Welcome to Check Your Shelf. This weekend, I actually managed to spend time with not one, but TWO groups of friends! I can’t remember the last time I engaged in this much socialization, and I’m still slightly confused that I spent so much time doing something that wasn’t work or sleeping. I should probably try this “socialization” thing more frequently!
Collection Development Corner
Judge Florence Pan releases her written opinion on the decision to block Penguin Random House’s merger with Simon & Schuster.
HarperCollins union workers go on indefinite strike over pay disputes.
The American Booksellers Association charts the negative impact that Amazon’s expansion has had on retailers.
New & Upcoming Titles
Not surprisingly, Riley Sager has another book coming out next summer!
16 historical romances new to shelves this fall.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
The Stories We Tell: Every Piece of Your Story Matters — Joanna Gaines (People, USA Today)
Some of the trends that Harlequin editors are noticing in romance novels.
On the Riot
New LGBTQ holiday romances for 2022.
Why we need more Thanksgiving romances.
All Things Comics
Kevin Conroy, the iconic voice of the animated Batman series, has died at 66.
Kevin O’Neill, British comics artist and co-creator of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, has died at 69.
On the Riot
10 grimdark comics for gloomy nights.
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is launching its first horror audio series on Spotify. SIGN ME UP.
Barnes & Noble picks their best audiobooks for 2022.
7 audiobooks to help you find perspective and create peace.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
Children’s books about Thanksgiving without the myth.
16 YA books if you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover.
14 books to read for your Fifty Shades of Grey fix.
9 books that tackle the myth of the American hero.
10 books that celebrate feral girls.
5 scary novels that use setting to embody horror.
15 memoirs about chronic illness and disability that might change the way you see the world.
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On the Riot
Timely books about young people making a difference.
The best middle grade fantasy series to discover.
YA books about social media and online fame.
8 captivating World War II books about books and libraries.
The 25 best books about climate change to add to your TBR.
9 books like God of War: Ragnarok.
8 mystery novels with non-detective main characters.
8 fictional books about philanthropy, nonprofits, and wealth.
8 of the best books about ceramics to pique your interest.
9 gloriously feral goblincore books for winter reading.
Queer space adventures that are out of this world.
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.
This issue’s cat photo was taken at a local animal shelter over the weekend. My husband and I sometimes visit to love on the cats, and we got to meet this GORGEOUS blue-eyed boy, who’s super chill and loves being held! Honestly, if we didn’t have a limit on the number of pets we can have in our apartment, we probably would have left with him — he was such a sweetheart!
All right friends — I’m out. I’ll see you all on Friday!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently listening to Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York — Elon Green