Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I saw the Foo Fighters in concert last Friday, so naturally, my back and my knees are still in significant pain. But it was #WorthIt — Dave Grohl tore through two hours of greatest hits, and brought down the house at the end with “Everlong.” So if you need me, I’ll be rotating through all of their albums on repeat for the next few weeks.
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Collection Development Corner
Book publishing has a Toys ‘R’ Us problem: or, what the private equity acquisition of Simon & Schuster could mean for publishing.
The Internet Archive has filed an appeal in the Hachette v. Internet Archive case.
Millie Bobby Brown’s debut novel reignites the debate over ghostwritten celebrity books.
How teens have been priced out of the YA market.
New & Upcoming Titles
Kazuo Ishiguro is publishing a collection of his song lyrics.
Christine Blasey Ford, who testified during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing, is releasing a memoir.
Bachelorette star Hannah Brown has signed a two-book deal for a pair of romance novels.
Here are all of the big September book club picks.
8 new crime novels to keep you up at night.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier – Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey (AARP, Atlantic, People)
Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career – Kristi Coulter (New York Times, Slate)
Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss’s Glossier – Marisa Meltzer (LA Times, Vogue)
Stephen King reveals his approach to writing a mystery novel, and it’s way more Alfred Hitchcock than Agatha Christie.
A reading list of reimagined fantasy tropes.
The dark humor of millennial crime capers.
It’s time to bring back the ’90s legal thriller.
The iconic suspense of Lois Duncan.
On the Riot
The best new weekly releases to TBR.
8 unputdownable authors like Ali Hazelwood.
What is mythpunk?
Now here’s an interesting display idea: book recommendations for every toxic trait (sort of).
All Things Comics
On the Riot
13 manga and graphic novels for fans of Hayao Miyazaki.
9 great graphic novels for preteens.
8 graphic novels about undocumented immigrants.
Book Riot has podcasts to keep your ears listening for days! Check them out and subscribe.
Liev Schrieber will narrate the audio version of Marty Baron’s new book, Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and the Washington Post. Schrieber portrayed Baron in the 2015 film Spotlight.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
22 YA books that inspire main character energy.
The 20 best fantasy books to read for ultimate escapism.
20 books to read after finishing Fourth Wing.
10 books about climate change to read right now.
9 books with fabulist worlds that push boundaries.
5 of the best books to read to get smart about AI.
5 SF classics about powerful aliens and puny humans.
7 crime novels set in Las Vegas.
Celebrating Latin & Hispanic culture through food.
New and classic works by authors of Mexican descent.
4 great indie books about the Jewish experience.
5 international thrillers from Afghanistan to Shanghai.
Thrillers set in remote island locations.
11 essential hip-hop books.
10 awe-inspiring memoirs for book club.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with these award-winning authors.
On the Riot
15 delightful interactive books for toddlers.
8 picture books featuring multicultural and mixed-race families.
Spooky YA reads to set the proper fall vibe.
8 inclusive romance novels to light your fire.
8 parody horror novels to scare you silly.
The room(s) where it happened: the best political memoirs.
20 of the most thought-provoking philosophical science fiction books of all time.
A room of one’s pwn: 10 fun books like World of Warcraft.
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 that includes information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
When my boys start snuggling like symmetrical loaves of bread, I have to jump in. They’re so damn cute!
All right friends, that’s it for me. I’ll check in again on Friday.
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.