful by Jung Yun

O Beautiful by Jung Yun

Elinor Hanson, a half Korean and white journalist and former model, finds she must return home to North Dakota. In efforts to reinvent herself, she takes on a story from a prestigious magazine covering an oil boom that was recommended to her by an old professor. As she unearths details for the story, so too does she unearth uneasy old feelings of ostracization, objectification, and a general lack of belonging. Meanwhile, back in New York, there is a case being made against her old professor and Elinor’s classmates ask if the relationship she had with him was consensual.

cover of New York, My Village by Uwem Akpan

New York, My Village by Uwem Akpan

Ekong Udousoro is a Nigerian book editor who has just won a Toni Morrison Publishing Fellowship, and is on his way to New York City to learn about the publishing world from one of its capitals. Once there, he is set to edit an anthology of writers of color who were affected by the Nigerian Biafran War of the ’60s. When he actually arrives, he finds a shabby living arrangement, bed bugs, callousness in the form of agents and landlords, and other unsavory NYC drawbacks. Akpan draws a parallel between the tribalism that resulted in the war back home and the tribalism by another name that plagues New York City, sowing discord among its inhabitants. Despite all of this, Akpan still manages to weave in hopefulness, tenderness, and humor in this satirical novel.

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A Little Sumn Extra

Don’t forget to check out our new podcast Adaptation Nation if you haven’t already! The first episode is out already and covers the adaption of Dune.

A fun RuPaul’s Drag race quiz for ya

A great introduction to romance writer Jackie Lau for those who aren’t familiar

The best books to give as gifts this year

An interesting look at what’s popular in public libraries

Jesse Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties, has just signed a five book contract!

Author of All Boys Aren’t Blue talks about their book being removed from libraries

Looking to sample an author without committing to an entire novel? This list of free short stories is sure to help. All of these authors are great, and a few of them are of color! A few included here are: Malindo Lo, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Rivers Solomon, P. Djèlí Clark, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, and more!

Thanks for reading; it’s been cute! If you want to reach out and connect, email me at or tweet at me @erica_eze_. You can find me on the Hey YA podcast with our new co-host Tirzah Price, as Kelly has retired after five years (!), as well in the In The Club newsletter.

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