Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I am relieved to report that the cough I’ve had since testing positive for COVID is apparently nothing to worry about. However, there is a small part of me that’s a little cheesed off whenever I go to the doctor and they’re like “Yeah, you’re totally fine.” I’m like, “I’M NOT MAKING IT UP, I SWEAR.” But now I get to spend this week reassuring all of my coworkers that I’m not about to keel over from coughing, I swear.
Collection Development Corner
Court dismisses “implausible” price-fixing suits against Amazon and the Big 5 publishers.
HarperCollins Union files an unfair labor practice charge against HarperCollins.
New & Upcoming Titles
Ali Hazelwood is publishing her first YA novel, Check & Mate, next year.
Rachel Howzell Hall is publishing her first fantasy novel next fall.
Former US Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund has a book coming out in January about the January 6th insurrection.
The best new true crime books out now.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
When McKinsey Comes to Town – The Hidden Influence of the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm – Walt Bogadanich & Michael Forsyth (New York Times, Washington Post)
Where to start with the work of Langston Hughes.
On the Riot
10 new queer horror novels to read this fall.
From monsters to mayhem: 9 types of horror plots.
How Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop series made this reader love cozy mysteries again.
All Things Comics
Blade loses its director two months ahead of production.
10 of the most underrated manga for romance fans.
On the Riot
On rereading and slowing down with YA graphic novels.
I don’t usually feature quizzes, but I love Peanuts so much…which Peanuts character are you? (I’m Marcie, although some days I feel like Sally… “YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!!”)
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
17 slightly scary Halloween picture books for kids.
15 books to bridge the gap between middle grade and YA.
13 YA books that don’t make you choose between romance and scifi.
8 YA books with Afro-Latinx representation you’ll love.
Barnes & Noble booksellers pick their favorite horror reads for October.
15 romantic suspense books to send chills down your spine.
Psychological thrillers with gobsmacking twists. (I love being gobsmacked.)
A reading list of fictional diaries.
5 SFF books about the aftermath of the apocalypse.
8 novels about monstrous mothers.
9 books to make you cry, every time.
7 essential books about Marilyn Monroe.
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On the Riot
10 of the best Halloween read-alouds for elementary school kids.
11 of the best picture books for social-emotional learning.
15 must-read YA novels that center Black boys.
YA books about teens working in indie bookstores.
20 must-read witchy mysteries and thrillers.
20 must-read genre-blending literary fiction books.
15 of the best small-town romance books.
8 of the best horror books by Latine authors.
The most popular horror novels of the last 5 years, according to Goodreads.
Unique nonfiction to add to your TBR.
12 short horror novels under 300 pages.
10 compelling series where Book 2 is even better than Book 1.
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 has a guide to discovering upcoming diverse books, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word has created a database of upcoming diverse titles to nominate, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
Here’s the part where I complain about how Dini has been extra snuggly with Blaine, and not with me. I mean, look at that little Doodle face! And those toe beans! Unlike Gilbert, he’s very particular with his snuggles, so you have to be prepared for when the mood strikes.
All right. I’ll check in again on Friday. Peace out, peeps.