Welcome to Check Your Shelf. It’s playoff football season in my house, and by that I mean that there’s always has a football game on, even though my husband doesn’t have any emotional connection to the postseason teams, and I hate football in general. It’s great. I’ll just be sitting over here, counting down the days until baseball comes back.
Collection Development Corner
This Chicago bookstore owner is asking customers NOT to pull a stunt like this one: please don’t buy an enormous number of books with the intent of returning them all shortly after. That’s a really big financial hit for small business owners.
New & Upcoming Titles
These are the big celebrity book club picks for January 2023.
The coloring book based on Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us will not be moving forward.
Anne Heche’s son gives a sneak peek of his mom’s posthumous memoir, which will be released on January 24th.
62 books by women of color to read in 2023.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
On the Riot
It’s Book Riot’s Most Anticipated list for 2023!
2023 LGBTQ books to add to your TBR.
8 indie queer books coming out this winter.
Most-anticipated mystery novels for 2023.
The most anticipated SFF books of 2023, according to Goodreads.
Upcoming lifestyle books for Winter 2023.
The best new weekly releases to TBR.
Dark academia and horror: a bloody perfect marriage.
Dark academia vs. chaotic academia – what’s the difference?
Why you should start reading regional American literature.
All Things Comics
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be streaming on Disney+ on February 1st.
On the Riot
8 new middle grade graphic novels coming out this winter.
Tropes in capes: evil clowns.
8 of the best K-Dramas that are based off manhwa and webtoons.
10 of the best audiobooks coming out in January.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
8 romances about marriages where the sparks reignite.
5 thrillers about secrets between spouses.
7 thrillers that explore the dark side of motherhood.
The best celebrity memoirs of all time.
On the Riot
8 of the best self-help books for kids.
8 of the best sci fi books about robots.
12 of the coolest jobs in romance novels.
The most unique jobs in cozy mysteries.
13 cozy fantasy books to cuddle up with this winter.
12 books that feature murders across genres.
10 space horror books like the Dead Space remake.
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.
How it started: Gilbert pestering Dini to get him to vacate the blanket so that Gilbert could take over.
How it ended: See above.
Welp, I’m out. Check back here on Friday!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.